April Showers/May Flowers

It was great to see so many of you in Memphis last week. I am excited to report that Kellie does actually shut down. Well the big news this week is Claudia’s departure. As I understand it Claudia will be cooking on her computer while designing a tv show. I must admit that my Spanish is somewhat lacking as I had Claudia give me the details in Spanish. I’m sure it will be a fantastic opportunity for her and her hubby!

Bugatti Veyron This car has a 16 cylinder, 1001 horsepower engine capable of 0-60 in 2.5 seconds and the top speed is 253MPH. An if you are one of the 300 people in the world willing to spend over a million bucks on a car then this is a great option. Until I win the Texas Lotto I’ll keep dreaming. However, this site is really quite interesting for a car configurator. You can choose the Bugatti recommendations or if you are adventurous you can pick any color combo you want. They have also provided several different views of the car. In addition to the exterior you can also play with the interior colors.
http://www.bugatti-configurator.com/

Nabaztag…huh? I have no idea how you pronounce this, but it is a pretty interesting idea. This rabbit has different color lights, the ears move and will play music, read messages, etc. It is kind of like a soft interface for daily tasks. You just plug it in and after you have set it up it uses your wireless network to access information. It is available on ThinkGeek.com for $150. The demo will really do this thing justice.
http://www.nabaztag.com/vl/FR/index.jsp#

Flash Charts I ran across a great site that can turn you drab web based charts into animated or static flash graphs. Say you have a bunch of data hanging out in a data base and you want to display that information on the web. Like a user survey for example. You can then take that static image and use Flash scripting to create the chart in Flash on the fly.
http://www.maani.us/charts/index.php

More on Maps Flash just released Flash and Flex(think AJAX and Flash combined) API’s. I don’t have any good user examples though. But this makes it that much easier to use flash to customize the map service available through Yahoo.
http://www.ysearchblog.com/archives/000290.html

Speaking of Maps… I finally found a great site that gives a great review of the major mapping services. In this review Yahoo is the winner, but they all have unique offerings. One of the more interesting options that both Google and Yahoo offer is the send-to-mobile option.
http://www.techcrunch.com/2006/04/17/comparing-the-mapping-services/

PVR goods from Yahoo This week Yahoo announced a new download to the “Go” service I mentioned back in January. They have released a Beta version of software that will allow you to hook up a computer to your TV to listen to music(yours or launchcast), videos(yours or theirs), photos(stored locally or in Yahoo photos) and the big one record TV! They have a limited number of TV capture cards that are supported for the service so I was unable to actually use it on my Media Center at home. I did use the other services and it worked great.
http://go.connect.yahoo.com/go/tv/index

New From Tivo If you are thinking about getting a Tivo now(May 1) is a great time to jump on board. They just released a Dual Tuner Tivo that has built in Ethernet. You can now watch one show while recording another. The built in Ethernet makes transferring files to your computer even easier. Coming soon is the ability to convert your shows for use on your portable media devices like iPod w/Video and Sony PSP. I can’t give details, but it works great and is super easy! 😉
http://www.tivo.com/cms_static/press_88.html

And Finally Pepsi Japan brings us a game to hype a new Pepsi drink called Pepsi Nex. This game uses Flash but specifically uses the On2Video Codec for the running man. The sound effects are pretty funny.
http://www.pepsi.co.jp/special/game.html

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