Filed by Donnie Jenkins
As I mentioned in my TechCast podcast on the Time Free Press Web site this week, Sony is probably going to have to delay the release of the Playstation 3, their next-generation game and multimedia center machine. This seems to be primarily due to issues with the unresolved specs on Blu-Ray, the new format of DVD used in the Playstation.
The Blu-Ray spec has other issues: Unlike the other upcoming DVD format HD-DVD, Blu-Ray requires a totally new investment in production equipment. HD-DVD sticks closer to the old technology and can be produced with much less of an investment. Microsoft has endorsed HD-DVD and apparently will not natively support Blu-Ray, although this is always subject to change.
The Bottom Line: By summer well probably see the first of both of these new DVDs in set top players and possibly computer drives. Right now HD-DVD looks to be much cheaper, but this could change quickly if demand builds for these players. By years end, there should be close to at least 500 movies released in either format. Best advice: wait a while before investing in either. One of these formats will win, so one will lose. The loser will be in the position of Sony Betamax in the VCR wars of long ago. We still see VHS tapes, but when was the last time you saw a Betamax, except in pro studios? Ill be covering the new DVD formats in detail later, so stay tuned.
Mac users, take note.looks like the days of surfing the Internet without protection are almost over. Those of us who use Macs and PCs have long enjoyed the Macs immunity to viruses and most Trojan Horses. However in the last two weeks its become apparent that virus writers are now starting to target Macs. While most of my Mac friends dont seem to worry much about it, I will be using some form of antivirus software soon for my Mac when online.
Ebay has announced ProStores, a revamped online store solution with more sophisticated tools for those that need them. This company stays on top of ecommerce, so this should be a good offering. Those of us who live on eBay are always hot to hear the latest from them. Ill have more on this later when I can research it farther for you.
I hope all of you will take the time to e-mail me with your comments and suggestions. I plan to base the column, podcast and this blog totally around your input.
Just a quick reminder-be sure to check out Trevor Higgins MusicCast this week. Word is he did it in his pajamas pumped on caffeine.
E-mail Donnie Jenkins at musicservices@charternet