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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: iPod-racing
« on: August 9, 2004, 10:29 AM »
Look for a full review of how my iPod worked out when I get back from Boston... after all, I wouldn't write a review for flip-flops if I hadn't broken them in first, right?  Same thing here  :P


I'm back from Boston, and my iPod performed marvelously.

Music Uploading:
I bought it on Friday before I left, and I had a chance to load 49 CDs onto my PC before I left last Sunday, amounting to 619 songs (2.2 GB).   It took about 2-4 minutes per CDs to upload to my PC.  The older the CD the longer it took, which I am assuming is due to changes/advances in music encoding on earlier CDs from the way they are processed now.  

It may seem like a long time, (50CDs x 4 mintues - 200 minutes), but I'd drop in a CD, clicky the upload button and walk away, so it really didn't seem all that long to me.  I let the PC do all the work and checked in occasionally to start a new one.  I'll get around to adding the other ~150 CDs this week and next to get all my CDs on there.

So, in summary, I've got 49 CDs (619 songs) on my iPod and am only using 2.2 GB.  I figure if I put the rest of my CDs on it this week, that's another 150 CDs (or so), which might get my iPod to about 40% full.  Yep, 200 CDs and my 20GB iPod is only 40% full.  :o

Music Performance:
I have listened to my little iPod while sitting, walking, and jogging and have never experienced a musical interruption.  No jumps/skips/scratches/etc in my favorite songs.  The quality is VERY good for a portable MP3 system, much better than any I've heard before.  The earphones they include with the iPod also work very well, sounding nearly as good as my "fancy" headphones.  

Overall, I am extremely satisfied with the music quality.  

iPod Performance:
It took about 3 hours to charge the iPod upon initial purchase.  Off that initial charge, I got nearly 10 hours of constant playing with my iPod before I decided to recharge.  Upon the second charge of the iPod, within 2 hours, it was back up to 80% charge (just like they said it would be).  It took another 2 hours to charge it to max capacity.  After using it again, my little iPod made it to 12 hours of use before I had to recharge again.  I noticed that if you select "shuffle songs" to shuffle all of your CDs at once and play a random song, it seems to use more battery life than just simply playing album after album in order.

Overall, I am extremely satisfied with the battery life.  It was much closer to the 12 hours than I thought it might be and most impressively, as the batter gets lower and lower, there is no noticable decline in music quality (like when your batteries are dying in your old walkman radio).

Other Impressions:
I love my iPod.  As I wandered the streets of Boston, it boggled my mind that I was carrying nearly FIFTY of my CDs in my pocket.  To be able to carry around ALL of my CDs will be even more remarkable.  Technology kicks ass.  PLUS, it was like I had a little soundtrack for my life, walking the streets with music playing, especially with the "shuffle songs" turned on.  Each song is a surprise when it starts playing, yet somehow each song felt "right".

Overall Grade = A
If you love music and technology and have money to burn, buy one and you won't be disappointed.  As a fan of music it is SOOOOOO nice to be able to carry around 40 lbs. of CDs in your pocket.  Have you ever gone on a road trip and wished you had a certain CD with you, yet you didn't have room in your 25 CD case to bring the CD along?  Then the iPod is for you...


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Happy Birthday JediMAC!!!
« on: August 1, 2004, 01:41 PM »
Happy Birthday, Matt!


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: iPod-racing
« on: July 31, 2004, 12:53 AM »

So this is one of the new 4G models, yeah?  And not a leftover 3G unit?
That's the first I've heard of any non-Apple Store retailer that had the new models in.

I was at a Target today and they still had all of the old signage and stuff up, and they're supposed to be official iPod resellers.

Hope you enjoy the iPod and I look forward to seeing what you think of it.

Yep.  The Target I went to still only had 3G left-over 15GB and Mini iPods, but Best Buy near my house had both the 20GB and 40GB 4G in stock (w/ the new clicky wheel, longer battery life, etc.).  

Just a quick run-down on what I got in my package from Best Buy:
20GB 4th Generation iPod
USB 2.0 cable
Firewire cable
AC Power adapter/charger
iTunes Software

And in the Digital Music Starter Kit:
2 months FREE Napster subscription service
10 FREE Napster downloads
Dumbass Napster sticker (for my skateboard I guess?  ::))
10-pak TDK CD-R
$100 in coupons (10% off CD-R, $20 off iPod speakers, $25 off inMotion iPod Stereo, $5 off CD label kit, 15% headphones, 10% any CD, 10% off DVD player, 10% digital music accessories, 10% off car stereo deck).

More to come...


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: iPod-racing
« on: July 31, 2004, 12:07 AM »
I, unlike my esteemed colleague Virex, pulled the trigger on a 20GB iPod at Best Buy tonight.

I almost bought a 15GB version at Target for $250, but decided in the end that the extra 4hrs of battery life, the extra 5GB of space, and the $35-value free gift pack from Best Buy easily made up for the $50 price difference, so I grabbed a 20GB iPod for $300 tonight.

It's charging as we speak, and I'm off to download some music so I can cram my iPod full before I leave for Boston on Sunday.  Didn't buy any accessories yet, I'm gonna try it out first to see what I need, then when I get back, I'm gonna pick up a few other things to go with it (case, battery pack, etc).

Look for a full review of how my iPod worked out when I get back from Boston... after all, I wouldn't write a review for flip-flops if I hadn't broken them in first, right?  Same thing here  :P


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Junk food regionality
« on: July 30, 2004, 05:44 PM »

What about Aero bars?  Youse guys have dose?  

I saw those both times I went to England, but I didn't try one.  I did, however, try:

That's right.  Yorkie wrappers have cool slogans like:
It's NOT for girls.  
Not available in Pink.



Must be the magic:

(subject to change)

I know you ordered one thing, but we're just gonna go ahead and swap out something similar, ok?   ::)

What next, shipping old PotF2 Emperors in the place of he OTC Emperor? >:(

These turds better get their act together or they are gonna go the way of the Wizards of the Coast Fan Club store...


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Time for some new flip-flops.
« on: July 30, 2004, 12:43 PM »
To tide us over until the review gets here...

I've got something that should appease the flip-flop, vintage, AND, Star Wars fan in all of us:

Anyone got a complete set of R2, 3PO, and Vader ESB Flip-Flops?



1. Padme Amidala (Fireside Dress)
2. Clone Trooper (neutral pose, removable helmet)
3. Ask Aak (Gran Senator)
4. Ayy Vida (Twi'lek 'Entertainer' from Outlander Club)
5. Nyrat Agira (Human 'Entertainer' from Outlander Club)
6. Shu Mai (Separtists)
7. Owen Lars w/Droid
8. Beru Whitesun w/Droid
9. Cleigg Lars w/Chair
10. Pablo-Jill (Jedi Knight) w/base


Not too bad here... another 4/10.

When the heck are we gonna get our Lars Family 3-pack?   >:(


Here's my choices:

10.  Admiral Ozzel
9.  Captain Needa
8.  Major Bren Derlin
7.  Toryn Farr
6.  Cloud Car Pilot
5.  Zev Senesca with removable helmet
4.  Wes Janson with removable helmet
3.  Ice-Cream Maker Guy!  (great OCB, now you’ve got me wanting one too)  :D
2.  NEW Princess Leia in Bespin Gown
1.  NEW un-buff Dagobah Luke Skywalker w/cloth Yoda bag and crates.  It’d be nice if he came with a swamp base/stand that allows him to do hand-stands!


Hmmm... 4/10 not too shabby!  Actually, it looks like Hasbro read my list because I specifically asked for Handstanding Luke!   :P


Feedback / Re: jokabofe's feedback
« on: July 30, 2004, 11:53 AM »
My second deal with Dave is underway...

He sent payment out to me super-fast and super-smooth.

I would not hesitate to strike up another deal with him... and neither should you!



JD Sports Forum! / Re: College Football 2004-2005
« on: July 30, 2004, 11:48 AM »
From the Pre-Season Rankings:
23.   Minnesota   10-3   187   17


Haven't seen that in a while!


I'm a tad bit nervous about my Wave 1 case from'm thinking its the one with Luke since other etailers are also shipping that case, but with those bastards it may actually wind up being the Wave 1.5 sans Luke.

Anyone want to place a bet?




Watto's Junk Yard / Re:
« on: July 29, 2004, 10:03 PM »
Un-****ing Believable.


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Bond, James Bond
« on: July 29, 2004, 05:22 PM »
I had heard a long while ago that Jackman was in the running, dangnabbit now my wife has something else to drool over.  That was the only reason we went and saw the LOTR movies together :P

He's the reason my wife went to see the movie "Troy" and "Pirates of the Caribbean" as well as the LotR flicks.

Hey!  If it's true, then for once my wife will actually be the one to suggest a Bond movie and I won't have to waste one of my movie picks on it!  :)


Watto's Junk Yard / Bond, James Bond
« on: July 29, 2004, 04:54 PM »
Have you guys hear about this?

I heard on the radio today that Brosnan is out as Bond and Orlando Bloom will be his replacement in a prequel-Era Bond movie?!?

MGM mum on Brosnan returning as Bond

Pierce Brosnan turns in his license to kill

Bloom to play Bond, young Bond



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