Archive for the 'Gear and Gadgets' Category

Retail Computer Purchasing Experiences

Posted by Alan Henry on April 25th, 2006

Over at [H] Consumer (an offshoot site of HardOCP [ ]) some dilligent editors have published a pretty complete roundup of the kinds of service and information you should expect if you head into your average electronics store looking to buy a computer. And since many many people wind up actually going to an […]

Prolonging Your iPod Battery Life

Posted by Alan Henry on April 25th, 2006

Playlist Magazine [ ] has an excellent cover story today with some really easy and useful tips to prolong the battery life of everyone’s favorite digital music and media player. I know, I know, in real life, the iPod doesn’t get what Apple says you should get in terms of hours and songs played, […]

Product Review :: Eurocom M590K Emperor 19-Inch Laptop

Posted by Alan Henry on April 21st, 2006

This thing is super huge. I’m not kidding at all. CNet reviews the new 19-inch laptop from Eurocom, which is seriously huge as compared to even the 17-inch laptop that the reviewer has in the studio to compare it with; and even though the thing sports cool features like full-bodied stereo speakers and a full […]

Top 5 Things You Should Never Buy

Posted by Alan Henry on April 21st, 2006

Over at SciFi Tech, there’s a quick rundown of perhaps five of the worst products I’ve ever seen, and they’re absolutely right in the assertion that no one should buy any of these, ever. I mean ever. Starting off with the “cellular signal booster,” those little plastic things they tell you to stick on your […]

You could have cut the tension with a knife at MacWorld yesterday, when the reporters and fans filed in to see Steve Jobs give the keynote speech, and Steve wasn’t one to dissapoint. Starting off the day by unveiling a new wired remote for the iPod with video that includes an fm tuner (now the […]

CES 2006: Show-Stopping Photos From Day 3

Posted by Alan Henry on January 8th, 2006

More photos from the show floor at CES, brought to us by the staff at PC World! Now that the show is in full gear and going strong, we’re getting a look at some of the wackier and more interesting items brought out for show, some of which probably will never even make it to […]

CES: Hot Products from the Second Day

Posted by Alan Henry on January 6th, 2006

PC World is back, giving us more sneak peeks and hot products now that the show has officially opened and the droves of media, geeks, and technology enthusiasts are walking the floor looking for hot items and what will hopefully be the next big trends in technology and the digital lifestyle. This year’s looking good, […]

The Coolest Rooms on the Planet

Posted by Alan Henry on January 4th, 2006

I really like stories like this-the geekiest homes you can imagine, and all the tech that’s under the hood making the place so awesome. Security cameras and video displays of the folks at your door, heated and cooled floors, environmentally friendly technology, and the latest in gadgets and gear to trick out your house. I […]

CES: The First 24 Hours

Posted by Alan Henry on January 4th, 2006

The insiders at PC World have already managed to sneak their way into CES long before the show opens (officially on Thursday) and have wandered around to get some exclusive pictures and highlights from some of the gadgets we’ll be seeing on the display floor this year. Some of these guys look pretty cool, others….not […]

Geek Holiday Gift Guides!

Posted by Alan Henry on December 11th, 2005

It’s not too late to get that geek on your holiday shopping list the perfect present that’ll make them squeal with the oh-so-geeky delight this holiday season! But what do you get that special someone who goes crazy over video games or ga-ga over the latest mp3 player? Well, PCWorld and Digital Life are here […]

Wired’s Ultimate Geek Gift Guide!

Posted by Alan Henry on November 25th, 2005

Just in time to help you get a good start to your holiday shopping, Wired has produced their “Ultimate Geek Gift Guide,” which promises to help you find the perfect gift for the geek in your life. But I hope you love that geek in your life a lot, because Wired’s selection of gifts, with […]

Is October 12th vPod Day?

Posted by Alan Henry on October 5th, 2005

Rumor has it that Apple is planning on making a significant product announcement on October 12th, and sent out invitations to movers and shakers to meet with Apple at the same theatre where the U2 iPod was released last year. AppleInsider seems to think so: [ ] And they’re not the only one buzzing […]

PC World’s Top 100 Products of 2005

Posted by Alan Henry on September 30th, 2005

PC World lists off their top 100 products of 2005, and some of my faves are right up there, including Mozilla Firefox being the number one. I can drink to that! GMail is number two (keep it up!) and Mac OS X 10.4 “Tiger,” rounds out the top three. Now there’s a lineup I can […]

Apple Announces an iTunes phone and Unveils the iPod Nano!

Posted by Alan Henry on September 7th, 2005

Two major announcements from Apple today: first of all, Apple is continuing its partnership with Cingular and Motorola to introduce a full on iTunes phone, the ROKR from Motorola, available in the United States only through Cingular, which patches straight into the iTunes Music Store through a dedicated music button on the phone. It’s pretty […]

Peripheral Wars Heat Up

Posted by Alan Henry on September 7th, 2005

Both Microsoft and Logitech are rushing out their newest generations of computer peripherals, both vying for your upgrade dollars the next time you’re considering getting a new keyboard or mouse to replace those old busted ones, or if you’re thinking about an upgrade, or if you’re a gamer who wants to keep on top of […]

First Look: Apple’s (Mostly) Mighty Mouse

Posted by Alan Henry on August 8th, 2005

If you hadn’t been able to tell from the array of podcasts this week and from a whole assortment of other tech news, some small part of hell just froze over because Friday Apple announced that it was releasing a mouse with -gasp- more than one button. But then again, leave it to Apple to […]

Wal-Mart Leaks $299 Xbox 360 Price

Posted by Alan Henry on August 2nd, 2005

Oh look out! Gamers beware! Okay-this really wasn’t so particularly amazing or unexpected. We all had expected the purchase price for Microsoft’s next-generation console gaming system, the Xbox 360, to be about $299, and today’s leak by Walmart pretty much confirmed it. Granted the price could change between now and then, but it probably won’t […]

Apple Releases the Mighty Mouse!

Posted by Alan Henry on August 2nd, 2005

Here it comes to save the day! Mighty Mouse is on its way! Okay seriously. Leave it to Apple to design and develop a mouse that has multiple buttons and a scroll ball but doesn’t actually have any buttons. It’s pretty sleek looking, don’t get me wrong, but seriously, they could have chosen a name […]

Who Is Driving? Tiger Is Driving!

Posted by Alan Henry on July 25th, 2005

Or more appropriately, “Apple’s Tiger Drives A Car.” In this year’s DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) Grand Challenge, Team Banzai has developed a fully autonomous vehicle running on Mac OS X, version 10.4, more commonly known as “Tiger.” The logistics are actually spectacular, they used a VW Touareg controlled by PowerMac G5s that operate […]

Build an $800 Gaming PC!

Posted by Alan Henry on June 2nd, 2005

In the true spirit of the old Screen Savers segments when you would build either the Ultimate Gaming Machine or that memorable time when Patrick Norton managed to cobble together a pretty damned swanky gaming system for only 500 bucks, ExtremeTech has a how-to on how to build your own gaming PC for $800 bucks. […]