iPod Shuffle: the littlest Miracle Machine!

I love music as much as my inner child loves a new toy. So I treated both of us to a little something: the new iPod Shuffle.

Apple’s iPod just keeps outdoing itself. Then along came the new iPod shuffle. This baby is STIS (So Tiny It Squeaks – squeaks out insanely gorgeous music!) The microsize is, it’s most obvious–although less visible feature. The sound is amazing–especially after considering that the new shuffle is smaller than most house keys! Be extra careful not to accidentally wash it with the laundry….

The old Shuffle seemed convenient, as it ostentatiously dangled from my rearview mirror, could store about a hundred or so songs, and I compiled any playlist or genre to fit the mood or setting. The new Shuffle can hold multiple–yes, multiple!–playlists on it.

Like the older model, the new one has the same four buttons. So you might be wondering, “Gee, Clyde. How complicated is that: navigating multiple playlists and songs with these big fingers on this tiny machine with just the four tinier buttons?” Well, relax my large-finger friend. Apple has taken this into consideration. As any iPod-using jogger knows, even regular iPods can complicate a very simple sport. All that searching through the iPod for the right list or song, and stopping what you’re doing just to manage the tunes…Gone!

VoiceOver technology allows navigating the multiple playlists with ease. The soothing voice will read the title of the song, or list out your many playlists. No more excuses, joggers: you do not have to stop moving to look at a screen and decipher your next musical move. The $79 iPod is obviously too small for any intelligible screen.

What happened to all the buttons? Well, they’re on your earbuds’ cord. You can’t even stop jogging to find the buttons: it’s within a hand’s reach! (Yes, the earbuds that the Shuffle comes with are essential for your iPod to work–the only apparent downside to the Shuffle. An upgrade is available, though.)

Don’t send your inner-child off to camp just to get him to quit pestering you about a new toy. You know you want this one, too!

Weekly Update – The Good News and Just the Good News

May 11, 2009

Bowl of Pumpkin Soup? Great way to end the evening and begin the morning! ♫ http://blip.fm/~63lp8 from Blip.fm

Yikes! There’s a bill in the US legislature to ban organic farming! And Organic Seeds at Saltspringseeds.com

Fawnt (pretty cool website for finding fonts)

The buy none, get one free promo has been extended for 1 more week. Get free computer checkup. Details here.

Postage goes up today in US by 2c. Twitter & Facebook keep pushing the envelope!

Super excited about starting a new week. After wonderful service with our mystic from Ghana, Brother Ishmael Tetteh, I’m completely energized.

LitmanLive.co.uk » Blog Archive » How to use Twitter to find your next job. http://tinyurl.com/8n8bm8

May 12, 2009
#clydetechtip #technology #techtip Forget about Lo Jack for Laptop/Desktop security. Use Log Me In Instead!

Rumors of new iphone – speed upgrade – 3.2 mp auto-focus camera – nothing major

Loving the new re-organization of Facebook chats! Haven’t seen it yet? Click on the “Chat” in lower right corner. Organize your chats by List, go “off-line” for certain lists, re-order chats and pop-out chats – all by clicking “options” at top of chat list!

May 13, 2009

Uh-oh. Computer Issues. Something crashed on my computer and mouse is missing!! Hard to work this way ;-)!

Hmmm…this “Somebody’s Watching Me” song…getting a little close to home, eh? ♫ http://blip.fm/~68xbj from Blip.fm

Facebook takes a stance: Holocaust deniers stay, Breastfeeders go. Huh? From a guy with a Jewish name like Zuckerberg?
Nooooo!!! Last episode of House last night. Just catching up on it tonight! Any other “House” fans out there?

May 14, 2009

#clydetechtip #techtip 8 cool tools to find people on the Interne

Bluetooth=lamest technology of our time. Works so inconsistently. Ancient one I use

May 15, 2009

Blue tooth and wi-fi – on same wireless band – microwave frequency spectrum in the range of 2.4 GHz to 2.4835 GHz – as Wireless Internet. There are no proven health concerns at this time. What’s more dangerous – bluetooth technology or wi-fi signals that give you internet. Find out herewww.budurl.com/facebookitm

No Matter What: 9 Steps to Living the Life You Love
Lisa Nichols of “The Secret” and “Chicken Soup for the African-American Soul” delves into her book and talks about the 9 steps to truly living the life you live. ***Buy her book at bookstore before attending the workshop – this is mandator…
Host:East Bay Church of Religious Science
Time:1:00PM Saturday, May 16th
Venue:East Bay Church of Religious Science

The “Buy None, Get One Free” offer is 50% over. We’ve checked on over 25 clients so far. Are you next? Go to http://www.itmonfacebook.com/. Scroll down on left side to the notes. What do you have to lose? Oh, let’s see – viruses, key loggers, hackers, identity thieves, and slow performance. How ’bout that? Offer extended to blog users – readers – 5/31/2009

May 16, 2009
OMG, a Global Hug Tour– a couple is flying around the world giving hugs. Wish I was going, too!

Sushi for 30 days straight in Seattle (fantastic sushi photos)

“Non-violence leads to the highest ethics . . . Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.” Thomas Edison

Watching Wicked, the musical. It’s still great after 4 times. New actresses are great. Love ‘loathing’ song best, tonite. Who else has seen it? Comments?

Gabriel García Márquez’s Public Farewell

Update: This was not published by Mr. Marquez, but was attributed to him along the Internet Super highway. It’s still worth reading and still inspirational. See full PS at bottom.

Mr. Gabriel García Marquez, the great Latin American writer, has said goodbye to the public life due to complications in his health: lymphatic cancer. A public letter to his friends and fans. He will be missed.

A wonderful site on the author’s life, reviews, criticism and about the Nobel Prize he won in 1982 for literature.

To see in full screen, click on the box next to the “30” and click “start presentation” at the upper right of the screen.

PS – Found this out after publishing.

In recent years a chain mail with a text attributed to Márquez has been circulating the Internet, often entitled “A Genius bids Farewell”. The text was allegedly written when Márquez learned about his cancer.[110][111]

Mexican researcher Raúl Trejo Delarbre discovered that this text entitled “La Marioneta” was authored by a Mexican ventriloquist called Johnny Welch as a speech for his puppet and eventually circulated the Internet in July 1999 anonymously. Soon after, Julio César Centeno published it in his site, attributing it to Márquez. In March 2000 it was published in a Nicaraguan paper which linked the text with Márquez’ cancer.

Márquez said on this: “What hurts me most is the shame to believe that I would have authored such a “cute” text”

Weekly Update – The Good News and Just the Good News

May 2, 2009

Off to rainy Van Morrison concert where he’ll perform “Astral Weeks.” Hope he does “Brown Eyed Girl,” too. What’s your favorite Van song?

May 3, 2009
“What a fine way to end a Sunday night!! ♫

May 4, 2009
29 different Twitter Apps for iPhone. Rock on.

Well I see trees of green and red roses too / I’ll watch them bloom for me and you / And I think to myself …”What a wonderful world!” ♫

The momentum is building for Cool Geeks. Ready to join? via this link.

May 5, 2009
Van – what happened? Did you forget the words? We really wanted this song at the show on Saturday night! ♫

Clyde will be on Internet Radio in 6 mins – 11 am PST

I’m on Maxi Harper’s metaphysical radio station – check it out!

Buy none, Get one free – Complimentary Tech Checkup, a resounding success – http://ping.fm/uqDil – Made your appointment yet?

@TravelingVeg: @vegtv 10 Good Reasons to Buy Organic http://tinyurl.com/d3ltga8

BlackBerry Gets Native Google Features – from PC World

May 6, 2009
Isn’t this what we all really want? To be Popular! Can’t wait to see “Wicked” for the 4th time!! ♫

Wow! Rumor has it that Apple has made a bit of $700,000,000 for twitter

May 7, 2009
Justin R., “Animals are so much more than food.” He talks about a pet lamb who used to tease him and his brother growing up. “Animal Times”

This will not come as a surprise to anyone – Susan Boyle will be on Oprah this Monday – ( http://ping.fm/H7ke4 )

Here we go again, I’m taking a group of youth from my church to Summer Camp in July in Portland, OR. I’m so excited!

May 8, 2009
Microsoft giving away Windows 7 – – be very careful when installing this. Questions – call us first – good though

May 9, 2009
listening to 16 pounds of Grain by Id Obelus – http://www.thesixtyone.com/idobelus/song/5394/ Good veg stuff!

What a great song by Marvin Gaye, “God is Love.” Says it all ;-)! Talkin’ ’bout God of all religions…. ♫ from Blip.fm

Look out Susan Boyle. Declan has a voice of an angel. He belts out “Tell Me Why.” Sounds like young Michael Jackson

Enjoying the gorgeous weather at Ben’s 38th bday party in Oakland

ByeBye Cable/Satellite Bills!

The job of the TV Website Critic is obviously not the same as a TV critic. But I willingly do my share of both! Increasingly, the two worlds of web and tv are conjoining–far beyond the telecommunication combo packages that we see offered in subscriptions. But get ready to cut out a big chunk of that bill, because now we can watch TV on the computer! Here, I’ll give you the rundown:

The good news is that most of it is still free. And yes, there may be ads, but the security and quick-n-easiness of finding services makes watching very enjoyable. Get it while the getting is good though: Internet Advertisements are expected to increase by 30% in the next year!

Hulu. Giant marketing monster thanks to the very watchable commercials on television (the real set, you remember that big box in the living room?). The website is equally watchable. The quality is way above average in terms of variey, stream quality, minimal advertisements. Now Disney – yes, that Disney – is teaming up with Hulu to get a slice of the webTV pie.

YouTube The grandaddy of online tv. Most all of us have seen youtube at some point, but like anybody else, they gotta keep it fresh and keep the watchers motivated (or not!). So…Coming Soon to a Monitor Near You…Full Length Feature Films on YouTube! Nice.

MyEasyTV. – provides streams and links for various tv sources. E.g.: reutersTVor comedycentral.com. Easy to find what your looking for and lots of variety.

Veoh. Maybe not the first site to offer free viewing and free publishing – But probably the first to offer both the independent artists (er, home video publishers) and full-length versions of the stuff that big networks release. Not bad, but there’s still a few bugs.

FreeTVonline: “Every Computer is a Free TV.” They’ve got your live TV, your favorite shows – itemized by episode, and a very usable, workable website. The cons: downloading (which makes a few people grumpy, if they have a slow connection or low memory on a PC); and the advertisements are confusing and annoying.

NetFlix With a monthly subscription, you can get DVDs by mail and/or you can watch the movies right on your monitor without a physical DVD (called “watch instantly). Woohoo!

iTunes You could purchase a movie that’s yours and you can access forever. You can rent the movie for a lower cost, but you must start movie within 30 days of buying it and once you start watching it, you have 24 hours before – poof! – it disappears. You can also buy TV shows for about $1.99-$2.99/each depending if you get HD or not. And you get between 0% discount (on current TV shows like Dexter) and up to 10%-20% discount (if you buy an older season) if you buy a whole season.

Thanks to the new, more intellegent idiot box, I can multi-task–on the same machine. Now that you’ve discovered the art of watching TV on a computer, I must warn you: Online TV is as equally addictive as the old-fashioned version; and watching the Office while you are in the office could prove to be a big mistake. 
In fact, get 2 or 3 monitors – Windows and Macs support these – and you can watch 2 channels and do your work (I mean do your work and watch TV ;-)).