TinyPodcast 2005-06-14

Here’s this week’s show. You can download the MP3 file directly (right-click, save as), or subscribe to the TinyPodcast RSS feed in your favorite podcast aggregator to get the show delivered automatically to your computer and MP3 player. This week’s show is about 20 MB, 40 minutes, as usual.

Here are the various topics that Brian and I cover this week:

  • Barnes & Noble and Starbucks hate their customers (or: Why I’ll Go To Borders From Now On). I’m going to write up a full blown rant about this soon. No self-search, no taking books into Starbucks to read and hang out (and no bringing drinks into B&N), and you have to get a key to use the restroom. All of these things made me feel like I was despised and untrusted in their store. Borders is completely the opposite, and this bad B&N experience created a loyalty to Borders in me. Way to go, B&N!
  • EBooks should be cheaper than they are! I hardly ever buy dead tree books anymore – trying to vote with my wallet.
  • Why oh why does Intel bundle Skype with some of their products but prohibit its use internally?
  • The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has released a Legal Guide for Bloggers. Know your rights as a blogger, and know what to watch out for to avoid getting int trouble.
  • Simultaneously recording this show on the Creative Zen Micro via the built in mic, just to see how it sounds.
  • Josh’s new gadget – Nikon Coolpix 5600 digital camera. 5.1 MP, 3x optical zoom, SD memory, AA batteries, tons of “scene assist” modes, and great video capabilities (records to Quicktime/MOV). Slightly smaller and faster than my Nikon Coolpix 3200, with a larger LCD. We shoot a quick demo video with the camera, at 320×240 pixels, which you can check out, unedited, here.
  • I’ve been taking tons of pictures, and sharing them via Flickr. Lots of cute photos of my daughter Emma over on my family blog,
  • Apple’s Intel announcement caused the “Osbourne effect” with me – I was close to buying a 12″ Powerbook, but I’m now going to wait until Intel-based versions are available next year. Besides, I really want the new IBM/Lenovo X41T Tablet PC.
  • Tiny laptops, like the Flybook. Sexy, but for the $2000 price tag, we’d take a Sony U70 or Thinkpad X41T Tablet PC. Rachel and I have become a laptop-using household. Where is the market for a tiny laptop like the Flybook, in between a laptop and a PDA/smartphone?
  • Check out, and don’t miss out on the Portland Podcasting Meetup. This month, it’s going to be on Tuesday June 28, 2005. Watch the site, or email for more info. You don’t have to be a podcaster to come – anyone interested is welcome.
  • Come join the TinyScreenfuls Flickr Group and Photo Pool, and share your own photos of your gadgets, computers, and toys. If it’s got a screen (or not, even), come share it with us.

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Thanks for listening, and we’ll catch you next time!