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Episode 166 - Harman Kardon Go+Play, Nokia N800

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Rene said:

I have been watching your show for a long time and I really liked this particular episode. So informative and so lively. Please, make more of these shows!

Ian said:

I recently purchased my first laptop and it is a Macbook Pro so I found this review very interesting.

I've had my Mac about a few weeks now and it's clear just how much better than PCs it is designed in terms of both the hardware and the software. There has never been a virus for a Mac and I have Windows running on my Mac faster that it does on a PC (while running OSX at the same time)! I still do have Anti-Virus software running on Windows in Parallels just to stop myself passing on a virus.

The Mac is the only computer that runs ALL software because PCs won't run Mac software.

I'm glad to say I now own the computer that Microsoft looks to for inspiration, I mean so many Mac ideas have been copied with only slight changes for a Windows versions.

An important difference with the Mac is how software is installed. Installing software on Windows puts files into the Programs folder, the Registry, and sometimes in the System folder. On Mac the application (program) is all contained in one file. Installation is as easy as moving a folder from one place to another (usually to the Application directory).

I've also just discovered Garage Band on my Mac - and promptly bought a keyboard to produce (and edit) music I (will re-learn to) play!

Having used both, I am simply never buying a PC again.

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Alan Smith said:

I just saw your pseudo-mock ad of the Mac vs. PC ad where the multimedia PC trumps the Mac.

I have a Multimedia Mac Mini which is connected to my Analog-Digital converter, connected to my 7.1 sound system, and cable TV box / internet. With Vidi software I can record, pause, edit TV shows and movies. Not to mentions iDVD, Toast Mac programs that allow me further editing. Yes, this is a Multimedia Mac. Did I mention that it also serves as my wireless router? Oh, yes, it sits next to my sound system occupying about the six of a book and absolutely quiet as can be. It has an external HD boosting my system to 360 GB of storage.

Please get your facts straight about Macs. Jeez some more Windows fanboys/fangirls who don't know the products they critique.

Discopants said:

The speakers from SuperMediaStore are also available from Walgreens for $10. I picked them up 'cause ten bucks is ten bucks. Plus there was no muss with shipping and handling. It was checkout, load batteries, and I was ready to go.

Speaking of $10 and travel accessories also check out this travel alarm clock available at your local Walgreens as well:
http://www.walgreens.com/store/product.jsp?CATID=304535&navAction=jump&navCount=0&id=prod3139015

I do some traveling for work. I don't want to deal with setting hotel alarms or even wake up calls. Also I'm not good at knowing when the Daylight Savings Time change is. I have had a few atomic travel alarms in the past and anything under $15 was junk until I found this one.

It has a big display that is easy to read when still half asleep. It has a much wider viewing angle than a lot of travel alarm clocks. It provides two different alarm settings, and displays room temperature. The snooze is 5 minutes, but can be snoozed out for a long time (my vice). It also does a progressive alarm. At first it beeps once. If you don't respond, it will double beep. If you still don't it will triple beep. Finally it continuous beeps. And then it gives up on you and you miss the meeting. All of the buttons are easy to operate. I had one cheap $10 atomic travel alarm that the buttons had to be pushed just right to trigger the proper response. This one is easy touch on the buttons and simple to adjust the alarm settings.

Finally one of the features that wasn't even apparent in the packaging is with the stand/cover flipped closed, there is a clear plastic over the time. This means you can read the time even when it is closed up. I like this for giving talks to groups. I can bring this in a briefcase or pocket and set it on the podium. Then I can glance down at the big numbers and keep the talk on pace and finish on time.

All this and it is $10 at the local Walgreens. I have actually started using this as my primary alarm clock at home

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Episode 163 - Logitech Skype Phone, More Lapdesks

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Discopants said:

While these may not look nice in the living room like the Levenger Lap Desk, I do have a couple recommendations for laptop desks on the cheap.

First is an old cutting board. I've been using an old glass one that is missing one of the rubber feet. Sometimes it heats up, so maybe a thicker wood one would be better. One of the keys is to put the laptop on a stiff surface to the vents in the bottom don't get covered and the designed clearance under the laptop is clear for ventilation. Laps are bad for this and pillows cover everything up and really risk overheating the system and destroying the laptop.

The second came to me quite by surprise. The other day I couldn't find the cutting board and tried an empty pizza box. It worked great. The cardboard was stiff enough to stay flat and provide plenty of room for ventilation. There was over an inch of dead air in the box that provided great insulation between my legs and the laptop. I'm guessing there are some college students right now trying to finish off their term papers who wouldn't have any problem finding an empty pizza box available for use.

As for traveling, I'm pretty short and have trouble in the airport seats having a lap in a good position for working on my laptop. Sometimes I resort to putting my feet up on my carry-on to flatten my lap to make it easier. The problem is often I have fragile stuff in my carry-on. I recently came across this footrest from TravelSmith:
http://www.travelsmith.com/jump.jsp?itemType=PRODUCT&RS=1&keyword=footrest&itemID=8388

I haven't tried it yet, but it folds up really small and will fit easily into my laptop bag. The plastic appears thick and durable. It is a bit pricey compared with an empty pizza box laptop desk, but I think it will work well for me. This and the iXoft should make the perfect travel pair for laptop users.

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