Want list

I’ve already talk up CES, but have been a bit slack in looking into what was shown. Well, now it’s over and I am sifting through the fields of coverage making up a want list. It’s like a wish list, but I know good and well no one will buy it for me. So this is where I start one. I will have a wish list on froogle, but that will come later (when I start it). Here we go:

If anyone is going to come up with bluetooth headphones, it would be the ones that do headsets quite well(next to Plantronics so I hear). Jabra comes up with stereo headsets. 14 hours of music, 16 hours of talk time. NICE! And from what it looks like, you don’t have to have a cellphone to use it with, but you know someone will. If you thought people with those wireless headsets looked crazy before, what till you see them with these on.
/>Jabra debuts BT620 Bluetooth stereo headset and more – Engadget

One for the wishlist

This is a useful item. sort of. A USB key, if you don’t know is basically a small hard drives, of sorts. It is also called thumbdrive sometimes. Whereas you used to have to store stuff on floppy disks(You see kids, these were little square plastic disks that you could store data from from …oh never mind). They’ve been around a while now and are slowly catching on. Anyway, they are good to have if you carry data (personal or otherwise) from computer to computer. You should really have one. These particular ones are touted to be “gamer oriented”, but I have a feeling there is no difference other than the new smart drive standard that is around now. Well, check out the lin below. There is more where that came from…

Sandisk intros Cruzer Crossfire and U3 Smart USB drives – Engadget

Quick thought

     In the past week, I’ve been asked twice if I was writing or not. Well, if you are reading this, then you know two things: 1) You know that I have done some (arguably) creative writings in my past and 2) most importantly that I am writing because you are reading this. And yes, I count this as writing even though no pen touched pad. Anyway, I believe I know why one person asked me. In fact, they pretty much told me what they wanted in so many words.  I don’t know, however why the other asked me and I keep forgetting to ask. This actually brings up something. Outside of the other stuff that I post, I would love to put up writings, thoughts, stories, etc from people. Particularly people that I KNOW are great writers. I am finding it difficult to motivate them or myself, for that matter. It would make me happy if I could put more than my lunacy enhanced ramblings (though I know you all love it). Maybe I would have enough material to branch off on to another site (which I am thinking constantly about anyway).

     I am also wondering if I should make this spot public. As of now, the only people that know about this are people that I have told about it. That kind of makes certain statements null and stupid, though. Well, I don’t know you and you are reading this…HI, enjoy the show. Oh and, how the HELL did you find out about this page? At any rate, it’s a new year and I would like to see interesting good stuff coming up. I will continue to do my best to bring things to the podium. Oh, and I know at least one or two people read this blog on some sort of reoccurring basis and I appreciate it (Hi Cookie). To the rest I have told and who don’t read…BOOOOOOO! Now what I meant to say was let me know what kind of stuff you want to see and I will try to accommodate. Ok, the last few sentences are quite stupid to have here in the cases given but I’ll keep them. Anyway, back to the grind….

If anyone has any writings they want to submit, hit me up on email. I might have to start calling some people out.

(Hmm, that was longer than I thought. Must be sleepy)

Tech Geek New Year starts now!

That’s right. January 1st is a footnote. The new year for gadget hounds and tech heads starts with the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). If you don’t know, this is the first tech showcase (and the biggest outside of E3 for games that comes in May). It’s not open to the public that I know of, nor is it anywhere near me, so boo. I just love the coverage that comes from it from the likes of Engadget, DLTV, CNET, etc. and will be sifting through it the whole weekend. CES is 4 days starting today(EDIT: it starts tomorrow the 5th through the 8th in Las Vegas). Don’t be surprised if you see something I like here within the days. It’ll be something useful…to me, but hopefully to you too. If you care to follow along, follow the links around the post including the one below. Geeks, DROOL AWAY!!

CES news on Engadget

Test run

Happy New Year Everybody!!

Just trying out a new extension for Firefox. I’m sure I haven’t covered this before now, but I have faith that you have heard of this before now. If not, then let me know and i’ll get to it. Anyway, I found out about this extension from Geek Blogger Josh Bancroft’s site, Tinyscreenfuls.com. Again if you’re already a geek, you know about this. If you don’t, it probably doesn’t matter.
Well, i’m trying out this extension that I am trying to get to called Performancing. What it does is let you blog from your web browser (Firefox only, that I know of) without leaving the page you are browsing. So far this is cool, or at least the intereface (you can check that out here). You can apparently drag and drop images and text from whatever site you are browsing. Nicely set up, too. It has a Microsfot Word feel to it ( if you like that), a live preview, and HTML source view. You may not care about this, but you love enough to read this, so there. you may know someone who does.

Now all that is left is to post this sucker and check it out. If this works, I will definitely be using this frequently ( read: at work like I am now) What do you think? Let me know.

EDIT: I forgot to post the link to where to find it. You can get it from here. You could also get it from the Tinyscreenfuls link above.

Smoochies!!

Not tech or anything(what else is new?) but…

Has anyone tried these new Hershey’s Kissables? They are basically Hershey’s Kisses with a candy coating and packaged like M&M’s…and smaller. They are pretty good, but one thing I never realized just dawned on me. They look like the game pieces from the game Sorry!. I used to gnaw on these when I was little! Ok, no not really, but i’m sure some people did (that’s my story and i’m sticking to it). Not it all makes sense. Ah, childhood…

Merry Christmas

Tis the season to be jolly,
Has anybody seen a bough of Holly?

Well, Merry Christmas to all, Happy Hanukah, Happy Kwanzaa, Etc.
If you hadn’t gotten your shopping done by now, you’re out of luck.
On the plus side, you can get the jump on next year, or still get stuff for people who you won’t see on Christmas day. That is assuming these people are gadget lovers. Just check out these resources:

Endgadget Holiday Gift guide

And

CNET Holiday Gift guide

Take care and be safe.

PSP Yippee

YIPPEE!!

     I got a PSP. Ok, I’ve had it for a week or two. The funny thing is, I can’t blame it for my lack of posting, much. I have been trying to perfect getting video to it (as opposed to playing game, apparently). I’ve been trying to do that for MONTHS before I got it, mind you. Now that I have one, I’ve been trying to get a good balance of quality and file size. I’ve had a little bit of luck, but nothing I’m sticking to. I’m using PSP video 9 for my conversions from other formats. I’m happy with that. What I am NOT happy with, are videos that come off of the net already in .MP4 format (be it mpeg-4 or H.264). There is no real (noticeable) comparison between those and the one’s I convert myself except for two things: 1) Sony stupid file naming convention, and 2) a header tag (Sony’s idea, no doubt) on the ones I convert in pspvideo9.

     Apparently, thanks to Sony, you can’t just put an .MP4 file on to your PSP and play it outright. That would be too easy. You see, 1) you have to name your file in a specific way: M4VXXXXX (mpeg-4 AKA SP) or MAQXXXXX(H.264 AKA AVC) (The x’s represent a 5 digit number from 00001 to 99999) and 2) there seems to be the aforementioned tag file on the front of the file(a header file). PSP video 9 puts this on any video it converts. The problem is, it doesn’t appear to come on most of the .MP4 video from the net (example: Nerd TV, Digitallife TV, commandN, 1up show (until the last ep), etc). You know, I haven’t tried Ipod formatted video. I’ll have to try that.  Anyway, there has to be a way to add the needed header file. Yes, you can rename M4V files, but that doesn’t work. You can’t do it in psp video 9 and any .MP4 file you rename doesn’t have the tag. In fact, it comes up in psp video 9 and says NO MSV TITLE TAG FOUND in the title part. If you’ve used this program, you know this already. I don’t know what to do about it, but I am still looking. If anyone has a solution, let me know. And yes, I have been googling for it…

StarTrek.com Going Offline? Could this be the end?

Ok, so not many people that will read this will care(including me a bit), but if you do then the first comment(on Digg) will some it up quite nicely….

December 31st the site will be going offline. We cannot help but to feel that a part of our history is leaving us all especially after the cancellation of the latest series Star Trek: Enterprise.

read more | digg story

Fiendy Fiend

Tis the season to spend your money HAHA HAHA HA HA HA HA HAA! Christmas time is coming and you’ve got gifts to get. And here I am to help. From time to time, I’ll be posting suggestions, linking to holiday buying guides from various places, and maybe even my post own personal wish list for myself (which won’t be wrapped up by Christmas, I can tell you). So, be on the lookout for those.

That being said, I have a good idea of what I want to put on my wishlist and at the same time, I am REALLY jonesing on a couple of items. For the past week, i’ve been itching to buy a PSP or cellphones for the missus and I. I still haven’t decided which to get. The recent Sony issue should have swayed me one way, but it didn’t…much. The reason I have to pick is easy, budget constraints (read: lack of funds). it’s possible to save up for both, but i have not the patience. Especially since I have PSP games and videos sitting in wait, and also could stand to have a cellphone around for long distance calls. It’s kicking me aound, but, i’ve been good. For how much longer remains to be seen.