Archive for March 10, 2008

Apple and Microsoft to adopt Blu-Ray?

March 10, 2008 Leave a comment

Blu-Ray reports that both Apple and Microsoft are in talks with Sony to add Blu-Ray drives to their hardware. Does this mean we may finally have an easy method of storing and transporting the High Definition video we’ve been shooting for the past couple of years? Apple’s iMovie HD was released in 2006, and only allowed burning to Medium Definition™ DVD. Now the latest format war is over can we have an industry standard High Def disk? Just to keep us going until we all have super fast internet and modern media delivery systems so disks aren’t needed.

Samsung 500Gb 2.5 inch hard drive

March 10, 2008 2 comments

Some things,  mainly the ones we don’t have to physically handle, benefit from being made smaller. The Samsung Spinpoint M6 is a 500Gb 5400rpm hard drive in a 9.5mm high 2.5 inch case. That means if I wanted I could have a 500Gb hard drive in my Macbook for $299, if I lived in the US. Not sure when these are hitting the UK or how they will be priced (am I being cynical thinking it won’t be £150?)

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The obsession with small

March 10, 2008 Leave a comment

Olympus E-420I noticed anandtech has an article about the Olympus E-420 titled ‘Olympus E-420: World’s Smallest Digital SLR‘. Why are electronics companies so obsessed with making everything smaller? Mini, nano, it’s always smaller than the last version. Is this another race like the megaherts battle of CPU speeds or the megapixel count of digital camera’s? To borrow a phrase from elsewhere, size isn’t important. Ergonomics and ease of use are.

It’s fine to make a tiny pocket sized digital camera when the buttons are on a touch sensitive screen since they aren’t crammed into every piece of available space. Same with a pocket music player like the iPod touch. Some things just don’t work as well when they are shrunk too far. A couple of years ago I bought a Nikon D50 Digital SLR camera. The choice at the time was between a D50 and the Canon 350, and until I tried both camera’s the Canon 350 had the edge. As soon as I laid hands on them the Nikon was the only one for me. It just felt comfortable in my hands, all the controls were where my fingers fell. The Canon was too small, my pinkie fell under the body and the controls felt cramped. So here’s an idea. Instead of offering different colours how about consumer electronics are sold in different sizes for different ages and levels of manual dexterity?