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Trendy? Not much to do on this afternoon? This is for you

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If you, like us, are unbearably cool and trendy, then you?ll be sure to have an iPod ? you see, it?s the [I]only[/I] truly fashionable way to listen to music.

People with iPods already have the sort of fun that normal, desperately unfashionable people can only dream of. We can put our iPods on random and listen as the machine artfully plays all our least favourite tracks from our favourite albums. This works particularly well if you listen to a lot of hiphop, where 50 percent of the tracks on the albums are just shouting and gunshots, or selections of answerphone messages. We can also wait till our iPod breaks again, and send it off to get fixed, with the excitement of seeing whether they can save our iTunes. We can sit on the train looking smugly at people with earphones that aren?t white ? they probably have to get their CD players out, like, every 45 minutes to change the CD and press play again. Ha.

Now there?s a whole new thing that only we can do with our iPods! The clever people that got Linux installed and working on iPod have now got it to "run" the original Doom, although it?ll only really work on the iPod Photo. However, as far as we can tell the diminutive FPS squeezes out about two to three frames a second - hardly suitable for frantic fragging. If you want to have a look, head for the iPod Linux site where you'll find an assortment of out-of-focus, over-exposed photos and movies.

Does playing old, badly running computer games on your iPod make you more or less cool? You know where to let us know.
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Comments

claudioalex 8 Aug 2005 16:27
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I rather prefer to have a FM radio function in my ZEN MICRO than a Doom picture to show..

Have you seen how trendy is the ZEN Micro?
(the blue light hipnotize me)
Smaller, huge capacity, and a Radio FM working for my ears.
config 8 Aug 2005 17:03
2/14
Blue LEDs are just so 1990s

White LEDs are the new blue, but even they're getting abit old hat.

UV LEDs are the Next Big Thing(tm). They look like dim blue LEDs and give you cateracts. Cool.

Anyway, personal music devices are for the socially challenged; those unable to strike up an engaging conversation with neighbouring individuals on the bus, train, airplane or in the gym, sauna or hot tub. Bleh.
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DoctorDee 8 Aug 2005 17:57
3/14
claudioalex wrote:
IHave you seen how trendy is the ZEN Micro?
(the blue light hipnotize me)
Smaller, huge capacity, and a Radio FM working for my ears.


Dude, I think you you are confused.

The Zen Micro is
51mm x 84mm x 19mm which is 81.396cc
The iPod Mini is
91mm x 51mm x 13mm which is 60.333cc.

So iPod mini is 25% smaller.

Both hold an identical 6Gb of music.

And I bought an iPod to get AWAY from the s**t they play on the Radio.
Chris Ashton 8 Aug 2005 18:01
4/14
iPods really get on my nerves, the whole white earphone thing is crap. Doom and Quake are on Pocket PC and work alot better
Joji 8 Aug 2005 19:14
5/14
True, iPod is crap if it can't play no mp3s or wma tracks. The fact you have buy all the music from them is a turn on to the masses who want the latest cool s**t, but not to people who really know what it's all about (why buy mp3s when I have plenty of cds I can rip from).

Don't give a stuff if it's pics of Doom or a full game. iPod is for music, nothing else and I don't want one either (much rather have a hd player with more range of formats).

claudioalex 9 Aug 2005 03:51
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Who told you that Zen is biger than i POD?????
my Zen micro is much smaller, ok, is not as slim as the iPOD, but smaller it is sustancially (it fit in my pocket easily).

I forgot to talk about prices, Zen micro has a comfortable price, and hey, it has the best sound of the market,

You can record your voice ( it bring a mic), you can record any song played on the incorporated FM radio.
And yes , i like to listen FM radio
tyrion 9 Aug 2005 07:48
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Joji wrote:
True, iPod is crap if it can't play no mp3s or wma tracks. The fact you have buy all the music from them is a turn on to the masses who want the latest cool s**t, but not to people who really know what it's all about (why buy mp3s when I have plenty of cds I can rip from).

Err? You know the iPod will play MP3s don't you?

And you know that iTunes the software (not the music store) will rip your own CDs to MP3 don't you?

And you know that iTunes the software (not the music store) will import MP3s that you have ripped from elsewhere don't you?

Joji wrote:
Don't give a stuff if it's pics of Doom or a full game. iPod is for music, nothing else and I don't want one either (much rather have a hd player with more range of formats).

Why are people so opposed to convergence handhelds?

I don't want to carry a mobile phone, a digital camera, a camcorder, a games handheld, a music player, a portable DVD player and a GPS navigation device. FFS I don't have that many pockets!

True, you get a device better suited to its function if it only does one thing, but why not accept that we don't need professional quality photographs of the lad's night out or concert hall reproductions of music to listen to when we're on the bus?

In the future (cue woo-ee-oo music) there will be a device that does all of the functions that I listed above. It will be about the size of a PSP, maybe smaller. I for one will be happy when I have that device, 'cos I'll only need one pocket to carry it in.
DoctorDee 9 Aug 2005 08:33
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Joji wrote:
True, iPod is crap if it can't play no mp3s or wma tracks. The fact you have buy all the music from them is a turn on to the masses who want the latest cool s**t, but not to people who really know what it's all about (why buy mp3s when I have plenty of cds I can rip from).


In this case though, Joji, you really do not "really know what it's all about". iPod CAN play MP3, M4A AAC and WAV. I Pod/iTunes CAN rip your CDs.

Don't go jumping on the iPod is crap bandwagon unless you can at least get your facts right.
DoctorDee 9 Aug 2005 08:36
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claudioalex wrote:
Who told you that Zen is biger than i POD?????


Well, the Creative website told me the size of the Zen Micro, and the Apple website gave me the size of the iPod Mini.

But you seem to bne comparing the Zen MICRO with the standard iPod... which is hardly fair, since the standard iPod has a 40Gb disc and a colour screen.

The CORRECT comparison is with the 6Gb iPod MINI, and that is smaller than the Zen Micro. FACT!
TwoADay 9 Aug 2005 14:22
10/14
Well, I was going to point out that the iPod plays mp3s, but I think other have done that.

I put my mp3 collection on my iPod when i got it. The only issue there was for me was that I had to reformat the file names. Although I guess it depended on how you named the music pre-itunes.

I really don't understand the anti-iPod bandwagon. It's just an mp3 player. People might not like the stereotype or whatever that may come with using one, but people who buy into the stereotypes are fools to begin with - it's a sweet machine

My only beef with iTunes is the way it handles rap tracks. The naming system that they used for Handsome Boy Modeling School Tracks is awful.
way 10 Aug 2005 09:02
11/14
Chris Ashton wrote:
Doom and Quake are on Pocket PC and work alot better


Your right Chris, Doom and Quake are on the Pocket PC, and also on some digital cameras. Even a lot of DVD players could probably play Doom (no evidence but they should have the bits in there, even in some portable ones).

http://digita.mame.net/
http://quake.pocketmatrix.com/

But for something more interesting.

Throw away your PSP's, have a look at this new Motorola smart phone:

http://www.brighthand.com/article/Motorola_Q_Unveiled?site=
http://www.engadget.com/entry/1234000050053387/

It can run programs on it that will run on the xbox360, seriously (though through a cross compile using the new Microsoft cross development platform). But imagine with you put a FPGA (or ASIC) Open Raytrace 3D engine on it, like I want to do on my game system design, like this:

http://www.openrt.de/
http://www.saarcor.de/
http://graphics.cs.uni-sb.de/~woop/rpu/rpu.html
http://graphics.cs.uni-sb.de/~jofis/SaarCOR/DynRT/DynRT.html#gallery

To do this:
http://www.openrt.de/Applications/games.php
http://graphics.cs.uni-sb.de/RTGames/
http://graphics.cs.uni-sb.de/~sidapohl/egoshooter/
http://graphics.cs.uni-sb.de/~sidapohl/egoshooter/screenshots/index.html

Run Open raytrace style quake, the best looking Quake.

A movie of it:
http://www.gamershell.com/news/13500.html

Think this is unrealistic, how powerful is a PS3, maybe this powerful:
http://www.openrt.de/gallery.php
http://www.saarcor.de/gallery_sim.html

Truthfully, if it used the more efficient 3D raytrace system design I have been thinking about for several years, it could do probably do it on a PSP.

Way
DoctorDee 10 Aug 2005 09:07
12/14
TwoADay wrote:
My only beef with iTunes is the way it handles rap tracks. The naming system that they used for Handsome Boy Modeling School Tracks is awful.


Yeah, it is iTunes biggest failing. If you are using a Mac ,you could consider using one of these:

http://www.dougscripts.com/itunes/
TwoADay 10 Aug 2005 13:08
13/14
DoctorDee wrote:

Yeah, it is iTunes biggest failing. If you are using a Mac ,you could consider using one of these:

http://www.dougscripts.com/itunes/


Alas, I ave a Windows machine. Don't hold it against me :)

Whoever wrote iTunes to put guest artists on the main "Artist" section, rather than after the title of the track, really should look at the back of a CD case.
DoctorDee 10 Aug 2005 15:17
14/14
TwoADay wrote:
Whoever wrote iTunes to put guest artists on the main "Artist" section, rather than after the title of the track, really should look at the back of a CD case.


Hold on - THAT's not iTunes - that's down to the dorks who enter the data into GraceNote CDDB or FreeDB. And that's just the first person who buys the CD and types it into their MP3 player with "upload track anmes" turned on.

I hate these idiots. The ones who don't use the "compilation flag" but credit all the tracks on a compilation to "Various Artists", the ones who cannot spell, the ones who don't capitalise correctly. I hate them all. But you'd think FreeDB/CDDB would automatically filter sucgh things out - maybe it does these days...

It's not iTunes that decides what a track is called, it just downloads that information from the same on-line databases that all the other programs use - so in this case, most (all!) other MP3 software would make the same mistake.
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