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Thursday, May 24, 2007

A new interface for audio

I got an Ipod nano for my birthday. I had been debating getting one for a while because of the small size and slick user interface, I was just a little put off by the jump from Microsoft to Apple. As it happens, iTunes is only a bit worse than Media Player. Also, I don't intend to buy any DRM protected music so I should still be able to use Media Center to access my music collection elsewhere in the flat.

One really nifty thing Apple have done, that I didn't fully realise until I got my hands on an Ipod, is to provide an intelligent interface to the device. Portable audio devices have typically always had an analogue output for audio (the old 3.5mm jack). More modern players have come complete with some sort of digital input (usually no more functional than a USB mass storage device). Apple have created a new control interface, and opened it up to third party manufacturers so that you can get cool things like this low power FM transmitter.

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Monday, May 14, 2007


As a birthday present to myself I have brough a Nintendo Wii. It was a choice between a Playstation 3 and a Wii. The Wii had benefits like being much cheaper, having more innovative controls and being able to play classic Nintendo games. The PS3, I thought, was made for more hardcore gamers (not me). Also if you asked me to bet on which format was going to win the current format ware, I would say Blu-Ray; but I wouldn't bet ~£600 on it! So far I am very impressed with the Wii. The controls are fun, it has a very good web browser (based on Opera) and it is great playing the downloadable older games. However Wii Sports is only really good for multiplayer gaming or it soon gets boring. Also the console is the wrong color (something based on Black would look much better next to my existing AV setup) and looks a bit uglier than it seems in pictures.

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