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Video: Podcasting in Plain English

Nobody explains concepts like blogs, wikis, Twitter, RSS, photo sharing, and the like in “plain english” better than Lee LeFever and the gang at Common Craft. I can’t recommend their videos highly enough, and I use them ALL THE TIME to teach people about this “social media” stuff that we do.

Lee and crew have done it again with their latest video, “Podcasting in Plain English“.

Stop what you’re doing and watch it now.

Then share it with anyone to whom you’ve ever tried or wanted to explain what podcasting is. Rinse and repeat for any of the awesome videos at Common Craft.

If you want to receive the occasional video and audio podcasts that I do here on TinyScreenfuls, then make sure you’re subscribed to the TinyPodcast feed. I first started podcasting in 2005, but it’s become kind of sporadic lately. I’ve got big plans for the show, and my show on Intel Software Network, called Bit Stories, this year! Subscribe now if you’re interested, and automatically get the shows as they appear.

Thank you, Lee and Common Craft, for providing such a useful resource for us! πŸ™‚

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Microposts from Twitter on 2008-04-22

  • @grigs Very interesting (Ars on Kindle 2.0 rumors). Sounds like it might be a software update, which makes sense, and makes me happy. πŸ™‚ #
  • @Jerry_Makare We’re all saying nice things about you in ISN Strategy meeting. You rock! πŸ™‚ #
  • @isle Congrats – you’re my 400th "followee". πŸ™‚ Thanks for the note, looking forward to getting to know you! #
  • I love it when, in a meeting, there’s some good discussion going on, and the presenter jumps in with "OK, moving on to slide 10"… πŸ™ #
  • Death to PowerPoint! #
  • @jschultz Exactly my point. I hate it when a slide deck is "something to get through", at the expense of actual, useful conversation. #
  • @stickergiant Hey, why are you just retweeting stuff from other people (including me)? W Are you possessed by spammers? #
  • @fredericl MashMaker is going to be featured pretty heavily at the Web 2.0 Expo in the next week or so. Agree that it’s very cool! πŸ™‚ #
  • @fredericl I shot a bunch of video of MashMaker (a demo and a class) at IDF Shanghai: http://tinyurl.com/6mdxxn #
  • @mattg Yeah, I saw that. I DM’ed @johnfischer about it, hope it gets fixed. I like StickerGiant! πŸ™‚ #
  • @johnfischer What Twitter feed is feeding @stickergiant? It seems kind of, um, random. πŸ™‚ #
  • Portvangelists, there’s a pro-PDX story in this 37 Signals post somewhere. Who can beat @turoczy in writing it up? http://tinyurl.com/4zxc9l #
  • @influxx Which is why, when I finally break down and get an HDTV, I’m going to hook a Mac mini up to it, instead of an Apple TV. πŸ™‚ #
  • I just bought my first Kindle book, and it’s not even delivered yet (they have a free book today for Earth day): http://tinyurl.com/4kq437 #
  • The book is queued up at Amazon to be wirelessly delivered to my Kindle as soon as I turn it on (which should happen tomorrow, sez UPS.) πŸ™‚ #
  • @gwalter I intend to pretty much carry my Kindle on my person (cargo pants!), so next time I see you, I’ll show it off. πŸ™‚ #
  • @bethgo They should activate your Kindle acct the day it ships. I got mine yesterday. Can order books once that happens. Good luck! #
  • So did @brightkite ever release their iPhone version of the site? It’s kind of useless to me without it. "I’m sitting at my desk" ad nauseum #
  • @influxx You’re welcome. For controlling Miro with the remote, just use Front Row. Tell it where Miro keeps its video files, et viola! πŸ™‚ #
  • @sharong I see similarities between BrightKite and DodgeBall. I haven’t decided if BrightKite is cool yet. But the Friend Map is awesome! #
  • @sharong or you could play with it and decide for yourself if you like it. I can’t take the pressure! πŸ™‚ #
  • OK, this Earth Day crap at Intel has gone too far. No beef in the cafeteria. No burgers. What the hell does not eating beef have to do w/it? #
  • Its Earth Day, not "Anything Hippie Day". Jeez. McDonalds here I come! Gonna burn some extra gas to get a burger! #
  • To everyone pointing out that cows generate greenhouse gas, would that make it a GOOD thing to EAT MORE COWS?!?! πŸ˜‰ #
  • That was a tasty burger. And one less cow to fart and warm up the planet! Happy to do my part. Heck, I’ll even do it AFTER Earth Day. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @sumwan I know. I would be really concerned if we WEREN’T experiencing climate change. #
  • @skyler re: zero sum cow farts – Then I shall just have to try harder. I’ll take it upon myself to eat as many cows as I can. For the cause! #
  • @davest Yeah, but here’s the problem. I LIKE hamburgers. I LIKE steak. I know the food industry is screwed up. I’ve read Pollan. πŸ™‚ #
  • @Jmartens Here’s how and why I added my Twitter microposts to my blog (and kept them out of my feed): http://tinyurl.com/39amgv #
  • @skyler Dunno. Never been to Ruth’s Chris. But I want to go to the Gaucho in the Benson Hotel someday! #
  • @skyler In the Benson hotel, downtown Portland (on Broadway): http://tinyurl.com/626x7r #
  • Catching up on This American Life podcast in the car, noticed that the used songs from Nine Inch Nails "Ghosts" album as the sound bed. Cool #
  • @skyler I didn’t read the reviews. I’ve just heard good things about it, and for $100 a plate, it had better be good (but prolly isn’t)! πŸ™‚ #
  • @mellowynk I recommend buying from AmazonMP3.com All 4 albums, DRM-free MP3 files, only $5, and they’re Creative Commons licensed. #
  • It was the Bobby Dunbar episode of This American Life, BTW. I’m not done listening, but I hope they mention the NIN tracks in the credits. #
  • Here’s a link to the TAL page if you want to listen http://tinyurl.com/329wc5, and here’s a link to buy "Ghosts": http://tinyurl.com/3orr7o #
  • @charleneli @jbernoff Good luck on your preso – lemme know if I make another cameo, so I can properly inflate my head! πŸ™‚ #
  • @davest just walked by and "moo"ed at me. Then (I can’t be sure), I think he farted! :-O #
  • I love people walking by my cube all day mumbling such dark incantations as "key metrics and value drivers that we want to measure". πŸ™ #
  • @verso I love it. I’m going to start muttering in Elvish next time it happens. Ah Elbereth, Gilthoniel. Silivren penna miriel. O menel… #
  • @tomnovak glad I’m "safe". I’ll try to keep the bacon tweets coming. I hear pigs cause global warming, too. Save the planet. Eat more bacon! #
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Microposts from Twitter on 2008-04-21

  • @Jerry_Makare Who’s requesting video in WMV? Lemme at them, I’ll show them the error of their ways. πŸ˜‰ #
  • Looks like the EeePC with Intel Atom will be launching in June: http://tinyurl.com/4nq6qb as the "second wave" of Eee. Watching closely! #
  • Best use for an EeePC that I’ve ever seen: http://tinyurl.com/4aqvru #
  • OK, that’s it. Entourage has completely screwed up my calendar one too many times. It goes on the "never launch this app again"! list. πŸ™ #
  • @jerry_makare You have a second this afternoon for a quick FCP question? Drop by if so. Thanks! πŸ™‚ #
  • Storm! Team! Update! It just started hailing/sleeting pretty hard at Intel Jones Farm in Hillsboro. #pdxtst #
  • ZOMG The last few days of Twitter problems are Hillary Clinton’s fault!!1! http://tinyurl.com/3g28gj πŸ™‚ #
  • What we’re all currently watching on the fancy LCD TVs in the new Intel JF1 offices: http://tinyurl.com/45bl2l #
  • Cleaning up my Google Reader folders. Dumping a few, consolidating others. Distilling my feed reading flow into a more useful state. #
  • iCal gripe: Why won’t it let me delete a calendar (a copy of my Exchange calendar from Entourage) without emailing ALL attendees? *grumble* #
  • Updating my iPhone to 1.1.4. I never got around to it when it came out (plus, I was scared). πŸ™‚ #
  • I’m still scared. I have butterflies in my stomach during these things, ever since my bricking saga. #
  • Whew. Everything’s back OK. That’s SO nervewracking! #
  • Twitter had better fix this "missing tweets" black hole cache issue. Ain’t no way I’m going to unfollow/refollow all 400 so of my people. #
  • That last tweet actually made me look at how many people I follow. 399. Who wants to be my 400th? @ me and tell my why I should follow you! #
  • I’ll decide when I get back online later tonight. So you have a few hours to think of something to impress me. πŸ˜‰ #
  • Hey, @jasoncalacanis! How come Mahalo.com crashes Firefox 3 beta 5, regularly, repeatedly, and reproducibly? πŸ˜‰ #
  • Twitter has lost its mind. First it randomly disappears some tweets. Now I’m seeing old tweets from Saturday, several days ago. Sheesh! #
  • @kenekaplan My Kindle shipped today, should arrive Wednesday. You can bet I’ll be tweeting/blogging all about it. πŸ™‚ #
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Microposts from Twitter on 2008-04-20

  • I haven’t posted much to Twitter today, because the only thing on my mind is how I’m a terrible father, for letting my kids drive me crazy. #
  • That is, I’ve reached the ends of my patience, and I feel like a piece of crap because of it. I mean, they’re just kids, right? Cute ones. #
  • In other news, ZOMG the Kindle is in stock at Amazon! Should I get one? #
  • @janetleejohnson You’re aware of pulseofpdx.com, right? #
  • Finger hovering over "Add to Cart" for a Kindle. The growing pile of books around my house (it’s getting out of control) is egging me on. #
  • Well, I did it. Kindle is on its way. All the reasons I had, plus the $75 or so in Amazon Gift Card codes I had sealed the deal. Woo! πŸ™‚ #
  • Two hours later, after we began the process, both of my kids are STILL not asleep. Commence hair pulling (mine) in 5, 4, 3, 2… #
  • EPIC FATHERHOOD FAIL. I has it. #
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Microposts from Twitter on 2008-04-19

  • Yay Saturday! Gabe was up at the crack of dawn, of course, but Emma stayed in her bed all night, which is rare, and welcome. #
  • Almost convinced myself to buy an N800 last night. But I think I want an EeePC as my “gratuitious Linux device”, and I’m waiting for Atom. #
  • Storm! Team! Alert! KATU and KGW are preempting my kids cartoons with BREAKING NEWS OMG it SNOWED last night! How stupid. #
  • @mellowynk you using FriendFeed or anything else that hits your Twitter acct? That counts toward your total queries/hour. #
  • Do the TV stations really think that the Saturday morning cartoon demographic really cares that it snowed enough to justify preemption? #
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Microposts from Twitter on 2008-04-18

  • Emma spent half the night in my bed, and Gabe woke up at 6AM sharp. This has the makings of a LONG day… #
  • @dsearls I don’t know exactly where the Menlow docs are, but @jmoriarty, our Mobility community guy, should. Jeff, can you hook Doc up? #
  • Emma’s off to school. I’m watching Sesame Street with Gabe. I love Sesame Street! πŸ™‚ #
  • @chrispirillo Awesome! That picture just keeps on giving. πŸ™‚ #
  • Thanks to @purr for the brightkite invite. To the others from whom I was begging an invite, you can belay that. πŸ™‚ #
  • I probably won’t play with Brightkite until Monday. It will be old and not cool anymore by then, I’m sure. πŸ™‚ #
  • @mattking Oh, I was asking. I was just doing it behind the scenes, via D messages. I’ll hook you up once I check it out, if you still need. #
  • OMG Bob the Builder is on! Gabe just leapt up from his coloring and started dancing like crazy. You think he like machines? πŸ™‚ #
  • Kids at the babysitting group. Me? Loner dinner at La Fogata, one of my fave Mexican places in Beaverton. Free wifi! πŸ™‚ #
  • Kids were going NUTS this afternoon. Gabe hit Emma in the head repeatedly with a (wooden, toy) hammer. Kinda proud he’s defending himself. #
  • Of course, Emma was crying, and Gabe started crying when I yelled at him. And then I wanted to start crying. Or throwing things. πŸ™ #
  • At Powell’s until its time to pick up the kids. #
  • @thoughtfix Nokia N800 for less than $200 from Dell? That’s almost down in impulse purchase range. So tempting… #
  • I love Powell’s. Picked up Anansi Boys, American Gods, and Tipping Point for less than $21. #
  • They’ve got Groundswell displayed pretty prominently. Makes me want to wave it around and tell strangers “I’m in this book!” πŸ™‚ #
  • Too bad @rohitbarghava’s “Personality Not Included” is only just launching tonight. I’d snag a copy. #
  • @tokerud I’m actually at the one in Beaverton, which isn’t nearly as big as the Portland store, but still the best place for a westside geek #
  • Actually, they DID have a copy. I didn’t buy it, though. Instead, I left one of my Moo cards in the spot Rohit wrote nice things abt me. πŸ™‚ #
  • @ahockley Yeah, hopefully it’ll yield a cool story. “I bought this book, and was reading about you, and there was your card!” πŸ™‚ #
  • ZOMG I’m totally going to start using @waxpancake’s ZombieURL as my new URL shortener: http://zombieurl.com/KS5C #
  • @thiskat LOL me too. You got zombierollied? πŸ™‚ #
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Microposts from Twitter on 2008-04-17

  • Today has been insane. I feel like I’m being shortchanged about 30 minutes out of every hour. Way more stuff to do than I have time for. πŸ™ #
  • I’m at home the next two days with our two housebears, Emma and Gabe, while @rachelbancroft is off to party at the coast with her sisters. #
  • I predict in the next week or so, my number of Twitter followers is going to surpass my number of RSS subscribers to TinyScreenfuls.com. πŸ™‚ #
  • @KristaNeher feed subscribers are like gold to me. I love each and every one of them. I love Twitter followers, too. Blessed to have so many #
  • @susanreynolds Emma welcome dance on the way. As soon as she wakes up in the morning. πŸ™‚ #
  • @susanreynolds You’re totally right. She’d love it. I’ll see if I can get video. πŸ™‚ #
  • Skimming the parts about me in @charleneli’s "Groundswell", found a mistake. Intelpedia gets 700000 pageviews/month, not 700. πŸ™‚ #
  • @rachelbancroft is off to party with her sisters at the coast. Emma’s still at school, I’m trying to get Gabe to take a nap. #
  • Did you know that the blue and green dye in Crunch Berries passes through the digestive tract unchanged? I do. #
  • @andruEdwards I’ve been shown the glory and light that is Final Cut Pro, and hope to never use iMovie08 again. You have my condolences. πŸ™‚ #
  • What the heck is Brightkite? People started begging for invites in the last few minutes. No, I don’t have any. πŸ™‚ #
  • 7PM, the kids are in bed. Now, let’s see how long it takes them to go to sleep! πŸ™‚ #
  • There’s going to be an Ignite in SF on Tuesday night. Kathy Sierra is one of the presenters. Wish I could go! http://tinyurl.com/3vvulc #
  • Kids are still not asleep. Gabe is yelling and jumping in his crib. I’m going nuts. Duct tape? Drugs? What are my options? πŸ˜‰ #
  • @purr they’ve had baths, books, story, song, etc. He’s not poopy. Just being a punk. πŸ™‚ #
  • Tonight is going to be a lazy TV night. New episodes of The Office and ER (yes, I watch ER. Guilty pleasure.) πŸ™‚ #
  • Gabe is finally asleep. Just went up and held him until he went to sleep. He’s so darn cute, I can’t stay upset at him! πŸ™‚ #
  • Even with the incredible cheese, I think I pretty much have to go see Speed Racer when it comes out May 9. It was my fave show when I was 5. #
  • I once tried to tell my 1st grade teacher that I had permission to go home early from school, to watch Speed Racer. She didn’t buy it. πŸ™‚ #
  • @memathews Sure – tweetup for Speed Racer opening night? I’m in. πŸ™‚ #
  • Tempted to go dig for old Speed Racer cartoons on YouTube, but I’m afraid they won’t live up to my memories. #
  • @skyler That is a very good point, John Goodman could make it worthwhile, even if the movie sucks otherwise. That, and the animation. πŸ™‚ #
  • @billpearson But now you can cross it off of your list! BTW, you should watch The Office. πŸ™‚ #
  • @rodfather I think I saw a monkey in the SR trailer, but I can’t be sure. #
  • @susanreynolds Bummer. We’ll do another dance tomorrow, see if that helps. πŸ™‚ #
  • OMG The Office makes me laugh so hard tears squirt out of my eyes. Every episode. #
  • @turoczy Oh yes, the humor/pain of The Office is what makes it awesome. Like Dilbert. #
  • @psteinb Whoa. AMD started "A" (single) blog. Easy there, guys! πŸ™‚ Welcome to the blogosphere, AMD! Free soda’s over there, BYOC. πŸ™‚ #
  • LOL – Looking at the feed for AMD’s Nigel Dessau’s blog, you can see it was written/posted by his admin. http://tinyurl.com/5r426k #
  • Maybe AMD’s and Intel’s executives have something in common, after all! #
  • I tried to hit http://blogs.amd.com, to see what else they have, and I’m getting a login prompt. Oops. #
  • And someone needs to tell AMD why they need to make their feeds full text. #
  • AMD appears to be using Sharepoint for blogs.amd.com. I take back my gentle ribbing. Now I just feel sorry for them. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @segphault Not sure what the battery life will be, because sw isn’t final yet, and they haven’t released specs. But Atom is very low power. #
  • @segphault Atom usually runs at 2 watts, and can run as low as 0.6 watts. Compare to today’s processors, and battery life will be way better #
  • @segphault It is very exciting. Atom is really something else. And if I can ever hook you up with some MID hardware… πŸ˜‰ #
  • Just submitted a comment to the AMD guy’s blog, welcoming him to the blogosphere. Looks like they have approval/moderation turned on. #
  • @billpearson The one on geek.com? Yeah, that was pretty cool. That’s where I learned about their blog. #
  • @billpearson Yes, i did see that they linked to ISN. And I’m happy to see AMD jump in. More conversations = better, even competitors. πŸ™‚ #
  • @memathews A guy at Google wrote an app called Twubble that suggests people to follow based on your friends. Bringing TONS of new people. #
  • Gah. We need to get someone to talk about Intel’s Mac pilot program, which is larger and older than IBMs, but IBM is getting all the ink. #
  • Well, I guess I’m done working on website stuff/mockups. mediatemple just went down for an unscheduled outage: http://tinyurl.com/3touzo #
  • I think I’ve fixed all of the nagging WordPress/K2 errors on igniteportland.com. Finally. #
  • OK, I’m fading. Good night Twitter! Catch you tomorrow! πŸ™‚ #
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Microposts from Twitter on 2008-04-16

  • Have I mentioned that I’m in love with WordPress 2.5’s new Admin interface? It’s so pretty and soothing! πŸ™‚ #
  • I love serendipity. I just ran into the Oregonian’s Mike Rogoway, who’s out here at Intel, doing a story on the new office spaces. πŸ™‚ #
  • @jmoriarty I gave him a tour of my cube, and talked with him at length about what I think of the new space (I love it, but I’m ADD). πŸ™‚ #
  • Read some reviews of the EeePC 900. I LURVE the idea of a bigger/higher res screen. But it’s still a Celeron – no Atom yet. So I wait… #
  • Just had @pulseofpdx follow new Portland people that were following it. The conversation river just got deeper by about 8 people. πŸ™‚ #
  • @davewiner Are you violating Comcast’s ToS by running servers at home? I’m not saying one way or the other, but that might be why they care. #
  • Mike Rogoway needs to be on Twitter. Didn’t get a chance to badger him this AM, about that, or the fact that his feed needs to be full text. #
  • Thesis (inspired by @geekygirldawn’s latest post): Your company is going to have an online community, regardless of whether you are involved #
  • Doesn’t matter if you create or participate in it. It will happen, if it hasn’t already. Discuss. #
  • Got an awesome crash course in Final Cut Pro from @jerry_makare this afternoon. Thanks, dude! πŸ™‚ #
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Microposts from Twitter on 2008-04-15

  • @annierodkins Well THERE’S your problem! πŸ˜‰ I know PowerPoint is Intel’s native language, but show some (lots of!) examples! πŸ™‚ #
  • What’s the general consensus out there on Technorati (specifically, their Rank and Authority numbers) these days? Tell me your stories! πŸ™‚ #
  • Important post on blog security (and WordPress in particular) practices by @photomatt. Go read it, then live it. http://tinyurl.com/69628y #
  • @rachelbancroft That’s gotta be heaven for Gabe – two of his favorite things, cars and baths, combined! Awesome! If only they had lollipops. #
  • @ahockley I usually keep post ideas/drafts as saved drafts in MarsEdit. #
  • @warrenss Yeah, I’ve been hearing great things about Groundswell. But my copy hasn’t arrived yet, so I haven’t read it! πŸ™ #
  • Are there known issues getting Yahoo Pipes to consume FeedBurner feeds? A simple pipe to combine (Union) 4 feeds into 1 = only post titles. #
  • Working on a blog post/video post that I think you’re all going to like. πŸ™‚ #
  • Oh, wow. I guess the redesign of the Intel Software Network blog went live: http://softwareblogs.intel.com #
  • Great. I’m trying to post what will probably be my most important/visted blog post so far this year, and mediatemple seems to be down. πŸ™ #
  • @sharong About the redesign? We did it in house, I think. I really like it, so far. #
  • And here it is: Exclusive 23 minutes of hands on video with the Lenovo and Aigo MIDs from Shanghai: http://tinyurl.com/66hwdm #
  • @whurley The Lenovo MID is running a customized version of Linux. I think the distro is RedFlag, maybe Midinux. Not sure. Aigo is same. #
  • @whurley They’ll be out later this year. I want as many people as possible to get to use them, so if there’s ever a chance, I’ll hook you up #
  • @MightySquid I try my best! Thanks! πŸ™‚ #
  • @sharong Huge compared to what? As a phone replacement? Or as a laptop companion? #
  • @sharong Think of first gen MIDs as PC companions, not phone replacements. They’re not small enough yet, but can do much more than a phone. #
  • @sharong And the second generation MIDs, based on the Moorestown platform, WILL be as small and pocketable as a phone. #
  • @sharong You’re welcome. Love having you around, and I love it when people ask me questions. It’s what makes me tick. πŸ™‚ #
  • @smb That’s actually a very apt comparison – the Lenovo MID is about the same size and weight as a PSP. Didn’t have one on hand to compare. #
  • @skyler Yeah, the Lenovo MID totally makes your puny phone cower in fear and inadequacy. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @smb I couldn’t get a firm answer out of anyone on price, but if I had to guess, I’d say around $500-$600, maybe less. #
  • Listening to Paul Otellini’s webcast on Intel’s Q1 results, etc. SUPAR SEKRIT INTEL STUFF!!11! #
  • @MightySquid Glad to be of service. I’ll have a ton more info to share as MIDs come to market, so, consider me your source. πŸ™‚ #
  • Listening to Paul Otellini, I keep wanting to live tweet the stuff he’s saying. And I have to keep stopping myself from doing it. Argh! πŸ˜‰ #
  • I think I can say that people are asking Paul some dang good, pointed questions. And he’s giving good, clear answers. #
  • None of this is really SUPAR SEKRIT stuff, but I’m sure I’d be fired in an instant for livetweeting an internal quarterly update webcast. πŸ˜‰ #
  • Today, I learned that people really want to know how MIDs compare to 1)The Sony PSP, and 2)the Asus EeePC. I’ll work on getting details. πŸ™‚ #
  • @Giania MID = Mobile Internet Device. The coming generation of small devices based on the Intel Atom processor, running Linux. #
  • @sierramodro LOL yeah, it was all in CEO-speak. But he was believeable, and even funny in some places. Baby steps, right? πŸ™‚ #
  • I am so far behind in feed reading, it’s not even funny. Plucking out the "must read" stuff in preparation for a Mark As Read blitz. #
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Exclusive: 23 minutes of hands-on with the Lenovo and Aigo Mobile Internet Devices

OK, so I’m a couple days late, and I know I’ve been teasing you with photos and videoappetizers“, but I hope the quality/content of these videos makes up for it. While I was in Shanghai, China last week for the Spring 2008 Intel Developer Forum, I stayed a few extra days to work with the Intel Software Network China team, with the hope that I might be able to score some hands-on time with some of the Mobile Internet Devices that were shown for the first time at IDF.

There are only about 20 MIDs in the world today, all prototypes, and they were pretty much all at IDF. As you can imagine, access to them is jealously guarded, and they were pretty busy being shown off, participating in photo shoots, etc. My access to them got postponed, rescheduled, and moved around a lot, until one afternoon, we got the call. “You can come play with the MIDs if you can be here by 5:30pm.” It was 5:00pm, and Welles and I jumped in a taxi right away, headed for the Intel Software group’s Mobility Enabling Lab. I didn’t have time to go back and get my “big boy” professional video gear, so these videos were shot on my pocket Aiptek Go-HD camera, secured by a GorillaPod. I think they turned out pretty well.

Big disclaimer: the Linux-based software for both the Lenovo and Aigo devices I used is NOT final – there are some features that aren’t implemented, and performance optimizations that haven’t occurred. This is NOT how they’re going to be when they’re released commercially. There are crashes, slowness, and missing features in these videos. Think of this as a preview of the foundations of the software – what it’s capable of in general. Then squint your eyes a little and imagine the final version, a little more polished, sitting happily in your pocket. πŸ™‚

First up, here’s a 13 minute video of the Lenovo Ideapad U8 Mobile Internet Device (MID). It’s one of the more unique hardware designs, with it’s flared end, special limited edition Beijing 2008 Olympic color scheme, and hardware number pad, for T9 text entry. In the video, I take a detailed look at the hardware (Intel Atom processor, two cameras – the rear one is 2.0 megapixels, SD slot, GPS, USB ports, etc.), and spend some time poking around with the software/user interface:


You can download the high quality (640×360) MP4 version here – the file is about 153 MB. You can also embed/share the video on your own blog or site by grabbing the Show Player code from the video’s page on blip.tv or by clicking “Embed” in the show player above.

Next up is 10 minutes of video with the MID from Aigo. I cover pretty much the same aspects of this device in the video as I did with the Lenovo Ideapad – hardware (sliding QWERTY keyboard, two cameras – the rear one is 3.0 megapixels, MicroSD slot, USB ports, “Smart Key”, etc.) and software and user interface. The Aigo device looks very similar to the Gigabyte MID, which has been floating around, making appearances. So much so that I suspect they’re manufactured by the same OEM, but I didn’t get any concrete information on this, so I’m just speculating. Here’s the video:


You can download the high quality (640×360) MP4 version of this video (117 MB) here, and get the embed code to share the video on your own site/blog on the video’s page on blip.tv, or by clicking “Embed” in the show player above.

Now that you’ve seen the videos, I hope some of your questions have been answered. And, no doubt, you have new questions. I’ll do my very best to get answers for you, so post your thoughts and questions in the comments below. Thanks for being patient while I got these videos ready. I have a TON more video content that I shot at IDF, and that will be coming out as it gets processed/edited. But this is the juicy stuff, so enjoy! πŸ™‚

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