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When I was a kid, I had the dream of building an immersive ‘video’ game. I thought the magic was going to be holography. My idea was a holographic skiing game. Of course holographic tech didn’t mature like I hoped it would.
So now that VR is having it’s resurgence, it’s made me think back to those days of old. In this post, I’d like to talk about the different devices I’ve had.
I have to admit, I got an Oculus DK2 not to try and write some software for it. Instead I was obsessed with Elite Dangerous and being able to fly around the galaxy in three dimensions was too enticing. The Oculus DK2 was a great device. It opened my eyes that VR has finally landed and was real.
As many of you know, me and my new wife are having the trip of our life. We’re in Switzerland at the moment and having a great time. We are certainly learning as we go what is important and what is not. I thought it might be a fun chance to talk about the gear I’ve used so far and discuss what worked and what didn’t.
As we travel, I am still working. I am recording Pluralsight courses, working with clients, doing the Hello World Podcast, as well as planning for some in-person training during the trip. This means I not only need gear to enjoy the trip but to work as well.
I think it’s important to see where we started and where we ended up. If you don’t know, this trip is a year-long trip across the globe. It’s seven or so months in Europe and five months in Asia. We don’t have a house to go back to so we’re carrying most of what we own (with a small storage place back in Atlanta). To complicate matters, we got married four days before the trip so it’s been pretty whirlwind.
For those of us who spend most of computing time on a couch instead of a desk, this story (and accompaning video) show how to make a compelling desk-less, wireless mouse. I am very impressed and will have to see if I can make one.
I've been struggling with what to do now that my music collection is larger than my MP3 player. I've looked at the Apple 60 Gig iPod and other solutions. Many of which looked like good, but couldn't make up my mind. When a random Google search left me on a site which showed how to replace the harddrive in the Creative Zen MP3 players ( I have the 30 Gig version of the Creative Zen Xtra and have really liked it). Because of some laptop harddrive upgrades, I happen to also have an extra 60 gig laptop drive. Cool!
So I upgraded my existing player to 60 gigs and I am all set for another few months (I am up around 45 gigs at this point).
Ultimately I needed a different guide that is specific for my Creative Zen Xtra but wanted to list both guides:
I wish it were a joke, but its not:
While I can't recommending buying it through eBay because of my recent problems with them, this is somewhat irresistable. A real Enigma machine...
I was worried that they had stopped working on natural keyboards. I am really a fanboy of the Natural keyboard, but in the last five or so years, they've been trying to modify the cursor keys, or the Ins/Del block too much. I actually bought a few ancient natural keyboards on E-Bay a year or so ago so I'd have a stock of them in case MS gave up the ghost.
Well, after looking at this review...I am convinced. Bought!
With Apple moving to Intel chips, is a price war with Dell, HP and Toshiba far away? I'd love to get OS X in virtual machine to play around a bit. This might even make Mono more compelling. This might change everything...or nothing...
I am coming kind of late to the dance on this one. I needed to get some equipment for a new MCE box I am building, so I headed to Fry's this afternoon. While it was exactly what I expected; a store 4x the size of any of their competitors. I was glad to see a very helpful group of employees (not the case with CompUSA!).
Sometimes its the smallest things that impress me though. The size of their receipt is perfect. When I leave BestBuy/CompUSA/Circuit City, I am amazed at the sheer size of the receipts. I think we could reduce the cost of paper in this country by 2c/ream if we just got those three stores to make reasonable sized receipts. I just don't get it.
Here is video of Gate's MCE demo at CES. Not only a MCE crash, but also an XBox crash later on in the day. Very embarassing. But it isn't without a precedent:
After a relatively happy honeymoon, my marriage to the new Tivo is on the rocks. I've been spoiled. ReplayTV just does what I expect, with less of the intrusive advertising of Tivo. Here are my sticking points:
So this leaves me with two options, go back to my ReplayTV (luckily I still have it), or see what a Windows Media Center Edition box with the XBox MCE Extender will do for me. For now I am probably just going to get the ReplayTV going again, and look at the MCE for the future.
So it's Christmas day and I received a RoboSapien from my brother. It takes me back to my first 'Programmable' toy back in the eighties. Much more limited than the RoboSapien, the Big Trak was a tank that you could specify it to move forward, back, turn left and right, and fire a fake laser:
This is an impressive machine:
But at 12+ lbs, not sure they can still call it a notebook....it might be the War and Peace of Lugable computers.
I've owned ReplayTV's for years now. For those of you out there without a PVR, get one *now*! Magenic (the company I work for) recently gave it's employees a Tivo for a holiday gift. I got the one with the DVD recorder in it and including some media features. So far I am very impressed.
What I like about Tivo so far:
Looks like the rumors are true. IBM is leaving the PC business it created 2 1/2 decades ago. I haven't looked at IBM PC's in quite a while, but ThinkPads are some of the best built laptops. I hope they don't go away (even though I haven't purchased one before). Just when they add touchpads to their ThinkPads, they get out of the business.