Posts about Gadgets

Protecting a dead medium

The Times has a good summary of the Stupid Sony Rootkit Scandal and how bloggers brought them down. I watched this from afar because I haven’t bought a CD in more than a year. CD? What’s a CD? They’re working so hard to protect a dead medium. It’s as if they posted a militia around a graveyard.

Living the digital life

Jake and I went to the Digital Life expo in New York yesterday. Jake’s report is here. The place was insane: huge lines for those who’d already bought tickets. A manager told us that there were more than 30,000 people and it was so crowded they might have to stop people from going in. It’s beyond the boat and auto shows. It’s a tech fest. We got to meet Robert Heron, one of the regulars on TWiT, the podcast/show Jake got me to like — which, I hope, made up for my messing up and not meeting TWiT and Diggnation star Kevin Rose when I was in San Francisco.

The cost of impatience

Well, damn, Engadget reports that the new Treo is not only for Windows but also is EVDO. I got my new Treo 650 on Sprint and then had to get a separate Verizon EVDO card, each on a long contract. What a screwed up business this is that prevents you from upgrading and spending more by imprisoning you with the old.

Black is still the black

The black iPod Nanos are the first to sell out.

I just got mine — white — because my iPod Mini died last night (no, really, it did). It’s a beautiful thing to hold.

Hand candy

My son used his hard-earned money to buy a new iPod Nano and I’m jealous. It’s a beautiful little thing you can’t help picking up.

Listen up

Treonauts — my favorite example of the nano in nanomedia — says it helped inspire MobiTV to port to Treo but then Mobi didn’t invite the blog into its beta. Silly. We Treonauts stick together and you couldn’t get better marketing — and market and product research — than from such an alpha customer.

What I want

Can somebody invent a waterproof speaker set-up for the iPod so I can take it into the shower without fear?

I’d like the same for cable TV, while you’re at it.

I’d consider asking for this for the internet — waterproof keyboard, wi-fi, trackpad that doesn’t go bonkers in the damp — but then you’d all fear that I’d be blogging wet when I know you envision me in my PJs.

Oh, yes, and when are we going to get the Bluetooth iPod so I don’t have to remember to take all those wires with me?

Let’s all move to Hermiston, OR

Nick Kristoff finds wi-fi heaven.