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As Fred Flintstone would say… Wilma!

by on Oct.25, 2005, under Richard Bingle Family

After the $10,000+ worth of damages we had from Charley, Frances, and Jeanne last year, we were looking forward to a year free of storms with stupid names hitting us. Well, after spending several days in Mexico, Wilma finally decided to visit Florida. Fortunately for us, Wilma’s path was fairly far to the south of us. While we did get 45+ MPH winds, we suffered no real damage this time around. One of the front trees that we had to upright (several times) last year is listing a little bit (farther) towards the house, but we are hoping we can get it straight again. Unfortunately, that means yet another year of having braces on that tree.

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The rumors were true…

by on Oct.17, 2005, under Richard Bingle

Well, Apple has indeed come out with a video iPod (and a new version of iTunes to support it). You can even buy episodes of a couple of ABC shows after they air for $1.99. I think I’ll stick with my trusty 2nd generation iPod for now and wait for the iPod with the built-in 3D holographic projector…

— Rich

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Video iPod?

by on Oct.06, 2005, under Richard Bingle

The rumors are swirling everywhere that Apple will introduce a video-capable iPod next week in San Jose. Do we really need yet another new ipod model so soon? We’ve already seen the original iPod with its (now paltry) 5GB of space. A short nine months later brought us the 2nd generation iPod (which is what I use at work everyday) with its improved solid-state wheel. Eight months later it was out with the old and in with the new.Tthe 3rd gen arrived, with is backlit buttons and dock connector. While the dock connector (which enabled either USB or FireWire connectivity) was a great idea, those buttons definitely weren’t. Next was the iPod mini (in several fashionable brushed metal colors) followed by the 4th gen iPod, both of which abandoned the buttons of the 3rd gen and returned to the simple and elegant design of the 1st and 2nd gen style touch wheels. But the world wasn’t satisfied with just songs and a monochrome display, and the iPod Photo with its bigger disk and tiny color display was born. Eventually all future iPods (with the exception of the Shuffle) would get the color screen. Even the iPod Nano (released just recently and still hard to find in some places) could display photos. All of this in 4 short years.

So, what do you do to top all of that? Apparently, if the rumors are true, you make the jump from photo to video. Where (and when) will it end?

— Rich

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Ahoy, Matey!

by on Oct.03, 2005, under Richard Bingle

I was pleasantly surprised to see Jefferson Crutchfield in the hallway at work today. It seems that Jefferson and I will once again be working in the same building as it was his first day with ACS today. It will be nice to have a fellow TLAPDer around next September!

— Rich

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