Scott Hanselman

iPod Nano - What sucks and what doesn't

November 3, '05 Comments [8] Posted in Reviews
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Step1_ipodnano_blackI helped a friend out a while back and she hooked me up with a black iPod Nano 2G yesterday. I've love being 'paid' with gadgets. I've got an older 3rd-gen iPod 15Gig so I figured it'd be interesting to see how iTunes plays with two iPods on one machine. 

Here's what happened:

  • Downloaded the new iTunes 6.01 and installed it on my laptop.
  • Plugged in the Nano and was told after some thrashing that "an error occurred while installing your hardware. It may not work."
  • iTunes noticed it though and started it's "What's your iPod named" wizard. I set it up as Scott's Nano and told it to "automatically update with Music."
  • I've got certainly MORE than 2Gigs of Music so I was interested in the Shuffle-like "figure it out and give me some music" features. Apparently I'm an idiot or these features don't exist.
  • After some churning iTunes reported that my iPod didn't have enough room for all my music. Not sure why that wasn't obvious since iTunes knew (via it's icon) that it was a black Nano.
  • It offered to make a Playlist with "a selection of music" from my Library. I naively assumed this was the shuffled pile I'd been hoping for.
  • It made a 300 meg list of music, mostly stuff I'd listened to often or recently. 300 hundred megs you say? That's weird. No warnings, no log, no logic, nothing.
  • Turns out that it assumes you want ALL your podcasts by default. That was 1700 megs for me. I had to manually select that I just wanted "checked" podcasts and had to cull that list.
  • I also told it to sync my photos, my calendars and my contacts.
    • Interestingly there is NO error message when you have > 1000 contacts. This is a known limit, but there's no notification. The contacts just don't show up. LAME. The interface is a single checkbox.
    • It syncs EVERYTHING in your calendar for all time, in both directions. This makes the calendar interface on the iPod VERY crowded and almost unusable as I've got 801 appts in Outlook as of today.
    • It automatically assumes that you want music first and photos, contacts and calendars last. So, if you fill it with music, you get no contacts, photos or calendars. You'll only get a warning if the photos can't fit.

I'll I want is to say:

  • I want 1.5 gig of music, randomly chosen.
  • I want the rest for photos, but I want ALL my contacts along with 6 months of appointments.

I fought with this interface for an hour last night. I don't know what's happening at Apple, and I'm just a caveman, but do I know this:

  • iTunes 4 just worked.
  • We went from v5 to v5.5 to v6 now v6.01 in the space of a few months.
  • Something is seriously wrong in v6 that makes USB connectivity questionable at best.

My conclusion: If you have more music than your iPod can comfortably fit, you're going to fight with the space management aspect continuously.

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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CodeRush and Visual Studio 2005

November 2, '05 Comments [2] Posted in CodeRush
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You may notice, when installing VS.NET 2005 that it's a little "greedy" and automatically imports all of your VS.NET 2003 addins. This confuses CodeRush which uses different hooks into 2003 vs. 2005 but can be easily fixed by uninstalling and reinstalling CodeRush. CodeRush will then detect BOTH 2003 and 2005 and work with both.

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ASP.NET 2.0 Professional is shipping

November 2, '05 Comments [11] Posted in ASP.NET
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ASP.NET 2.0 Professional is shipping! Right along with the release of .NET 2.0 comes our little tome. Jim Minatel, our editor, beat me to blogging it. Big ups to Bill "The Architect (and lead author)" Evjen. A lot of work went into it, and I hope it doesn't suck.

Thanks to those of you who emailed me wondering when the hell your book was going to ship! :)

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Windows Live - I just don't get it.

November 1, '05 Comments [27] Posted in Gaming
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LameliveIs it just me? Perhaps I'm just old (in web years) or did the web just get WAY more complicated than it needs to be? There's msn.com, there's MSN Messenger, there's Windows Messenger, there's Office Communicator, there's Hotmail, yada yada yada.

Tell me that this: http://ideas.live.com/ isn't going to confuse folks even more?

Why does Microsoft feel the need to release Yet Another Web Portal?

  • Live Mail = GMail
  • Live Favorites = del.icio.us
  • Live Safety Center = McAfee, et. al.
  • OneCare = ibid.
  • Live Messenger = Skype
  • Live = Google

P.S. The fact that http://www.live.com looks considerably different in my build of Firefox is really unfortunate given that everyone else seems to manage cross-browser at this point in the game.

P.P.S. Note the search on Live.com for "Hanselman" yields a #1 result for my old blog from 3 years ago. A blog I haven't updated in I don't know how long. Results #2 and #3 are for, some reason, sub-categories of my current blog.

P.P.P.S. Patrick says, "Ah, like My Yahoo. Welcome to 1996."

P.P.P.P.S. I typed in "PDX," the airport code for Portland Airport into the Weather Gadget and got Vancouver, WA. Stunning.

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