Bluetooth headset for phone and iPod

February 7, 2005

Now here is a product that has been a long time in coming – a set of wired headphones with a bluetooth module to connect to your phone. My idea has always been that one set of headphones is all you *want* to deal with.

I don’t know anything about these apart from what you see on the website – http://www.ipodheadset.com.au/ – the price is pretty steep at AU$179, but I guess that is what happens for a new product in the marketplace. Are there any others like this out there?


iTunes Remote Control

August 8, 2004

I realise that Airport Express has been getting all the press lately, but I just found a nice free little iTunes remote that is working a treat for me right now – iTunes Remote by Michael Tomlin. [Update – linked to Archived version] Working very nicely from my Panther running laptop to my Jaguar running Blue & White G4.


The Devil’s Music

May 24, 2004

I’m trying a new way of generating playlists on iTunes : just enter a single word into the search window and listen to what pops up …

My search this morning was “devil” and this is what I got :

Shout At The Devil – Motley Crue
(You’re The) Devil In Disguise- Elvis Presley
Devil’s Dance – Metallica
Devil Error Code – Comedy Tech Support
DEVIL WENT DOWN TO & CAME BACK TO GEORGIA

Hmm. What results can you get?


Flu … the recovery

May 21, 2004

[splutter]

[gets out of bed]

Hi [muffled voice]

Looking for ways to be kept in touch? I’m thinking it would be nice for my computers to produce a personalised radio show for getting up in the mornings. Tools like text to speech software and RSS readers (that are sometimes combined!) could go a long way towards this goal. Then mix in some cheesy DJ-isms and your favourite playlists and Bob is your Auntie’s live in lover.

I found a new tool : http://www.zapptek.com/ispeak-it/ which prompted me to update an old page from 2002 : my text to MP3 page for that software, here is an AppleScript DJ that changes stations for you and throws in snide remarks (all customisable….)

What else do we need? A bit of X-10 – hang on, I’ve been talking about this before. Hmm. I think there is a theme here that needs a bit of exploring.

What do we call this solution?


Is this thing on?

May 15, 2004

Hmm, once again you’ve caught me having a life outside the blogosphere ๐Ÿ™‚

News just to hand:
Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries is the most dangerous music you can listen to while driving! What a relief that must be to all the rappers ๐Ÿ™‚

Local boy does good:
Australian games developer secures rights to the Stargate franchise games. Maybe he even made a mint – there’s talk of eleven million dollars in there somewhere. Cool.

Big switch to the Mac here in NSW – the RTA is going all Mac for front counter terminals. Sweeeet.

UCLA Geophysicist Warns 6.4 Quake To Hit LA By Sept 5 – hmm, headline kinda says it all, doesn’t it?

We’re watching a documentary (on our TiVo ๐Ÿ˜‰ about Kevin Smith. I used to dress *exactly* like Silent Bob (I even had the beard for a while) which is funny now because until now I never knew who this guy was, nor have I seen any of the movies (yet.)

Since this is the year of living shamelessly and we want to make our first movie this year (for Tropfest) then the whole thing is very funny. Maybe I’ll slip myself in as Silent Bob ๐Ÿ˜‰

Oohh, this says something, but what?

Australians failed to follow the lead of Americans and make Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ a mandated observance on Easter Sunday. “The theory that there would be a Jesus revival at the flicks at the weekend was a myth,” the Sydney Morning Herald observed today (Wednesday). The film came in at No. 6 with just A$805,000, well behind the opening of Starsky & Hutch, which recorded A$3.5 million. The newspaper pointed out that although Passion now ranks as the eighth most successful movie ever, in Australia it is No. 120 on the all-time list.


Blasting from the past : House of Hair

April 20, 2004

Wow! Here I am listening to my iTunes and filling in album dates and album covers, when I happen upon the old classic album from Twisted Sister, Stay Hungry. At the moment I find that Amazon.com seems happy to provide the details I need, so after pasting the cover art into iTunes I go on to read the reviews.

Turns out that Dee Snider is not only alive and well, but he has been hosting a syndicated radio show called House of Hair (“old-school, lipstick & leather rock’n’roll!”)

A little more poking around and I find that the band is back together – and touring in 2004! I could only hope they’ll come downunder, reliving my first ever rock concert would be a fitting thing to do since apparently I’m due for a mid-life crisis any moment…


Lazarus and stuff

May 27, 2002

On another note :

Record labels offer MP3 test for $2 http://au.news.yahoo.com/020525/16/8qb7.html

"Phil Benyola, a digital media research associate for investment company Raymond James Financial […]But "I think you'll be able to count the number of sales on one hand," he added. "As soon as one person gets it, it's all over the (peer-to-peer) networks for free."

I think he should be shown wrong wrong wrong. This seems to be a great chance for us to show that we will pay for MP3's if they're made available.

The only think stopping me is that http://mp3.com/ feel the need to block non-US consumers from purchasing this track. Help!

America just can't stand to come second, or be shown up. Arrogance? You be the judge.