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23 August 2004 @ 07:19 pm
geeking out  
i am trying out mozilla firefox for the first time; i am unsure yet as to whether i like it better than explorer.

also i'm deciding between mp3 jukebox players, should i actually get one. i have been immensely tempted by the apple ipod; but i've also heard some good things about the rio karma. also i like how the rio karma has FLAC support, because i know that once we get broadband, i'll be downloading bootlegs like anything. also the iRiver has been getting some good reviews but i don't know anyone who has one and can tell me what they're like.

any suggestions or recommendations?

okay... i think that's all my geeky thoughts for now *grins*

pouring: departures & arrivalspouring on August 23rd, 2004 10:18 am (UTC)
sony is supposed to come out (soon) with one similar to the ipod, but has more memory + cheaper. at least, that's the rumor from my boss, who has a friend working at a company that tests new products.
_tomorrow on August 23rd, 2004 11:01 am (UTC)
well, having just got an iriver, i can offer some of the thought behind my own choice.

the ipod apple have just released is supposed to be really great, it has a much better battery life than it did, but the one (major) downside is that it uses id3 tags, as opposed to folders and filenames. so you know how sometimes, songs in winamp say "unknown artist" or have the wrong information altogether- that's what it will use. i guess that's to discourage you from using downloaded files. anyway, that was what deterred me from ipods.

the iriver is pretty swish. it's not as easy to use as the ipod, (it's one of the least user-friendly) but once you've done things a couple of times, you get the hang of it. it also has a great battery life. much better than the ipod. it also doesn't require you to use software to put files on, or arrange them on there. it appears on your computer as a removable drive, and you can fiddle around like you would with any folder. sound quality is great, and you can program, i think, five sound balance profiles for listening to techno vs. rock vs. drum & bass, etc. it also does recording, and i think it plays most (all?) audio files, comes with a remote with a display on it, but i think those are all standard?

it depends what you want, you know? if your priority is ease of use, ipod is probably the best, but if you want to be able to work with folders and filenames, or navigate without software, then investigate which can do that. i'm biased towards the iriver because i have one, but i've found it to be really really good and i'm really happy with it. it's a favourite among geeks, i think, because it has lots of nifty features.

hope that helped and didn't sound too much like like an infomercial. :D mp3 players are great, it beats the hell out of carrying a discman and a cd book, and there's no skipping, so if you're one of those freaks who jog, it's a great idea.

    scarlet's walk: [grac3land] addicted // toxickisstheviolets on August 23rd, 2004 11:47 am (UTC)
thankyou so much for that review -- i will definitely keep it in mind ! i was all keen to get an ipod, but the more i read about them and about other products, the more i'm leaning away from the idea, and going with something else. i have apples itunes on my computer already, and i noticed how it used those id tags; and it's a pain really, i have a lot of shows downloaded into folders and they are just named "track 1, track 2" etc, which means going in and manually editing them all... not that that is a big thing, but, it's little things like that that make all the difference in the end, i suppose.

plus i read the iriver has a 16hour battery life compared to ipod's 8 hour one... and as i'm thinking of getting it before i go to the uk, hence to listen to on the plane, 16 is definitely more appealing.

anyways, i'll keep looking and thinking, but thanks again -- that definitely helped loads :)

_tomorrow on August 23rd, 2004 11:56 am (UTC)
i can definitely vouch for that battery life. i think we've used ours for longer, even. glad i could be of some service. :)
2much on August 23rd, 2004 11:18 am (UTC)
If I had more money & wasn't freaked out that people would try to steal it from me, I'd get an iPod. But then I've already got an iMac so I'm sort of biased that way. ;)

Instead, I got an MD recorder/player (sony) from eBay for around $200. It's really small & each MD holds up to 5 hrs of music. Plus, being on a PC, you can use Sony's software to download MP3s very fast onto MD, if you buy a netMD player. So you can enjoy a small-sized digital music player (I never got a discman because they were just too big) without worrying about losing it or having it stolen.
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Trilliantrillian42 on August 23rd, 2004 03:08 pm (UTC)
what sites look bad in it? I haven't had any problems so far, and I loooove the level of customizability.
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    scarlet's walk: [syndarys] witching !kisstheviolets on August 23rd, 2004 11:27 pm (UTC)
i thought of you when i was thinking of the Rio Karma, and how you have had a positive experience with it :) what is the software like for ripping cds to add to it? and the quality of music, i'm assuming it must be pretty good (ipod standard or similar)?

i think the Rio's are really cute *grins*
teaandtears on August 23rd, 2004 05:03 pm (UTC)
you might consider giving Opera a try. if you like being able to customize your browser, it's probably the best out there for that. i think the major addicting feature Opera has is the mouse gestures. i cannot live without them. i switched to Firefox a while back just to see what the fuss was all about, but it's just not as good of a browser (in my opinion). if you do switch, it's worth learning some of the keyboard shortcuts (they have a good tutorial on them on their site).

the cons...

it occasionally crashes. When it does crash (which seems to happen only rarely in the current release) it saves all tabs so that when you restart Opera you can have all the same pages up.

also, some sites don't look like the author meant them to (usually because they were designed for IE).

i don't think it supports XML, but i haven't tried anything after updating to the newest release, so that could have (hopefully) changed.

finally, there are some sites that won't work at all in Opera, but any of those that i've seen have only worked in IE anyways.

-charlie, julia's boyfriend :)