28 May 2006

Puppy learned a new trick

On the same day that the MacBooks were launched, Nokia and Google announced that Google Talk, the nifty VoIP program, would be included in the new OS for the Nokia 770, available sometime 'soon'. Despite my earlier disappointment with its lack of 802.1x connectivity (or the fact that it isn't compatible with Writely), I am getting more and more enjoyment from this happy little machine, and the inclusion of Google Talk just adds to that.

The most recent use that I have found for it is as an iTunes control pad. I have an AirPort network in my house, and thanks to program called CoverBuddy, which lets you control iTunes via a browser through a Web Interface Server, the 770 has learned a new trick. The only downside so far is that you can't select which speakers to route your music through, that still has to be done manually from your computer - though to be fair this is as a result of Apple not opening up their AirPorts to third-party developers, rather than the fault of the program developers.

I would prefer to use something like Salling Clicker via Bluetooth so I could also control my EyeTV, but that's not available for the 770 yet, but the advantage of using a web interface is that I can now switch on songs in my house from a remote and undisclosed location, like my office, and scare the bejaysus out of the Very Understanding Girlfriend. Its the simple things in life that matter...


At 7:41 pm, Blogger QUASAR9 said...

Hi Man, you seem to be a techno savvy. Some young lady was asking me about what to do with her music DVDs. Shes pimping her website, books, writings, art, etc ...

but she's short of HD I think just to copy her collection. Any ideas. Laters ... Q

At 7:44 pm, Blogger QUASAR9 said...

PS - I'm on the simple blog template. How can I do like you, get comments to wait for blogger approval. Or is that just the option that e-mails them to you first? Laters ... Q

At 8:34 pm, Blogger unkie dave said...

Q - yup - I'm using the option that e-mails comments to me first.

As for archiving DVDs you can use HandBrake (http://handbrake.m0k.org/) to rip them into pretty much any format or size you need, so if she is short of storage space she can choose the size and quality she wants. Its for Macs only, and you can find a comprehensive guide on how to use it here: http://howto.diveintomark.org/ipod-dvd-ripping-guide/

There's other similar freeware out there for PCs, but I'm not that familiar with them.

Once you have ripped the DVD, you can use a program like VLC (http://www.videolan.org/) to watch it on your computer. Again its freeware and is available for almost every OS, and supports pretty much every type of video format that's out there.


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