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How to Transfer Videos to the iPhone…

I am the last guy in America who hasn’t turned his phone into a pocket movie theater.”

I have a certain kind of fun reading other tech websites, because I watch them for hype and “pack journalism”.. of which there is plenty. Part of that is due to how search engines (Google, Bing) operate, and the hopes that by using “hot keywords“, readership numbers will be better.

Movies-on-the-iPhoneHot keywords seem to be: iPad, iPhone, Android, download, smart phone, movies, videos, YouTube, and latest. So.. the “smart” tech sites will on Monday have an article “Download Movies To Your iPhone”; and on Tuesday, “iPhone Basics: How to Transfer Videos to the iPhone“, and on Wednesday, “Android And YouTube videos: Meant For Each Other”. Almost every tech site will mention the YouTube downloader app (“which supports iPhone, iPod, PSP, cell phone..!)

Now.. I look at the 1.75″ x 1.5” screen on my phone, and I think, “Don’t be ridiculous. No way am I going to try to watch Pirates of the Caribbean 4 on that.” And I wouldn’t even if my whole phone was a screen (like an iPhone)(the more you mention these “hot” keywords, the more readers you’ll get)(Android)(iPad)(iPhone).
I wondered if I was alone in this? From the sounds of the tech sites, I am the last guy in America who hasn’t turned his phone into a pocket movie theater.

A little while ago, I conducted a casual reader survey — my thanks to all who participated. Well, the survey results suggested that I wasn’t alone at all, with almost two thirds of respondents saying they had never watched a video on their phone. The other third: “a few times a month”. And one person, a “few times a week”. (To the one person who responded “everyday”, may I suggest, shouldn’t you be studying?)
To me, such a never-to-very rarely score makes me think these tech websites are hyping a non-function to sell more gadgets.. But I am a bit cynical. I could be wrong.

Now, I am sure that this website’s demographics play a significant role; and I know that the yuppie-gotta-have-the-latest-iGadget-types gravitate to other sites. There are – such as the article referenced in today’s title (above) – websites dedicated just to smart phones; and I admit, sometimes I think I should talk about smart phones more. They are becoming miniature PC’s after all. (And, camcorders..) And, WordPress (host of this site) will let me post articles, written on my phone, directly to the ‘net. Isn’t that cool?!

All I have to do is learn how to squint, and type with my thumbs.

** Software License Giveaway Drawing Ends Tonight**

Put plain and simply, Sandboxie gives me a secure feeling when traveling around the Internet, and I feel ‘naked’ without it. For the details (such as how to enter), click here.

Sandboxie’s creator, Ronen Tzur, has graciously and generously donated five licenses to me, to award to my readers. I sincerely thank him for that. So I am going to do a random drawing contest from folks who “enter” my drawing. The contest will end midnight Thursday, July 15th, and the winners announced Friday the 16th.
A “registration” license is “lifetime” and can be used on as many computers as you own.

Act now! Deadline nears… Midnight, tonight (Pacific).

Today’s reading: More people are losing their jobs due to online missteps
It’s the kind of story that those who use Facebook and Twitter don’t like to hear. Despite warnings from career experts around the globe, employees persist in posting personal and sometimes inappropriate information on their personal online accounts.

Today’s free download: Large Scale Giveaway of PDFtoWord
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  1. TechPaul,

    Two things… First thanks for the linkback and Two, I actually have plugged the earphones into my Blackberry and have watched a movie or two. If you have a good sound source, like headphones, you will actually squint hard and take the movie in (LOL).



    Comment by Ramblinrick | July 15, 2010 | Reply

    • Rick,
      I am always pleased to refer folks to your wonderful What’s On My PC..

      I think I would need at least a netbook’s screen size… but if I was, say, stuck in an airport and the phone was all I had…
      I just have to boggle though. We’ve come a long way from the Casio “digital” watch and Atari Pong.


      Comment by techpaul | July 15, 2010 | Reply

  2. As being more mature than the average age, I feel sorry for the people who feel they are “missing out” by not having the “latest,app’s,movies,ect”. These people had a very bad upbring as they are ignoring life. After having experinced looseing a truck recently to a lady(,70yr old) who blantly ran a red light (I saw her) with headdown,hands in lap, texting, now makes me want to put people “out of thier misery” every time I see some texting, driving,walking.


    Comment by ")ld Salt" Dana Berry | July 16, 2010 | Reply

    • Old Salt,
      I hope nobody was hurt.. and I am sorry to hear about your truck.
      Here in Kallyfornyah, it is illegal to use a cell phone unless it is a “hands free” (but I see that being broken every day) as it is a well known statistic that texting-while-driving causes accidents (and it’s a no brainer too).
      … amazing that we have to pass a Law.. People should know better.


      Comment by techpaul | July 16, 2010 | Reply

  3. I must be one of the abnormal ones. I have some 40 movies ripped from dvd on my iPod Touch and just as many on my iPad. The iPad is a very nice viewing experience and when I’m sitting in the doctors office or at the mechanics, if I dont feel like reading any of the magazines Ive downloaded, Ill watch part of a movie. It doesnt surprise me that everyone doesnt do that but it does surprise me that you would think that no one would!


    Comment by Richard | July 16, 2010 | Reply

    • Richard,
      I must have not been clear, because I never said I don’t think anyone would do this.. What I said was I don’t think I am alone in not doing it (for a long while, the poll ran at 90% “never”) and that I don’t see why it’s hyped in the media.

      As I said in my reply to Rick, I can see situations (in the dentist’s waiting room, outside the car repair shop) where, if that’s all I had, I might want to watch my phone.. Maybe.


      Comment by techpaul | July 16, 2010 | Reply

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