JVC GZ-MC500

I have been thinking about buying a new video camera. As I start to get very tired of working with dv-tapes, I was curious to check out some of the new hd cameras. Seems like it is still a bit early, as I guess the market will change next year, although this JVC GZ-MC500 camcorder looks very sweet.

A 4GB microdrive seems too small, though, and it is unfortunately disqualified since it doesn’t sport a microphone input.

Practising electronics

I think Kurt Ralske puts it very well in “The Pianist: A Note on Digital Technique”

“For the classical pianist, the tedium of endless hours of practicing scales takes on an aura of nobility; it’s a virtuous, character-building activity. Instead of practicing scales, the digital artist learns software and hardware, learns programming languages, learns the techniques of creating digital models of sound, image, information, and intelligence.”

I wonder when music technologists will be employed in orchestras as musicians.

MIT Media Lab: $100 Laptop

The MIT Media Lab: $100 Laptop aims at making an affordable laptop for poor countries:

“The proposed $100 machine will be a Linux-based, full-color, full-screen laptop that will use innovative power (including wind-up) and will be able to do most everything except store huge amounts of data. This rugged laptop will be WiFi-enabled and have USB ports galore. Its current specifications are: 500MHz, 1GB, 1 Megapixel.”