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Comment: Re:on "Free" music... (Score 1) 234

by cheesyfru (#22199956) Attached to: Recording Music Without the Recording Industry
Believe it or not, about half of my music income comes from iTunes (available when you sell CDs at CDBaby). I don't claim to understand that one. I do hear from a lot of people who say "I want to support your music, but I didn't want/need a physical copy, so I bought it on iTunes." And more and more, people are discovering my music without ever even seeing my website. One big vehicle is iLike, which is an iTunes sidebar plugin. You might be listening to Death Cab, and over on the right side, you'll see a "Hey, check out this similar song from Josh Woodward" link. It's one of the best promotional vehicles available to indie musicians, and is highly recommended.
Wii

+ - The Good Fortune of Wii Exercise

Submitted by
eldavojohn
eldavojohn writes "While some users of the Wii complained of soreness or "Wii elbow" when playing it too much, others are heralding its workout value. The University of Toronto is working on a "therapeutic video game" for the Wii that is designed to help children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy exercise their weaker limb, people are claiming weight loss and in the January issue of Pediatrics the Mayo clinic is proposing that gaming systems like the Wii can combat child obesity."
Technology (Apple)

+ - Apple jabs at Vista

Submitted by TinBromide
TinBromide (921574) writes "In a fairly obvious bit of free media exposure for Apple, CNN.com has stated the obvious fact that Apple is now jabbing at PC's who upgrade to vista with its Mac vs. PC ads. Included in the article is a recap of the commercials for those of you who haven't been watching tv in the past year. Also mentioned is that the writer isn't sure if the ads are responsible for an increase in Mac's market share, but they do know that they have helped increase Brand Awareness, and apparently articles on CNN about the Mac vs PC ads."
Communications

+ - One-second GPS Tracking with Indoor Capabilities

Submitted by
Lord Satri
Lord Satri writes "When my father sent me a short french-written article about this, I though it was wrong, but Infoworld offers a short article about a new GPS chip which uses two satellite navigation services and will operate in indoor environments. From the article: "The u-blox 5 chip, which Switzerland's U-blox plans to unveil at the 3GSM World Congress event in Barcelona next month, uses two global navigation satellite services: GPS, which was developed by the U.S. Department of Defense, and Europe's Galileo, the vendor said Wednesday. The technology has a tracking sensitivity of -160 dBm, which enables indoor coverage. The abbreviation dBm represents the power ratio in decibels (dB) with respect to 1 milliwatt (mW). With a power consumption of less than 50 mW, the u-blox 5 chip allows GPS-enabled mobile phones and other wireless devices to operate in difficult indoor environments, such as shopping malls and train stations." This and the upcoming much cheaper and better performance option for mobile phones and other hand-held devices will help location-based services to reach mass market."
Communications

Wireless Portable Cell Phone Drive Unveiled 62

Posted by Zonk
from the handy-little-guy dept.
An anonymous reader writes "According to Ars Technica Seagate has unveiled a new portable drive that fits in the palm of your hand and has a 20GB capacity, but most importantly features Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. It's called DAVE, which stands for Digital Audio Video Experience and it lets you stream music, videos and other data to your mobile. It can also interact with a variety of other devices, such as PDAs, laptops, PCs and cameras, making it perfect for transferring data from your phone to another device or vice versa." Update: 02/02 14:06 GMT by Z : Indeed, you may have enjoyed our recent discussion on this technology. Feel free to draw from it for another round of portable-cell-drive-related conversation.
Power

+ - Take your spare room off-grid

Submitted by
An anonymous reader writes "So, you want to go off-grid? Or maybe you want to find out what it's like before taking the plunge? How about taking one room of your house off grid? It's a less expensive way of learning the technology, before committing yourself.

We suggest starting with a bedroom. Look around your bedroom and see what devices you have that run on electric. As I look around my room, I see one table lamp, two floor lamps, wall lamp, digital TV, Stereo, satellite box, portable dvd player, vcr, and XBox. I also have a battery powered clock, powered by rechargeables, so I'll add the battery charger to our list. There is also a curling iron, hair dryer, and ceiling fan with lights, but we will leave those items off our list for now.

The first thing I need to do, is plug these devices in, one at a time, to my Kill-A-Watt ($30 or £16.20), to determine individual loads and daily run times. This will determine the battery capacity, and size and number of Photovoltaic (PV) panels necessary to support these loads.

Lets assume I need 100 watts to power any devices used simultaneously, and I use that load 6 hours a day. I would then need 100 x 6, or 600 watt-hours (wh's) per day to power that equipment. I would only need a 100 watt inverter, but there is little price difference between that and a 300, so I'll upgrade this item to a 300 watt inverter ($40 or £21.60).

I decide I want to have 1 days worth of power in a battery bank, in case of no sun, so I convert those watt hours into amp-hours (ah's) by dividing by 12, the voltage of my battery pack. 600 / 12 = 50 ah's. I do not want to discharge my battery pack more than 50%, to ensure long life, so I want a 100 ah pack. One deep cycle type 27 battery from Walmart is 115ah and cost $55 (£29.70).

To keep that battery charged, I need to be able to put 600 wh's per day back into the pack. My area of the world gets on average 2.5 sun hours daily, so 600 / 2.5 = 240 watts of PV. A 240 watt array (2 * 120w panels) ($480 or £259.50 each panel) would need a 30 amp (240 / 12 + 50%) charge controller ($180 or £97.30) to keep the array from overcharging the battery.

So there you have it, for less than $1300 (£702.70), you have taken one room off grid, and eliminated $0.09 / day (600wh's x $0.15 kWh) of grid electric, giving you a 40 year payback ($1300 / $0.09 = 14444 days / 365 = 39.6 years). And if electricity prices rise faster than inflation, which they will, the payback is much faster. In fact you get the double benefit of having made one room Kyoto-compliant, AND saving money."
Microsoft

+ - Microsoft executive overseeing Zune will depart

Submitted by
twofish
twofish writes "Bryan Lee, the Microsoft Corp. executive responsible for its newly launched Zune digital music player will leave the company according to Ars Technica.

The software maker said the departure of Bryan Lee, a corporate vice president in Microsoft's Entertainment and Devices division, was for personal reasons and "absolutely not" related to sales of the music player."

Comment: Re:Creating still toO expensive! (Score 4, Insightful) 402

by tapin (#16211353) Attached to: Sony Reader Now Available
books require a single person . . . you'll still want editors and (presumably) type-setters and layout designers and such

Ah yes. Slashdot: Where uninformed opinions, flawed logic and factual inaccuracies are mere fertilizer to the flowerbed that is yet another ignorant rant.

(PS: "distribution".)

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