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March 7th, 2006

(no subject) @ 07:14 am

Back in beautiful Topeka, KS (or as I like to call it, Gateway to Holton, just down the road from Stull, which has the portal to Hell) this week, training a different group from the Postal Service. I've discovered something with them: there are always one or two guys who give me a hard time, and they always sit in the same seats in this classroom. It's as though some sort of cosmic energy has them sit next to the wall in the first two rows. Go figure.

I've been debating whether or not to get an iPod for my birthday. I've kind of had my eye on the 60GB model that just came out, but I've heard some really negative things about it, chief among them is that it comes pretty much a la carte: if you want anything else, such as an AC adapter, you pay extra, and pretty soon you could end up paying $600 for a $400 device. I've also heard that the screen gets scratched pretty easily, and I'm wondering whether I really need the video capabilities, or if I want to spend countless hours converting music that I recorded in WMA format to AAC format. Anyone have any experience with this or the 30GB model?

Went out last night and, after dinner at Chili's (their margarita grilled chicken is fantastic, and maybe the only thing on their menu besides the salmon that I can have), I went to Target and bought a lot of little stuff, like batteries and a wireless mouse for my laptop (I had one of the retractable ones and wore it out in about three months, if you can believe that). I also bought a drink shaker for my "meal shakes" that I'm having twice a day. At home, I do them in the blender, but it's a little hard to pack that. Yes, I know it looks like I'm making martinis. No, I don't care. You do what you have to do sometimes.

The Unit premieres tonight after NCIS. Something to look forward to.

See you all after work.
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Date:March 7th, 2006 05:06 am (UTC)

As you might remember, I got a 30GB video iPod for Christmas. I have been surprised at how much I like it!

While the AC adaptor doesn't come with it, you can get one pretty easily on eBay for not too much money. (I still don't have one yet, though.) It comes with the USB cable, iTunes, the white iPod earphones, and a little cloth case so it doesn't get too scratched before you get a hard case that you like. I would probably get a nice silicone case for it, if I were choosing, but I have a leather case that works very well, and which has a clip so I can wear it on my "belt" or a neckline... I also got myself a speaker (which isn't all that great, but which was cheap!) and some different headphones for it. You can sink a lot into your iPod, if you want to buy only Apple products, but there are a lot of cheaper off-brand things that you can find, if you look.

I have been carrying mine in my purse and using it daily since right before Christmas, and while it's got some scratches, they don't detract from the visibility of the screen and they aren't that noticeable to me -- mostly just surface -- I got a black one, which shows them more than the white kind (on the plastic case). You do have to be careful with it, but not THAT careful!

Um. Let me see. I have several videos on it, mostly Lost episodes that I bought from the iTunes store and I was shocked at how much I really really could see on the screen -- I thought it would be hard to see because of the small size, but it's VERY VERY clear and sharp on the iPod itself, and it's actually been easier for me to watch than the tv. I didn't think I'd use that feature very much, but it has been very cool. (As a grandparent, let me recommend the ever-popular feature of plugging in a Disney cartoon!)

I think that most of my music converted when I imported it into the iTunes library into a format that the iPod could use (it isn't JUST AAC format on the iPod....) -- and I had been ripping songs with Windows Media and RealPlayer. Only a few songs didn't make the cut, and I couldn't tell you why that was.

It isn't perfect, but I like it. A lot.

Of course, there are rumors about a new and improved version with a much bigger screen and widescreen capabilities coming in the next month or so, or so I have been informed this am.
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Date:March 7th, 2006 05:48 am (UTC)
Thanks. I might just wait for the new and improved one and get one for Christmas, then.

Chief Jack's Galley

There's a place for people who laugh at nothing...