Archives: March 2009

Wed Mar 11, 2009

I invented new iPods

Apple announced new iPod shuffles today.

These iPods are half the physical size, and double the storage size compared to the previous shuffles. It's so small, there's no room for any buttons. The buttons are included in the special headphones that come with it.

Because of the greater capacity, we made it easier to navigate through playlists and songs. The iPod uses text-to-speech to announce playlists and track names and artists.

It supports 14 languages. iTunes tries to figure out what language each of your songs are in, and announces your songs in an appropriate voice.

You can buy it tomorrow for $79. 4 GB.


Posted by: jav on Mar 11, 09 | 11:47 am | Profile

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Wed Mar 04, 2009

Freshly Ground Salt?

In our cafeteria, we now have salt and pepper grinders:


I don't like fresh ground pepper. Grinding pepper ends up giving you huge chunks of pepper. I prefer my pepper ground in the factory where it can be ground into a fine dust. But I can remotely imagine some people thinking it's better because it's fresh. Whatever.

But I cannot understand fresh ground salt. I can't imagine salt can go "stale". It's a mineral. How could it get stale? And I imagine huge chunks of salt in your food is even worse than huge chunks of pepper.

I've always been annoyed at restaurants in San Francisco because, in my view, they always ruin food by trying to be fancy. I've never had a normal green salad in San Francisco. Something weird always has to come into play - poppy seed, balsamic, leaves that don't come from heads of lettuce, etc. I suspect this salt grinder is the same thing. It doesn't make the food any better, it just makes people think they are special and highfalutin.

Really, can anyone tell me what the deal is with salt you grind yourself?

Posted by: jav on Mar 04, 09 | 2:59 pm | Profile

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