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Thursday, August 25, 2005

Desktop2.0 and Webtalk

You need a Gmail Account to sign up for Google Talk, a service which allows you to talk through the Internet. It seems to be a potential competitor for skype. You can use your mobile phone to get a Gmail if your friends haven't invited you already.

Google also released the 2nd generation of desktop search called Desktop2.0

You can read all about these updates on the Google Blog.(Are you really surprised they have one)

But I think I might have stumbled across some better freeware/adware)

Welcome to Desktop Sidebar

         

The Desktop Tool That Lets You Have It All

         

Breaking News... Critical Appointments... Personal Photo Gallery... Convenient             Toolbars... Favorite Cartoon... Instant Web Searches... Task Tracking... Music             Library... Notes to File... Weather in Tokyo... You can have it all and                more at your fingertips with Desktop Sidebar!

         

Desktop Sidebar provides you with instant access to the information you most             desire by grabbing data from your PC and the Internet. The result is a dynamic             visual display you configure and control.

         

How can you make this possible? Choose from among a wide selection of             information conduits (e.g. MS Outlook, toolbars, newsfeeds), called "panels".             Fully customizable, Desktop Sidebar allows you to dock these panels to the edge             of the screen, or arrange them anywhere on your desktop as you wish. All panels             are configurable with a number of specific options. With hundreds of skins             available in our Extension Exchange Page and an             easy to use Skin Editor, you can freely change the appearance of Desktop             Sidebar to suit your tastes.          

August 25, 2005 in Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Windows MCE

Is it worth it, At this point I am not sure. There is no upgrade from Windows XP to MCE. Paul Thurrott has a nice write up on the product. Its an interesting OS for a few reasons.

Xpmce_review_013

1) It has simple front end menus to navigate through your digital media, recorded TV, DVDs, and music.
2) It still functions just like the old Windows (you can still use any windows software on it)
3) It has a nice universal remote
4) its easy to use out of the box (If i get the XP edition I have to purchase and install a remote, pvr software etc.

There are some cons though:

1) The big problem is moving all your files from an XP system to a MCE Home system. (if you have a home network set up, this isn't that big an issue
2) I am not sure if at this point if it does more than a well equipped windows xp does. If you already have a TV Tuner for your PC and a PVR and have installed a remote it really isn't that much more powerful.

It seems MCE is good for one type of consumer, the kind that does not own a PC yet, or the kind that does not have a PC set up with all the media bells and whistles that are in demand today.

August 24, 2005 in Web/Tech | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

New Home Theatre Rocks

Probably one of my worst qualities, and you can ask anyone that  knows or works with me, is that I am a bragger, and they would definitely attest to this truth.  But I also am committed to getting the story out about great technology that enhances our lives and makes them simpler.

My home theater is currently composed of:   

Lg_du37lz30_3

  • Audio/Video Digital Receiver & DVD/Surround Sound (600 Watts): LG DVT418 Lgdvt418
  • PS2
  • VCR (For Nostalgia): Panasonic
  • io Digital Cable/Cable Modem: DHG-M55CV






Future Upgrades

I definitely see Windows MCE and a $500 or so wireless surround sound upgrade coming. The wireless speakers are easier to install, but can run you a few hundred bucks more. Also, these set ups usually only have wireless rear speakers. For two less wires the premium isn't worth it. Most of these models have not hit retail stores yet, so it seems like you can only get some of them on line. I'll wait til they have a system that has one wire, an electrical cord. They also have products that can transform your current high end wired speakers into wireless speakers like the

Firebird Sounds FREENIX BS Series

Wirelessdigitalamplifiers

Why didn't I get the upgrades. I anticipate this technology will improve. The wireless speaker systems are just coming to market and this is the first release of Windows MCE. I have already hooked up my PC to my home theater and do have wireless peripherals, so I can control my pc from my couch.  You will also want to invest in remote for your PC as well. Because with this set up you will want to surf the web fro the couch. Its also nice to control your mp3 and CD collection from across the room.

Home Theater Blogs

If you need to do some preliminary research there are also blogs with tons of product info. like "Big Home Theater Guide"

What I still need/want

  1. I still want to get a nice universal remote. I haven't had much luck with this one, because every time I purchase something it somehow doesn't have the code for all the components despite its being dubbed a universal remote.  One I haven't tried is the Harmony Universal. I haven't tried it because I can't bear to have to return it after finding out it doesn't work. Its a very steeply priced ($350) web programmable remote. It should work for the system I have, but I am a pessimist.
  2. Also, I want some sort of PVR. Perhaps something like the ATI TV Wonder to record TV.  This is easy to install through a USB port and come with an RF (Radio Frequency) Remote which means you can control it from a other rooms in the house.

August 23, 2005 in Web/Tech | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Friday, August 19, 2005

The Great Raid

The Great Raid was a great movie. Yes, even in a movie about war, death, and the vices of man somehow it manages to contain a happy ending. It's about a rescue mission of 500 POWs in Cubanatun in the Philippines during WWII after general Mac Arthur left many troops there during an ordered pull back to first continue fighting the war on the European front lines.  It's a tragic story long forgotten by American History and the masses. Some of the soldiers left behind make it out alive. The American spirit once again triumphs and conquers adversity at all odds. There is a hero and a heroine who provides the protagonist with the hope and the will to survive.  So maybe the sub plots are not that original, its a great movie none the less.

 

Photo Name/Flicker Title

 

August 19, 2005 in Movie | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Diggs Competes with Del.icio.us

I was reading Jake Jarvis's blog when I stumbled on his digs. Could this be a competitor for del.icio.us. Who knows? I wonder who else is doing social bookmarking and I wonder which one people think is better.

August 17, 2005 in Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Blog For Hope

For 30 days read celeberity  posts as they blog for charity. Here are sample of some of the doners:

Hilary Clinton
Tom Green
The Nanny

Star Power rocks. Hey at least its for a good cause!

August 16, 2005 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Can we get a Type Pad for Word

Dave Winer posted about a blogger for word tool that allows you to write posts on Word and then edit and publish them through the program.

"Blogger for Word: "Use Blogger right within Microsoft Word." "

Can we get something like this for Typepad?

August 16, 2005 in Web/Tech | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Monday, August 15, 2005

Insane Bachelorette Party

For those of you that missed it sorry. Click on the cast post link below to see a quick slide show of pics.

Powered by Castpost

August 15, 2005 in Friends, Milestones, Townsend Harris | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Podcasting Tools

For everything that you have ever wanted to know about podcasting, check out this post on

Chris Lanier's Blog

August 6, 2005 in Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Vox Delicii

I guess the literal translation of this, given that I am the Latin scholar that I am, would be, the voice of delicious. This is a nice service that aggregates data from delicious to monitor the degree of popularity of a link and its movement over time. It tracks pages that are growing in hits and those where the hype is dying down. Its a nice site because it give a great visual by color. Green its growing, red page view are decreasing. Vox_delicii_1

August 6, 2005 in Web/Tech | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack