Apple iPod Flash Player Designs?

November 13th, 2004

iPod mini flash design     iPod mini flash player design
Now that it’s been reported that Apple is indeed making a iPod flash player (256MB to 1GB of storage, which is pretty weak in my opinion), what will the design look like? And what will the name be? My thoughts are that it should be about half the size of the iPod mini and probably at least a third skinnier, thus my dimensions would be 1.8″ tall by 2″ wide, and about .33″ deep. Weight would be about 2 ounces. Hopefully battery power will be at least 5 to 6 hours.

I’d like to think they won’t charge $200 for a 1GB flash player, that would be pretty insane, since the iPod mini is just $249 and stores 4GB. I’d venture to guess the price point would be $149 for a 1GB player, and probably $99 for a 512MB one. I really don’t know what the point of a 256MB player would be, unless they priced that really cheap, but I guess there is a market for it, so maybe that one would be $79. It’d be nice to see removable storage of some sort, perhaps Compact Flash cards, but I’d highly doubt it coming from Apple. A user-removable battery would be a plus, but again, iPod history so far has shown that Apple isn’t willing to sacrifice slick design for that.

Since AppleInsider reports that the new Apple flash player will sport a familiar iPod interface, I hope that means they’ll keep an LCD on there, with the capability of at least 3 or 4 lines worth of text. If not, they may offload the LCD and iPod information to an in-line remote, much like how MiniDisc players do it and just leave the click wheel on the player itself.

For my first potential flash player design (left), I put the LCD in the middle of the click wheel, so that the click wheel would work as normal, but the Action button would be the LCD itself. So the whole LCD is one big button. I’m not sure how durable that is, but I’m sure it’s doable. The LCD in the picture is a bit big and ugly, so it could be a bit tinier and perhaps square in size for a more aesthetic look.

The second design (right) expands on the idea of the LCD as one big button, so pressing Up on the LCD would be the Menu button, down on the LCD would be the Play/Pause button, etc. Volume could be done by pressing the Northeast corner for raising the volume, and Southeast corner for lowering the volume.

Pressing the middle of the LCD would equal the Action button. Yes, my cut and paste is pretty ugly, the actual icons of course blend in better. This would be the minimalist flash player design.

Unless there’s some major leak, I think we’ll probably have to wait at least a month or two to find out what Apple’s real design will be, they might do a thin cigar shape player for all we know.

So what will the name be? iPod mini mini? iPod mini flash? iPod flash? ipod mini to go? I think mini flash would be good, but I’m probably far off there.

And yes, I know I have no Photoshop skills! 😛 So what do you think it will look like?

http://www.appleinsider.com/article.php?id=744

Gmail POP Access

November 10th, 2004

Gmail
Finally! Legit POP access for my Gmail! And officially supported, so it should work pretty well, if it’s coming from Google. 🙂

How to set it up:
http://gmail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=12103

Fire… Heh Heh Heh…

November 9th, 2004

Fire hole in awning
In the what the heck are they cooking down there in the sewer category (which is right next to the why the hell is there a sewer gate right next to a door), apparently a big fireball caused this damage to a building in Bellevue, WA. Funny thing is, after everyone yelled FIRE! the employees of that building ran out that same exact door. Oops! But alas, no persons were hurt. Reports came in that an employee of another building was directing foot traffic while holding his food in his other hand… If only we had the video…

[Thanks Jimbo]

Leaked Music

November 8th, 2004

Funny that music publicists really believe they can stop an album from being pirated and leaked early… Crunk Juice came out 4 days ago now in the MP3 world, at least according to this .nfo file, I’m sure the album is crunktastic! Oh yeah, Eminem’s Encore was leaked as was U2’s How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb by at least a week or two before their ‘official’ release.

Lil Jon & the Eastside Boyz-Crunk Juice

i N F O
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RIPPER : :>RIP DATE : 11-04-2004

GENRE: Hip-Hop RECORD LABEL : TVT RECORDS

TRACKS : 21STORE DATE : 11-16-2004

ENCODER: LameSIZE : 103,5 MB

BITRATE: VBR/44.1HzSOURCE : CDDA

T R A C K L i S T
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01.Crunk Juice00:57
02.Get Crunk Ft Bo Hagon04:18
03.What U Gon Do Ft Lil Scrappy 05:21
04.Real Nigga Roll Call Ft Ice Cube 05:10
05.Bo Hagons Phone Call 01:22
06.Da Blow Ft Gangsta Boo 06:01
07.Contract Ft Jazze Pha Pimpin Ken 05:55
08.E40 Choppin00:40
09.White Meat Ft 8 Ball Mjg 04:48
10.Stop Fuckin Wit Me 06:00
11.Chris Rock Lets Be Friends 00:10
12.Lovers and Friends Ft Usher Ludacris 04:23
13.One Night Stand Ft Oobie 04:31
14.Aww Skeet Skeet Ft DJ Flex 04:45
15.Chris Rock in Da Club00:27
16.In Da Club Ft R.Kelly Ludacris 04:30
17.Bitches Aint Shit Ft Snoop Nate Dogg Suga04:36
Free Oobie
18.Chris Rock Get Lower 00:33
19.Stick that Thang Out Ft Ying Yang Twinz03:55
20.Grand Finale Ft Nas Ti Bun B Jadakiss Ice Cube 05:40
21.Collect Call Outro 01:08
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75:10 min

Lil Jon and the Eastside Boyz’s Crunk Juice is expected to be TVT’s biggest holiday album. “No one has it besides Jon and [label president] Steve Gottlieb,” says TVT publicist Joe Wiggins. “And no one’s going to have it until it comes out.”

http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/_/id/6595365?

Mozilla FireFox 1.0 Released

November 8th, 2004

About time, maybe Internet Explorer will finally die off! Good to see them actually release a 1.0, though the Pre-Release versions seem stable enough.

Available Tuesday @ 1am PST on 11/9/04…

http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/

Netflix Shrek 2 Green Envelopes

November 5th, 2004

Netflix Shrek 2 Green Envelope Front

Netflix Shrek 2 Green Envelope Back

So I open up the mailbox today, expecting my Netflix (1 day shipping rocks!). Buy generic meds today. $5 Off To The First 300 Customers. Generic Ansaid what is ansaidOrder ansaid without prescription in our online drugstore. Representatives oppose legislation or Ansaid tandem to suppress. But the envelope is GREEN! What the heck? I thought it might be some holiday yuletide love, but nope, it’s SHREK and DONKEY and SHREK AND DONKEY together! Cute, nice promotional touc Be Healthy. Licensed Pharmacy. Generic Cefaclor Consumer information about the medication CEFACLORLearn about lung therapies and respiratory health, including medical information about asthma, lung cancer and pneumonia. com trusted medication database. h. I’m sure we’ll be seeing more ‘special edition’ envelopes soon. Perhaps there are more Shrek Netflix covers out there, but I only got these th Includes Reglan side effects, interactions and indications. We offer Reglan from reputable providers, both in branded and generic versions. Generic Reglan All about Reglan. Available in 5 mg & 10 mg tablets (Oral suspension exists but is famous for unpalatable taste to pets)Metoclopramide (INN) (pronounced /ËŒmÉ›təˈkloÊŠprÉ™maɪd/ or ) is a potent dopamine receptor antagonist used for its antiemetic and prokinetic properties. ree. Wonder how long this promo lasts and how many copies of Shrek 2 Netflix must have!

Netflix Shrek 2 Envelope Front

Netflix Shrek 2 Envelope Back

Saving Desktop Icon Locations in Windows XP

November 5th, 2004

Just putting it here so I can find it in the future easily…

Copy layoutd.dll to \windows\system32
Double-click layout.reg to install the key to your registry
Right-clicking on My Computer gives you options to Save and Restore Desktop Icon Layout

Files need:
layout.zip

P. Diddy Wants to Be Bond

November 5th, 2004

P Diddy
He can’t rap, he can’t act, he has some style I guess, but the next James Bond? Gimme a break, Puffy, err, P. Diddy, gimme a break!

Music mogul P Diddy is making a bid to be the first black James Bond. The rapper, who also runs his own record label and clothing range, modestly believes he is perfect for the 007 role.

The man formerly known as Puff Daddy said: ‘The world is ready for a black James Bond.’

http://www.thisislondon.com/insiders/guides/articles/14483616?source=Metro

Online Bookies Get It Right

November 4th, 2004

Though there was heavy fluctuation on Tuesday, the bookies had it right all along, with the majority of the wagering going towards George Bush, as he was a 2-to-1 favorite a week ago.

Betfair correctly predicted that George W. Bush would stay in office and had offered odds of 2-to-1 last week for Sen. John Kerry to win.

About $4.2 million had been wagered on Bush, with Kerry drawing only $1.2 million in bets. Betfair also claims to have accurately picked the victories in the elections of California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Australian Prime Minister John Howard.

News.com Link

10 Things Chinese Do Better

November 4th, 2004

A bit of an old article, but some good tidbits nonetheless, that daily banking thing would be awesome, but the likelihood of that happening in the USA is about zilch I’d say, until ATMs can do everything a human teller can.

6. Daily banking

We feel so lucky when a bank branch in Canada opens for a few hours on Saturday mornings. (Notice the long, long lines?) But Chinese banks are now open 9 to 5, seven days a week. Even on New Year’s Day and other national holidays, at least some branches will open for business. The ones that are closed post helpful notices directing you to the closest open branch. And, yes, they do have a full network of ATMs.

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