Friday, May 30, 2008


Here's a good one.

Once upon a time there was this scud-running pilot caught by nightfall's rapid approach with commensurately dwindling visibility.........better find a field FAST!

Our intrepid aviator at the last minute gets a glimpse of a field of new mown hay thru a hole in the clouds.
Relieved at his good fortune, he lands and taxis up to the nearby farmhouse. The farmer comes out onto the front porch and sez, 'You can spend the nite in the barn, but stay away from my daughter.' As he laid down, starting to doze off, said daughter brought him a plate of supper.

The conversation led to romance and the farmer's number one rule was broken. As dawn broke our hero was long gone. Some seven years later, the pilot passed over the farm and decided to land and pay a visit. However, as he approached the house he saw a six-year-old boy standing in the front yard with the object of his former passion. The daughter, sensing his question said, 'Yes, this is your son.'

'Why didn't you let me know, I would've done the right thing', he said.

The daughter then replied, 'We discussed it, even prayed about it, but in the end we thought it was better to have a bastard in the family than a pilot.'

Monday, May 26, 2008

Pixxo PV-C205SV2 MP4 / MP3 Player review

Fry's had these for $34.99 out the door for Memorial Day. I predict other sales on it later. This one's gonna be pretty short. If you have a PC, it's probably decent.

if you want to use it as a voice recorder, you should probably consider it.

If you have a Mac, don't bother, unless you perhaps wouldn't mind being limited to the space on a Mini SD card.

The pluses:
Metal construction. The case is all metal and the back is brushed. Really nice. Easily used as a voice recorder, as it has a mic AND speaker built in. The speaker was good. Good screen quality. We didn't test playback due to the Mac limitation (and it's MAJOR), which we'll reveal in a bit. Mounts as a removable drive (unless you have a Mac, more on that in a bit). Expandable via Mini SD. (Just get an easier to find Micro SD and use an adapter. Extra features: Tetris clone built in, text file 'ebook' reader built in, plays back MP4's.

The minuses:
Mini SD. Could we have done Micro or regular SD? Weird choice IMHO. Weirder choice: it has a 2.5mm headphone jack! REALLY?! Who thought that up? Yes, 2.5, not the standard 3.5mm that pretty much every other personal audio device in the known universe uses. The menuing system takes a but to get used to and some choices are even worse: you have to hold the 4 way button down for 2 secs, then press it again, THEN press left or right TO CHANGE THE VOLUME. Come on. The flap over the Mini SD slot does just that, flap. It sort of hangs out and isn't secured at one end. Don't give me a Hold button but I need a dedicated on/off switch? Was this a high school design project?

The huge minus for Mac users:
When you do reads or writes of much size (even like 1 megabyte) it self ejects! Unusable unless perhaps you wrote to the Mini SD card you have and just used that for storage, but then you're wasting the onboard 2 gigs.

We even tried firmware upgrades, and reformatting. No dice. An exchange unit wouldn't even nearly mount on the Mac.

Note: When you download the firmware from Pixxo, the date doesn't change on the player, nor does the version. Is it earlier? Later? Who knows. Didn't solve our problem and it's indicative of shoddy work. Another reason to be wary.

Summary: Some really bright spots (metal construction, built in speaker, great screen, fairly feature rich) and some DUMB mistakes (doesn't work with Mac, so would it really work on other OSes?, MiniSD, 2.5mm headset jack, goofy controls, choppy MP4 playback.)

PC user? Maybe. Definitely if you need a voice recorder with a speaker that also does other things. Mac folks? Neh. It's a shame, I really wanted to like this one!
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