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Bearcat99
01-25-2008, 08:21 AM
The MS Zune (http://www.zune.net/en-US/products/zune80gb/default.htm) is the SHIZNIT!!!!! This thing is amazing.... I am visiting a cousin who just got home from Iraq.. he has a 80G one.. I bought my daughter a 80G I Pod for Christmas because she begged me too.. but this Zune is awesome... and without any of the proprietary stuff Apple is famous for.

LEBillfish
01-25-2008, 08:31 AM
Want to know what is pathetic?......Until a "year" ago, (1), roughly 365 days, I had no idea what an Ipod was....No idea about USB memory sticks, what a blackberry was, and so on.....and since that time all I discovered in that single day from a single conversation, has not progressed one bit having learned nothing further on the electro-gadget front....

Guess there comes a time/age where you simply don't/can't keep up any more.....Heck I'm not even sure why people do this texting thing http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-indifferent.gif

Bearcat99
01-25-2008, 08:34 AM
LMAO...... that doesnt make much sense to me either... LOL.. I can understand texting in certain situations where yiu cant talk... but for the most part.. why bother texting when you can call... to me thats like typing in the HL chat when you are on TS.

TgD Thunderbolt56
01-25-2008, 08:47 AM
I wouldn't trade my 8gb thumbdrive for an 8800GTX! Yeah, I use it that much.

And regarding the Ipod and such, I've had a PSP (Playstation Portable) for almost 2 years now and that thing is absolutely b@d@ss. 16:9 widescreen LCD hi-def screen, online browser, removable memory sticks, removable rechargable Lithium battery that usually lasts me about 4 hours before needing charging (but I have 2 so I keep one charged which means almost 8 hours of movies, music, gaming before charging), and some really great games ported for it.

I got one for my youngest son too, and we've had some wicked fun playing Ridge-Racer head-to-head.

I admit, I'm a gadget junkie.

LEBillfish
01-25-2008, 08:55 AM
Originally posted by TgD Thunderbolt56:
I wouldn't trade my 8gb thumbdrive for an 8800GTX! Yeah, I use it that much.

And regarding the Ipod and such, I've had a PSP (Playstation Portable) for almost 2 years now and that thing is absolutely b@d@ss. 16:9 widescreen LCD hi-def screen, online browser, removable memory sticks, removable rechargable Lithium battery that usually lasts me about 4 hours before needing charging (but I have 2 so I keep one charged which means almost 8 hours of movies, music, gaming before charging), and some really great games ported for it.

I got one for my youngest son too, and we've had some wicked fun playing Ridge-Racer head-to-head.

I admit, I'm a gadget junkie.


what did he just say?......anyone? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-indifferent.gif

Ratsack
01-25-2008, 08:56 AM
Forgotten.

Ratsack

dbillo
01-25-2008, 09:00 AM
Originally posted by LEBillfish:what did he just say?......anyone? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-indifferent.gif
I'm not sure...but I think he said something like, "You're at that time/age where..."

roybaty
01-25-2008, 09:24 AM
I am a geek and I hate texting.

leitmotiv
01-25-2008, 09:36 AM
The iPod became a teenage accessory, and a loyalty test for Appleheads (of which I am one, but I don't own an iPod). Took Apple's stock from roughly 60 bucks in mid-summer 2006 to 200 bucks last Dec. Made two million for a friend of mine. I had Apple when it was 60 bucks. I thought something as useless and stupid as the iPod couldn't be the basis of a computer company. BOY WAS I WRONG. Right now Apple is 133 bucks---the dream is over. Hope my friend sold---but he probably didn't because he is a worshipper of Jobs and considers owning Apple stock is tithing to his god. O the humanity.

Y0RGO
01-25-2008, 10:31 AM
Y0RGO is no understad all dramatik statment over simpel musik play maschine.

How is hate and luv about devise?

Breeze147
01-25-2008, 10:42 AM
I have a one year old 4 gig iPod and it's like saying I have 2 inch, ahhhh, you get the picture.

I just got done playing Zuma on my phone while waiting for lunch at Applebee's.

Messaschnitzel
01-25-2008, 11:27 AM
I knew what these gadgets were about because I would hear constant references to them, but it was only in the last year that I ever saw some of this stuff. Last Christmas, my in laws gave my wife an Ipod. When she unwrapped and took it out of the box, I said that I have seen people walking around with those before, but what is it? Everybody looked at me and said almost in unison, "Its an Ipod!" http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-indifferent.gif I hear references to the "X-BOX 360", but have no clue as to what it looks like. (I'm sure that someone here will provide a picture of of it. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/mockface.gif)

As far as electronic gadget technology is concerned, If the businesses that depended on people like me to keep their operations going, they would tank real quick. I don't have cable, or commercial T.V. I have a T.V., DVD player, and VCR that were purchased together in 1990, and they still work like champs.

I do however, have to work with computer programs such as CAD, operate CNC equipment, and Coordinate Measuring Machines, which are computer controlled. (unpleasant as it may be for me. I have to if I am to survive in this business. I prefer hands-on work, rather than pushing buttons.)

I do know people who anxiously await and rush out to go purchase a gadget as soon as it is released. They have the latest and greatest up to date stuff out there. There is nothing wrong with this, merely that my interests are elsewhere, and can be considered just as geeky.

ZappaTime
01-25-2008, 12:20 PM
This looks much more desirable to me.. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif
http://www.3ga.org.uk/

Viper2005_
01-25-2008, 12:33 PM
I've got a whyPod somewhere. To put my music on it I had to install horrible software on my PC which tried to sell me whyTunes.

My walkman just worked.
My discman just worked (well ok, the first one didn't work but once the whole CDs-skipping-if-you-didn't-stay-perfectly-still thing was corrected the 2nd one worked).

My whyPod was basically annoying. Battery life was unimpressive, and the earbud things had a very short lifespan...

I detect a downward trend in my general gizmo satisfaction levels. Only another 20 or so years to go before I'm due a mid-life crisis. Given the way the world is going, perhaps I'd better buy up some petrol for the inevitable motorbike now whilst I can still afford it... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

***

The best thing about the Zune is the associated Windows theme which makes XP look black and shiny like Vista without the pain associated with actually having Vista. Especially if you enable cleartype and play about with the fonts. The orange start button even goes nicely with Firefox.

Y0RGO
01-25-2008, 01:16 PM
no.

Viper2005_
01-25-2008, 01:24 PM
Originally posted by Y0RGO:
no.

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

Daiichidoku
01-25-2008, 01:50 PM
as consumers, we should have dug our heels in somewhere between 8 tracks and LPs

Crash_Moses
01-25-2008, 02:02 PM
Originally posted by leitmotiv:
The iPod became a teenage accessory, and a loyalty test for Appleheads (of which I am one, but I don't own an iPod). Took Apple's stock from roughly 60 bucks in mid-summer 2006 to 200 bucks last Dec. Made two million for a friend of mine. I had Apple when it was 60 bucks. I thought something as useless and stupid as the iPod couldn't be the basis of a computer company. BOY WAS I WRONG. Right now Apple is 133 bucks---the dream is over. Hope my friend sold---but he probably didn't because he is a worshipper of Jobs and considers owning Apple stock is tithing to his god. O the humanity.

And teenagers think adults don't understand them. Oho! We understand them very well.

Cha-ching$$$$

leitmotiv
01-25-2008, 03:10 PM
Egg-zactly!

zardozid
01-25-2008, 03:19 PM
The "Tech-Gadget" thing takes on different rolls (and fills different needs) in different cultures and country's...Their are city's in the world where most of the people (all ages) commute to work on public transportation... People spend as much as 2 to 4 hours a day on the train. Small tech-gadgets help to pass the time...streaming TV, games, and music can help you from going insane (LOL). I have seen 65 year old business men playing video games on their "hand held device's"...

As far as text messaging goes their are many situations (business and personal) where talking "out loud" can be considered impolite...if you just need a quick yes or no answer it might not seem worth attracting attention to yourself in a quiet public environment...Their has also been business situations where I need an answer (over an agreement) to be in some form of writing...

DuxCorvan
01-25-2008, 03:24 PM
My sight is quite unimpressive, as are most of my senses. But I must say -no boast here- that my hearing is quite extraordinary. I have been reported by doctors to be able to hear well above and below normal human levels -making me a curious specimen- which makes me therefore fairly easy to annoy with presumed infra or ultrasounds I seem the only one to hear -including a fairly amount of shop and car alarm devices, and much electronic buzzing.

Hence, and being a music buff, I'm very exigent in terms of quality. That's why I hate mp3: it's OK for most pop & rock, but in classical things I miss the full range of frequencies. That's why I use FLAC lossless audio.

Till portable devices are able to use FLAC or similar free lossless codecs, I'm out of that business.

arjisme
01-25-2008, 04:06 PM
Some portable devices do support FLAC. Check out Rockbox as one way to achieve that. I use Rockbox on my iRiver H-120 (now discontinued) and it can play FLAC.

However, have you done any double blind testing with high bitrate mp3s? At high variable bit rates it is close to impossible to hear the difference between that and lossless. Same with ogg vorbis at higher quality settings.

M_Gunz
01-25-2008, 04:42 PM
I-Pod is high priced for what it does but that fits the trendy-status crowd.

I put 10 hours of music on a $20 1G MP3 player from Tiger Direct. Now they have 2G for less
than $30 and soon enough that will be cheap. Those Centon's are also voice recorders and
work fine as USB data sticks.

The neat one IMO is the around $20 Franklin Dictionary (takes phonetic input and gives you,
actually helps you not only get the right spelling but select the right word, find synonyms,
and do other things like unit conversions. It's only got 128M -but- it's also got an SD slot
and stereo input jack.. voice recorder?

Billfish, you know about USB memory sticks? You can pack from sub-CD amounts of data clear
beyond a dual layer DVD's worth on something the size of a finger or smaller that loads or
copies quickly going from machine to machine. There's car stereos with USB ports, you get
in and plug in whatever music you want and even copy stick to stick.

All the libraries here have USB up front as well, this IS how things are going and discs
are really only best for archives. But then again there are people that still play vinyl
other than to rip a copy off of it. Hey, I'm glad we move on as the old stuff is wasteful.
In the near future I'll be able to throw a few 100 albums onto a pair of high fidelity ear
phones that I can fold into a pocket. Maybe they can run it off body heat some day.

ElAurens
01-25-2008, 05:03 PM
I don't even own a cell phone.

And I prefer my music on vinyl, played through tube electronics.

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

TSmoke
01-25-2008, 08:09 PM
Quote ElAurens " I don't even own a cell phone.

And I prefer my music on vinyl, played through tube electronics."

Damn I thought I was the only one left who doesn't own a cell phone and like music on vinyl.

My opinion is this electonic tech gizmo krap has gone way overboard, no wonder the world is gone for a dump.

Cajun76
01-25-2008, 09:09 PM
You guys just aren't hip.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v30/Cajun76/captsgepxz06040304141957photo00.jpg


As for me, I've added twice the memory (16GB) capacity of the iPhone (8GB) with room to expand further, internet, YouTube, touchscreen, email, multi-media messaging, personal organizer, calender with alarms, full keyboard, can watch movies, videos, listen to music, Google Maps, and tons of freeware addons if I so desire, like a large dictionary and thesaurus and a gas mileage tracker as well as games and puzzles.

Additionally, I can take pics and video of my son. I can also view .pdf and view and edit MS Word and Excel documents. With Bluetooth, I can use a wireless headset to keep my hands free if I just have to take a call while driving. Just to be clear, I don't like to talk and drive. I try to keep it short. I can also use the Bluetooth capability with a GPS receiver to expand my devices capabilities as a navigation tool.



http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v30/Cajun76/i_treo_narrowweb__300x5280.jpg

It satisfies the geek in me. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

DrHerb
01-25-2008, 09:23 PM
4 gb micro SD card on my cellphone works nicely for me

M_Gunz
01-25-2008, 09:28 PM
How long now have people driven like s__t while talking on the cell and now they have screens
to pay attention to and not miss TV-whatever just because they HAVE to drive as well?

han freak solo
01-25-2008, 09:45 PM
I find USB flash drives very useful to take your data with you when you travel. You can use it on just about any PC as needed. You can even use free encryption software such as TrueCrypt (http://www.truecrypt.org/) if you feel like keeping your data your's and your's alone. There is one draw back to TrueCrypt and that is you have to have Admin privileges to use it on a PC. So, if you use it don't commit your entire flash drive to it.

Because of my job, I used to use a separate date book and address book (the paper kind). Then I got hooked on a Palm M100 about 7 years ago which replaced both of them. I finally replaced that M100 with a Palm Tungsten/E2 1 year ago. I absolutely need this thing for all things work related.

I don't do the ipod thing, though my wife has a little Shuffle she got for free. However, the Apple software is nothin' but a hassle. For my music I just crank it up in the car with the JVC and Alpine pieces I have in there. Plenty good. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/metal.gif

DrHerb
01-25-2008, 09:50 PM
Originally posted by M_Gunz:
How long now have people driven like s__t while talking on the cell and now they have screens
to pay attention to and not miss TV-whatever just because they HAVE to drive as well?

I dont drive, I take a bus (AKA the loser cruiser lol)

Aaron_GT
01-26-2008, 11:44 AM
I've got a whyPod somewhere. To put my music on it I had to install horrible software on my PC which tried to sell me whyTunes.

That is a negative point - the fact that the iPod stores files in a series of folders it needs to create itself rather than being click-and-drag. But iTunes and RealPlayer support it, various third part apps, and gtkpod, rhythmbox and amarok on Linux. If anything the non-iTunes software does a better job than iTunes.

VW-IceFire
01-26-2008, 12:43 PM
So far I've resisted getting an iPod. A few years back I bought a Zen Micro from Creative just to show my friends that there were alternatives in the market and that you didn't have to get locked into the Apple way of doing things. iPod is shiny and pretty nice but there's some other nice players on the market. Creative, iRiver, Samsung...probably others...all good, have video, support for multiple formats, well worth looking at.

I don't have a cellphone yet either...and I'm a youngin. So I can't fill anyone in on the use of text messaging or the like. Doesn't make sense to me either.

Bearcat99
01-26-2008, 07:45 PM
I would never eget an Ipod for myself... I actually never even considered getting an MP3 player until now..

fabianfred
01-28-2008, 06:52 PM
I used to have a large LP collection when i was young...and copied them right away onto a good TDK metal tape to play in my Walkman or car tape player...and had a stack system of Kenwood components 3 feet high http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

my wife has a Nokia N73 with 4gb mini SD card and I showed her how to download vids from Youtube and convert to m4p for it....

but nowadays I like to listen to nature and my own thoughts more than music......I know......getting old (56) http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/10.gif

BoCfuss
01-28-2008, 07:00 PM
I have the 80GB Zune myself, and it is phenomenal. Large screen, lots of hard drive space. I have 1000 songs, 60 pictures, and 10 movies on it and I still have close to 40GBs left. The headphones that it came with are completely the best I have ever used. The new plug style headphones cover up all outside sounds.

Best of all I don't have to use Itunes. I use yahoo music jukebox at 78 dollars a year for all the music I want, the music is DRM but I use Tunebite to convert it.

Aaron_GT
01-29-2008, 03:09 AM
You don't have to use iTunes for the iPod either. I have an iPod (2nd hand) and don't use iTunes.

Breeze147
01-29-2008, 05:45 AM
I really enjoy my iPod. I got it as a Christmas gift and I know the person who gave it to me dug deep, which is why I appreciate it. I have all of my '60's, '70's and 80's music on it. If I want, I can tell what time it is in Ho Chi Minh City. I can play Solitaire if I want, although I really don't want to. I like the Apple Store.

I just got my first cell phone, Motorola RazrV2 3m or something. It does a lot of neat stuff. News, sports, photo, video, music, games, internet capable (I don't have that), gps, and much, much more. Send a video message. Text message. Find out the weather. See what time it is in Ho Chi Minh City. Bluetooth capable. And get this: YOU CAN MAKE AND RECEIVE TELEPHONE CALLS!!! I think it's cool!!

arjisme
01-29-2008, 07:11 AM
Originally posted by Breeze147:
I just got my first cell phone, Motorola RazrV2 3m or something. It does a lot of neat stuff. News, sports, photo, video, music, games, internet capable (I don't have that), gps, and much, much more. Send a video message. Text message. Find out the weather. See what time it is in Ho Chi Minh City. Bluetooth capable. And get this: YOU CAN MAKE AND RECEIVE TELEPHONE CALLS!!! I think it's cool!! Don't forget: it also empties your wallet! ;-)

Waldo.Pepper
01-29-2008, 07:37 AM
Originally posted by ElAurens:
I don't even own a cell phone.


Originally posted by TSmoke:
Damn I thought I was the only one left who doesn't own a cell phone

No cell phone here either.

If anyone can respond to my next comments favourably I may get one though.

Why do you want a device that robs you of YOUR time, by making it possible for people to contact you at THEIR convenience? And on top of all that, YOU pay for it! Explain why I would want one of these things!

Edit: I forgot this!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/WaldoPepper/satire/nano.jpg

When an Ipod can do justice to Oleg's masterpiece then I might get one.

Blood_Splat
01-29-2008, 07:47 AM
Cell phones ah yes... Those a55holes who do ten below the posted speed limit while they are on the cell phone gibbering about meaningless/pointless shat. The whole F-ing world has to stop! I have no problem with people who can actually drive and talk at the same time but, the other group makes me want to ram them off the road. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_mad.gif

jarink
01-29-2008, 08:38 AM
Originally posted by ElAurens:
I don't even own a cell phone.

And I prefer my music on vinyl, played through tube electronics.

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

My kids were stupefied the last time we visited their great-grandma and she let them play some records on one of these...
http://www.stevedez.com/antiques/items/victrola_vv-xi/victrola_vv-xi_open.jpg

My sister and I loved playing records on this when we were little. We're not sure of the exact date of manufacture (the only dates on it are the 1906/07 patent dates), but it's in near-perfect condition and even has the manual!!!