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TinyPodcast 2005-04-05

Here’s this week’s show. So much cool geeky stuff that we run out of time, and left lots of stuff out. Maybe we’ll have to do a supplemental show this week to catch up.

This week’s show is about 45 minutes, and weighs in at about 20 MB. As always, you can listen to the show by downloading the MP3 file directly, or subscribing to the TinyPodcast RSS feed in your favorite podcast aggregator to get the show delivered to you automatically.

Read on for this week’s show notes:

  • Google Maps adds aerial/satellite photos from the recently acquired Keyhole. Cool!
  • Google bumps Gmail storage capacity to “Infinity + 1”, and our speculation on how they do that. I’d love to tour the Google datacenter.
  • Google to launch video blog hosting, a la Ourmedia.org? If so, here’s to hoping they improve the experience.
  • Can Gmail + the rumored Google Calendar replace Outlook + Exchange for enterprises?
  • Still don’t have Gmail? Drop us a line. Want an invite to Yahoo! 360? Drop us a line.
  • Josh reviews his new Sony PSP, and the game Lumines (crack++), which is like a cross between Tetris and Bejeweled, with reactive music and sound. Hard to explain, but a very cool sensory experience. I try to explain, but it doesn’t quite capture the experience. Look for a video review soon, to get a better idea what I’m talking about.
  • Did you ever play a video game so much that you saw it in your sleep, or when you close your eyes, or hear the music constantly in your head? That’s how hooked I am on Lumines.
  • Discussion on video game music – I’m a big fan of music from Nobuo Uematsu and the Final Fantasy series.
  • I pre-ordered Mercury, a puzzle game for the PSP, where you guide liquid mercury through levels and puzzles by tilting the world. Can’t wait.
  • The PSP uses proprietary Sony media (UMD and Memory Stick Duo), but can play video in MPEG4 format (use PSPVideo9 or iPSP to transcode from other video formats, and copy the video to the PSP using the right folder and file name format), music (MP3 or ATRAC3), and JPG photos.
  • PSP has built-in WiFi for multiplayer games. Wipeout Pure game has a built in web browser that you can use with a tweaked DNS server (look here or here for portals, examples, and more details).
  • I’ll have to model the “I <3 Bloglines" t-shirt that I got, because I truly do heart Bloglines. :-)
  • Skype update for Pocket PC, still doesn’t work well in forced “true” VGA mode. Offers other fixes, though.
  • My wife Rachel, and almost-two-year-old daughter Emma call in and make a guest appearance on the show. Don’t miss Emma say “iPod!”. :-)
  • We do the show because we love it, and would continue to do it if we had 2 listeners or 2 million. We’re geeks all the way through, and we can’t help it.
  • HP iPAQ 6500 series “communicator” specs leak from the FCC. I feel like I should be more excited about this device, but for some reason, I’m not…
  • I want my next phone device to have EV-DO-like wireless data speeds – 500+ Kbps or bust!
  • Too bad we depend on phone companies to implement all of these next gen data services. We need a company like Skype or Google that can actually pull of cool stuff to take charge!

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