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I found this while recovering my old iBook backup drive using SpinRite. I was actually trying to find some older TechNewsRadio podcasts that were posted on a server that no long exists. I seem to have a gap of ~200 with bad links.
I picked each one specific to issues I was trying to resolve where I use headphones. The HD202 cover my ears very comfortably, but aren't so noise reducing that if someone knocked on my office door I would still hear them. The MDR-XD-200 were 50% off, have excel sound quality, and are something you can wear for hours without much fatigue which is great for movies and audio editing. The Quiet Points were cheaper than the Bose that I had before the were stolen, and fold up pretty well in thier protected case for travel.
Even though I'm content, I find it very interesting to get other folks opinions, suggestions, recommendations, etc. on headphones.
- @kevinmarks: Sennheiser 280 Pro (~$90)
- +leolaporate: AKG K240 MK II Studio Headphones (~$115)
- +jeffjarvis: Beats Studio (~$280)
- Alex/John: ATH-M50 (~$150)
- The Wirecutter: Bose QuietComfort (~$299)
Leo also mentioned that Headroom was a good site with more info. And the Home Theater Geeks podcast have several very detailed podcasts in their library about headphones. If you want to get very technical on headphones (and even some ear buds) these podcasts are highly recommended.
So ... do you have a favorite headphone? And why?
If you take a flat map
And move wooden blocks upon it strategically,
The thing looks well, the blocks behave as they should.
The science of war is moving live men like blocks.
And getting the blocks into place at a fixed moment.
But it takes time to mold your men into blocks
And flat maps turn into country where creeks and gullies
Hamper your wooden squares. They stick in the brush,
They are tired and rest, they straggle after ripe blackberries,
And you cannot lift them up in your hand and move them.
It is all so clear in the maps, so clear in the mind,
But the orders are slow, the men in the blocks are slow
To move, when they start they take too long on the way -
The General loses his stars, and the block-men die
In unstrategic defiance of martial law
Because still used to just being men, not block parts.
Very powerful, thoughtful, and meaningful words that have now become one of my favorites also.
I took the liberty to edit a version of just the poem from the podcast. It is going in my Monday motivational playlists and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
I got a question from a friend asking if I was considering replacing my Apple iPad with a Motorola Zoom now that Best Buy is running ads for them.
The short answer is no. I am still very happy with my iPad and use it every day as my primary personal "knowledge navigator."
After reviewing the Best Buy ad (the Zoom is expected to be released Feb. 24), I think the things that are attractive about this device:
- 10.1" screen
- 32-GB memory
- Adobe Flash support
- Front (2-MP) & rear (5-MP) camera for pictures & video capture
- Andriod OS
- 3G upgradeable to 4G LTE
Some things that are big negatives for me:
- $800 price range
- WI-FI can only be used after paying for a 1 month data subscription with Verizon
The other thing that is going to be hard for iPad users who are comfortable with using iTunes as their primary media sync tool (podcasts, music, movies, etc) is finding that same experience in the Android/Zoom eccosystem. There are some good alternatives like doubletwist, but they are different.
The other big negative is going to be people's investment in iPad applications. I know that is going to be something I'd have to consider because I do have some key applications I've purchased and use everyday that paying for them over again isn't very appealing.
Overall, I am still extremely happy with the device. It has become my primary personal device when I'm at home eliminating my Microsoft Windows 7 TabletPC I was using before the iPad. I have also travelled with the iPad twice since the initial purchase, and I have found it a great device for reading material (books, PDFs, magazines, saved offline web content, etc) and for consuming videos (podcasts, TV shows, and movies). Taking the iPad on travel vice the personal TabletPC has also meant that I had over 6 pounds less in my backpack than normal. This made travel much more enjoyable.
NY Times' BOB TEDESCHI recently did a review on his impression of travelling with the iPad. The only thing I found different from Bob article is that TSA at both San Diego (SAN) and Washington Dulles (IAD) wanted the iPad in a seperate container to scan vice stored in my backpack.
Things that continue to make this device enjoyable:
- Excellent form-factor, screen, and battery life
- Internal speaker is well suited for casual listening
- Consumption of media when and where I want to is ideal
- Applications customized for the iPad are compelling
The one thing I did have to figure out was how to seemlessly as possible listen to "new" news and video podcasts directly on the iPad without having to do a regular desktop sync. I tried using Safari and Google Reader to manage the feeds but playing MP3s in Safari has proven to be buggy for me. Safari would play them for a while but then become unstable and quit, especially for large shows over 15 minutes long. I then moved those specific news and video podcasts to my desktop iTunes to get the subscriptions loaded on the iPad. Once loaded you can then play them from the iPod application. But if you want new podcasts you need to click "Get More Episodes ..." which then launches the iTunes application. You then need to click on the Free icon for the newer podcast items you want to download directly. The Free icon then changes to Get Episode which when you click on that icon will download. You then need to application context switch back to the iPod application to play the new content. It works but definitely not seamlessly. But the benefit of using Apple's iPad and iTunes applications on the iPad is that you can listen to content and launch other applications.
The biggest negative continues to be lack of multi-processing. Switching between applications is fast but swapping context is mentally challenging. Plus, I'd love to be able to run Pandora in the background and then go about whatever else I'd like to do.
My top ten most used 3rd-party iPad apps seem to be:
- TweetDeck (Twitter app)
- Kindle (eBook reader)
- iThoughtsHD (MindMap tool)
- Evernote (online notes and reference library)
- Toodledo (projects and tasks management)
- Goodreader (PDF reader)
- The Weather Channel MAX+ (check the weather)
- Dropbox (online, multi-computer file storage)
- Atomic Web (multi-tab browser)
- QuickVoice (audio recorder)
I recently upgraded my Apple iPod Touch to version 3.0. Here are the features that I have found the most useful:
- Landscape keyboard and landscape views on more applications
- Cut, copy, and paste text
- Spotlight searches throughout the iPod Touch
- Automatic Wi-Fi connections
- Safari improvements
- Sync Notes (not Lotus Notes but Mac OS X notes)
- Improved Mail client
- Calendar new features like CalDAV support
And these are the ones that I may get some more use out of once I get some more usage:
- Download media over Wi-Fi from the iTunes Store
- Support for Bluetooth stereo headphones
- Peer-to-peer gaming (waiting on games that enable this feature)
- Parental controls
- iTunes account creation
- New languages
- Data/Notification push (waiting on some tools that use this feature)
- 3rd Party Game connections (none announced yet?!?)
- Shake to shuffle
- Voice Memos
All in all a solid update IMHO and worth the $10.
There were recently several interesting music related podcasts from San Diego's KPBS These Days:
- The Bird and The Bee
- West Indian Girl
- Oxford American's Southern Music Issue
- Earl Thomas Performs In Studio (Video)
- In Studio Presentation Of A Stradivarius Violin
When I'm in the mood for the blues I always turn to The Roadhouse podcast.
The Magnatune "great pianist" podcast is very good if you want something 'lite' playing in the background.
The Alternative Classix Podcast is a well produced and researched 80s 'new wave' radio show you will not be disappointed with.
- SomaFM's Grove Salad
- DJ Amber's iamthedj podcast
- DJ Steve Boy's podrunner
- Radio 538: Tiesto's Club Life
If you want something more mellow but still pretty electronic then check out the Ultima Thule Ambient Music podcast.
I was recently able to attend a David Allen Getting Things Done (GTD) Roadmap seminar during one of my regular trips to Washington DC.
It was a fabulous one-day conference.
As someone who has been practicing some form of GTD since 2004, it was great to finally get to learn from David Allen in-person. The Roadmap material was, frankly, excellent for someone in my situation who tries to practice GTD on a daily basis and is maturing in the model. For instance for me, my Runway is pretty well managed, as is my Horizon's of focus above 20,000 feet. But I do struggle with Projects (10,000 feet) and consistent Weekly Reviews. This year (2008) could be considered the year of getting a handle on both Projects & Weekly Reviews. After this seminar, I definitely think I have some good best practices to move forward with.
There are three other conferences that have my attention right now:
I will be at the upcoming New Media Expo (NME) 2008 speaking on "Getting Started With Audio Editing - Hands-on With Audacity." More information about my Audacity related resources over at AztecMedia.net/Audacity. Christy is going to go with me this year, and we hope to get some Jersey Boys Las Vegas interviews completed for the Jersey Boys Podcast. And yes, we will be seeing the show again while we are there. ;-)
I am also planning to attend the Manager-Tools.com Effective Communications conference in San Antonio, TX on September 9-10, 2008. This should be a great conference and if you are a manager, you should really consider attending. Or at the very least, go over to Manager-Tools.com Getting Started page and get started.
The other conference that is on my radar but I don't think I'm going to be able to attend is Ismael Ghalimi's Office 2.0 Conference. David Allen is going to be giving the keynote which is great, but the line-up of other speakers is impressive, and the content seems right up my alley. If you are interested in attending, you can save $100 off the conference fee by using this link that Ismael gave me. For those who are GTD Connect members, David recently interviewed Ismael for the In Conversation podcast. It is a very good podcast that examines what Ismael is up to with regards to Office 2.0, and gets deep into the personal GTD systems Ismael is deploying. He is definitely an impressive 'cloud/virtual systems' guy.
I recently updated my Mac Book Pro to Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. The upgrade process was pretty seamless and I only had a few initial performance issues that seemed to go away with time.
I did notice one missing feature this morning while doing some audio troubleshooting on a just eBay purchased Telos-One with Paul Figgiani and Victor Cajiao that the Leopard's Finder no longer allows you to preview MP2 files in the Columns view or in the new Quick Look feature.
This feature was in Mac OS X 10.4, and I am perplexed on why it would go away.
For podcasters and other audio engineering folks MP2 are used a great deal in collaborative post production.
If anyone knows a work around or a way to enable the lost feature, please let me know.