YouTube on Dopod

I always thought (stupid me) it is difficult to play YouTube videos on my smartphone as I don’t want to download the Flash plug in (like TinyTube or TCPMP plug-in) to play the non-standard flv format. Furthermore, I don’t want to manually download / transfer the videos to the smartphone to play – just too cumbersome !!

Not until today I know YouTube actually released the mobile version last June … Stupid me again !! Just surf to m.youtube.com from your IE mobile will do !! Some screen shots:

Search your favorite video:

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Find the right video you want:

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Stream it thru the Windows Media Player in full screen mode:

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One warning though, one must remember that streaming video costs a lot of money if you don’t have unlimited data plan for your phone or an unlimited Wi-Fi connection.

It’s not over till it’s over

The 7 years long project is finally over. And frankly, I still cannot believe it …

Hundreds of man-years’ efforts were invested into this project and we did do something incredibly amazing. Thanks to those who walk along with me all these years … and it reminds me a (crap) song from Starship:

It’s not over ’til it’s over
It’s not over ’til we get it right

The odds are against us
They say we don’t stand a chance
But there’s no giving up, no giving in
When push comes to shove
You got to fight for what you love
You do what you must, do what you can

My iPod story

For years, my friends tell me how great the iPod is and as a music lover, I always wonder why I didn’t get an iPod for my musics. So I decided to buy one as my X’mas gift last year. Before the actual purchase I did a very scientific evaluation. I entered the storage size, weight, volume (!) and price of the iPod Nano, Touch and 80G / 160G Classics into a spreadsheet along with same figures of my Archos and Dopod (my trusty digital wallet and smartphone).

Then I calculated the weight per song, volume per song and cost per song (to store in iPod), and I also performed sensitivity analysis to tell what device is the best buy if I have 2,000, 4,000, 10,000, or 20,000 songs to store to it.

The result of this geeky sophisticated analysis was I needed a black iPod Classic 80G. Why the analysis could tell what color I needed ? I don’t have a clue … 😎

But then the trouble beings … first I have trouble to make the iPod recognize the song details if those are not in English … I have to retype hundreds of songs’ title, album and artist information. In a word, painful.

The second issue is without an iTunes store in my country, I have no easy way to get the cover art to the iTunes and iPod. After lots of searching, evaluation I eventually installed a Yahoo Widget – iTunes Companion that will automatically download the album art from Amazon.

The most recent trouble is after just 3 weeks of usage, my iPod can no longer play songs smoothly – it will play one song, and refuse to play the next even I press the next button. Again, I searched numerous forums to find the ins and outs of it. Finally, I found a way to reset the iPod and solved the problem (for now):

  1. Toggle the Hold switch on and off
  2. Press and hold the Menu and Center (Select) buttons simultaneously until the Apple logo appears (about 6 to 10 seconds).
  3. You will see the Apple Logo appear and your iPod will come to life with a lit screen. If this does not happen please within 2 mintues please repeat steps 1 and 2.

A looooong story, but if you are considering to buy an iPod … re-read this post. 😎

TV Time

Oh I watched a very good TV show earlier today, the casts in the show all possess extraorindary abilities. For examples, one of them could fly, one could read other people’s mind, and yet another one could travel thru time … Just in case you want to know the name of the show …

No the show was not the Heros from NBC, and the casts were not Nathan, Matt or Hiro.

Instead, believe it or not, it’s actually a movie from year 1991 – The God of Gamblers (Back to Shanghai). And the lead actor is in fact Stephen Chow.

Go figure …

One-click greeting

Ages ago I was told sending a letter to your friends in festive seasons were better than just sending a greeting card. And since the dawn of Internet, people told me sending my greetings electronically via emails or e-Cards to my friends was the better and trendier way.

Then in recent years, we just sent out short messages via our mobile phone, or messaging software.

But just a couple of weeks ago, we didn’t send short messages, emails, and letter. All we did was just forward a tiny picture of (310 x 230 pixels), to a bunch of friends. We didn’t even need to enter the names of our friends, as we just did a “Select all” from the tool – Facebook.

From letter, to card, to e-Card, to short message, to one-click forward … it’s a lot easier, it’s effortless, but are we getting closer ?

Happy New Year

$250 richer

What is a good customer services experience ? Here is one example …

As the owner of the Search Engine Marketing 1.0 by Dan Thies, I had a chance to upgrade to the version 2.0 with a discount. I therefore ordered the new book and it arrived yesterday. However, I found another book in the package – Web Design Business Kit 2.0 (worth US$ 250). Oooops …

So I sent an email to their customer services about this and here is their reply this morning:

I am sorry to hear that you received the incorrect title. I have contacted our warehouse and asked them to reship the correct item to you.

As compensation for the error please feel free to keep The Web Design Business Kit or perhaps pass it onto a friend or colleague or even the local library or school. Again, I am sorry for the error and any inconvenience.

Oh I am just US$ 250 richer today … 😎

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