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I just saw a Zune, and guess what? Its a piece of shit.

I just saw a Zune, and guess what? Its a piece of shit: “Zune manages to take the very few features of the iPod and over complicate or ruin them. For example, the navigation copies the iPod’s in the way it looks, and for absolutely no reason, because the way the navigation works does not require the scroll wheel design. This tell tale sign of unergonomic design is known to product designers as a skeuomorph, it’s why cheap hifi equipment has lots of flashing lights to look ‘pro’.

I’ve spent a week setting this thing up and using it, and the overall experience is about as pleasant as having an airbag deploy in your face.”

Sci Fi Tech also has an article on “Why the Zune won’t steal Christmas“.

Wii: First Thoughts

Wii: First Thoughts: Not mine, it’s not out over here until next week (and besides, I haven’t pre-ordered one and don’t have any money anyway…), but Kottke gives the lowdown. I normally link to geeky gadget blogs for this kind of stuff but, as the Wii is a “family-oriented console” I thought it’d be nice to have a more human opinion for a change.

Sam & Max Episode 2: Situation: Comedy

Sam & Max Episode 2: Situation: Comedy: New screenshots and a gameplay video (involving Sam & Max as TV Chefs) are up on the Telltale Games site. It already looks like the series is getting more surreal, which can only be a good thing. “Ta-da! You’ve successfully perverted the laws of God and man.”

Hey Gramps, Can I Borrow Your Mac?

Hey, Gramps, Can I Borrow Your Mac? “Apple’s commercials like to portray its users as young and hip. But a new study is offering some contrary information.

When it comes to home computers, nearly half (46%) of Apple’s U.S. user base is 55 or older. That’s compared with only 25.2% of home PC users who are in that age category, reports MetaFacts Inc., a national market research firm.”

Alien loves Predator

Alien Loves Predator: It’s been around since 2004, but I’ve only just discovered it. A fantastic little comic strip made with Alien and Predator toys who live in New York City. Hilarious for fans of the movies, or anyone that’s been to NYC.

Internet Explorer 7 vs. Firefox 2.0

The (Overhyped) Web Browser War: Internet Explorer 7 vs. Firefox 2.0: Popular Mechanics says: “Firefox wins!” — No more arguments then.

Sony admits to buying grey goods from Lik-Sang

Sony admits to buying grey goods from Lik-Sang “but only for investigatory purposes.” and “Sony denies that its actions had anything to do with the closure of the Lik-Sang website.”

Seward Street returns!

Seward Street returns! The fantastic blog, chock full of animation industry handouts, sketches, tips and tidbits appears to be back from the dead. Wonderful news — welcome back!

How to draw really well

How to draw really well: I can’t draw really well, but there’s one way to try to remedy that… by drawing!

Space shuttle launch from the International Space Station

Shuttle launch as seen from the ISS: A superb photo, on Warren Ellis’ site, of a space shuttle launch from Earth as seen from space. (via Kottke)