January 09, 2007

Rhapsody's coming to the Squeezebox

Real Networks announced yesterday that, as of January 15, Squeezebox and Transporter owners will be able to access the Rhapsody music service directly from their Squeezebox. Initially it will only be available through Squeezenetwork and will be available later from the SlimServer software that one may run on one's own machine. Don't know how much of the Rhapsody service will be available yet. I'm a Rhapsody user by virtue of the fact that I've got Comcast's High-Speed Internet service.

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January 07, 2007

Garmin Mobile XT (software) and 10X (hardware)

GpsPasSion has this article about Garmin's new software and unit. The hardware is discussed in this forum posting and the software's discussed in this forum posting. Battery life was reported in excess of 28 hours in the hardware thread!

Good prices at TVNAV and Semson's -- Semson's has a $20 instant rebate and a free vent-mount.

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GPS Receiver plus Micro SD Card

Ever since I got my MDA from T-Mobile, my HP HX2495 PocketPC has been lounging around, pretty much unused. Well, a couple of weeks ago, I decideed to dig it out and use it around the house -- I've got good wireless connectivity all over here (better than my T-Mobile connection) and, while the MDA has WiFi, it drains the battery really fast. The iPAQ has both an SD slot and a CF slot. This week, it occurs to me that I could plug a GPS receiver into the SD slot and use it as a GPS! And then it occurs to me that this was one of the things I was planning to do back when I bought it (too much to do, too little time).

OK, so, with that introduction, Spectec has introduced an SD GPS receiver with a Micro-SD slot. It's not available yet but MicroPlanet has it available on pre-order for $176. I need to do a little more research but this is looking pretty good to me. Comies with the SiRF Star III chipset. This post on GearDiary has more information.

Why don't I just buy a good BT GPS? I dunno, maybe I will. I'm still investigating.

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