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FM Comes to the Ipod Nano

Ipod Nano with FM radioThe Microsoft Zune HD made a recent splash by announcing it will include an FM HD Radio tuner. Microsoft included an analog FM tuner with RBDS in the previous version of the Zune. An FM radio receiver was one point that separate the Zune from the Ipod family.

Until now.

The latest Apple Ipod Nano includes an FM radio receiver. The radio also supports Itunes tagging and a feature called Live Pause, which allows the user to effectively pause the radio stream by buffering it for up to 15 minutes. (It even includes a camera, too.)

The good news is that there is now an FM receiver in the most popular portable media player brand. I recently remarked that radio was missing the mark in this area, but this covers some new ground. Now I wonder how long it will take until an HD Radio receiver is built in to the Ipod.

“There’s just not enough time…”

How often do you hear that? I was talking to someone today about attending training courses and SBE Certification, and he said he wanted to attend more and add another certification, but there just isn’t enough time.

It’s easy to think that. I know I do sometimes. It really comes down to deciding what’s most important. When 5 o’clock rolls around, you probably just want to go home — if you can. Getting outside the regular or irregular routine isn’t easy. Setting aside an hour or two to attend even on online webinar seems like a loss of a large chunk of time.

But what’s the return for the time? With SBE Certification, if the formal exam windows aren’t convenient, ask for private proctoring. That can be scheduled at any time. As far as the webinar, can you eat lunch during the presentation? You have to eat anyway. I don’t recommend you try to check logs during the webinar; that takes the focus away from the lesson.

I’m as guilty as you are about making the excuse. Why not find one item to attend and make it a point to complete it. Put it on your schedule. If someone requests a meeting, ask for a different time. (Obviously if you’re off the air, take care of that.)

Do one thing to improve yourself and not only will you benefit, but so will your employer.

Multitasking in the Car

We’re engineers. We like technology. We like technology that makes our lives easier or safer. That said, we also know technology can get in the way, too.

Here’s something that is still making me shake my head. Think about how many times you have seen someone driving and eating, smoking, talking on the phone, reading something, putting on makeup, etc. Now think about how many recent accidents can be blamed on someone texting while driving. It’s obvious that multitasking while driving is a terrible idea.

But rather than reinforce common sense, I see a company called ATX wants to make texting while driving safer.

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