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Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by John Larkin, Jul 11, 2006.

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  1. John Larkin

    John Larkin Guest

    Why do the idiots at EE Times think they can buy an hour of my time,
    for some stupid market research, with a chance to win an iPod? If I
    wanted to stupify myself with music 24 hours a day, I'd do it myself.

    And besides, if I was of the iPod generation, why do they think my
    opinions would be worth anything?


  2. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    I have an iPod ;-) I copy books on tape or CD to it when I travel.

    ...Jim Thompson
  3. Genome

    Genome Guest

    The world is populated with people who are not as intelligent as you but are
    paid enough money for doing something useful to have a residual income that
    is available to others who do nothing useful other than sucking the residual
    income from the people who are useful.....

    It's a big complicated world out there, you're just caught in the crossfire.

  4. Noway2

    Noway2 Guest

    The idiots at EE Times, or more generically Reed Business, are amongst
    the worst offenders for churing out spam mail. I personally have them
    added to the kill file list. I would like to bounce everything back at
    them at an email that would receive the bounces so that they can choke
    on all their crap.

  5. Mailwasher lets you bounce all unwanted E-mail on a pop server.

    Service to my country? Been there, Done that, and I've got my DD214 to
    prove it.
    Member of DAV #85.

    Michael A. Terrell
    Central Florida
  6. I've got a Sony Minidisc portable here (the MZ-N710, second-generation NetMD)
    and I do pretty much the same thing. Audiobooks, music (mostly classic rock -
    Journey, etc.) and recordings of lectures. Basically a digital tape recorder
    that fits in a shirt pocket.

    I've actually got an MZ-RH1B on back-order. It's a third-gen HiMD Minidisc
    portable, with digital upload and download, optical and analogue inputs, a
    cute little OLED display and a ton of other stuff I can't remember right now. are calling it "the most perfectly realised Minidisc instrument
    to date". Only thing I can see wrong with it is there's no external power port
    - I guess the solution to that is to scavenge a mini-USB connector and hack
    together a 2xAA-to-5V converter.

    Phil. | Kitsune: Acorn RiscPC SA202 64M+6G ViewFinder
    | Cheetah: Athlon64 3200+ A8VDeluxeV2 512M+100G | Tiger: Toshiba SatPro4600 Celeron700 256M+40G
    No software patents! <> / <>
    If mail bounces, replace "06" with the last two digits of the current year.
  7. Audio Books are great!
    I've got a MuVoTX-FM, doubles as a 1GB memory stick, and no cables.
    An FM transmitter connects it through the car stereo, better than
    talk-back shows.

    Dave :)
  8. BTW, how damn cheap are the asian copies of these USB stick MP3 players
    these days!!
    For only a few dollars more than a regular USB stick you get an MP3
    Player with funky LCD display built in. Incredible.

    Dave :)
  9. John  Larkin

    John Larkin Guest

    Well I'm grateful to those people, without whom I'd be the dumbest
    person on Earth.

  10. Sounds like software vendors to me. Win a free iPod if you spend $80k
    on websphere. Yay. Hows get fucked sound and i will buy me the ipod
  11. Keith

    Keith Guest

    About a year ago I bought an MP3 player that plugs into an
    automotive AUX connector (aka cigarette lighter). It takes
    standard USB sticks and plays over the FM radio. $30 at
  12. Now here I was thinking that "WallyWorld" only existed in a National
    Lampoons movie!
    Holiday Road....

    Dave :)
  13. Noway2

    Noway2 Guest

    Yes, and every time I go there, I get so happy that I sing zippy-do-da
    out my f-----g a--hole.
  14. YD

    YD Guest

    For you, maybe. Around here the authorities go "Hey, it's foreign
    technology, let's tax it", then the resalers go "Hey, imported
    technology is for the rich and well-off, let's put a huge margin".
    Sort of self-fulfilling.

    - YD.
  15. Ebay is your friend!

    I buy lots of stuff from from the US via eBay that is wayyyy cheaper
    than I can get here in Australia. GPS's and brand name headlamps are
    two examples.

    Computer and other consumer products though are best got from Singapore
    via eBay. The postage usually costs more than the actual product does!

    Dave :)
  16. YD

    YD Guest

    BTDT. Importing by a private citizen is an automatic 60% tax, with the
    postage added, on top of that any sales and other taxes they can get
    away with, usually pulled straight out of their asses.

    Marking it "gift" doesn't help, they'll look up the market value of
    any "similar" goods and charge you for the bother. Importing
    second-hand goods is definitely verboten.

    And they still complain about the huge contraband market...

    - YD.
  17. Better throw the bums out...

    Best regards,
    Spehro Pefhany
  18. Roy L. Fuchs

    Roy L. Fuchs Guest

    Oh boy! I have seen those crap MP3 players go for hundreds of
    dollars, and they have ONE function. Weeeeee...

    I have a PSP, and it plays MP3, UMD movies (now dying), MP4 videos, a
    picture viewer, and has WiFi connectivity to the world, so it also has
    a web browser.

    Oh yeah... did I mention the wide format hi res screen?

    Last but maybe least for some, it plays games. Older versions can
    even run an emulator and can play some Mame games or other DOS type

    $249 for a kit pkg with a 23MB mem stick. $200 bare bone, and buy
    your own Memory stick (1GB for $40).

    Hundreds of accessories being sold online.

    Only complaint is that it has weak audio power, and requires an amp
    in front of your headphones, but hey, Sony saw this and sells the fix.

    I have never seen a Sony audio product this weak on power. Must
    have been a trade off to allow to time allotment for a complete film
    to play.
  19. They used to do that here in Australia, and a few people were unluckly
    enough to get caught doing the "gift" thing, as the duty tax limit was
    about $250 or so. But now the limit is like $1000, so you can now
    import some great stuff leagally without paying any duty.

    Dave :)
  20. YD

    YD Guest

    That was a couple of years ago, they may have eased up on things now.
    Now that the exchange rate is getting favourable again I may try to
    get something cheap off ebay and see what happens.

    A friend of mine ended up spending the equivalent of $40 for a $10
    item. He still thinks it was a good deal as it's unavailable here and
    going through an importer would have cost even more. Some bit or piece
    for an RC car, his latest hobby.

    - YD.
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