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Bear Bibeault
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Happy 50th to me!

As I had hoped/suspected, my mystery birthday gift was an iPod Touch!



Playtime begins!


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marc weber
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Congratulations! I am officially jealous. Let us know what you think after you've had a chance to play with it.


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Bear Bibeault
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So far it's great! Ultra-intuitive and, as I had found when I played briefly with an iPhone, the virutal keyboard is amaziingly accurate, even for a fumbling fat-fingered typist such as myself.

Synching with iTunes, iPhoto, contacts, calendar and bookmarks is a snap.

The only thing I haven't been able to try yet is the WiFi browsing. Stay tuned..
Ernest Friedman-Hill
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Hey, is there anyway to plug in a headset? Could you maybe... Skype with that thing?


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Bear Bibeault
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No mic input. But that would be sweet, wouldn't it?
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Oh yeah, and WiFi browsing? Way cool!
Pauline McNamara
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Lucky you, congrats!

Hmmm. Wifi and iTunes... can you update iTunes podcasts without hooking up the ipod to your computer?

Enjoy your new toy.
Bear Bibeault
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Hmmm, not sure as I've never loaded a podcast in my life. But I suspect you'd need to sync it from iTunes. Sorry to be so imprecise.

I'm constantly amazed at how lickably clear, sharp and sexy the display is.
Bear Bibeault
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By the way, I posted this from the iPod just because I could!
marc weber
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Originally posted by Bear Bibeault:
... I'm constantly amazed at how lickably clear, sharp and sexy the display is.

...

By the way, I posted this from the iPod just because I could!

Geez... Rub it in!

I so need one of these. (It's either going to be this or an iPhone, if I could just resolve my indecision.)
Bear Bibeault
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Originally posted by marc weber:
Geez... Rub it in!

I could be really mean and post some hi-res pictures!

If there was a reasonable monthly plan for someone who isn't going to be talking/surfing 24 hours a day, I'd have opted for an iPhone. But the monthly fee is way too rich for my blood for what I need from a mobile phone.
Bert Bates
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Wow - very, very jealous!!

Hey Bear, you said you made your post with your new toy? So you can't make phone calls but you have an internet connection...how did I miss that? Can you clarify the whole internet end of this baby?


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Bear Bibeault
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Originally posted by Bert Bates:
Can you clarify the whole internet end of this baby?

It has WiFi capability and built-in Safari.

Obviously it can't surf using EDGE, not being a phone, but as long as there's an open WiFi network (or one you know the credentials to), surfing's a breeze.
Pauline McNamara
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"lickable"? Mmm maybe you should hold off on those pics after all...
Bear Bibeault
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Originally posted by Pauline McNamara:
"lickable"? Mmm maybe you should hold off on those pics after all...

I didn't say that I indulged in those urges....

Seriously, the display is simply amazing in clarity and color.
Bear Bibeault
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Oh, and hitting gmail with the browser displays an interface catering to the screen size. Way to go google!
Bert Bates
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does anyone know of a java compiler you can access thru a browser
Kristian Gorman
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I have several collegues with the new touch. Very impressive, makes my old 20gig colour look very stone age.
Bert Bates
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Kathy just got one of these so-called iPod touch thingies - wow! We watched movies on it on the plane, (it drove both of our headphones thru a splitter with no problem). Right now she's got it glued to her hand and she's "surfing". Great battery life, amazingly quick synching, awesome display, and the surfing "appears" to be fun too (I wouldn't know because I can't seem to pry the thing away from her.)
Rick Beaver
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the touch is amazing! I posted this on it.

I jailbroke mine to allow third party applications to be installed, it's a very good piece of kit.


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marc weber
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Originally posted by Kristian Gorman:
...makes my old 20gig colour look very stone age.

Where does that leave my b&w mini?
Bear Bibeault
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I have a 1st-gen iPod that I also still use.
 
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