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Friday, September 30, 2005

Unlock your bike with a remote ?

This has got to have been developed by a man... The ultimate in laziness now comes to security and padlocks... No more excuses for not locking up that valuable stuff, and then forgetting the combination... Cool way to chain your bike to the fence, too... What will they come up with next ?

Thursday, September 29, 2005

$.01 iPod nano cover and how to remove scratches...

There have been many reports of new iPod nano's being scratched almost instantly and seemingly without unduly harsh treatment, sometimes to the point that one can no longer read parts of the screen. Other reports have surfaced that the LCD displays crack easily, again without undue mistreatment of the device. Apple is addressing these last issues by offering free screen replacements, and claims the issue is due to a substandard quality batch, which has since been fixed. For the scratching, they suggest to get a case or protective cover. Most, unfortunately, are not quite shipping yet. However, this is a far cheaper, and probably just as good, solution, at least in the short term. Total cost... Less than one cent... If your nano is scratched already, here's another solution for you to try...

Genetic Manipulation Extreme... Brave New World, here we come...

Mighty Mouse is here... Researchers have developed mice that regrow organs... Humans next ?

Fly Me To The Moon...

I know Google can do a lot of things, really quickly. But can Google even take us to the moon? Perhaps it can... Read about it here also...

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Hose down the TV !

TV's aren't just for the bedroom or the kitchen anymore. You can even watch tv on your back patio. But what to do when your TV gets dirty? You roll out the garden hose and clean it...

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Happy Birthday, G !!!

Perfect gift for Xmas !!!


Here's the perfect gift for your kids this Christmas !!!

Are Macs virus free?

Are Macs really virus-free? 500 USD is now officially riding on it... Question is : is it really smart to encourage people to write nasties for Mac ?

The Japanese Vending Machines...

Of course, you all knew that in Japan almost everything can be bought from a vending machine. Even live lobster...

Sunday, September 25, 2005

The "Downloadable Music" fit is about to hit the shan...

Labels hit back at Apple, now want share of iPod revenues: Edgar Bronfman Jr.
Apple and the major record labels have been cruising towards a confrontation over iTunes Music Store pricing for months now, and one label head, namely Warner Music Group CEO Edgar Bronfman is responding angrily to Stevie J’s comments last week about ‘greedy’ record labels. There’s a perception that the labels (which these days don’t exactly have a reputation for, um, generosity) want to raise the price of downloads across the board, but Bronfman says that flat-rate pricing is unfair and that, ‘Some songs should be $0.99 and some songs should be more. I don’t want to give anyone the impression that $0.99 is a thing of the past’ (note that he doesn’t say much about songs costing less than 99 cents). The problem, as Red Herring reports, is that the labels are used to people buying full albums — and in the process paying for songs they might not have wanted — while the iTunes Music Store lets consumers pay for only the songs they’re interested in. Buying only the songs you want seems way more fair to consumers, but it hasn’t exactly done much to keep the labels’ revenues up. Bronfman’s solution? Well, if Apple is ‘artificially’ keeping the price of downloads low to promote sales of iPods (you can debate amongst yourselves whether 99 cents is articially high or artificially low), then as he sees it, the labels should get to ‘share in those [iPod] revenue streams.’ We’ll go out on a limb and predict they’re never ever going to get a slice of the iPod, but we do have this funny feeling that things are going to get a lot uglier in the next few months.

from Engadget.com

You & your iPod can help save lives...

More uses for your iPod : not just a storage device for your music, your photographs, your address book, map directions, but now also a reminder for first-aid help... What a great idea ! And here is the link to the site that allows you to download the necessary files.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Where can I find...?

Google has just added yet another possibility to its ever-expanding search capabilites. You can now efficiently search the Blogosphere too. And as you've come to expect, they are thorough : just click this link...


Or, even easier, since Blogger is owned by Google, you can click on the new button in this blog's title bar that says "Search All Blogs"...

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Currently playing... or not...

I did some testing this morning with different web browsers, and it would seem that perhaps not all of you are able to see the current track and recent tracks lists to the right of this blog. Please have a look, and if you cannot see anything at all, or you get a warning from your browser about required plug-ins, leave me a comment on this post, including a note about the OS and the browser you are using to see this site. Thanks !

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Oakley RAZRWIRE... Now that's cool...

I'm sure many of you have already heard of Bluetooth. It's a convenient way to wirelessly pair many mobile devices, from mobile phones to computers to PDA's, and many things that are still being developed. Find out exactly how Bluetooth works right here...
Now, there are many cool things you can do with Bluetooth. Perhaps some of you have also heard of Oakley. This is a really cool company, primarily known for its great sunglasses, amongst other "sporty" items. One of those cool sunglasses is the Oakley RAZRWIRE. Read what it is all about right here... Isn't that cool?

Currently playing...

Blood, sweat, and tears... And lots of time, and trying and trying and trying again... Puzzled looks, muffled (or not) swearing and question-marks aplenty... Typical present-day airline cockpit-phrases like "what the hell did it do that for?" also filled the air... What was going on? I was trying to figure out how to include on my blog what my personal iTunes is playing at any given time, including the 10 most recent songs... Thanks to a nice little program called Kung-Tunes, and some heavy searching around the internet on how to make the necessary HTML and CSS coding to make it appear to you as it does, you can now follow what I'm listening to at any given moment. It also allows you to click on artist, song or album to get more information on any of them...

In addition, as you surely have noticed, I have set up my webcam to feed an image to the blog every 30 minutes, so if I am there, you can see that... And if you see someone you don't know, please call 9-1-1... ;-)

Friday, September 09, 2005

Brushed Metal gets brushed off...

For Apple diehards, this is a hilarious take on the new 'look' for iTunes 5. Out with "Brushed Metal"... In with a new look... (Warning : transcript contains explicit content...)

"To protect and serve..." ?

Some of the 'real stories' of Hurricane Katrina...

So sad...

And more shocking stories in this video...

Thursday, September 08, 2005

iPod Nano, iTunes 5, "iPhone"... Hogwarts !!!

Apple held a special event yesterday at the Moscone Center. Listen to Steve Jobs's presentation in QuickTime 7 H.264 format...



Welcome the iPod Nano. Read this article for first impressions. Or this one for a more in-depth analysis... Here's another one... And yet one more... Bottom line : MUST GET ONE!!!



Simultaneously, Apple released iTunes 5. For a description of its new features, read this article.



"It Rings And Sings..."

Initially in the United States, but soon after also in Europe, Apple is cooperating with the release of the iPod Phone. Much anticipated as a logical development for Apple, it actually listens to the less-than-sexy name "Motorola ROKR", pronounced "Rocker". Unfortunately, there seem to be some teething problems with it...






Finally, for all you diehard Potter fans, the iTunes music store now exclusively offers all the Harry Potter audiobooks, and you can even get a limited edition 20 GB iPod engraved with the Hogwarts crest.

Controlled Surfing Conditions Ahead...

It would of course be nice if you had some control over the way things are presented to you. Much like you find yourself fast-forwarding through the ads on a videotape of your favorite tv-show, surfing the web with your browser can be annoying for all the pop-up ads etc. that clutter your screen. Or perhaps you just want to be able to compare prices on items on Amazon.com without having to switch to another window or tab? Well, you can... Read about it here... You'll need to surf the web with Firefox to take advantage of the possibilities for now, but it's a start...

Content industry about to get even more restrictive?

Horror of horrors. Are region-free DVD players about to go the way of the dinosaur? Let's hope not...

After podcasting and vidcasting...

Podcasting is all the rage these days, and there are plenty of websites dealing with the phenomenon. Amongst others, you have Podcast.com, Podcast.net, Podcast Central, Indiepodder.org and Podshow.com, on top of the possibilities that iTunes offers from within the software itself. If you don't know what it is all about, here is a good explanation.

Things are progressing further along this path, of course, with the introduction of more and more broadband connections. Vidcasting became possible, aided by the proliferation of ever more digital tools, like digital photo cameras and video cameras. Anyone can now basically share almost anything with anyone else, whether it is text, pictures, video, weblinks, you name it...

Just yesterday I came across another inventive way of using the internet, and more specifically the RSS feeds. (In case you wonder what RSS means, go and read this article.) It's been called 'appcasting'... It's a way of distributing software updates which does not require users to check several websites continuously. Granted, there are websites that make this checking easier already, like Versiontracker.com or more specifically for the Mac MacUpdate.com. For a fee, these sites can even alert you automatically when updates are available. Appcasting is an alternative for these ways of getting the latest in software. Your regular RSS reader will alert you to the release of the software in question, and you can download it straight from the notification. Neat, and practical... And free.

Monday, September 05, 2005

Caught my eye - Sept 5, 2005

In the news today...

Here's a post for all you Mac-heads out there. Check out this very cool site with all sorts of funky freeware to make your life on the Mac and OS X (whatever particular cat you have purring in your Mac) even more fun. And if you surf the web with Safari, check out PimpMySafari.com for cool add-ons.

As for you Google-lovers, should this or this worry you? Let's hope not... I guess their slogan sure ain't "Do No Evil". And one piece of uplifting news from Google today was this. Hire more Mac-aficionados, Google ! Way to go !

Driving while listening to your iPod can be so much fun. Just be careful out there while you do!!! I guess that also applies to your cellphone (GSM in Europe-speak), your GPS, your laptop, your other multi-button gadget that keeps your eyes off the road... Eventually, this is what they will come up with to solve those problems. That will consign the saying "women drivers" to the history books for good... And those men who think they can drive better than anyone else, well this will put a stop to that...

Finally, and on a much sadder note, we've surely all been dumbstruck again by the forces nature manages to throw at us from time to time. Last December's tsunami was a mighty calamity, and this summer we have Katrina to remind us how little we are in the scheme of things. This is a blog that reports on Katrina and its aftermath, and is well worth reading... Our prayers go out to all those affected by this terrible calamity... If you are looking for news of loved ones, then this wiki-website may help...

Advancing Technology = Big Brother ?

I know that some of the wonders of this world are due to advancing technology. But maybe in some areas, this advance does not always bring benefits...

Our website(s) through the ages...

Some of you probably already knew a little about my website project(s) over the years.

Ever since I first went online in 1993, at the time on a Mac Performa, via an expensive and excruciatingly slow 14.4k modem connection, I had the ambition to make a website of my own... I finally got around to that in 1998 or so, when I had upgraded my Mac to a PowerBook G3 (300 MHz, those were the days...), and the internet connection had quadrupled to a 56.6k link. In the early days, it was mostly a photo repository. And then it never got updated...

In 1999, Catherine and I got married. A colleague even made a website with pictures of our wedding. Unfortunately, it seems to have vanished in cyberspace for good by now... I guess no need to update any more...

Then, when Sara was born, our website was an excellent way to announce this fact to the world, and post pictures for all to see, when they wanted it, instead of sending multi-megabyte files into tiny in-boxes. From the fall of 2001, thanks to the broadband connection in our new house, updating the site became cheaper, a bit easier, and the uploading was definitely quicker. At the beginning of 2003, Nicolas' arrival was well documented. You can still have a look at these sites here or alternately here. Unfortunately, it took many hours and an occasional good [unprintable] expression or two to master the software required to make the site look as clunky as it eventually did... And then it never got updated...

My (host) brother David, who has provided me with many great ideas over the years, from out on the very cutting edge of internet cool that he works, told me about this website called Ofoto, a photo sharing service, that would even allow people to order actual photo prints from the pictures I submitted. I liked that idea, so I went and uploaded many many pictures during the course of 2002 and 2003, and sent out occasional invitations to some of you to have a look at them (as this was/is a 'by-invitation-only' service). And then it never got updated...

Then he told me about Blogger , a new phenomenon on the web. A "blog", short for web-log, is a kind of diary that allows virtually anyone to make his/her thoughts and observations, rants and philosophical discussions, available online. Usually for free, and thanks to Blogger.com, amongst others, without knowing all the little intricate details about page layout and HTML, XML, etc. So, in mid-2004, I signed up with Blogger and started my own blog. And then it never got updated...

Until yesterday.

Yesterday, I got around to trying out my own "Broadcast Machine". Having recently gotten into another new feature on the internet, "podcasting" (audio casting, especially cool in combination with iTunes and an iPod), I found out some stuff about "vidcasting" (video casting), and just the sheer endless possibilities of media sharing online. So, I decided to start my own "TV Channel". Fully digital, fully online. You can read more about it in the posts I added to my blog, and check out ElpelsoTV when you get a chance. If you have a Mac (if not, why not? ), check out DTV, a free player you can use to watch this (and other) Internet TV channel. A (re)new(ed) website was born. I do hope and intend to keep this updated more often...

And finally, as I was blogging away yesterday, I came across this company : AudioBlogger.com. So, I added my first audio blog to my site as well. Cherry on the cake...

So, go on, and have a look. I hope you will laugh with the items on ElpelsoTV, and will keep checking for updated stuff. If you have an RSS-enabled browser or other RSS-software, you can subscribe to the channel and get automatic updates when they appear. You can do the same for the blog, of course.

I look forward to your comments and criticisms (be gentle, please!).

P.S. : All of this stuff is possible (even easy!) thanks to Apple hardware and software... But for all you unbelievers...

Sunday, September 04, 2005

And now for my first audioblog...

Yes, the miracles of the internet and 21st-century telecommunications never cease. I discovered this new service called AudioBlogger.com and they allow you to post audio blogs by calling a specific number, and talking on the phone... The resulting mp3 file is then posted on your blog... Is that cool or what ?

So, for posterity, here goes my first audioblog...

this is an audio post - click to play

More on ElpelsoTV...

Told you there would be more frequent posts from now on, didn't I? But two in one day... Exaggerate...

Anyways, I wanted to give you some more info on the new ElpelsoTV. I intend to upload some of the funnier video clips I have received over the years, and which have accumulated on my computer(s) all this time... I hope you will get as much joy from them as I do/did.

Good observers will also discover a new links section to the right of this blog. I've been playing around with adapting the page layout, and trying to incorporate some external links etc.

For starters, you can check out the blogs of some people very dear to me. David was my host-brother in the U.S.A. in a long (but never forgotten) past and has his blog here. Becca and I go back about the same length of time. Together with her husband Brian, she is traveling around the world, and you can read all about their exploits right here. A very interesting trip, to say the least.

The people that know me well also know that I am a big fan of movies and music, the NBA and one particular brand of computers (hint : one a day keeps the doctor away!). One of the "newer" possibilities on the internet is that virtually anyone can make a "radioshow" online. Much like the video channel I have set up today, anyone with the appropriate (inexpensive) gear can have a go at making themselves heard, on any topic you can possibly imagine. These shows are commonly called "podcasts", and if you've never listened to one, you really should try. A very easy way to do so is to go and download a free copy of iTunes, the renowned digital jukebox. It allows you easily to subscribe to a multitude of podcasts, most of them (as of yet) entirely free. It rarely gets better than this. It also allows you to quickly buy music online through the iTMS music store, or just to encode your own CD's in whatever format you desire. Check it out, you won't regret it !!!

One of the best podcasts out there is without question Adam Curry's. His Daily Source Code is a true gem.

One other podcast is worth mentioning to you today. If you are into Blues music at all, then check out The Roadhouse, a weekly show that plays some fabulous tunes. Most of the tracks are taken from Garageband.com, where bands allow you to listen to their music for free. Fantastic !!! And a great podcast it makes ! To use its owner's saying : it's "The Finest Blues You've Never Heard".

One other superb way to listen to these podcasts of course is to get yourself one of these fabulous players. So many different models and styles to choose from. How can you pass that up?

To wrap up this lengthy post, I will make mention that all of the above was made possible thanks to some free and some inexpensive software running on my trusty Mac computer. I've been a Mac user for 19 years now, working my way through various models (6 in total, and my dad 2 more), all but one of which I still own (and some of which I still use regularly). I know PC-lovers think their machines are the best on the planet. I disagree. All I can say is make the switch and find out what you have been missing all along...

That's enough rambling for today. Until next time... Sayonara !!!

Announcing ElpelsoTV !!!

It's been a long while since I published to this blog. Time has flown, and somehow I didn't get around to keeping this updated. But today, I was trying out something new, and I have published my first TV channel online. TV, yes, you read that right. This wonderful internet medium allows all sorts of things to happen these days. Without too much knowledge of the nitty-gritty required either. All you need is the right tools. So, to start off real basic like, welcome to ElpelsoTV, and check out the first clip I uploaded today. It's a funny clip about some ice cream that was real delicious... Here's the link. So, go on and check it out, why don't ya ? I will try and keep this blog a lot more active from now on... Promise !

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