Over the past two days, I’ve been reading this great review of the new iPod. It’s taken me a long time to get through it because I’ve been busy relaxing and I got all side-tracked with some AJAX stuff. Anyway, the review is awesome and what I got out of the whole thing, is that if you want a portable video player, keep waiting for the next big thing from Apple. Their video support isn’t great and doesn’t really allow you (for free and simply anyway) to add whatever old videos you have to put on your iPod. Bottom line; if you don’t have an iPod yet and you want one to play your tunage on, go for it. If you have one and want another for videos, this isn’t really what you’re looking for.
Anyway, my AJAX side-tracking was totally worth it. Basically AJAX is a term used to describe combining a bunch of pre-exising technologies to build interactive web sites that don’t make the user wait as much. Great examples are:
2) You’re on a page and you’re searching for something you type in your search terms and the whole page goes away and then comes back with a new page (headers, footers) and your results. Using AJAX, you can actually make the search query go behind the scenes and then your entire page doesn’t need to be re-built, just the results would be added to your page. Same coolness, less waiting.