*******www.reviewsforipods**** A few years back anyone who took even the slightest interest in computers was regarded with sniggering suspicion and treated as a figure of fun. To employ a much-overused term, they were seen as 'geeks': a group of hairy, unwashed, pimply, young and middle-aged men indulging in a minority hobby.
Now it's cool to be geeky and know a thing or two about technology, and one of the key reasons for this revolution has been the rise of fashion tech. Driven principally by Apple's phenomenally successful iPod music players, and to a lesser extent its range of iMacs and notebooks, computing has gone from being kept at arm's length to all touchy-feely.
And in the company's latest gadget - the iPod touch - Apple has taken that metaphor and turned it into reality. For its flagship flash-based media player it has dumped the click wheel in favour of a touchscreen-drive user interface. It's the one you've read so much about on the iPhone, but here without the hamstrung non-3G phone stuff.
Great, but isn't £279 a lot of cash to spend on a 16GB media player? Wouldn't you be better off with an iPod Classic? Well, there's not much in terms of raw specifications to distinguish it from the rest of the iPod range. You get the usual limited range of music file format support - just AAC, Apple Lossless and MP3 for music and H.264 and MPEG4 files for video. There's no FLAC, Ogg Vorbis or WMA support, nor any for DivX or WMV, MPEG1 or 2. Although very beautifully designed and fantastically thin at just 8mm, its pocket footprint is actually a little larger than a standard iPod, measuring 62mm wide by 110mm tall. And battery life is nothing to write home about either, weighing in at up to 22 hours for audio and a par-score five hours for video.
So can a simple touch screen really be worth paying this much for? The short answer is yes, but you don't want the short answer, so here's why... The touch's touch-sensitive control system really is a revolution in user interfaces - I can think of no other way of describing it. In the same way that Apple's clickwheel has never really been bettered, I can't see any other manufacturer coming up with anything superior to this for years either. It's the best touch sensitive interface I've ever used on any device and the software behind it is some of the best put-together on any pocket device I've used too.
The clip Nirdlinger from The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)
Doris's boss, Big Dave Brewster,
Was married to Ann Nirdlinger, the department store heiress.
Tonight they were coming over for dinner.
As Doris said,
We were entertaining.
Me, I don't like entertaining.
How you doin', Ed?
Take your coat, Ann?
The japs had us pinned down on Buna for somethin' like six weeks.
I gotta tell ya, I thought we had it tough, but we had supply.
The japs were eatin' bugs and grubs and thistles.
Anyway, one day we bust off the beach...
And we find Arney Bragg, this kid missin' on recon.
The japs had eaten the son of a bitch.
If you'll pardon the, uh...
Anyway, he was a scrawny, pimply kid, nothin' to write home about.
I mean, I never woulda, you know.
So, what do I say, honey?
What do I say when I don't like dinner?
Come on. What do I say?
I say, "Arney Bragg, again?"
Arney Bragg, again?
Were you in the service, Ed?
No, Dave, I wasn't.
Ed was 4-f on account of his fallen arches.
That's... That's tough.
The clip Retirement ceremony Part 2 from Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 (1983)
In the '60s, I chased those pimply-faced, long-haired hippies.
And I caught them.
Then in the '70s, I chased- The Bandit!
What about The Bandit?
Yeah, Daddy? What about The Bandit?
Sit down, you tick turd!
I chased that boy for over 3,000 miles.
Through 20 states.
But you didn't catch him.
So I didn't catch him.
What the hell difference does it make? But I'll bet-
Okay, let's bet.
What are you talking about?
What we're talking about is a simple contest, a little race.
And if you win, Sheriff...
we Enoses are going to pony up $250,000.
If you lose, you fork over that silly symbol...
you've been shoving in people's faces all these years.
The cross species kiss that rocked the world! Husky kisses deer with disastrous results! Stop the deer menace now! Dog bullied by deer in my backyard! Payback time for all the times he chased deer when he was a puppy. He's not chased deer for a number of years now, guess he realizes that he can never catch them and now I'm sure he afraid of them!
(If you'd like to get your YouTube account removed, go ahead and send me threatening email - if you think you're a real man, not some pimply faced kid in your moms basement provided me with your phone number and was can chat - I've yet to receive any nasty email that's contained a phone number ..... enough said.)