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New iPod Games
I can’t say for sure when I​ know I​ was bitten but I​ have the​ date on​ my receipts (11/15/06) .​
I​ guess I​ was late to​ the​ iPod party but I’ve not missed a​ step since I​ got involved with Buck,​ my iPod.
I’ve got 3 now,​ one just for movies,​ and another for music and one for data and I’m negotiating with a​ contact in​ China for 5 more.
iPod is​ the​ brain child of​ Steven Jobs,​ Apple guru and all around genius .​
More than 22 million ipods have been sold to​ US adults,​ which amounts to​ approximately 11% of​ the​ population (according to​ the​ non-profit Pew Internet & American Life Project) .​
I​ became a​ fan and user and my addiction continues to​ grow stronger.
Now I​ spend my days learning about new applications and my nights surfing for clearance sales,​ closeouts,​ underground sources for discounts on​ accessories .​
For example,​ last week I​ found a​ site that sells what they call an​ iPod Converter.
This unit allows for unlimited downloads of​ movies and music and games and software and provides a​ lifetime membership in​ their download club .​
As a​ full blown movie nut this little handful of​ technology is​ gobbling up my free time by the​ hour.
Talk about addiction,​ I​ was rummaging through some magazines in​ the​ basement of​ the​ library at​ midnight (don’t ask) and found this underground techie magazine .​
There was a​ story about an​ MP3 converter that took me a​ few minutes to​ realize was the​ iPod converter I​ heard about last week.
The techie manual indicated this is​ better than Blockbuster and NetFlicks all rolled into one very user friendly palm-sized unit .​
I’ll share the​ link here anyone who is​ interested can read all about it.
As I​ continue to​ learn about all-things-iPod I’ve just discovered about iPod hacks .​
This reference startled me at​ first as​ it​ is​ not in​ my nature to​ destroy other’s enjoyment in​ any manner,​ especially when it​ comes to​ something like PCs and iPods.
What I​ learned is​ the​ term hacks when it​ refers to​ iPod is​ another way of​ saying accessories,​ except that the​ modification most likely will void your iPod’s warrantee .​
In any case the​ lists I​ found were nothing less than fascinating.
For instance,​ according to​ howstuffworks.com,​ the​ range of​ accessories includes downloadable iPod games and programs that convert DVDs to​ iPod-friendly video files.
There are also programs that convert PDA files your PowerPoint presentations into files that work with your iPod-compatible.
The howstuffworks website also provided a​ reference to​ a​ list of​ some current applications:
iPod hackers are publishing all sorts of​ programs that alter the​ way an​ iPod works -- some of​ the​ software is​ free,​ and some of​ it​ is​ for purchase .​
Some currently available hacks let you:
• Make an​ iPod work with Linux machines and run Linux applications.
• Remove volume caps (iPods sold in​ Europe cap the​ volume at​ 100 decibels; uncapped iPods can reach more than 115 decibels.)
• Turn your iPod into a​ universal remote.
• Attach an​ external hard drive to​ your iPod to​ increase the​ storage capacity.
• Change your iPod's font and graphics.
• Watch movies on​ your iPod in​ full-screen mode.
• Plug your iPod into any computer (even without iTunes) and listen to​ music from the​ hard drive.
• Transfer photos to​ iPod without using iTunes.
• Replace iTunes all together as​ the​ iPod's main jukebox.
• Use an​ iPod with a​ Windows 98 machine.
While I​ am fascinated with the​ expansion this provides I​ am too cautious and protective of​ Buck to​ try anything other than factory sealed products from Apple .​
I​ can be patient until they ramp up to​ the​ accessory list I​ peeked at​ in​ an​ underground publication.
The upcoming Apple list is​ robust and will blow away the​ hacker’s meager offerings .​
Meanwhile,​ I’ll stick to​ my movie and music downloading which keeps me rather busy and satisfied.
However if​ you hear any buzz about an​ auto-pilot for long cross-country drives that’s compatible with a​ 2006 STS,​ please pass it​ on​ .​
I​ might just let Buck give it​ a​ try.

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