Chicken crosses road; its owners get a ticket
Hmmm... I don't remember that being the punch line.
Teenager's iPod goes boom - Breaking - Technology - theage.com.au:
Don't put your iPod through the washing machine. And if for some reason you do, don't try to fix it with a screwdriver.
That's the advice of fire investigators probing a small explosion that burned a hole in the bed of a Melbourne teenager who tried to perform emergency surgery on his ailing mp3 player.
The boy was treated by paramedics at his Bayswater home for breathing difficulties after ingesting fumes emitted by the device as he pulled it apart in his suburban bedroom about 7.30pm on Wednesday.
Country Fire Authority spokesman Peter Philp said the leaky iPod had been taken away for testing by CFA investigators.
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An Apple employee (at least he claims to be an Apple employee) is over on Slashdot saying some interesting things:
1) "A video iPod would be a dumb idea for lots of reasons, some technical, some psychological."
2) "What's a much bigger thing is the gradual shift, over the past two years, in the way we as a company do business. We are very serious about IP."
3) "And unlike video, people often do want to carry photos around with them."
4) "So there's basically zero reason for video to be portable. You're not going to carry it around with you. You're going to watch it at home."
5) "See, the "alpha geeks" are not our market. We don't sell to them. The "alpha geeks" are defined by one key characteristic: they're irrational."
This guy sounds a lot like Steve Jobs. I don't believe he's an Apple employee, though. Why? Cause generally the Apple employees I meet are smart and this guy doesn't sound smart at all.
Let's look at this again. I wonder if this guy would have voted to fund the original Macintosh. Or, even worse, would have turned down Woz and Jobs when they were trying to get the initial funding for building their first set of computers, which were definitely aimed at alpha geeks.
As to a video iPod. That idea has already happened. It's called a Sony PSP. I'm seeing people all over the place watching videos on their PSP's. And every plane I've been in lately has people watching videos on portable devices, many with screens not much bigger than exist on a PocketPC.
In fact, what I look at the hardware trends. You MUST check out the 640x480 screens on the new PocketPCs to know that portable video devices are coming over the next couple of years and that there's lots of demand for them.
Heck, I love showing off videos on my little phone, which has a tiny screen.
Speaking of Apple. Visit this Apple site (for OS X dashboard widgets) and look at where the radar image of a storm is located. Heh, it's always storming in Redmond. I love a marketing department with a sense of humor!
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