Part of my profile talks mentions the phrase “digital immigrants.” You’re looking at a Christmas present I got from my dearest wife. The latest stamp on my tech passport.
As Christmas drew near and she tired of hearing me say that I’d love a new Toyota Tundra, or desktop or laptop computer under the tree, I suddenly realized that podcasts had me trapped at my desk, listening to my computer, which is not really meant to function as a podcast receptor. Not mobile at all.
Hey, I said, how about an iPod Nano? Something small, low memory (how much do podcasts need?), with no moving parts. I’ll get mobile, use travel and wait time productively, and proceed a little further down the digital immigrant road!
Well, the Nano came with 8 gigs of memory. That’s a bunch. I thought the screen was for alpha-numeric display, but NO! It’s HDTV or something. And I can access video podcasts. Unbelievable. I downloaded and watched a NY Times Tech segment on mid-range digital cameras. Then I imported a file of fly fishing photos my son took of our trip to the Green River in Utah. Wow.
And I discovered the truly seductive aspect of this little demon device: music.
Yes, I’ve been away from the blog for a while doing year end books for two businesses, board work, preparing for the first Hillsboro Ski Club four-week session that starts Saturday, but I have to admit that I also spent two full days climbing the iPod learning curve and a lot more time trying to fill its memory.
But the music…transfer your digital files in any order and the device sorts the tunes by playlist, genre, composer, album, artist…you name it. I even flip through album covers if I want to access my tunes.
And I bought a little stand that sits on top of my wife’s JVC stereo set-up. The little stand plays the iPod through our receiver and speakers. Double wow. It’s like a fourth machine, but it’s not as big as a post-it note.
And I’m loving the Bob Marley (Three Little Birds, so sad if you saw I Am Legend), The Grateful Dead, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, 1812 Overture, Frank Sinatra, and on and on. (I’ll bet my wife never thought about the iTunes bill — at least I can cherry pick tunes, and I didn’t duplicate what we have on CDs!) 😉
Oh yes, I downloaded and subscribed to a bunch of podcasts. They’re free at iTunes and all over the net. My next task is to figure out Feedburner, so I can use it to get podcasts also.
Don’t worry…about a thing…’cause every little thing’s…gonna be alright. (Bob Marley)