December 21, 2007

USB Fun Gifts

It's not too late to pick up a good gift for someone. Do they have a computer? Then get them a cool USB toy. I'd pick the missile launcher, but the aquarium is cool too. And the Christmas tree? Classic.

Japanese Officials Use the Godzilla Threat

It's true, Japanese officials have threatened containing Godzilla and the army...and it all started over a UFO debate. People complain about the USA; what's Japan coming to? The again, since they seem to know about cultural and technological trends before us, maybe it's possible they know something we don't? Hmm...

And, in other girls--whoops, news --- the Dalai Lama is NOT a callgirl. Just wanted to clear that up. You know, in case you were wondering.

December 20, 2007

Another Christmas, Another Search

Man, it would be great to get through a Christmas without having to search everywhere for one specific gift. But then again, would it truly be the holidays if I didn't? The item this year is the Microsoft Zune 30 GB music/video player. It was available on Black Friday for $69 and I couldn't get it. They were sold out since forever, it seemed. Doors opened and the guy said, "Sorry, no Zunes" and then he followed up with, "and no Turbo Man dolls either". Damn. So I've been on the hunt for a little while now. Stupidly, I forgot about it until recently while trying to finish up shopping and think about what else was needed. Yeah, I think I should have remembered sooner.

On the plus side, I have run across a lot of information. One site which was particularly well put together is anythingbutipod.com. It still didn't help me find the Zune and buy it, but I did get some worthwhile information.

December 19, 2007

Knight Rider's Back, Microsoft Syncs

Aaaaaah, the holidays. Filled with laughter, good times and the promise of nice presents. Wait..what's this I see? A present from NBC, who's bringing back Knight Rider? Oh baby...you know what I like. I'm not sure how I feel about a Ford Mustang taking the place of KITT, but since Pontiac discontinued the Trans Am, what choice did they have? Suffice it to say, I'll be watching on February 17. Check out the video clip and see a little bit of the action for yourself.


Since your video player's already warmed up, check out this one from Microsoft, touting their latest product, the Sync system for cars (I wonder if KITT will have this?). From a company that sometimes doesn't do so well with public relations and naming (Zune, anyone?), this time it's not so bad.


December 18, 2007

Amazon's Kindle, Dads Spiteful, and Nintendo

Yes, I should be blogging more. I've come to that conclusion myself. I do enjoy reading other people's blogs, and their steady and constant updates both give me an appreciation for their dilligence and make me realize I need to get with it.

One of the things that's got me the most excited right now is Amazon's new Kindle ebook reader. It seems like they really designed the device right, even down to the implementation mechanism for obtaining ebooks. The wireless service for downloading is built right in, no need to search for a hotspot, no need to pay for a separate service (I hate that). The wireless service is built right in. Take it out of the box, hit "connect" and you're on amazon's site. From what I've read, you can also surf the web with it too. Strangely, they try to make you pay for blogs, which seems a bit odd to me. They're free everywhere else, so why pay on the Kindle? Also, if the thing has web surfing abilities, couldn't you just navigate to the blogs directly? I guess the payment goes for the ability to download them locally on your device. Still, I think this device has a lot of promise, and I look forward to seeing its evolution. Things to improve: give it a color screen, mainly. That would be a great start.

Speaking of Holiday-related things, here's a kid who won't be very happy on December 25. Guess he forgot about two things: Number 1, Dad's a spiteful person and likes to teach you a lesson. Number 2, it's unwise to get caught smoking pot. Lesson learned.

Nintendo's flying high with both their Wii (still sold out across the country) and the DS, going strong after what, years now? They're both great systems, and they're at really good price points. Something Nintendo would like to see the retailers honor, and not jack up with bundles.