Category «TechStuff»

Nokia N800 First Impressions

My first unit had a defect in the screen and when I took it back, CompUSA didn’t have any more units. Initially, I took this as a sign that I didn’t really need one, but that didn’t last and I got a credit to my charge card and ordered another at a different store for …

Nokia N800 Internet Tablet…check!

OK, I finally bit the bullet and pulled the trigger on an Nokia N800 Internet Tablet. I’ll be honest; I was an owner of the prior version, the 770, but sold it after only a few months. Why? The main reason was the lack of Flash support. Supposedly, that deficiency has been fixed in the …

Silent mouse rocks…but quietly

Well after reading the rather poor reviews of the Thanko Silent Mouse on the Net, I was a little leary about getting the Buffalo Silent mouse. However, after using it for most of the day, it seems to be a quality product. It’s smaller than you might expect, prolly 3/4 size of a std mouse. …

The perfect podcast MP3 player

I FINALLY found the (near) perfect MP3 player to listen to podcasts: The RIO Forge 512. The feature you really need is bookmarks. The podcasts I listen to range from 20 minutes to a couple hours. Some are weekly and some are daily. If you are bouncing between different ones, you don’t really want to …

TV will change forever this year…for the better

With all of the innovation-handcuffing going on these days with DRM (digital rights management), it’s great that the government is actually doing something to benefit the consumer. This year, cable companies will be forced to open their systems to outside parties. Just like you don’t need to buy/rent your phone from the phone company anymore, …

Microsoft Zune actually looks kinda good…

Based on a very indepth review on Extreme Tech, it would appear that the Microsoft Zune has undeservedly been getting a bad rap. I've heard over and over how terrible it was that the Zune wrapped its own DRM wrapper around any song you shared. Turns out it doesn't add anything to the file, it …

Mobile charging solutions and cable organizer

I’m a fanatic about organization, so my growing collection of chargers and their cables was driving me crazy! I tried the multi-tip chargers like the iGo and Kensington SmartTips, but they never seem to have the tip I needed. Plus, they aren’t really that compact–you’ve got a giant AC adapter and transformer module. (BTW I …

Cool IDE/SATA hard drive to USB adapter

Got up early today and spent a few hours going up and down the aisles of my local Frys. Yeah, they are often expensive but it’s still one of my favorite things to do. I got a good deal on a 4GB memory stick for my new Walkman phone (Sony Ericsson W810i). I was thinking …

Building An Intel Core 2 Duo System

Looks like my move to AMD will be a one-time deal–I bought a Compaq V2000Z laptop with a pretty speed AMD CPU as my main machine. Anyway, my aging PIII-750 server has been disconnecting under loads so I tried swapping the NIC only to find that it conflicted with the SATA controller card. Too many …