They have lousy football team and even worse cricket and rugby teams. But they have some very cool people. I am a big fan of the show top gear (don’t tell you don’t know what it is, if not stop reading this and go and type top gear in you tube and watch some clips and then come and read this) on BBC channel . And one of the presenters is Jeremy Clarkson and he write nice article on topgear.com and this week he is talking about technology and has some very interesting point to make about technology
“This is flatscreen technology with a clutch. It is the sandwich maker you were given for a wedding present and which you’ve never used. It looks good, and it sounds impressive when you first explain it to mates over the water cooler, but it’s rubbish.
Maserati has just figured that out. They know that the idiot-box spoils the Quattroporte, so they’re redesigning the car, ditching the transaxle layout so they can get a proper, tried and tested auto in there.
Sony should think about this. To wonder if going backwards is sometimes the way to make progress.”
The next guy is Jonathan Ive you ask me who he is, he is the guy who designs ipods and Macs for apple. He is their lead designer and here is an interesting article about him. Here are some interesting titbits from the article
“This is a guy who once insisted that a shipment of fine Italian marble for Apple’s first Manhattan retail store be sent to Cupertino, Calif., so he could inspect the veining in the stone.”
“According to one story, possibly apocryphal, Jobs once demanded that a designer of a new Mac not allow a single visible screw. When the designer built a prototype that had one screw, tucked out of sight under a handle, Jobs fired him.”
No wonder then that they produces such cool products designs. Go here to read the article
Just go to this site http://www.viidoo.com and there you find a player that you can download. It around 6 Mb and once you install just start the player and click on the channel and it starts playing as simple as that. It has some very good channels like espn, espn2, CNN, ABC, NBC, fox, comedy central, cartoon network etc. So go ahead and give it a try, and the picture quality is also very good.
It really is a nice idea, I am not sure were its searching for the pictures but the pictures are pretty accurate to the words you give and look nice on screen unlike the Google images where you have so much waste space etc. nice time waster if nothing more. check out fireworks,flowers gallery page they have. Here is one of my favorite fireworks photo, there are quite a few.
What about the game covers. We have been seeing these lame covers since playstation one. This was a good time to do something new with them. Come up with a next Gen cover. There so many advance since playstation one so why not give them a try. Any ideas anyone.
I was always afraid how he would do when some one big and important came on the show. I am happy to tell that he comes out with flying colors. Even musharaf looks good. I am no talking about the picture quality if you know what i mean.
Is ICANN stupid or what. They want to make it easier for mobile users, So they make up a new web address “.mobi”. When you look at it you might say that nice, but if you use it to browse a website you will realize that you now you are typing four letters instead of three if you typed “.com”. So how smart is that, lets make it easier for mobile user by making them type one more extra letter. Why couldn’t they go with “.mob” or “.Tel” or even “.txt”.
Thank you ICANN for making a stupid move once again. If you are still into “.mobi” they are priced at around Rs 1,164 per year Registrations for Dot Mobi Opens.
Moby start suing ICANN for using your names like apple is doing for podcast.
Wow that is so cool or is it. Japan had it for 10 years or so, and America had it for two to three years or so. And we will get it in an year. That too if everything goes well, which will not so we are looking at 2008 to actually get the 3G service, even then it could take upto six months or more for you to get it setup on your phone. By then japan and Americans would have moved on to 4G or wimax etc. So don’t worry about 3G compatibility of your new phone just yet, it will only come after your mobiles life time and when you are looking for a new one.
The Iphone has a very good finish similar to the ipods and will be in available in two colors made famous by ipods, white and black. It has the biggest screen seen on any mobiles so far.
The screen is OLED screen that can also recharge with sunlight. The screen will be touch sensitive and motion sensitive. For motion sensitivity the phone has gyroscopes inside so that it can detect motion of the mobile in your hand. This is used for games and some other interesting features. For example you can view a maps by just tilting your mobile rather than scrolling. The keypad is back lit and also have a very interesting design for in cooperating the QWERTY keypad, it also come with a add on that projects full keyboard on a flat surface for virtual keyboard facility.
The iphone has 8 mega pixel camera with auto focus and image stabilizer and many more features like the face beautification technology where the camera recognizes the faces of people and add some touch ups to make them look good. The phone has a 16 GB flash drive for all its memory needs and most of which will be available for storage.
It can be swapped in future with a bigger flash drive, which the company will offer. It has a music player similar to itunes and a photo managing system similar to iphotos. The music player will be similar to itunes and has a full screen option. The phone could be connected easy to most entertainment systems due to the standard output ports. So you will be able to watch your photos and movies on your big screen and you will also be able to listen to your music from your phone on your high-end speaker system.
The gaming feature has all the games done in 3d, since the processor is so powerful it will be able to cope with the 3d games even while the music from the itunes is being played in the background. These games will also heavily use the gyroscope features of the phone for motion sensitivity. And many big gaming companies like EA, Microsoft, and Nintendo are developing games for this phone. Since it has all kind of networking features you can play games with your friends who are beside you or across the country from you.
Another nice feature about the games is that they use the GPS feature to provide additional content depending on your location making it much more interesting to play games. Now comes the actual phone feature it has all the regular feature and it has the capacity to switch between voip when the wifi Internet connections are available.
The PIM feature are one of a kind each has a space online where you will be able to sync without a PC and online you have the features so that you can convert any file to the phone specific format without loosing anything. So you will be able to sync your PIM with any other online PIM offering. The phone can sync all the content on to your computer with the program that is provided with the phone, you can also back up the content on to an online storage. You can manage the content on your computer just like you would on the phone so it’s easier to make changes etc.
The phone has a stylus for those who want to get the PDA feel it can also act as a microphone for taking voice memos or giving voice commands and has very good speech recognition software that needs no training.
It has browser similar to your computer browser, which can convert all the sites on the fly to look good on your phone. You can choose to see the actual site or the converted sites. It has all the security features etc so that you can do banking etc. It has you covered all the bases in connectivity, it comes with infrared, blue tooth, wifi, wimax etc.
The phone also supports all programming languages either natively or virtually so you can use java, symbian, palm, and windows mobile programs.
I forget to mention that it has a gps facility too inbuilt in the phone. So you can geo tag all your photos and it has some other program that use gps features to change their programs, for example the currency converter and the translation program which will change to the native language after it gets the locations through gps.
And finally the phone has a battery life of one week of normal use or 2 days of heavy use. And it costs 25000 Rs after taxes. I know all this is pretty far fetched but geeks can dream can’t they. Steve jobs are you listening then get on it. Jonathan Ive I know you can make all this look good.
The main reason I bought dish TV was to watch live football. both the champions leagues and Spanish football. Our cable guy doesn’t provide espn and star sports so i bought the dish TV. But guess what espn and start have lost the rights of champions league to ten sports and that’s not a sad thing for the viewers. but the problem is they only have one channels so they have to pick which games out of the four they have to show. And they always pick the matches that feature English premiership teams, that fine, but English team suck in champions leagues. So you get to watch the bad draws or 1 goal wins and not the super games that the Spanish or the German teams are playing.
So please let me see football, i thought after buying dishtv i could get all i want before i was under the control of the cable guy and now i am under the control of the channels.