Friday, January 26, 2007

I haven't seen the need to update in awhile. Nothing spectacular or even entertaining is happening. I'll try to keep my life more interesting, but unfortunately my semester is shaping up to be the same school-work-homework-sleep routine it was last year. Ah well.

i've been thinking about The Lost Room lately, probably because of recent news that the prospects of a full series are looking low. I was really hoping to see a continuation so it's kind of a shame to hear that. I don't think hope is totally "lost" though, since it looks like it'll be out on DVD. Maybe with enough DVD sales, SciFi will be persuaded to give the series a go-ahead. I encourage you to watch it by any means necessary, and if you like it, considering picking up the DVD. Hey, if you won't do it for yourself, please, do it for me.

You know what else would be a big help? Finding the name of the song used in the title theme of this podcast. I know I've heard it before, but I can't place the name, and searching for the few lyrics I can make out from it on Google is unsurprisingly frustrating.

Speaking of music, I'll round out this post with a suggestion. I'm sure most of you have already heard Jonathan Coulton but if you haven't, take the time to grab the podcast and maybe even throw a little money his way. For now, just listen to one of my current favorites Brand New Sucker.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

On the iPhone

Now that I've had some time to let the news of Apple's new product set in, I can write about it rationally.

Well, at least I can do it without drooling over myself.

Before the Keynote: Wasn't interested. Everything I'd heard about the rumored iPhone led me to believe that this would not be a device I'd be interested in.

During the Keynote: Wow. Oh god. Oh god. Oh god.

After the Keynote: It's a wonder what a few days away from the Distortion Field can do to your outlook. I still think it's an awesome device, but it isn't as great as it could be. I would love to get one, but I don't think I'll be buying it right off the bat for a couple of reasons:
  • 8 GB of Memory - If the iPhone is going to replace my iPod as well as my phone, I need at least 30GB. The reason I enjoy the iPod so much is because it has enough storage space to carry my complete music collection. 8GB is a lot of space for such a small device, but it's just not enough, especially if my songs have to share real estate with my contact and calendar information. Hopefully the iPod will still see a widescreen update.

    Or maybe the iPhone's memory will quadruple within the year.

  • No Third-Party Applications - It looks like the absence of third-party programs is all but confirmed, which is a shame. The iPhone's closed nature makes it hard for me to see this phone replacing my Treo. As of right now, my Treo acts as a checkbook, a dictionary (kanji and otherwise), an assignment planner and an IM client, as well as a phone and web broswer. It can be pretty buggy, especially when using the Opera browser, but it's definitely a versatile machine. Apple can't hope to make a program for each function that every person wants, and until I can start tinkering with the iPhone to suit my needs, my pocket device count will hold steady at two.

    Then again, the iPod was closed…

I can see the memory expanding in new revisions, but I'm a bit afraid that the closed architecture of the iPhone will be a persistent characteristic of the device. I was really hoping this would be the One Device. As it stands, I'm still hoping for a widescreen iPod and Palm OS 6.

Sunday, January 7, 2007

Once More, From the Top

I'm going to try moving my blog from Blogsome to Blogger.

Maybe this time I won't let a year pass inbetween posts.