I got a new toy today. it is a iSee360i video player for the ipod. It’s key feature is that it attaches to an Ipod and has a larger screen. It does not directly play Itune$ content, but it simply uses the Ipod for storage. I have seen prices on the Google for this thing from $24-$250USD. I got it at a TJ Maxx for $15. YES $15! It also RECORDS video from a composite video connector.
I was able to encode video using vlc and load it on the Ipod without using the included software (in linux).
The company that makes it doesn’t appear to be in business. It comes with “Vidiscape” by a company called VIVIDA. It works to transfer video to and from the device. The real turkey in the box is “Media Converter” from Arcsoft. The install from the provided disk doesn’t appear to work on Windows 7, and I believe it will not work anywhere else either. The shortcut installed by default is broken, and therefore, it will not do the transcoding that is needed to watch media on the device. That is why i decided to find a way to encode and copy videos to view on the device without the included software.
Now if only someone would port Rockbox to this thing…
My next post will detail how to add video to the ipod/iSee.
I upgraded my laptop to Xubuntu 9.10. I use Xubuntu because it has a smaller footprint than the gnome based Ubuntu. They are the same except for the desktop environment. My laptop is a P3 600mhz with 256MB RAM. I use it for most of my posts and web browsing. I have not had many problems, but I do not use any encryption. I use the laptop mostly as a dumb netbook. The laptop was given to me, so I can’t complain.
Fall sucks for mountain biking. Can’t ride the trails because the weather is too wet. At least in winter the ground freezes.
I have been beaten fair and square.
Honking big chainring Via Bike Hacks.
In the spirit of added bling, I couldn’t pass up the crank set on the left. It matches the one on the right which is the stock crank from my Kingfisher 1 freeride bike. The one I bought for $20 has bash/36/24 rings while the stock crank and the set on my bike now (Race Face Evolve DH) both have bash/32/22. I couldn’t even buy the bash for $20! I plan to switch out the rings soon.
32/22 and 36/24 for comparison.
The “King Earl” is Bontrager/Trek/Gary Fisher’s Freeride stuff. These use a Truvativ Howitzer bottom bracket. I think they are comparable to the Hozfeller crank. I haven’t put many miles on these cranks, but I am very fond of my Race Face Evolve DH cranks. They are two piece, and are stiff as all getout. I plan to transplant the rings on my ride.
Back side for comparison
Another possibility would be to change the drive side for DH races. Hopefully I will have time tomorrow.
Gary Fisher Kingfisher 1
My pride and joy. Gary Fisher Kingfisher 1. Seven inches of squishy goodness, front and rear. Raced, and riden at Highland.
The drivetrain: SRAM X-0, except for the front deraileur which is Shimano XT. The Blackspire Stinger is my latest addition. I haven’t ridden it hard yet, but I plan to tomorrow.
In the search for mad big and numerous gears this is the king: SRAM Dual Drive.
It is a internal 3 speed hub with the capacity to accept an 8 or 9 speed cassete for a total max of 27 gears. When added with a standard triple on the crank you get 81 gears!
Now if they only made a hammershmidt with a double or triple on it.