I’ll Stick to Sharpies

(Note: As tomorrow is someone’s birthday and may not be around to post in the evening, you are hereby awarded a 2UP for today!)

When I purchased my Gateway box back in November, it came equipped with a LabelFlash CD/DVD burner. Being I already had a computer at home that featured LightScribe labeling technology, I asked the Best Buy computer monkey if it would be compatible with my existing blank LightScribe discs.

“Yeah, they’ll work,” he told me.

Ahem. Right.

Trial and error revealed to me that LightScribe and LabelFlash are as compatible as HD DVD and Blu-Ray (which is a battle I’m not willing to even fight). The reason is that like the current DVD format war, they are competing technologies. I’m sure you’ve heard about this knife-fight-to-the-death, label-burning format war on all the top technology blogs. (*crickets chirping*)

Additionally, finding blank LabelFlash CDs is literally impossible; the only thing I’ve been able to find has been blank DVD media.

It’s not like I ran out and specifically wanted a drive that would burn labels, no. They came with their respective systems and I found LightScribe, if anything, more of a pain than a convenience. They look great but often take up to 30 minutes to burn in addition to burning the data itself. I couldn’t imagine LabelFlash being much better.

Last night, however, I added the finishing touches to a compilation CD I made for Ann and wanted to burn a nice Victorian-era Valentine’s Day image onto the disc. And I have to admit, it looked good. But knowing my LightScribe CDs wouldn’t work with the LabelFlash drive I headed over to the Compaq PC to burn the image onto the CD.

The Sonic Express Labeler application, for some reason or another, failed to launch. I later learned that there is a conflict with the software and Logitech (wireless) keyboards and mice.

There are, of course, several solutions to this problem:

  • Resolve the conflict according to Sonic’s Web site (which, not surprisingly, failed to work).
  • Uninstall any Logitech drivers from the PC and hope for the best
  • If the uninstall fails, remove the drive from the Compaq and install it on the Gateway (which would mean I’d also have to buy the LightScribe software)

But after thinking about it, I came to a more logical conclusion:

Fuck it. I’ll stick to Sharpies.

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iPod Upgrade?

Note: This article pertains to my personal upgrade from a 5th generation iPod to an iPod Touch. It does not contain any information regarding potential improvements or new features that Apple has in store for its next-generation iPod Touch.

When I bought my 30GB iPod (5G) back in 2006, I thought it would be the last MP3 player I’d purchase for a long, long time.

Two short years later I’m deciding on whether I want to buy the new 32GB iPod Touch (which I will hereby refer to as “iTouch”).

Here’s the thing. The price of $499 is no doubt hefty, but then again so was the $299 I spent two years ago for something that has half the features of the iTouch. Basically for $200 more I will be getting >2GB additional storage, but because I still have about 8GB left on my current iPod, storage space isn’t really the issue.

So what justifies the cost? All those neat little goodies which me likey a lot: Internet browser, notepad, weather, widgets…oh, and it plays music and videos, too. So as far as features go, it’s a no-brainer.

The cost is an issue that I may likely have handled. See, I’ve a $20 Best Buy Rewards certificate that I’ve been saving. Additionally, on Thursday I will be getting another $50 cash from my employer for my birthday (and a cake, too). On top of that, we’re getting a $200 Best Buy gift card as a promo for using Verizon for our Internet, phone and TV service. Ann has agreed to let me use the gift card since, well, there’s nothing at Best Buy she really wants. If that remains the case, I’ll have $270 to put towards the iTouch and would owe “just” the balance of $229 (plus tax). And if I get any more money for my birthday (note: I accept PayPal), then the cost could be even less.

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