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Phillips Shoqbox

A new take on the traditional MP3 player. This has an FM tuner, holds either 256 or 512 MB, depending on which on eyou buy. Acts as a speaker system for other MP3 players. Has a rechargable battery and carrying case.

I got one for my husband to listen to while he works out in the garage, or whenever he doesn't want headphones. He had wanted a new clock radio and I thought this would be a nice step up from his last one. I don't know how good the sound is yet, but I will let you know.

New Toy - Wacom Tablet

I got a new toy at work, a wacom tablet. I am going to use it with flash, and soon with 3d Studio Max. It really gives me a lot better drawing control than using a mouse. I haven't gotten to use it a lot so far, but I really like it.

PDA - on loan from techlore

I thought I would really use this a lot. I do, any time I can't find my remote control. It will run my dvd player. (For some reason it has trouble with the TV and I can't find the remote from the TV to use to program it.)

I thought it would be an easy way to check my email, but the security on it is not high enough to check my work email, and gmail doesn't support the format.

Works great with hotmail though.

I had fun with it for two days. Now it just sits in the cradle on my desk. I guess this is just not the gadget for me. I have tried palm pilots in the past with the same reaction. The novelty wears off, I quit bothering.

(Heck, half the time I need to call my cell phone to find it.)

I'm enjoying my new heart rate monitor and my new dryer though....

Sound cancelling headphones, at the dentist office

I really like my dentist. I am very hard to numb, and very sensitive to pain. My dentist knows that I hate having work done, and have a miserable time with it. He has Bose sound cancelling headphones and some portable CD players floating around. I brought in my favorite CD (The Beatle's number 1 hits) and listened to that instead of the drill. It didn't totally ease the pain of the dentist, but the nitrous oxide didn't hurt any either.


The future of video gaming...

Last night I went to a presentation by one of the founders of oddworld, Lorne Lanning.

His presentation was excellent. Funny, creative and relevant. He talked about some the problems in the gaming industry, and where he sees the industry going.

I didn't take notes, but to losely summarize the big predictions:

We will see more collaboration between films and video games, and sharing of technology. (think of the large army scenes from Lord of the Rings, that was accomplished by the use of technology developed for video games.

We will also see more content delivered online, to be downloaded. It may take a while for bandwidth to really make this practical.

I really got a better understanding of what goes into making a video game.



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