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11.28.2006

Technodifier 025 [37:58]

SOFTWARE
FM recording ability silently reappears in some Creative players
Store 256GB on an A4 sheet
Emulating the OLPC XO On Windows
MediaPortal – the Open Source Mediacenter!

HARDWARE
Neuros OSD: open source multimedia player
FlexRadio Systems : DR-1000
DMCA exceptions part 2: Cell phone unlocking legal (for three years)

GAMING
PSP FW 3.00 adds visualizations
PSP PS1 emulator requires a PS3 for downloads. Stupid move Sony.
$2.1 million in Xbox 360s stolen
Using thw Wii: Josh & A Wii Thanksgiving (Joystiq’s) test on the family

SERVICES
World first: download-to-own movie service
Gritwire is a set of useful tools for people who use the Web daily.

FORMAT WARS
Josh hath heard blu-ray and hd dvd on television commercials. Wheres the cheap players?
[Im looking at you China….]

Commentary: Messing w/ big music/video files.

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1.19.2007

Technodifier 030 [28:03]

(former)Apple!(haters)

NAMM is happening again

FCC: XM/Cingular merger? NO!

YouMail.com: Free web-based voicemail with custom outgoing messages based on caller ID.
Pretty cool concept.
You can even set it up to play an outgoing message and then hang up (based on Caller ID).

GAMING
Sega will stop making GD-ROM, bye bye Dreamcast
Half Life 2: ep 2 coming in 2 forms

Paul and Matt playing Marvel Ultimate Alliance

TV COMMERCIALS FOR AUTOMOBILES ARE OUT OF CONTROL!!!!!!!!!

Technodifier: 11.06

11.28.2006

Technodifier 025 [37:58]

SOFTWARE
FM recording ability silently reappears in some Creative players
Store 256GB on an A4 sheet
Emulating the OLPC XO On Windows
MediaPortal – the Open Source Mediacenter!

HARDWARE
Neuros OSD: open source multimedia player
FlexRadio Systems : DR-1000
DMCA exceptions part 2: Cell phone unlocking legal (for three years)

GAMING
PSP FW 3.00 adds visualizations
PSP PS1 emulator requires a PS3 for downloads. Stupid move Sony.
$2.1 million in Xbox 360s stolen
Using thw Wii: Josh & A Wii Thanksgiving (Joystiq’s) test on the family

SERVICES
World first: download-to-own movie service
Gritwire is a set of useful tools for people who use the Web daily.

FORMAT WARS
Josh hath heard blu-ray and hd dvd on television commercials. Wheres the cheap players?
[Im looking at you China….]

Commentary: Messing w/ big music/video files.

11.08.2006

Technodifier 024 [38:05]

Next-gen console news
xBox 360

PS3

Details of MS’s cash infusion into Novell (a la Apple)
And been playing HL2: Episode 1 on his PC.
I wonder how well/if it will run on his new Mac Book.

So is TiVo finally adding some download ability for video?

Variety: VHS is dead

10 prototype ‘1 laptop per child’ machines have been made.

Zune

NBC offering free video podcast downloads of new programs via iTunes.

M-audio cheap ‘mixer’

Program that copies models in Second Life causing problems for the community.

Daily Motion: out Tubing Google in Europe?

Silly gadgets not made for kids.
Head mounted camera and PVR system that lets you record 8 hours of video without a recharge.

MPAA sues company for selling pre-loaded iPods
If they are actually charging $$ for the ripping aspect.. I understand the lawsuit.

iPhone: too little too late?

Podcasts on your cellie for free

  • Podlinez.com
  • fonpods.com
    • You can even get our Podcast with a simple phone call via Podlinez
    • normal long distance charges and other shit apply, but if you have a cellie this most likely doesn’t matter
  • Technodifier: 415.376.7259
  • Nodfast: 415.376.7257

Matt is trying a Treo 600 on Verizon with no data plan (as his secondary phone, to test it out)
Audio issue resolved by $15 app, Freedom.

  • Using Pocket Tunes.
  • Will update on how the non-EVDO data plan from Verizon turns out.
  • Verizon is evil.
  • Matt getting run-around from Verizon about adding Treo 600 to the plan.
  • I ended up hanging up on the ‘customer service’ person as they knew nothing of the products and services offered.
  • 11.03.2006

    Technodifier 023 [27:05]

    Sunday Nov 4, 2006

    Holiday season digital upswing in full effect.
    At local Target store there is a (closed off) section for the PS3,
    an accesory section for the Wii,
    and BluRay and HD-DVD discs ($20-$30) including a few HD-DVD/DVD hybrid discs.

    PS3 comes out Nov 07, but there are some videos out of test units.
    The UI is almost identical to that of the PSP

    Having never owned an Xbox and currently owning a PS2 and PSP I stil
    feel partial to the Xbox 360 mainly due to cost.
    I am not going to buy either any time soon, so time will tell what I end up buying.

    So you bought some MSN music tracks from MS?
    Well MS says, “Fuck you, buy a Zune”….

    The gist is that MSN is no more and there is no way to remove the DRM
    (**cough**cough**legally**cough).
    So if you want the ‘snazzy’ new Zune, you will need to repurchase all your existing music.
    This sort of situation is the MAIN reason DRM is not good for consumers.
    What if CDs, tapes, or records were like this?
    What does this mean for the future of digital media as it applies to history and cultural legacies?

    Great idea for simplification of analog audio to PC connections

    RIAA has trouble suing mom, so they decide to sue her kids

    Matt’s pain in the ass issues with MCE OEM on a Gateway PC.
    Try to backup install.. failed about 6 times.
    Finally got a copy of MCE and reinstalled.
    Months later product key shows as invalid.
    Tried using product key from my PC, no luck.
    Called MS, no luck.
    Gave up, installed XP Pro.

    With the reinstall, matt finally installed IE7 on XP.
    Looks pretty good.
    Tabs make sense.
    Quick tabs is pretty nice.

    And along the lines of playing media files in XP, matt swears by the K-Lite Codec Pack.
    It includes a GIGANTIC package of selectable codecs for most any file out there.
    It also has software players and even plays FLV files fullscreen without the need to convert to AVI, QT, or another format.
    Highly recommended

    MacBook Pros are not 39% (like apple states), but 10%

    Technodifier: 12.06

    12.29.2006

    Technodifier 029 [34:05]

    CES, MacWorld… shit couldn’t be more busy in the tech world.
    welcome to 2007!

    New version of Paralles for Mac: beta3
    and a tool to convert VMWare images for use with Parallels
    And what about Crossover, and VMWare Fusion?

    Matt has finally replaced his 6 year old TiVo series1 with a new Series2
    TiVo to Go for Mac… kinda…
    for way cheaper than the ‘real’ $80 version that just came out…

    Way to expensive, but a cool concept (especially for college textbooks)
    Sony eBook reader
    iRiver has one too!

    Is Second Life using press to spread misleading information?

    Rumors abound: Has HD-DVD’s encryption been cracked? (not really)

    How about a 1TB HD?

    or a PC HD-DVD burner…
    or a Bluray burner and HD-DVD reader

    CES is a-coming as is
    MacWorld

    And Sony has decided they will no longer make computer monitors…

    Luxpro wins Apple knock-off shuffle lawsuit… and counter sues Apple

    Ms to introduce ‘Home server;?
    more details…
    Is this a work around for the super dinky Xbox360 HD?
    iPod rip-off interface for DS

    Vista Sideshow in the wild?

    Credit Card sized MP3 player…
    I used to have an FM radio that was this small… when I was a kid

    Xbox360 v2?

    Brazil court orders YouTube shutdown… but they have no authority in the US
    How about a 32GB flash-based ‘HD’
    Xbox360 iptv

    Matt is trying to get Synergy working b/w his mac and Xp machine… with little luck

    cingular and apple launching phone?
    will it NOT suck like the old itunes phone?
    josh says leave the cell phones to the south koreans. but more importantly, phones should not have
    interfaces (like itunes) you have to use in order to get music on their phones (like their ipods).
    what about these iphones?

    12.20.2006

    Technodifier 028 [18:32]

    Wednesday December 20, 2006

    Comcast offers on demand same day as DVD release
    Stereo Bluetooth headphones
    LED lights

    I need a TB drive

    Weird Dell RAM thing

    HD for my MacBook?
    this one

    My first iDVD 😉

    Paul played with a Stanton C.314

    12.12.2006

    Technodifier 027 [24:24]

    Tuesday December 12, 2006

    josh’s over caffeinated laptop (i’m not calling them notebooks)


    Fuck Cingular[SBC,Ameritech, AT&T]
    -Josh is trying to get his deposit [$250] back…and keeps getting told something different every time.

    Xbox360 sold 8 million units, on target for 10 million.
    at $75 profit for each unit, $750 million? …not too shabby for the first year.
    Numbers for Nov: Xbox – 511,000; Wii – 476,000; PS3 – 197,000.

    Is Sony’s past and the PS3 ruining it for Bluray?

    YouTube adds ability to add record vid directly to site.

    Bit Torrent buys utorrent.

    We are now using blogger beta

    Dell Bluray laptop

    is it time for NAS?

    Spike TV announces winner of video game awards before the show airs. why watch?
    ‘Gears of War took Best Multiplayer Game, Best Graphics, and Best Shooter’

    DIY home fabrication: 3D ‘printer’

    300GB laptop drives

    Tech c-mas gifts?

    12.04.2006

    Technodifier 026 [16:52]


    Record Label?

    Josh and Greg were bluetoothing some files to and fro [motorola q + pocket pc]

    CD and DVDs be gone!
    disc emulation: Daemon Tools, native Mac OS X

    Virtualization

    Mac Book: new bad pixel?

    Technodifier

    11.08.2006

    Technodifier 024 [38:05]

    Next-gen console news
    xBox 360

    PS3

    Details of MS’s cash infusion into Novell (a la Apple)
    And been playing HL2: Episode 1 on his PC.
    I wonder how well/if it will run on his new Mac Book.

    So is TiVo finally adding some download ability for video?

    Variety: VHS is dead

    10 prototype ‘1 laptop per child’ machines have been made.

    Zune

    NBC offering free video podcast downloads of new programs via iTunes.

    M-audio cheap ‘mixer’

    Program that copies models in Second Life causing problems for the community.

    Daily Motion: out Tubing Google in Europe?

    Silly gadgets not made for kids.
    Head mounted camera and PVR system that lets you record 8 hours of video without a recharge.

    MPAA sues company for selling pre-loaded iPods
    If they are actually charging $$ for the ripping aspect.. I understand the lawsuit.

    iPhone: too little too late?

    Podcasts on your cellie for free

    • Podlinez.com
    • fonpods.com
      • You can even get our Podcast with a simple phone call via Podlinez
      • normal long distance charges and other shit apply, but if you have a cellie this most likely doesn’t matter
    • Technodifier: 415.376.7259
    • Nodfast: 415.376.7257

    Matt is trying a Treo 600 on Verizon with no data plan (as his secondary phone, to test it out)
    Audio issue resolved by $15 app, Freedom.

  • Using Pocket Tunes.
  • Will update on how the non-EVDO data plan from Verizon turns out.
  • Verizon is evil.
  • Matt getting run-around from Verizon about adding Treo 600 to the plan.
  • I ended up hanging up on the ‘customer service’ person as they knew nothing of the products and services offered.
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    11.03.2006

    Technodifier 023 [27:05]

    Sunday Nov 4, 2006

    Holiday season digital upswing in full effect.
    At local Target store there is a (closed off) section for the PS3,
    an accesory section for the Wii,
    and BluRay and HD-DVD discs ($20-$30) including a few HD-DVD/DVD hybrid discs.

    PS3 comes out Nov 07, but there are some videos out of test units.
    The UI is almost identical to that of the PSP

    Having never owned an Xbox and currently owning a PS2 and PSP I stil
    feel partial to the Xbox 360 mainly due to cost.
    I am not going to buy either any time soon, so time will tell what I end up buying.

    So you bought some MSN music tracks from MS?
    Well MS says, “Fuck you, buy a Zune”….

    The gist is that MSN is no more and there is no way to remove the DRM
    (**cough**cough**legally**cough).
    So if you want the ‘snazzy’ new Zune, you will need to repurchase all your existing music.
    This sort of situation is the MAIN reason DRM is not good for consumers.
    What if CDs, tapes, or records were like this?
    What does this mean for the future of digital media as it applies to history and cultural legacies?

    Great idea for simplification of analog audio to PC connections

    RIAA has trouble suing mom, so they decide to sue her kids

    Matt’s pain in the ass issues with MCE OEM on a Gateway PC.
    Try to backup install.. failed about 6 times.
    Finally got a copy of MCE and reinstalled.
    Months later product key shows as invalid.
    Tried using product key from my PC, no luck.
    Called MS, no luck.
    Gave up, installed XP Pro.

    With the reinstall, matt finally installed IE7 on XP.
    Looks pretty good.
    Tabs make sense.
    Quick tabs is pretty nice.

    And along the lines of playing media files in XP, matt swears by the K-Lite Codec Pack.
    It includes a GIGANTIC package of selectable codecs for most any file out there.
    It also has software players and even plays FLV files fullscreen without the need to convert to AVI, QT, or another format.
    Highly recommended

    MacBook Pros are not 39% (like apple states), but 10%

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    10.17.2006

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    9.13.2006

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    10.10.2006

    Technodifier 021 [41:47]

    HARDWARE
    TimeShifting is SOO yesterday, how about placeshifting HDTV?

    Greg just got a moto Q.
    which is rad bc with windows mobile 5 you can run all them nifty pda warez (like theramin
    emulators and similar such noisemakers…)

    10MP cam phone: At what point are people going to say “that camera phone is too damn big”?

    More confusing HD-DVD and Blueray product announcements.

    Pe-orders for non-existent Sony PS3 started today
    $100 down to get the $600 box
    Only reason I would buy one is to sell it on eBay.

    Just buy an Xbox360, really.

    Apple Rumors.
    Core 2 Duo coming to Mac Book Pro? What about the Mac Book?

    Concept ‘turntable’ laptop

    Will the HD last for long?
    Samsung’s solid-state memory-based laptops

    DIY: Make your own audio high quality interconnect cables

    SOFTWARE
    Windows

    PSP

    MEDIA
    Target pissed about DVD pricing compared to download formats

    GooTube!
    So will people sure Google now… since Google has so damn much money?

    3D figures from Second Life avatars

    NES Donkey Kong in Lego animation

    BUSINESS
    Amazon Grocery: Didn’t this idea fail already as about 5 different .coms?
    I guess I might use it if I lived out in the boonies…

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    9.04.2006

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    Technodifier: 10.06

    10.17.2006

    10.10.2006

    Technodifier 021 [41:47]

    HARDWARE
    TimeShifting is SOO yesterday, how about placeshifting HDTV?

    Greg just got a moto Q.
    which is rad bc with windows mobile 5 you can run all them nifty pda warez (like theramin
    emulators and similar such noisemakers…)

    10MP cam phone: At what point are people going to say “that camera phone is too damn big”?

    More confusing HD-DVD and Blueray product announcements.

    Pe-orders for non-existent Sony PS3 started today
    $100 down to get the $600 box
    Only reason I would buy one is to sell it on eBay.

    Just buy an Xbox360, really.

    Apple Rumors.
    Core 2 Duo coming to Mac Book Pro? What about the Mac Book?

    Concept ‘turntable’ laptop

    Will the HD last for long?
    Samsung’s solid-state memory-based laptops

    DIY: Make your own audio high quality interconnect cables

    SOFTWARE
    Windows

    PSP

    MEDIA
    Target pissed about DVD pricing compared to download formats

    GooTube!
    So will people sure Google now… since Google has so damn much money?

    3D figures from Second Life avatars

    NES Donkey Kong in Lego animation

    BUSINESS
    Amazon Grocery: Didn’t this idea fail already as about 5 different .coms?
    I guess I might use it if I lived out in the boonies…

    Technodifier: 09.06

    9.20.2006

    Technodifier 020 [26:59]

    HARDWARE
    WS LCDs… cheaper and cheaper…
    Viewsonic
    Acer

    Makes things like this happen…
    more TVs than people

    Expensive (but cool) MS MCE/Vista keyboard

    Finally… standards for laptop batteries?

    usb batteries

    mother of all digital cameras

    Samsung DSLR

    MS’ Zune
    Sony does HD at 24p

    Potential pmp of the week
    Neuros OSD

    MUSIC DEVICES
    Paul’s Uber CD ‘turntable’

    HACKS
    Homebrew comunity beats Sony to the PS1 emulation front on the PSP?

    HOW-TO
    Photoshop tutorials blog

    Software
    have a webcam? use this to take quick video and post easily to sites.

    Looks like I am probably getting a Mac Book
    so I need to bone up on Mac software and such…
    especially the open-source variety

    Universities banning Skype?
    Business
    YouTube and Warner deal… What’s next?
    Copyright infringement as a business model?
    Warner to put thousands of music videos on YouTube

    iTunes and Disney… making money with little expense…
    Is Wal-mart pissed? or not?

    Apple now claiming the “own” the term podcast.
    So do they think they own the three letter combination ‘pod‘?
    gastropod? cephalopod?
    The word DID exist before computers were even a concept to humans.
    The damn root alone means foot Greek.

    9.13.2006

    9.04.2006

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    9.20.2006

    Technodifier 020 [26:59]

    HARDWARE
    WS LCDs… cheaper and cheaper…
    Viewsonic
    Acer

    Makes things like this happen…
    more TVs than people

    Expensive (but cool) MS MCE/Vista keyboard

    Finally… standards for laptop batteries?

    usb batteries

    mother of all digital cameras

    Samsung DSLR

    MS’ Zune
    Sony does HD at 24p

    Potential pmp of the week
    Neuros OSD

    MUSIC DEVICES
    Paul’s Uber CD ‘turntable’

    HACKS
    Homebrew comunity beats Sony to the PS1 emulation front on the PSP?

    HOW-TO
    Photoshop tutorials blog

    Software
    have a webcam? use this to take quick video and post easily to sites.

    Looks like I am probably getting a Mac Book
    so I need to bone up on Mac software and such…
    especially the open-source variety

    Universities banning Skype?
    Business
    YouTube and Warner deal… What’s next?
    Copyright infringement as a business model?
    Warner to put thousands of music videos on YouTube

    iTunes and Disney… making money with little expense…
    Is Wal-mart pissed? or not?

    Apple now claiming the “own” the term podcast.
    So do they think they own the three letter combination ‘pod‘?
    gastropod? cephalopod?
    The word DID exist before computers were even a concept to humans.
    The damn root alone means foot Greek.

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    7.01.2006

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    8.19.2006

    Technodifier 017 [15:19]

    Back after almost a month!

    Google Talk update
    Google WiFi in Mountain View Cali

    Vosonic’s X-drive
    great mobile media solution, especially if you have a PSP

    Technodifier: 07.06

    7.09.2006

    Technodifier 016 [22:22]

    Flaming Hand (preloadr modified)

    Something (pricier) to top the M-Audio Multitrack?

    Do we have a winner or is this some damn SPAM bot (Gmail script)?
    “Hello,” I said. “You called for me?” Willy looked right through me,
    The Strugatskys posit that the Earth experiences a brief visit from
    there were plenty of explosions; they said they were blinded from a loud
    left to the dozens of postgraduate theses being written on the subject and…

    DJ Ted Stevens
    Not a truck.

    Hardware
    LG FINGER mouse
    Sanyo updates tiny handheld HD camcorder (Xacti HD1a)
    Sony’s nicer HD cam

    Hacking a (relatively) cheap phone to run Skype via wifi

    Even I don’t have this may CRTs

    PSP

    Software
    Skype Protocol reverse engineered by some folks in China
    Mumbai Bombings Shake Outsourcing Community
    Google Makes house calls?

    I think that online Web 2.0 apps are of age.
    Preloadr: Flickr+ online editing
    Made using this company’s software
    This is so cool. I wonder how it runs over dial-up?
    Support layers, channel adjustments, layet transform, series of image filters, and even import images as a layer.

    Office killer’s?
    Writely
    Google Spreadsheets

    Chaka Khan rocks the drums

    7.08.2006

    7.01.2006

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    8.19.2006

    Technodifier 017 [15:19]

    Back after almost a month!

    Google Talk update
    Google WiFi in Mountain View Cali

    Vosonic’s X-drive
    great mobile media solution, especially if you have a PSP

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    7.08.2006

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    6.15.2006

    6.02.2006

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    7.09.2006

    Technodifier 016 [22:22]

    Flaming Hand (preloadr modified)

    Something (pricier) to top the M-Audio Multitrack?

    Do we have a winner or is this some damn SPAM bot (Gmail script)?
    “Hello,” I said. “You called for me?” Willy looked right through me,
    The Strugatskys posit that the Earth experiences a brief visit from
    there were plenty of explosions; they said they were blinded from a loud
    left to the dozens of postgraduate theses being written on the subject and…

    DJ Ted Stevens
    Not a truck.

    Hardware
    LG FINGER mouse
    Sanyo updates tiny handheld HD camcorder (Xacti HD1a)
    Sony’s nicer HD cam

    Hacking a (relatively) cheap phone to run Skype via wifi

    Even I don’t have this may CRTs

    PSP

    Software
    Skype Protocol reverse engineered by some folks in China
    Mumbai Bombings Shake Outsourcing Community
    Google Makes house calls?

    I think that online Web 2.0 apps are of age.
    Preloadr: Flickr+ online editing
    Made using this company’s software
    This is so cool. I wonder how it runs over dial-up?
    Support layers, channel adjustments, layet transform, series of image filters, and even import images as a layer.

    Office killer’s?
    Writely
    Google Spreadsheets

    Chaka Khan rocks the drums

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