Pocket PC Thoughts: Imprisoned in

News / Saturday, February 19th, 2005
Pocket PC Thoughts: Imprisoned in a Technological Bubble of Our Own Making?

Thanks to Jonathon Watkins at Pocket PC Thoughts for this article: Living in a bubble: Our love of techno-gadgets is insulating us from real world By D. Parvaz of the Seattle Post.

Brighthand: iPAQ hw6500 Coming in April

Along the the article above, here are some Engadget pics of how the hw6500 compares with alongside its predecessor the h6315.

The Top 100 Gadgets of All Time

Several of my favorite sites have been making reference to this article by Mobile Mag PC. The article ranks the best gadgets of all time using this criteria:
It has to have electronic and/or moving parts of some kind. Scissors count, but the knife does not.
It has to be a self-contained apparatus that can be used on its own, not a subset of another device. The flashlight counts; the light bulb does not. The notebook counts, but the hard drive doesn’t.
It has to be smaller than the proverbial bread box. This is the most flexible of the categories, since gadgets have gotten inexorably smaller over time. But in general we included only items that were potentially mobile: The Dustbuster counts; the vacuum cleaner doesn’t.
You’ll be surprised by those items that made the list and even more surprised by the final rankings. Keep things in perspective; they are talking about the best gadgets ever and not the most recent phenoms to hit the scene but some of the current favorites take their rightful places among the top.

Understanding the Podcasting Revolution

Interesting article at iPodlounge on the latest buzz around the iPod Nation. I’ve downloaded a few podcasts and some are much better than others. It’s still early and I’m sure that more content-rich podcasts will be available as people become more expert with the technology. I hardly find time to read all the stuff I download or opportunities to listen to my new music or audio books. This will be one more neat thing to fill up my memory card but ain’t technology grand?

And Since I’m Talking About iPods Again…iPod Nation? What About the iPod Ecomony?

Let’s examine the math:
iPod 4G (fourth generation) 20GB = $299.00. This was a gift to me. I am eternally grateful and I have discovered a new love for music as a result. However, when I consider what I’ve spent to provide a proper home for my new loved one…
Griffin iTrip radio transmitter = $35.00 (not great, but was the reigning champ of transmitters. May be replaced by Xtreme Mac Airplay transmitter which has received better reviews)
iPod Dock = 39.00 (since the new clickwheel iPods don’t come with a dock–it’s not necessary but an iPod needs a proper resting place when being played with suitable speakers like the JBL Creatures II below)
iSkin eVo2 acrylic case = $29.99 (used with beltclip while working out at the gym)
agent18 ClickShield 20GB clear case = $24.95 (used to throw iPod into briefcase when taking to work)
Tumi Accessory Tote bag = $65.00 (may not be big enough to carry all this stuff anymore)
Incase car and home/office charger = $39.95
JBL Creature II speakers = $99.95 (for use at home)
JBL OnTour Portable Speaker Box = $99.95 (for use at work)
XtremeMac Silicone Sleeve = $19.95 (torn while removing–money wasted)
Shure E2c Earphones = $99.00 (jury still out of if these are better than the Sony earphones they were meant to replace)
Sony Fontopia MDR-EX70LP Earphones = $49.99
An additional $603.68! Twice the cost of the device spent on accessories. No wonder Apple stock is trading at record highs. Do I have iPod addiction? Also see: In iPod America, legions in tune.

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