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April 24, 2006

Radio within the Sunglasses

I am quite blown away by the recent idea of an Mp3 player within the sunglasses but that is precisely what is going on. Not only are producers creating cool, sleek glasses but they are also putting a bit of technology into it as well. I can imagine that this new addition would appeal to techies and any other gadget lover. To my knowledge, this is the first time the mp3 has been incorporated with glasses. I can remember when I was little, the portable headset/radio came out and that itself was a wonder to the industry.

The second, and my most favorite information good, was the Google earth. This is unbelievable. Within seconds I could find my house on Google and ever seen my basketball hoop out front. It is amazing that such things could actually even be done. My only concern now is whether or not it is actually an infringement on my personal security that someone can simply type in my address and find my house within 30 seconds. I wonder and it scares me. Any crazy person could just type my address and find where I sleep. That is not the most comforting feeling. But even with that concern, technology has come so far in just ten years. It is amazing.

April 6, 2006

I am a true EA fan.

The most interesting thing about the video game industry is the structure that it works on. There are many different things that need to happen before a game can be ready to come out to the public. As described in the article, there are six participants in the market for video games. Console makers, content providers, software developers, software publishers, retailers, and consumers. I have always been a member of the consumer category although I have wondered what the steps were to get the product that I bought on to store shelves in my local game store. I have always wanted to be a part of the process of creating a game and putting it on the shelves because I have always loved to play video games. I got into Electronic Arts through their EA Sports games. In fact, for the longest time, I thought that Electronic Arts only produced sports games and nothing else. As I played some more, I realized that EA produced other games for other types of genres although I always thought they weren’t that good. It is amazing how far off I was from understanding the true scope of Electronic Arts. They have been moving up on the list for years and I have been along side them buying their products not knowing what I knew. Their best product in my view is the John Madden NFL Football series. I have been a fan of John Madden since their first game in 1992. I still have that game for the Sega Genesis. I think it was one of the best games ever and in fact, I stopped playing Tecmo Super Bowl to play John Madden football more. I guess I have been an EA supporter for longer than I actually know. The mechanics of what makes the world go round are amazing. I am a video game fan, and I am definitely an EA fan. And now that I know how they do business, I am more of a fan.