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iPhone blogging inc

Just set up the WordPress app on my iPhone. Will it result in any additional activity here? Maybe not, but at least the option is there.

Podcasts

Podcasting seems to be the next big thing (if you don’t already think of it like that). Here’s what I’m currently subscribed to via iTunes:

This Week in Techwww.thisweekintech.com
This is a weekly show from the old Screensavers guys from the TechTV days. It’s hosted by Leo Laporte and he’s joined by Patrick Norton and Kevin Rose along with a rotating cast that includes Roger Chang, John C. Dvorak, Robert Heron, Yoshi DeHerrera, David Prager and others. Most recently, they’ve also been joined by Steve Gibson of grc.com fame.

Diggnationwww.diggnation.com
Another podcast from former Screensavers guys, this time from Kevin Rose and Alex Albrecht who were the hosts of The Screensavers after the show was bought by G4 and moved to LA. Then they got canned and needed something else to do. So, this podcast is about digg.com, a “social bookmarking” web site. Basically, you go to digg.com and you can “dig” stories based on your interests. The more popular a link becomes, the more digs it gets. The podcast highlights the most dug stories of the week. Although most stories lean towards technology related news, there are some gems like a giant octopus snaring and eating a shark. Definitely worth checking out.

Systmwww.systm.org
This is a Kevin Rose and Dan Huard (who was also, you guessed it, a Screensavers alum) creation that is an internet-only TV show which features video of different technology projects. There’s only been three episodes so far, but Kevin promises more smaller content to fill in between the bigger shows.

The Official Tampa Bay Buccaneers Multimedia Networkwww.buccaneers.com
The only non-technology podcast I have in the list at the moment. This features interviews and press conference clips from the Bucs. It’s all training camp, preseason stuff now, of course, but I expect it to continue through the season with post-game interviews and such.

That’s all I’ve got for now. As soon as I straighten my iPod situation up at home – I have this feeling of disorganization and incompleteness as far as that’s concerned – I’ll probably add more and figure out a way to conveniently get them onto my iPod. I mean, I know how to get them on my iPod, I just need to figure out how to make it so that I can remember to do it when the podcasts come out, etc. I think if iTunes weren’t such a frickin RAM hog, I’d have it running more often on my WinXP machine at home. But that’s for another post.

Ta-da Lists

If you have a need for a to-do list manager, check out Ta-da Lists. Thanks to Daring Fireball’s linked list, this gem came to my attention at a time when I was lost in a sea of nothingness, yet overwhelmed with the number of utilities at my disposal.

Up until now, all I really wanted from life was a decent to-do list app.

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Netscape Browser Revealed

Holy ugliness, Batman! That’s one fugly lookin’ app. I’m not *even* going to get into the interface brokenness, either.

Gmail, oh lovely Gmail

gmail_logoSo, I _finally_ got a Gmail invite from a friend. It’s pretty timely, too, since a co-worker (ok, a lowly graduate student here) has been rubbing his new Gmail account in my face the past couple of days. It goes something like this on an hourly rotation, “Nyah Nyah, I got a Gmail account! You don’t have one!” It took everything I had not to run up and punch him in the nuts, but now things are much calmer.

If you’d like to get on my list of people who get invites, if I ever get any, let me know. First come does not mean first serve.

The Google Browser?

Kottke has an interesting take on the possibility of a Google-branded browser. Me? I’d download it in a heartbeat if it was based on Mozilla. It seems in a lot of people’s mind these days that Google can do no wrong. At least for those that don’t know any better, anyway. I’m sure there are a select few that damn Google to hell and back, but screw them!

New iPods

4th gen iPodThey’re finally here. With an unusual flourish, Apple announces the 4th generation iPod through a Newsweek article. The highlights: 20GB ($299) and 40GB ($399) models only, no color, a one-click shuffle mechanism, and the iPod Mini clickwheel. Oh yeah, and a supposed 12 hour battery life. Not bad, Apple. You got my order.

Apple announces droolworthy Airport Express

airtunescables06072004The new wireless router from Apple is certainly generating some buzz. Not only does it give you unwired access, but it allows wireless sharing of a USB-connected printer and it features an audio out port for wirelessly sending your iTunes to your favorite sound system. This last feature is the only reason I would buy one since I already have a Linksys router to do my wireless stuff, even though I don’t have any wireless devices – I use the wired ports to connect my XBox and PC. But with the Airport Express, I could install it in the living room behind the entertainment center and run the audio cord to the Bose system. Mmm, Bose-alicious iTunes. I just don’t know if it’s worth the $119 (edu price, $129 normally).

PulpFiction is out!

pf_badge_orangeThe somewhat highly anticipated new RSS news reader from Eric J. Barzeski’s Freshly Squeezed Software has finally been released. Go grab your demo and I’ll be doing the same as soon as I get back to work. One of these days I’m going to get my weblogs and headlines organized here and an RSS aggregator is perfect. I just haven’t found one that worked the way I like. FeedDemon on the PC seemed to be ok for a while, but for whatever reason, I fell out of practice of using it. We’ll see what happens with PulpFiction.

TV Tuesday

Week 8 – The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world…

In honor of Mother’s Day this Sunday (what- you forgot? Shame on you! Get thee to a Hallmark Store!) This week’s questions will be about that beloved group of ladies we all know and love- TV moms.

1. Who is/was your favorite TV mom?

For some reason that I’m just beginning to realize, I don’t watch many shows that have mother characters. Is it possible I watch too much reality tv? Ack! But to supply an answer, I’m going to have to say Kirsten Cohen from The O.C. I mean, c’mon. They’re loaded! Who wouldn’t want to live like that?

2. Was she a realistic mother, or more of a TV fantasy type?

I think a Kirsten is a combination of both reality and fantasy. She’s almost too nice at times. I grew up in a pretty strict house (hi Mom and Dad!) and I still think to this day that it did me a helluva lot of good. I have an appreciation of appropriate punishments and think I have the respect for other people that I see lacking in kids that don’t have strong parental guidance. (No, not you, j/j, I’m talking about Z)

3. Which TV mom did you find the most unrealistic? Or if you’d rather: creepy – sappy – mean – you choose the adjective, and you name the mom.

The most unrealistic has got to be Marge Simpson. She takes too much crap from Homer and would have left him a long time ago in the real world. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t change a thing about the show, I’m just answering the question. :)

~Bonus~ No disrespect to your dear old mum, but which TV mom did you think it might be neat to have as your own?

I’ll have to refer back to question 1 for this one. I’ll admit I’m leaning towards the materialistic side of things here, but I’d love to have grown up in the Cohen household. Did I mention they have a pool house?

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Thanks for playing! Happy Mother’s Day, and always remember the loving words of TV mom Roseanne Conner: “If those kids are alive by the time he comes home at the end of the day, then hey, I’ve done my job!”

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