"CNET Live: April 3, 2008"
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CNET Live: April 3, 2008
>> Coming up on CNET Live we'll be talking about fantasies.
>>Ooh, really? Sounds like my kind of show.
>>Unfortunately, no. It's fantasy sports. That and a whole lot more is coming up on CNET Live.
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>>It is CNET Live. Hello everybody. You know we are close to our one year mark.
>>That's right! It seems like so much shorter.
>>That's why it's such a well-oiled machine.
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>>I'm Brian Cooley and he's Tom Merritt and you are the star of the show. You know what we do here. We take your calls at 888-900-CNET, 888-900-2638. Whatever you've got a problem with, either getting it to work or getting it in the first place.
>>Once your fingers are done dialing that number, you know who picks up at the other end?
>>Um, we do.
>>Cheryl will pick up, get you all lined up and ready to go, so call and talk to Cheryl. It's so much more pleasant than talking to us.
>>And while you do that, we're going to show you a couple of things we crave.
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>>These are in fact some of our favorite things from the great blog at crave.cnet.com.
I have today a spy-looking case that is a big solar charger. You know they've been trying to make solar chargers smaller and smaller.
>>This is bigger and bigger.
>>I like them bucking the trend here. This is the Sola Unagi Solar Generator. It can charge up to 20 phones at a time.
>>How many phones do you have?
>>I don't have that many, but think of taking this to a conference or where ever there are cell phones dying.
>>Yeah. Uh huh.
>>Five bucks to plug in.
>>Ah ha, see. I knew it was going to go that way. I knew it. You're going to go try and make money on everything. Uh, this is real or concept?
>>No, this is real.
>>Really? Do we have a price?
>>A real deal.
>>Because I want to know how long it will take you to make your money back at five bucks a pop.
>>Don't have a price on it yet.
>>It's developed by Fuji Technologies.
>>Looks very nicely made. Kinda reminds me of a Haliburton case.
>>Ya know. It's got a nice metal aluminum structure and these [inaudible] outlets.
>>You open it up and it's got the solar panels.
>>Have you ever seen a hostage phone? It looks a lot like this.
>>Unfortunately, no. Or, fortunately.
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>>AT&T used to make these. They were in a case like this and it's actually what they used to use for hostage negotiations.
>>Oh yeah. Okay, yeah. I know what you're talking about.
>>They've got the phone wrapped in a pad [inaudible]
>>Right, now they have a charger for the hostage phone.
>>You can be out in the field forever and the most ornery kidnapper doesn't bother you.
>>You don't have to cave in to any demands with this.
>>No. Exactly. I like it.
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>>Alright, here's what I've got. This is the craziest thing I've ever seen. I can't believe this is on the market. This if you can barely see in the picture, in the model's mouth you'll see a black speck. That is not a problem in the photo. That is actually where you put a little tiny microphone for this Bluetooth headset. And so, that's where the voice is picked up, transmitted to this thing you clip on your shirt and that becomes the Bluetooth Ear Bug signal from your phone. This has to be the stupidest thing I've ever craved. I crave it because it is so nonsensical.
>>This is a Chinavision where you can buy it, right?
>>Yeah. We've got one here, right?
>>Not a real product.
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>>It was, in fact, even though they told Crave, "No, this is not an April Fool's joke."
>>Crave says this isn't an April Fool's product, but it is.
>>Yeah. It was an April Fool's...
>>Ya know, in a way I'm relieved.
>>Embarrassed, but relieved.
>>It reminds me of the Cellinear [phonetic]. When I was with Tech TV we put a guy down at Fisherman's Wharf selling the Cellinear, which was a cellphone implanted in your ear. He didn't have any props or anything he just stood behind a table talking and said "Hold on, I'm taking a call."
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>>I like that.
>>Speaking of taking calls,
>>I think he sold 20 of them.
>> lets do a few, a few of those. He's as mercenary as you are. You want to go to Jimmy here?
>>Yeah, let's go see Jimmy.
>>Okay, to Baton Rouge to say hello to Jimmy. Hi Jimmy, welcome to CNET Live.
>>Jimmy: How ya doing Brian and Tom? Greetings from the hot and humid Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
>>Ah, it's warming up. That's good to hear.
>>Jimmy: Yeah, very warm. Look, I want to use my cell phone as my home phone. Looking for a device that I can just dock my cell phone and plug my land line into that device and just use the cell service as my land line and do away with one service.
>>So, basically the goal here is to get a different kind of handset when you're at home.
>>Jimmy: Well, I know they have like the Dock-N-Talk and I think the other one is the X-Link gateway.
>>Yeah, I've got the Dock -N-Talk.
>>Jimmy: It uses a Bluetooth connection from your cell phone to the device. And actually also offers where you can boost the signal and maybe you have an answering machine capabilities, but the main...
>>I don't believe there is one of those yet, to be honest.
>>Jimmy: I thought there would be a lot more products come out of CES that would give us opportunity to get rid of more phone services.
>>I just got back from CTIA a couple days ago, the big cell phone show. While I didn't see hybrid products like this, it doesn't mean they weren't there. I did see quite a few cell phone boosters, which is part of the picture. Those are becoming relatively common now where you use something in your house that will boost the signal out to the nearest cell site in case you are in an iffy signal area. Is that one of your issues here, that you've got weak signal or is this just a matter of...
>>Jimmy: No, I've got a good signal at home but I just don't see any reason to keep the land line you know, if I'm paying 80 bucks a month for a cell phone.
>>Well, bear this in mind though. The land line is going to be operating during the next hurricane, for example, as opposed to your cell system which is going to go down. So, I always advise folks to keep a land line. It's not much at 20 bucks a month if you don't use it. That's probably what it is in just about any area, yours included. That's not a lot for that peace of mind and also for emergency calls, if you dial 911 from your home phone, if it's like California, you get a different 911 center that is forever to pick up and really slow to hand you off to the right agency to respond, whereas land-based 911 goes to your local or at least your regional command centers so you get the right department right away
>>You can get direct numbers for cell phones. That's one thing I do recommend, if they are using their cell phone as their... find out what the direct 911 number is to emergency services and plug those into your phone.
>>Yeah, get fire and get police programmed, local real seven-digit numbers programmed if you go all cellular. I like keeping a land line. I'm not into this.
>>Jimmy: Well, I was looking for some good advice...
>>That's the advice. It's not tech. It's practice.
>>I don't know anything aside from the Dock -N-Talk. I haven't seen anything else come out. You're pretty much to speed as far as we know.
>>Yeah, I don't think we've reviewed any of these, to be honest.
>>Okay, Mike in Long Island. Hello Mike, welcome to CNET Live.
>>Mike: Hi guys. I have an iPod Nano, first gen. I'm trying to put iPod Linux on it and I get an error that says it can't batch the iPod firmware, error 10, and then just closes out.
>>So, do you care, are you trying to keep it both as an iPod and put iPod Linux on it?
>>Mike: Uh, no, I really just want Linux on it. I don't care about the iPod software.
>>And, did you already format it?
>>Mike: No, I never formatted it.
>>Maybe try that. I know it's a flash drive, but if you formatted it, it might wipe out whatever is in the firmware that's causing it an issue and then try reinstalling the iPod Linux. That'd be my best guess. I haven't tried iPod Linux before so that's what I'm thinking.
>>Mike: Okay. Should I use the Windows formatter or just...
>>Sure, yeah. Do it from a command line in DOS and just wipe it all out.
>>Mike: Okay. 532 or NTFL?
>>You know what? Use Derrick's Boot-N-Nuke and just override everything and then you can install iPod Linux fresh.
>>Mike: Okay. Thanks guys.
>>Alright, hope that works for you. I'm going to have to try Linux on a Nano now.
>>He's one step ahead of you.
>>That's not usually the case.
>>Ben Strong from Yahoo! Sports is here to talk about the explosion of fantasy sports leagues on the internet. I don't know if you knew this, but I play a lot of fantasy baseball.
>>Got that hunch.
>>Uh, yeah. Kinda ran into that idea.
>>Alright, before we get to your fantasies, another big tech show is underway this week in Las Vegas. I just mentioned it, in fact. It's the CTIA show, all about cell phones and wireless products of all kinds and one of the messages we got out of it is "Look out iPhone, here comes the Instinct."
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>>Hi, I'm Kent German, senior editor for cnet.com. I'm here in Las Vegas at CTIA 2008 to show you the Samsung Instinct. This is a phone that Sprint and Samsung announced. It's also called the SGH-M800. You might notice that it looks a lot like a certain cell phone from Apple. You can see that there is a lot in common. They do have that. It's almost the same shape, a very dominate touch-screen. Let's see, you have a Home key, a Call button and you have a Back key. Press that Home button. That goes to a Favorites menu, a menu where you can program all your favorite functions so you can decide what goes in there. On this side you have a camera button, a voice [inaudible] button and a micro SD slot. Here in the back we have a camera and a self-portrait mirror. No flash at this point, but it's a 2-megapixel camera. A couple things to say about the web browser, you press the camera and you tilt the phone back and forth, it has what is called a panning method so the screen will actually go up, down and if you pan it, to the side. One thing the Instinct has that is really interesting is that it does have Visual Voicemail. It is not working on this phone so I can't show you what it looks like but Samsung does promise it will be like iPhone's voicemail where you can go in and choose which messages you want to listen, and manage them. They are calling it Visual Voicemail as well, with capital V's, and they're excited to see what it looks like in the final product. Interesting device definitely. Not sure of pricing yet, but of course it will be out with Sprint.
>>I'm Kent German with the Samsung Instinct.
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>>Hey, everybody is into imitating the iPhone now. Wonder why that is.
>>Could be strong sales. I don't know.
>>Anyway, we'll have more videos for you from CTIA at our website, www.cnetTV.com, which you are probably on, unless you are watching this in the podcast form. If you are watching live, give us a call. We've got lines open, which doesn't always happen by this point in the show. So, 888-900-CNET, that's 888-900-2638.
>>Right now, I want to welcome Ben Strong from Yahoo! Sports. Thanks for stopping by.
>>Ben: Thanks, good to be here.
>>Baseball season opened on Monday. I took the day off and stayed home and just watched baseball all day.
>>Ben: A true fan.
>>But, if you want to play some fantasy baseball, it's not too late, right?
>>Ben: It is absolutely not too late. Yahoo! Sports, our registration is open until April 26th, and not only that, if you don't make it to that, if you're not ready yet, we have a mid-season baseball package that comes out in May and you can sign up through the middle of June.
>>So, if I was to sign up today, I would be missing some games. How does it work? How do I get involved?
>>Ben: That's okay. It's okay to start any time. You can start from any point during the season that we have our registration open. But, basically, what happens is you're going to sign up, your commissioner will place you in a league or you may have friends that you want to play with. So you find a league, and we'll help you do that if you need to, and then you're going to have a draft. People handle drafts in different ways. We have a live draft which is a draft application in which everybody can be in a different location over the internet. You're seeing who is picking who and at what time and you're ranking your players and all that good stuff. Some people choose to go to a friend's house or a hotel even in the conference center and they'll do offline drafts. Pretty serious. And you can enter those, the commissioner can enter those right into the game and take it from there.
>>Now, if I wanted to get involved in a public league, which is a league where you don't know who you are playing against, I don't need to know anybody, right?
>> I just go in, I sign up and I say put me in a public league, I want to do an automatic draft, just go ahead and pick the players for me, I don't want to spend any time. How fast can I get up to speed? How long does it take?
>>Ben: You can get really passe. The great thing about the public leagues is you can tell us what level of competition you want to play in. Are you new or are you experienced? We'll get you in with the right set of people. Basically, from that point on we have a lot of great content on this site. Original content that we have our own writers that are producing great pieces like our Big Board which ranks players on a weekly basis and shows if they are on the upswing or on the downswing and who is new. We have things like draft kits which you can purchase for $5.95 which really get you up to speed or so. Some of our partners out there are just scouring deep.
>>Well, yeah, what are some strategies for just running a good fantasy? We've got your fantasy game up here.
>>Ben: Sure. I think I need to make some changes here today. Actually, I can't, I'm stuck. I've got a lot of guys that are off. It's Thursday. It's not going to happen.
>>So there is tip one. Make sure you get your lineup set before the game starts.
>>Ben: But basically, where you want to start is you can look at things like our rankings. We have rankings, our partners have rankings.
>> Most services have that.
>>Ben: Most services have that so, if you don't know a lot you can just go by the rankings and say when it is next up and I know I need a second baseman, I can look at the highest ranked second baseman and go ahead and pick that guy. It also depends, when you get a little more sophisticated, what kind of settings your league is using. What are important statistics and make sure that your players have a history of statistical support supporting this and can be successful.
>>And then you can follow along.
>>Most services have something like the live stat tracker here that tells you what your folks are up to. Now you have to pay for this, correct?
>>Ben: Yeah. This product is called Game Channel Stat Tracker. The Game Channel side which is right here, which is showing kind of just the live following live the game based on real time data, that's free. When you are a premium fantasy user for $9.95 you can get access to this and you get the stat tracker side of things. It serves to integrate all of your players, and you'll see my guy Fugadoni [phonetic] there, is actually playing. He's orange so I know that he is on my team. So, I can follow all the guys that are on my team in what's really happening on the field in real time.
>>Now, what if I'm not interested in baseball, which I am. But, what if I'm Brian Cooley. I mean there's other sports out there, right?
>>Ben: Oh sure there's tons of sports. One of our really, we're really getting in the middle of these one of our most popular games and that's Tournament Pick'em. We're in the middle of March Madness. They're going to San Antonio on Saturday and Monday for the finals and so we have these brackets, where that really reaches out to a broad swath of people because that's just very general interest. Anybody who is anybody will play a bracket game.
>>Pretty much any sport you can think of, there's a fantasy version of it.
>>Ben: Yes. Absolutely.
>>There's fantasy rugby, there's fantasy soccer. There's different ways of playing them. I know there is fantasy soccer where you can draft based on the entire European league and pick from different leagues. Is there any end to this? I mean, what about non-sports stuff?
>>Ben: There's people who are developing non-sports things as well. There's a box office game for the movies. There's stock market games that don't have real dollars but fake dollars. There's predictive market games for betting. There's all sorts of games out there.
>>That reminds me actually, I forgot about this. But, the University of Iowa does a predictive market on the elections. We can go and buy stock in a candidate and they found that those predictive markets actually turn out to be a little more accurate than the polls.
>>Ben: I don't doubt that. When you have that number of people, that critical mass of people contributing to the data and contributing to the whole game you're just going to get more and more accurate. The community at large is sharp.
>>I think that a lot of times people think fantasy sports or fantasy anything is just sort of a niche thing, but how many people are doing this?
>>Ben: We have over nine million people playing fantasies just on Yahoo!
>>Just on Yahoo?
>>Ben: Absolutely, just on Yahoo! Fantasy football and baseball are our biggest but we have hockey, we have basketball, we have pick'em games, we have these casual games which you can do college football pick'em on a week to week basis. A really wide variety of things. I even have my own game. You know, talking about non-sports, I have a personal game that we play with some friends for American Idol that we developed and have a little online.
>>Yeah, you were telling me a little about that beforehand. So how do you guys work that?
>>Ben: So what we did was when the contestants wind down to twenty-four, we all pick five that we think are going to go the furthest. Based on the round that they are eliminated, we get points. So, the deeper they go the more points we get.
>>So you hope that your five don't get eliminated early.
>>Ben: Yeah. I'm not in good shape right now.
>>Oh, Sorry to hear that.
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But hopefully to mitigate some of that irresponsibility you may have had at the beginning you can pick a weekly kick off pick and get some points if you get that right. So, every week you can pick who you think is going to go off that week regardless if they are in your original five or not. And, it's fun. It's just an extension of our love for fantasy and gaming in general.
>>Okay, wrapping up real quick, I sense I've got a fantasy expert with me. There's my team, right here.
>> It's pretty young, in a sixteen-team league.
>>Ben: I can see.
>>What do you think? What are my weak spots? What do I gotta look for?
>>Ben: I like what you've got here and I think for a sixteen team league you're in a really good space. Some of these folks have had big years in the past. Austin Kerns, [assumed spelling] you never know if strike outs are part of your, if strike outs are part of your scoring system, well, you might be in trouble with somebody like Austin Kerns and the on-base percentage that might hurt you. But, I think for a sixteen-team league like you mentioned, you have a pretty darn solid team. How are you doing so far?
>>Well, I was up six-five so far this week but I just [inaudible] he just caught me into a tie. I was way behind earlier.
>>Ben: And this head to head version of sport fantasies is really gaining popularity. It really took off with fantasy football and is so popular that we actually changed our default settings in baseball from rotisserie which is the way back original version, to head-to-head style. People can still flip over back to rotisserie but head-to-head is a very popular style.
>>Ben, thank you so much for coming by. Appreciate that. Ben Strong from Yahoo! Sports What's the direct URL to play Yahoo's fantasy sports?
>>Ben: sports.yahoo.com. Click on fantasy and you are there.
>>Alright. Coming up next we've got the download of the week, an alternative to iTunes and absolutely free. Stick with us.
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>>Okay, back to your phone calls now at 888-900-CNET
>>Hold on, I've got to drop off the Kern thing
>>Are we back on?
>>Uh, yeah, we are.
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>>Alright, I think it is time for our download of the week. That's my hunch.
>>Let's take a look at that, shall we?
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>>Download of the Week is brought to you by our good friends at cnetdownload.com, purveyors of free spyware-free downloads and today we're looking at Songbird 0.5. I think we've mentioned this on the show before. It is a free open source iTunes-like manager and it can actually take the place of iTunes. So here we've got it. As you can see, it's got a very iTunes-like set up. You've got your music down here, your play and pause button up here, turns into play, turns into pause. It actually, when I set it up, imported all my playlists from iTunes.
>>I get it. That's your iTunes thing. You didn't build that for this.
>>It's got some nice integration. It also has these other options here, other places to go listen to music. It's got a little history area. This is my favorite, the Songbird add-ons list, which just takes you to a list of different plug-ins that you can use to expand the functions of Songbird.
>>You can control a USB mass storage device, Quicktime playback. It embeds Quicktime in here so you can actually play fair-play protected videos.
>>Oh, so my [inaudible] stuff still works here with that plug-in.
>>What's this Wikipedia extension?
>>That'll display the Wikipedia page for the artist that is playing currently.
>>I like that.
>>It's a little quick search.
>>I like that.
>>There's a bunch of little plug-ins. Your album art manager. Modify the pause/play buttons if you want. [inaudible] device support which allows you to synch to your iPod.
>>This reminds me of the way extensions work in Firefox.
>>Yeah, in fact this is built on the Firefox engine.
>>Ah! There you go.
>>So it is, in fact, a browser of a sort.
>>So that model carried over to this idea of a world of open source plug-ins. That's actually very cool.
>>Now, it is a beta, Songbird 0.5. It hasn't gone 1.0 yet.
>>Yeah, I noticed on the description Download said that this is not for the inexperienced user.
>>Yeah, I think with 0.5 an inexperienced user can do okay with it, but it's like any beta, it can have a bug here and there.
>>It is a pre-release beta. It's not like it's a 1.5 beta, it's a .5 beta so it's fresh and new. Those are the best kind of downloads to have.
>>Okay, time to get to your calls at 888-900-CNET. Let's see who we want to go to next on the phone board. We've got Winston in Canada. Number 888-900-CNET. Got two lines open right now.
>>Hello Winston, welcome to CNET Live.
>>Winston: Hi, like recently I tried Windows XP, I tried defragging, and then Disk Cleanup and then C-Cleaner and I even tried disabling the services that Windows XP boots up, that unloads, and I'm still not getting any faster. So, do you have any recommendations?
>>So, you've gone into MSconfig?
>>Winston: Yeah, and I've also gone in services.msc.
>>Those are two of the most common places if you've got a slow boot time. Go into MSconfig in the Run menu, and I know you've already done this, but I'm explaining it for anybody else. Go into MSconfig. Uncheck anything that is starting up that might be slowing you down. People with slow boot times might want to try that out. Have you tried SYS Internals diagnostic program?
>>Winston: Ah, no.
>>There is a Windows SYS internals, I'm trying to pull it up. It actually got bought by Microsoft and you can get it at www.microsoft.com. They have a utility called a process utility, they have a bunch of other utilities now. They've expanded since the I last time I looked at it. Mark Grasinovich [phonetic] created it. It will give you a deeper look into what services and what programs are running when you're at watch. You can go in and find out, you can watch them launch, you can go in and find out where they are, see if there's any registry items that are causing problems. That would be my next step if you haven't tried that. Go download SYS Internals and use that to look at the processes to look under the hood to find out what's going on.
>>Winston: Okay, thank you.
>>Alright. Yeah, it's frustrating trying to speed your machine up sometimes because there's so many knobs you can fiddle with, so many dials you can check.
>>You've gotta look in the Start Menu of the Start Menu file. You've gotta look there because those aren't always in MSconfig.
>>You've got to go into MSconfig. In Vista, there's another panel now..
>>Oh is there?
>>that has startup information you can go in and check.
>> It's a little easier to find than MSconfig. You don't have to go into Run.
>>But it's different than XP.
>>Yeah. There's lots of little nooks and crannies that stuff can get into, and then, yeah. He mentioned he Defragged. That's another one you want to do.
>>That's one people forget because it is so obvious sometimes.
>>Alright, speaking of complaining, many of you have written in complaining or inquiring about the lack of an optical drive in the MacBook Air. Well, Brian Tong has an Insider Secret to share showing you how you can use the Air to steal an optical drive from another computer and borrow it for awhile. Check it out.
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>>Hey, what's up guys? I'm Brian Tong from CNET.com and here's an Insider Secret for Apple's MacBook Air. Now you probably all know that the MacBook Air has no optical drive so we're going to walk you through the process of using a remote disk drive from another computer to share CDs or DVDs. This works on either a Mac or a PC. The first thing you are going to need is the MacBook Air Mac-OS install disk. It comes with all the goodies that come with the MacBook Air. You're going to want to insert this disk into the computer you'll be using as a remote disk drive. We're going to be using a PC here.
>>Now once the disk loads, you'll want to install the DVD or CD sharing option that appears. Now when that's done click on the Start button and get the Start menu and then go to the Control Panel to access your system preferences. Now, when you're in the Control Panel you want to click on the DVD or CD sharing option. It will have a CD icon so you'll be able to recognize it. Now you need to click on the box to enable DVD or CD sharing and you also have the ability to acquire permission before others use your computer's drive. Now, once that's done we can put in any CD or DVD in the drive. You'll see it appear on the binder on the MacBook Air and you'll be able to install new applications or watch DVDs. Viola! So, there's the walk through to set up your MacBook Air to remotely use another computer's DVD or CD drive. I'm Brian Tong for CNET.com with your Insider Secret for the day.
>>And that's one of the key things about the MacBook Air, is that no optical drive, but you snag one from a nearby machine.
>>Yeah, if there's a nearby machine.
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>>If there's a nearby machine, no problem. That's the key. This is a big part of how you make that machine useable in the real world. If you don't have that tip mastered, then yeah you really are kind of on an island out there with how do I get that disk into my machine, which is still a frustration.
>>So you could even do it with the Think Pad, no? In the tip there.
>>So, you can do it with anything. Because originally, I thought you could just do it with a Mac.
>>No, I've done this before. It's a little more cumbersome than I'm sure it is supposed to be on the Air. You can just go map the drive on another machine on the network and then hit that with, just open it up for sharing. So map it, share it, hit it from the other machine. It's a little convoluted depending on the network you've got set up but once you've got that association made, it works fine. The disk shows up, runs, executes, whatever you want to do. All disk operations work over the network fine. Even going back as far as Windows 2000 this is not like a new thing.
>>I tell you, that's cool that it can do that, but that's not very practical for me.
>>In like what sense? You mean when you're traveling or in your own network or what? I have all my CDs shareable on my network.
>>You know what? I don't use a CD that much anymore. It's really the ethernet port that I'm more worried about.
>>That's the other thing.
>>Can't borrow an ethernet port. You've gotta have that.
>>No, exactly. I agree. That's the biggest failing on the MacBook Air. There's no real ethernet jack.
>>That's what I would much more have.
>>Let's talk to Keith in Wisconsin. He's on line two. Hey Keith, thanks for calling.
>>Hey, Tom. How are you?
>>Oh, we're doing alright. How about you?
>>Keith: I'm okay. I know you're a big baseball fan. I just realized that NLBTV is all screwed up this year and wondered if you knew anything about that.
<<I've been reading about that. Apparently they had login problems on opening day where they were giving incorrect login information and some people couldn't get logged in. Then they were having strings that just didn't work. I actually tried to login earlier today to watch a little bit of the Cubs and Brewers game and got a message saying my credit info was wrong. I was watching games earlier this week, no problem. I think they may be having some authentication issues. Yeah, a lot of people were a little upset about that because you're paying for it.
>>Keith: Yeah, and the other thing is they got rid of the condensed games which they [inaudible].
>>You know I liked the idea of those but I never used them a lot. Did you use them a lot?
>>Keith: No, and this year I was actually looking forward to it because it interferes a lot with work.
>>See, it's too late. We didn't use them and they got rid of them. I do like that you can access the archive though. Brian, what's your favorite team?
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>>Oh, um, uh huh, anyway yeah.
>>Brian's not in on this.
>>Alright, thanks Keith. Appreciate the call. We'll try to keep on top of that and let Brian know when they're done with the problems.
>>Please. Please. Clue me in on that as soon as you can.
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>>What time is it?
>>Okay, it's time for the Best of the Web.
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>>This week we're kind of going Yahoo heavy on this show but when it's interesting it's interesting. This is Yahoo OneSearch 2.0. This came out at CTIA again, the show that is going on now. We were just down there covering it a couple days ago. In fact, Kent and Bonnie Cha, Kent German and Bonnie Cha have great coverage over at cnet.com/ctia. Just one other thing. This is Yahoo OneSearch which goes on your phone but it is voice driven so you're not sitting there fiddling with the little buttons to search your local information, you just talk to the application and it uses the phone's hardware to do the voice recognition. And, in a very near future release it will also have GPS tied into it so your phone which already has a GPS chip, will be able to give you location-sorted results. This is part of what we were seeing down there at the show that it is really moving past the idea of phones being used for telephony. Everybody's talking about no they're just a portable device for all kinds of functions. Everyone from carriers to handset makers are really starting to talk about it being a device not a phone.
>>Back to the speech recognition part, I mean speech recognition is not there yet. It's getting better. How does this work?
>>Jessica Dolcourt talks about that. She says it was actually pretty good even in a noisy environment and it's got a learning function to it.
>>So you gotta train it.
>>Well, you don't have to train it but it will get better as you use it.
>>Oh, it's a little AI.
>>Yeah, it will learn your speech patterns and once they tie in the GPS it gets it even more predictive assuming that what you're looking for on a portable device is local preference in your mind.
>>I love the idea of it. I'm just suspicious of any.
>>Oh I know.
>>I've had too many of these things run like "No, I said one."
>>Even Goog 411 which is one of the better one out there is annoying.
>>I end up not using it.
>>That's it. They've gone from unusable to annoying.
>>Right. By the way, this is available now only for BlackBerry platform products right now. They're rolling out for other phones later I'm sure. But, if you've got a BlackBerry you can go try this now. It's Yahoo OneSearch with voice. It's at yahoo.com/voice.
>>I wonder if it will be in the first wave of apps for the iPhone.
>>Oh, interesting, interesting.
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