Archive for July 19th, 2004

On mp3 Players

I live in the Silicon Valley and I personally know of NO ONE that has an iPod. In fact, the only person that I know he/she has an mp3 player is my father in law in France.

But it really begs the question, do people really need an mp3 player? Except if you are travelling too much for work (like in case of my father in law) or if you are exercising too much, I see no point for people having anything more than a small radio with earbunds that cost no more than 10 bucks.

At home we have a big sound system but most of the time I am in front of the PC, so I only listen to music via the free eurodance streaming server at at 96kbps.

And here’s the other one: the new car we bought, well, its car stereo can read mp3 cds, so I burned my WHOLE collection of ripped music, and guess what! It was only 500 MBs worth of music. It fit on the CD and it had 200 MBs of free space too!

That’s why I don’t see myself buying an mp3 player -ever (well, except if I could buy a 512 MB player for $20 in which case it would worth having one).

Why would I want to spend $200+ or $300 for an iPod or similar,that it will be mostly empty, and I would only get to use it once every blue moon, as my eurodance mp3 streaming radio does all I need as most of the time I am at home with extremely fast cable connection? (512 KB/sec)

New Star Trek movie or series

I remember having this idea back in 1999, about a star trek series around teenagers, students of the Starfleet Academy. Think about like a high-school series, but this time in sci-fi and in the star trek universe. While this wouldn’t fly with the “classic” star trek fans, it can bring new blood to the star trek franchise, which is exactly what this (dying) franchise needs today: new and young viewers to enrich the ‘userbase’.

I also remember discussing this very thing with Adrian Ziemkowski (ex-BeNews, ex-Be Inc., now in the TV industry) back then over IRC, he had the same idea too!

Apparently, we were not the only ones: Berman, the current trek producer, has the same idea too, and he wanted to bring this idea into a series, reports.

I think the idea makes sense, even if I am not a fan of teen series. If done correctly, it could be interesting.