Scripting News for 1/26/2007

The HTTP interface for my new receiver. Sure, it’s ugly, but it works! Geek dream realized. Ha! 

Observation on my new stereo — it’s the first time in 35 years that I’ve had a stereo that’s good enough to sit and listen to and do nothing else. When I was a teen, I had a great (for the day) stereo, and young ears that could hear all the highs and lows. Now, I’m listening to a sound system that is so incredibly great you can feel the quality in your bones, even if my ears can’t now grasp all the greatness. Quite unplanned, I find myself sitting here listening to the Beatles’ White Album and it’s so sweet. That the music is playing from a 160GB disk that I paid $99 for at Best Buy would have been hard for 16-year-old Dave to comprehend. He didn’t even know what a byte was! 

Insider Higher Ed: “While plenty of professors have complained about the lack of accuracy or completeness of [Wikipedia] entries, and some have discouraged or tried to bar students from using it, the history department at Middlebury College is trying to take a stronger, collective stand. It voted this month to bar students from citing the Web site as a source in papers or other academic work.” 

Interesting comment thread on Snap at Rafe Colburn. 

Rob Safuto: “We agree! Snap is useless and annoying.” 

Is it just me or does it seem that the user generated content panel at Davos didn’t have any users who generate content? 

Open podcast device ideas 

I’m at the mobile identity workshop today, and I led a discussion this morning about features that people want for an open podcast player device. The rules were anyone could blurt out any feature they wanted and I put them all on the list. (I’m not endorsing these ideas, or explaining them.)



open platform

auto-tagging/voice tagging



TiVO features/last ten seconds

voting mechanism

popup menu for categorization




no buttons





text input

video input

not modal

lots of dials

real volume control

multiple people



one-click publishing


PS: Dean Landsman photographed the handwritten version of this list.

12 responses to this post.

  1. Dave,

    Are you leaving the Snap Preview enabled here on Scripting News Annex to show everyone how really annoying it is?

    You are going to disable it here eventually, right?


  2. One of the things that mp3 players don’t take in to consideration is the length of podcasts; The constant speed of fast forward, reverse is fine for a 3 minute song, but for a 1 hour 20 minute podcast, its a pain. The speed of fast forward or reverse should gradually increase from the standard FasfForward to a speed that is a factor of the length of the audio track.


  3. No Buttons? Honestly someone has got to stop the uber apple geeks from procreating.

    My favs:



    multiple people



    one-click publishing


  4. dual xlr mic imputs w/preamp

    firewire or fast usb/core audio support – serve as an interface to daws




    feedstation tie in





  5. I think the snap previews are kind of cool…I hate those contextual ad systems that highlight words and link to ads but the snap stuff is kind of useful and its cool. It reminds me of how desktop apps work somehow. What if they allowed site owners to brand their preview, and put a few words about their site there that got displayed when their site was previewed? What if the preview had a ‘view RSS’ feature? Theres all kinds of cool stuff that could be done with this. They should put together an SDK.


  6. try the Beetles new albu, “Love” its an amazing mix; you can hear all the different parts of songs within the new songs…very fun.


  7. Posted by Jake on January 27, 2007 at 6:08 am

    Academics join real estate brokers and full service stock brokers in fighting the internet. News at 11.


  8. > Sure, it’s ugly, but it works!

    we who also tinker salute this
    precise description of the high


  9. Just found this workaround to block the snap thumbnails. Works great if you are using Adblock.

    Remove Snap with Adblock


  10. re obvsesations on the new stereo.

    I’d suggest one of teh reasons you can ‘just sit and listen’ is that (accidentally or otherwise), you’ve finally got a good set of speakers and have them setup for your listening position.


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