Stuff That Caught My Eye

by Erica Sadun

Bootcamp vs Parallels [NotebookReview]
Parallels announced today that their Desktop for Mac virtualization software has emerged from beta. Pick up a copy for 50 bucks. So? Apple's Boot Camp or Parallel's Virtual Machine? As far as I'm concerned, it's Boot Camp for speed and true Windows performance and virtual machines (any implementation, not just this one) for data sharing and interaction. The Notebook Review article is a nice summary.

Free iPods for Factory Workers [Ars Technica]
Communicate with your workers via podcasts? National Semiconductor is buying $2.2 million of iPod communication goodness. No word on whether rivals will try to induce a KennyG worm to bring National Semiconductor to its knees.

RIAA versus YouTube lip synchers/dancers [TechDirt]
You know all those wacky videos of people lip synching or dancing to their fave songs? RIAA says cease and desist. If you haven't licensed the tune, you can't dance to it. At least not publicly.

Nielsen to track iPod Videos? [CNet]
Who's watching you watch your iPod? Nielsen may start doing so. Advertising dollars may start to trickle down to the iPod, which is a great thing for both the consumer and the producers of video content, in my opinion. A 400-strong iPod viewing panel is likely by the end of 2006.

The Free iPod Nano deal hits Canada [Apple]
Finally. The student buy-a-mac-get-a-nano deal now extends North of the border.

Nike/iPod Sports Kit [Apple]
Now available for pre-order. I'm a New Balance girl myself, so I guess I'm missing out.


2006-06-15 14:41:36
Advertising trickling down onto the iPod is not a 'great thing' IMHO. I would classify it as a 'dreadful thing'.
Erica Sadun
2006-06-15 14:46:28
I think it's brilliant. Lower cost, potentially free shows. Good for everyone and much better to watch than, say, ABC's bandwidth-limited approach. (Which, by the way, I still love. I think they're doing a terrific job with that site. I just wish I actually wanted to watch any of the shows they have on offer. Oh well.) I guess what I'm trying to say is that ad-supported entertainment is still a great idea and one that shouldn't be ruled out solely in favor of ad-free media like DVDs and normal iVideos.