Amber MacArthur – hottest women in Tech

Girl-next-door-beautiful Amber MacArthur was voted #1 by the top Men’s on-line portal AskMen. Good call. I am a huge fan.

Amber’s everywhere on the internet (including my Facebook friends list), but her best work is the Webnation TV show.

Amber MacArthur’s background within the tech sector — she has worked for Microsoft and Razorfish, among others — has resulted in the kind of credibility many of her contemporaries would kill for, and it’s hard to imagine a more ideal candidate for our hottest women in tech list. … – Hot women in tech


Amber is from PEI. The #2 on the list is Morgan Webb from Toronto.

iPod touch review – Engadget


… At least not on Buy Nothing Day.

But two friends, so far, report that they love their new iPod touch.

It’s “an evolutionary leap for iPod, or a slight downgrade from iPhone.”

Click to check out the Apple 8 GB iPod Touch.

Apple 8 GB iPod Touch

One reviewer:

… all the best stuff from the iPhone made the cut in the touch. It shares the same audio, video, and photo apps as the iPhone, which is a good thing since we still love the new Apple mobile media interface every bit as much as we did when we first reviewed the iPhone. The iTunes WiFi Music Store works exactly as advertised; search is fast, sampling tracks and downloads are easy, and syncing tracks back to your host computer is effortless. Apple really nailed this. To date, most over the air music downloads on a portable media devices have been tedious, if not completely impractical.

Also unchanged are our primary complaints about said media playback, the same complaints we’ve had about the iPod for years: we don’t like managing our media through iTunes, and we don’t like being limited only to those few codecs Apple supports (AAC, MP3, H.264, and MPEG-4). In fact, if Apple gave us greater codec support (or even just the option to add additional codecs ourselves) and mass storage support for drag and drop while adding media, we’d probably be able to overlook the other, smaller things that ail us about iPods.

iPod touch review – Engadget

I don’t need one, myself, as I plan to get the iPhone. And I love my old Nano, in any case. I will be using it for years to come.

The new fatty Nano 4GB iPod nano AAC/MP3 Player Silver (3rd Generation) is selling for $170 right now. The shuffle – 1GB iPod shuffle Silver (3rd Generation) – $90.

I expect many, many players to be delivered by Santa. Even the Zune 2 is worth considering.

NOW … Boing Boing TV

Boing Boing is perhaps the world’s most popular blog, winning the Bloggies in 2004 and 2005. It features Mark Frauenfelder, Cory Doctorow, David Pescovitz and Xeni Jardin.

Boing Boing Boing is their fabulous, but infrequent, audiocast.

NOW … Boing Boing TV.

screenshot of a most intriguing woman

WOW! Their internet TV show is just as weirdly fascinating.

You have to watch this, their first episode: Visions of the Future/Listography – Boing Boing TV

Boing Boing – blog

Boing Boing Boing – audiocast

Boing Boing TV

Leo Laporte buys a camcorder

camcorder.jpgLeo just bought this camcorder.

Looks perfect to me. High definition and records to flash memory. Leo bought 4Gb SD cards.

Apple iLife ’08 supports the new AVCHD codec.

The HDC-SD5 uses the AVCHD format to record full-HD video with 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution. It employs Panasonic’s original 3CCD camera system, a professional broadcast feature, which renders vivid, true-to-life colors, outstanding detail and rich gradation. The SD5 also boasts Panasonic’s new Advanced O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), minimizing the effect of hand shake. This technology helps produce crisp, clear images, which is especially important for viewing on large-screen high resolution TVs where image imperfections are easily visible.

The HDC-SD5, which records video onto SDHC/SD Memory Cards, debuts as the world’s smallest palm-style 3CCD full-HD camcorder.

Panasonic HDC-SD5 AVCHD 3CCD Flash Memory High Definition Camcorder with 10x Optical Image Stabilization (includes Panasonic VW-PT2 40GB Hard Drive)

Panasonic has another similar unit, but lighter, the HDC-SD7.

The main competitor is the Sony HDR-CX7 AVCHD, but it saves to “Memory Stick”. I prefer SD card.

If you have an opinion on Flash memory camcorders, leave a comment.

John Dvorak is dead to me

I’ve known for a long time now that tech reporter John Dvorak is a sloppy, irresponsible yellow journalist.

Time to cut him loose. Let him sink to the bottom of the dead pool.

I’ve cancelled my RSS subscription to his blog and videocast. And will plug my ears when he happens to appear on other audiocasts.

His buffoonery is getting old.


Dvorak is known throughout the tech community as being a Troll_(Internet). His theories are far fetched and is almost invariably wrong at most of the conclusions that he draws.


definition of “Troll”:

… someone who intentionally posts derogatory or otherwise inflammatory messages about sensitive topics in an established online community such as an online discussion forum to bait users into responding.