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recommend gadgets for brad! [Nov. 11th, 2000|08:10 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
Ate dinner. Still tired. Might read a book later.

For now, I invite everybody to help me in a little research project. I want to buy three new gadgets, and I need recommendations on which to get.

1) Digital Camera -- my old one broke, an Epson PhotoPC 600, and I need a new one. Looking for: Compact Flash (I hate Sony Mavicas... no offense, evan), takes pictures quickly, looks professional (no gimmicky Kodaks with cartoon menus... no offense, dad).

2) MP3 Player -- never owned one. Looking for: more than 64 MB of memory, or one that takes Compact Flash (I love Compact Flash's form factor and low cost). Must be able to show long file names and/or ID3 tag info. I don't want one that plays CDs too ... I already have a discman. I don't want moving parts.

3) Scanner --- my parents have one, blythe has one, sarah let me borrow hers most the year my freshman year ... i need my own finally. All too often I need to scan things and can't. Looking for: flat bed, Hewlett Packard (preferred), 8.5x11" (minimum and maximum), high DPI, parallel port or SCSI interface .... USB would be okay, but I'd prefer if it weren't.

It's been awhile since I did research into any of these categories of products, so any and all information will be much appreciated. :-)

[User Picture]From: niko
2000-11-12 01:20 pm (UTC)

Re: MP3 player

well what the pain is, is converting files you've already got in MP3 into this ATRAC format. and the software isn't all that stable. my friend jeff has one, and he barely uses it due to the crashtastic software and that it has to reconvert files he's already converted into mp3s..

if I bought one it'd most likely be the Nomad Jukebox or something similar. why bother carring around multiple memory cards or whatever that you might loose? (well, *I'd* loose em.)

there's a great site with a build-your-own mp3 player that just needs a hard drive and case. the fully assembled board is $150, throw in a hard drive for another $100 and voila, lotsa space for albums. It's here. only problem with this right now is that the firmware is pretty immature and dosen't do alot of higher level functions, the souce is available tho.I'm keeping an eye on it, could be a fun kit to play around with once it reaches maturity.
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