Podcasting What Geeks Really Want To Hear

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  1. Hey guys,

    Firstly love the podcast, much easier to relate to than some twits in the biz (not that I dont like them too)

    Thanks for mentioning Synergy, after going from a dual head PC setup, to a MBP/1 Monitor + PC I was getting very frustrated with VNC, Synergy fits the bill perfectly and works like a charm.. and as an added bonus, its free and open source!.

    Keep it up.

    Forkboy.

    Comment by forkboy — January 16, 2007 @ 07:42

  2. Hey guys, great podcast. I have a few comments on the apple announcements. I’m with you the Apple TV is a snooze and the iphone well can you say overpriced and closed, two things that make me say no way.

    As on alternative I’ve just purchased the Nokia N800 Internet Tablet. Check it out at http://www.nokia.com/n800 This is a linux based wide screen tablet/pda that is setup by nokia as a hackers device. It does almost anything you can think of and if you visit http://www.maemo.org you will see that many people are porting there favorite linux apps over to this device. It is based on debian. The best thing it was only $400, supports many types of video, audio, it has a builtin camera for webphoning, supports gizmo VOIP, etc. Personally the coolest thing I like is that the media player can except streams from my slimdevices slimserver running on my home linux box. So I can anywhere in the world with a wifi connection stream my mp3’s from home to this thing. Oh yea and it has builtin stereo speakers. Anyway just wanted to let you guys know.

    tim

    Comment by tashman — January 16, 2007 @ 09:54

  3. Tim,

    That Nokia looks pretty killer. It’s a bit overkill for my uses, but I love the fact you can run Linux on it and the streaming music is killer too.

    Ya know, I haven’t booted up my Sharp Zaurus in a long while, but when I was using it a lot, I could “Wow” a lot of people with it. I’ve got a 256Mb SD card for it, and using several cramfs images, I’ve got MySQL, Apache, Perl, 3 JREs, GCC (gcc and g++, with headers), LISP, BASIC, SSH & VNC servers, IRC client, and even a mini version of Ethereal for packet sniffing all on it. It was really cool at the time, but my laptop does all that, plus a whole lot more.

    I guess my point is, as long as I’m willing to carry around a laptop, I just want a phone that does BlueTooth 2.0 (for speed) and has some sort of internet connectivity that doesn’t charge me an arm and leg. In the U.S. (especially North Dakota), it’s pretty much wishful thinking.

    Comment by Nem W Schlecht — January 17, 2007 @ 23:17

  4. Just listened to this ‘cast and I really think you guys missed the mark in your discussion of the Apple TV. In my mind, the biggest problem of the Apple TV is the cost. But what it is supposed to do is really a nice. I want to address a couple of your complaints:

    1. Can’t buy from iTunes Store:

    The biggest problem I see here is that the Apple TV is inherently a device that provides a 10ft experience to iTunes. There is no keyboard, just a simple remote control. Apple is really diligent about splitting their scenarios based on the 2ft vs. 10ft experience. Purchasing content and managing that content is a 2ft experience that you do on a computer with a real application.

    Also remember, the XBox has a bizarre “point” based purchasing system that hides the real cost of your purchased from you.

    2. 720p only

    720p is pretty damn good. 1080i is really 540p. The interlaced HD formats are going away. If anything 1080p is where we want the Apple TV. I don’t see a 1080p device coming out in the next couple of years.

    3. Other products

    Lots of other products, can probably do these functions, but do they have the ease-of-use of this device? Can your mother set it up? Probably not. If you don’t think this device is flexible enough for you, then you probably are not the target market for it.

    4. Just an iPod with ports

    Yes! That is the point of this device.

    5. DVI vs. HDMI

    There are plenty of cables that convert between these formats. Going to component is a little bit more of a problem.

    6. Additional codecs

    I bet that this thing is hacked within 1 month of release. It is rumored to be running OS X as well.

    Brian G.

    Comment by Brian G. — January 20, 2007 @ 16:38

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