The new iPhone just cannot get here fast enough. My current phone, a Treo 650, is three years old and it is really starting to show. The shift and alt buttons only work about half the time. There is no paint/coloration/coating left on the bezels. The SD card slot is a bit worn and sometimes behaves “funky,” causing the keyboard lock to stay locked (even when I hit the unlock button), requiring me to eject and re-insert the card in order to get past the lock. Fortunately, the screen and battery still seem to be fine.
I’m also wondering if there’s a way to have a new PowerBook (or MacBook Pro, I guess they are called now) in my future. Increasingly, the kinds of stuff I would like to do are getting dependent upon the Intel processor. Video transcoding with the particular tools I use (VisualHub, MacTheRipper, Popcorn) just seem to perform better on an Intel processor (even though nothing in them says they are specifically optimized for better performance on that processor.) I also do a good amount of Linux work and cross-compiler work. While VirtualPC is do-able, it is really, really slow. Dual boots or Parallels would be much more bearable. Unfortunately, with our current debt and savings plan, I am not sure I can really justify the price tag of a MacBook Pro.
Has anyone tried using LaLa.com? It seems to be the new darling in the digital music realm. If you have not yet heard, this is how it works: You can listen, streaming, to complete tracks–not just 30 second previews. You can purchase tracks and albums and they are delivered to you in a non-DRM format. You can upload your own music library into a digital “locker,” then download or listen to it from anywhere on the web. When their client is scanning your music, they check if they already have the file on the server (because someone else has the same album and has already uploaded it), then it skips the upload step altogether and just marks that you own the track. So that is how it is supposed to work. My experience shows that the scan/upload seems to be self-limiting to 5,000 tracks, so I only get a little less than half my music online. The interface is a little weird, consisting of a combination of browser plugin and desktop application. I’m not sure where one begins and the other ends. I have yet to try out the streaming and purchasing. It has promise, I’m just wondering if it will live up to the promise (and if anyone else has had a better experience with it.)
I saw this a year or two ago, but a coworker just reminded me, so I thought I would share: http://www.portlandgasprices.com/