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Nudone, did you actually establish that no one gets paid from allmymp3?. If not, we can't factually talk about the ethics of their operation.
Having said that, let me relate what happened to me recently (last month).
My car was broken into, 13 cds full of mp3s from emusic were stolen (insurance company said sorry, we don't cover that - ethics?) but because they were ALL from emusic, I've just downloaded the whole lot again. What a top service from emusic is all I can say. That company is just great.
err, I could also say what a bloody idiot I was for only having one copy of the music.

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Living Room / Re: PDAs - any use?
« on: May 27, 2006, 06:45 PM »
I meant compared to a cell phone ;)
Oops - sorry! :D

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Living Room / Re: PDAs - any use?
« on: May 27, 2006, 06:20 PM »

On the other hand... A smartphone (something like a qtek, couldn't find better link), really is very useful. My father has one, and since he got it, he can't use any other phone anymore. It really is a big advance from normal phones, because of it's fast note/memo-taking, integration of the notes with phone calls and contacts and good calendar management.
I think that for those that have lots of meetings, and always carry with them a paper agenda, this is fantastic solution.
I only find 2 disadvantages: the price, of course, and the fact that it's barelly usable only with one hand, since you have to hold it with one hand, and use the other for the touch-screen pen.

Price - shop around and there are some quite economical ones (btw filofaxes never struck me as cheap either!)
Usable with one hand - put it on a desk or your knee and its 1 handed. Cf laptop - unless its on your knee or a desk, forget "barely one handed" completely!!

I don't like cell phones so I don't care about that functionality, but for the rest of the planet, combination pda/phone would be ideal.

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Living Room / Re: PDAs - any use?
« on: May 27, 2006, 06:15 PM »
Here are some reasons I use a pda (and I have a laptop btw)...
Convenience:
My pda is approx the size of a pack of cigarettes, my laptop is bulky. I can take it anywhere (including to the bathroom!)
My laptop battery lasts 3 hours if Im lucky, my pda lasts more than a day
I can take a quick photo with my pda, my laptop doesn't take photos
My pda starts instantaneously, my laptop takes some time

What I use it for at school:
Attendance  / grades book at school - using excel compatible software
Photo database of my students at start of semester to assist with names
Jotting down info which won't get lost
Taking minutes at faculty meetings (using a small but effective foldup keyboard)
Displaying fractals to my students
Controlling my laptop via the school network (from another room)
Using graphics calculator software

Non school use:(each of these is no effort or inconvenience with a pda cf my laptop)
Storing heaps of travel info when I go on hols (clipped easily from web)
Storing novels for reading in a tent when I'm camping (no light needed)
Listening to music at night (either stored, or a shoutcast station)
Playing games when I'm waiting for anything
Storing a searchable singapore bus timetable, plus a street directory for singapore
Reference stuff like dictionary, cia world factbook, databases Ive made and/or downloaded
Unit conversions
Shopping list
Addresses
Calendar stuff

tony




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just an idea, but could you build in a temperature or degree of cloud cover parameter. That way, people who live in, say, England, where its always rainy and miserable could have a higher chance of winning than in, say, Australia, which is always lovely. Its a sort of social justice/equity thing.

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