Writer Charles Bukowski

January 12, 2010

Sing it, brother! Sing it!

Two inches is great, two miles is great, two thousand miles is beautiful.

Sony Dash: Part Two

January 12, 2010

Researching the Sony Dash turned out be a rather disappointing experience.

It’s basically a revised Chumby.

There’s nothing bad about that in and of itself, except the hype surrounding the Dash made it seem more than that.

What’s worse, the Chumby cannot do all of YouTube. Even with a widget, the result is frustrating and disappointing.

Any device that cannot provide access to all of YouTube is dead on arrival. Period.

Palm’s Foleo was ridiculed for not being able to access YouTube.

It also didn’t help that Hawkins had no defense against Mossberg’s question about the Foleo being able to access YouTube videos.

What makes Sony think its Dash is an exception?

I’ve got news for Sony: it’s not!

Everyone — every potential customer — is going to ask about full access to YouTube. The moment they’re told they can access a pre-digested selection of videos, all interest will be murdered.

Right now, we don’t know the hardware specs of the device. Sony was coy. Perhaps they were gauging interest before committing to a final version.

Well, lots of people are interested. But no full YouTube = no sale.

Don’t screw this one up too, Sony!

Previously here:

Sony Dash, Part One

iPhone Digital Book: Cathy’s Book

January 12, 2010

From the YouTube description:

CATHY’S BOOK, the first interactive teen novel, is back and completely reimagined for the iPhone and iPod Touch!

Things aren’t so peachy in Cathy Vickers’ life since she and her boyfriend Victor broke up. Her father dies unexpectedly, she’s failing in school, and all this drama is pushing her best friend Emma to the limit. But when Cathy decides to investigate Victor’s reasons for ending their relationship, things suddenly go from bad to very, very bad as her findings produce more questions than answers. Is Victor really what he seems? Will Cathy’s curiosity put everyone she knows in danger? Through Cathy’s unique and irresistible voice we enter a strange and fascinating world where things often aren’t as they appear. Part romance, part thriller, part mystery, you’ll experience the story by calling phone numbers, searching websites, examining evidence, discovering secrets, and exploring locations hidden in the pages of Cathy’s private sketchbook.

Help Cathy solve the mystery before it’s too late!

See the video after the break.

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