80GB iPod is Here

Yesterday morning, I woke up early to watch the engadget and ilounge websites reload every few seconds and find out the new apple announcement. I wasn’t really expecting the “true video ipod” but I was hoping for an upgrade in the ipod capacity, and I got my wish! The current ipods got an 80gb version, longer battery life, and some other stuff including games you can buy. I’m also excited about the new nanos which are so cute. I still have my pink ipod mini, and I’ve always really loved the look and formfactor and had hoped that they would come out with higher capacity versions. I understand why the black only comes in the 8gb nano, but shouldn’t the top paying nano get the widest choice of colors? I’m looking forward to the 80gb anyway. But I think the new nanos would be great for my mom, whose 1st gen blue ipod mini is acting a bit fussy these days. Also, I can’t believe how tiny the new shuffle is! I can’t wait to see it in person, just to look at the size. We can’t forget the price drop either. Good job staying with the times. See the new iPods.
Of course, iTunes 7 was also announced with alot of  neat looking ne w features, and of course the movie store. One exciting thing about the iTunes store is that they upped the resolution of the purchased videos from 320×240 to 640×480 which is near DVD resolution. In fact, that’s the resolution I use when I encode my own videos. I haven’t upgraded my iTunes yet because of what happened last time. When iTunes 6 came out, I was so excited to see the new video store that I installed it right away, but it broke jhymn. So I’m not going to upgrade until I hear a bit more about it in use.
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My Top 3 Laptops

I think I’ve met my matches. The Laptops that I logically and economically can’t have.
First choice: Acer Ferrari 4000
Processor: AMD Turion 64 processor ML-37 1MB L2 cache 2.0GHz
1 GB of DDR333 memory
15.4″ WSXGA+ TFT LCD, 1680 x 1050 resolution
16.7 million colors
– ATI Mobility Radeon X700 with 128 MB of external DDR VRAM, supporting ATI Powerplay 5.0, Microsoft
– DirectX 9.0 and PCI Express
– DualView support; external display at up to 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution, 85 Hz
– MPEG-2 DVD hardware-assisted capability
– S-video/TV-out (NTSC/PAL) support
– DVI-D (true digital video interface) support
– 100 GB ATA/100 hard disk drive
– 5-in-1 card reader
– Slot-load DVD-Super Multi double-layer drive
– LAN: gigabit Ethernet; Wake-on-LAN ready
– WLAN: integrated Acer InviLink™ 802.11b/g Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ solution; supporting Acer SignalUp wireless technology
– WPAN: integrated Bluetooth
– 6.3 lbs.
Price range: $1,752.00 – $2,978.00

Acer Ferrari 4000

My Second Choice: Voodoo ENVY Featherweight a:228 Notebook
15.1″ SXGA+ 1400X1050
12 x 8.6 x 1 inches (WxDxH)
4.0 Pounds with battery and drives
512mb DDR memory
AMD Turion 64 MT-30
SuperSlim DVD-+R/RW
Seagate 100 gig hard drive
ENVY Wireless 802.11 BG with BlueTooth
Internal 56K Fax Modem
ENVY High Speed Ethernet
Priced at: $2231.41

I chose powder pink, but it comes in almost a dozen colors


Perfect notebook and bag found

So, I found the perfect notebook computer that I want for when I go back to school;

it’s the Acer Ferrari 3400 with an AMD 64 3000+ processor and all the other goodies, but not too big and heavy, and best of all it comes in a shiny red carpaint finish.

and, I’ve found the perfect bag for it to go in

it’s perfect. it looks like a nice, normal tote; black suede with pink straps, but it has a nice section that fits a 15″ laptop (like the ferrari).


Shiny, Pink, and Plays MP3s

yes, that’s right. I got one. I am now the proud owner of a Pink Ipod Mini. It’s very spiffy. I do have far more than 4gb of music, of course, and audio books but I figure that I don’t need to carry my whole library around with me. That’s what my hard drive is for. It’s plenty of space for what I’d want to have with me, though, and I love the tiny size and pretty pinkness of it. I’ve named mine Posy.