The forums today are almost entertaining. But mostly just annoying. Everyone shut up, you all suck :)
now that I've said that, if this woot is not for you, then move on . If it is, buy it. If you have useful information/insights to share, share it.
I own an iPod and the only reason i do is because I got it for free through a referral program. I couldn't justify paying $200+ for an mp3 player when I use it so little. My car stereo has an auxiliary input (I installed the entire sound system myself, so I made sure it did), so I don't have any need for the FM broadcaster today's woot includes, but the one particularly cool thing about this item, though, is that it has recording capabilities. I'm assuming if I had it I could hook up a microphone and take it to class and record lectures, or hook up a line-out from my car stereo to the line-in of the player and record radio stuff to mp3, which is kind of cool.
Now time for my pointless ramblings:
As for the Mac fanboy/MS fanboy bashing, you all know it's not going to get anywhere so why bother. Seriously. There are much better things you could be doing with your life than insulting someone you don't know over the internet whose opinions/preferences differ from your own. I used to consider myself fairly anti-Apple once upon a time (mostly due to ignorance - avoiding what I don't know about), but after I got my free mac mini last April (also through referral programs), I decided I would try it out and see if it was worth having or if I'd throw it on ebay (expecting the latter, of course). Much to my surprise, it impressed me and has managed to replace my Windows PC as my main workstation, web server, ftp server, and video encoding machine - and it's currently in at 196 days uptime (and counting) with zero maintenance. at all. Keeping my PC running for two weeks is a chore. No, my loyalties haven't switched because they never existed in the first place. It's called an open mind, something most people who argue about these things seem not to possess. In fact, I still use and love my Windows-based PC for gaming because the platform is unrivaled for that, and I would never consider myself a person who "made the switch" or anything like that. I am just human, which means I want to get the most benefit out of the least trouble. I just wish people would get over themselves and realize that in matters of opinion and preference, there is no right or wrong (while it's true there's always the possibility of an unjustified argument, for the most part it's all just mindless bashing in the form of "your stuff sucks because it's not what I use and I am better than you because you are not me ha ha ha I beat you in an argument because I am always right and I like to show it off over the internet because nobody in real life cares what I say." hmmm. I think I just bashed everyone at once. It wasn't my intention, and it was certainly an unfair generalization, but whatever. Feel free to tear me apart for anything in this post. I truly don't care :)