Monday, January 30, 2006

Wristbands

You know those wrist bands you see everyone wearing? Well I thought they were silly until I found the Imation USB wristband. It's perfect for all those that want to carry around the drive but forget it or don't necessarily want everyone to know they have a USB drive. Now if they just make it play MP3's I'm buying.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Canadian record label fights RIAA

Nettwerk Music Group, the Canadian record label and artist-management company that is home to Avril Lavigne, Sarah McLachlan, Barenaked Ladies and Sum 41, is taking on the RIAA on behalf of Elisa Greubel, a 15-year-old Texan whose father was sued by the recording industry trade group in August 2005 for owning a computer that allegedly shared more than 600 music files. (click here to read the full story)


The best part about this story?

The best part is that this Canadian label acknowledges that the accused has downloaded music illegaly and yet they will still help fund them in a counter suit.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

For a limited time Canadian Tire is selling Java Objects


Place your order at Canadian Tire now!


It's really funny seeing what happens when bugs go live. Does this mean they have to honor your purchase of a Java Object now? Should they have a disclaimer? "Note: might look different then pictured"

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Looking for answers

Friday, January 06, 2006

Sound Tech

Every once in a while you come across some really cool tech demo, that makes you wonder if technology is going in that direction. May I present to you Holophonic Sound. You will need headphones (not speakers) to hear the effect of this so be sure to put them on, otherwise this sound byte is much less impressive.

(please listen to the demo before reading below)

So do I see a futre in this? Well actually not at least in the close future and here's why. Shows that we are used to watching like movies don't have alot going on that's not in front of the camera, so the rear sound effect although cool is impractical to film. I'll admit adding the vertical components of sound to current filming practices would be really cool, and having to setup only 2 speakers systems is a huge bonus. But the most convincing sounds in the demo are when the match box slips behind your head or at least you hear this. Such auditory cues leads most listeners to actually visualize this box and see it there even though it doesn't really exist.

I really do hope there'll be a push to put this technology into modern filming practices for source material, I mean it's not like they have a huge overhead of additional equiptment. The result to the end user is also less cost because they won't need a 5.1 sound system to hear directional audio.