Why the iPod Touch is more than just a Music Player

iPod

My iPod Touch is only a little more than just a month old today but I still keep discovering new things I can do with it. Honestly, I use it to listen to music only a quarter of the time.

There are a gazillion other things you can use it for. Between Bede and I, here’s our most frequently used list:

  1. Watch videos – You can use a tool called HandBrake to convert your videos to make it iPod ready.
  2. Check your email – check your Yahoo! or Gmail email. If you use Exchange Server at work, you can also configure the Touch to grab your work email.
  3. Chat with your peeps on YM – download the YM app from iTunes
  4. Surf the web – my golly! a lot of sites have been “mobile-d”. My faves include m.nzherald.com, facebook, even inquirer.net (but their formatting on the iPod sucks)
  5. Play Games – Bede uses it for Mafia Wars for iPhone (addict!), I like the egg balancing game, they also have Assassin’s Creed!
  6. Read Ebooks – I use Stanza from iTunes, it’s freeee!
  7. Check the weather – weather in multiple locations
  8. Check your stocks – enjoyable only if everything is going up!
  9. Alarm clock
  10. Ohh.. and it can play music (and audio books) too! 🙂
  11. Run with it – my Nike + sensor and pouch will arrive on Monday so I can’t wait to try that. 🙂 The iPod Touch second gen comes pre-built with a “receiver” for the Nike + sensor.

Up until recently, my iTunes account was limited to the Philippines, which unfortunately only features Apps. Kinda frustrating because Filipinos don’t have access to a lot of the good stuff.

Well I finally got in iTunes USA and oh my golly all the good stuff, here’s some of them:

  1. Podcasts – especially the video ones are just great and of course, FREE. Currently subscribed to: NBC Nightly News, HBO’s CTRL, Happy Tree Friends, among others.
  2. Movies – almost all movies come with a price tagg (only about $2.99), but there are some freebies like movie trailers. Downloaded Ponyo and Alice in Wonderland.
  3. I must highlight the last one because it’s just SO amazing, I can’t believe I almost forgot about it.

    iTunes U

  4. iTunes University – courses from MIT, Stanford, The George Lucas Educational Foundation, Edutopia!!!! While I was in ISU, I attended a podcasting seminar conducted by Apple, and even back then it was just so cool! I just downloaded one entire semester Comparative Media Studies from MIT, it’s kinda old school though (literally) because it was from Fall of 2001. Haha. I love eeeet!

The Great Raid (2005)

Bede and I just watched this war film and I was kind of surprised how this film was overlooked, never mind the critics, but by the Pinoys themselves.

The story was about how a group of US Army soldiers led by Benjamin Bratt and James Franco, together with a group of Filipino guerillas led by Cesar Montano, rescued 511 American POWs from a Japanese camp in Cabanatuan.

I guess I’m surprised the film was overlooked, not because it was an elaborate award-winning production, but how the Filipinos seem to easily forget our own country’s history. I mean looking at the guerillas I was so proud of them, thinking that any one of the Filipino fighters could have been my lolo, or your lolo. Cesar Montano also did a GREAT job, holding his own in scenes with the American actors. Shempre pogi at pinoy na pinoy ang beauty. 🙂

I’m really glad that this movie was made, even if the critics hated it, and it probably bombed in the box office. But as a Filipino, with a lot of war veteran lolos, I got a glimpse of what their life could have been like,  fighting the Japanese in their tsinelas or even barefoot, alongside (maybe even in the frontline of?) the American soldiers. The Filipino veterans truly truly deserve to be rewarded for what they have done to save our small country.

You know at the end of the film, there was the usual what-happened-after text on screen. And it said that during the raid, 2 American soldiers lost their lives, and 21, that’s twenty-one, Filipino guerillas died.

Lolo Juaning Tejada – my grand uncle, Bataan death march survivor

Lolo Celin Tejada – my grandfather, who according to my mom, acted as an interpreter for a Captain Puckett stationed in Iloilo

Lolo Cesar Singson – my grand uncle who just celebrated his 88th(?) birthday, used to tell my father stories about fighting the Japanese, firing a rifle with his eyes closed 🙂