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Episode 209 - GPS Snitch, OneLessDesk

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Jump to GPS Snitch website
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John said:

I checked out OneLessDesk and they now want $1199. I thought $800 was a bit pricey but $1200 is insane.

Timo said:

Well I would never pay 1199$. If you put that much money on your workplace's desk, you should just get it custom made. Allthough the material changes from aluminium to wood, but simple acrylic glass over the top parts and the result is just the same. Plus you can add wheels into inner/outer part (explained later), And you can choose the color etc...

And i wonder how much weight that table is gonna support. When you add computer (laptop goes ok but a 22"-> TFT) + laserprinter on it, and in old-school case, a CRT...

And in the worst case scenario: You gotta confirm the secretary's weight before letting her hop on to it, heheh :)

And what i saw in the gallery on their site... Well the OneLessDesk doesn't have "wheels" on the inner/outer piece, so when you pull it about ten times a day back and forward it's gonna leave marks on the floor. OR if they give guarantee that it won't leave marks. I hope that they've tested it with some weight on. And I haven't seen that many offices with carpeting covering entire floor. Plus those curves, well atleast you get some exercise at work while pickin' up your papers.

And the pricetag is probably high cause I only see Mac's on the OneLessDesk... :)

Add these and minus 300-500$ and then i might reconsider it:

- Wheels on both parts for easier moving aka no more floor destroying
- Cut curves straight or make them go up instead of down?

Mike said:

There is a GPS service available for smart phones that allows you to track positions:

http://www.navizon.com/

Steve C said:

Nextel phones with the Direct Connect walkie talkie service that have GPS are supposed to be able to be tracked. The Eloy school district has that kind and they told me they can keep track of where the maintenance men are now but I haven't tried it myself. There are also other services besides Navizon that will track smart phones.
www.nextel.com/en/services/why_sprint/walkie_talkie.shtml

Steve C said:

There's another one called Flexispy that works on smartphones.
www.flexispy.com/

Accutracking claims to be able to track cell phones without the need to buy expensive devices and works on iDen phones.
www.accutracking.com/

Then there is Mologogo, a free tracking application.
www.mologogo.com/

Dean Heckler said:

Thanks for the great feedback. Ben is mistaken in the video. The desk is made of solid stainless steel, not aluminum. The rising cost of the desk corresponds with the dramatic, recent increases in the cost of stainless steel. Also, each desk must be finished, painstakingly, by hand. It is by no means a mass produced product.
However, we are working on a lower cost version of the desk to be made in regular steel with a powder coat finish. Color requests anyone?

Cazzie said:

I love the desk and understand the rising cost of material BUT $1100 for desk with out draws and is no wider then a laptop, is a little crazy. I still like the design, would like to see some other design enhancements too.

Dean Heckler said:

Thanks for the kind words Cazzie. It's 39" wide, so there is more room than you might think. With two decks plus the hidden shelf, there is three spaces to put all your stuff. I don't expect you will see a drawer on the desk in the near future. The desk is designed to appeal to those folks who dig all things digital and minimal. Since these folks, like me, are a little crazy, the desk is a good fit. :)
Though, I do expect to release a piece that holds your printer and other stuff. Thanks again.

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Z90 LED Light Head
Swann SW211-DPE Digital Private Eye with SD Card


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Michael said:

Great show, the new LED lights are impressive.

I noticed that you didn't do your usual rating of the product this time.

Keep up the great work!

Steve C said:

The Swann Digital Private Eye camera got 2 really bad ratings on Amazon. The customers experience seems to be a lot different from what the official description says about the product. They say on Amazon that it takes a photo every 30 seconds and can take 30000 images on a 1GB SD memory card which is quite different from what the user said that it took a photo every second and would only take 10,000 images because it put them all in just one folder. I wonder why such a big disparity? Also it doesn't seem very secure. If someone didn't want to be on camera couldn't they just unplug it or take the SD card out? Or they could steal the whole thing for that matter.
BTW, reCaptcha isn't even spelling real words today! Come on now!

LLY said:

Wow, I was really impressed with the LED spotlight, never knew that LED would be bright enough to be used as spotlights.

Personally I have played with some auditorium-class spotlights. Although they are real bright, but they get real hot & not-that-bright-anymore with color filters on.

With the fact that LED can last a decade & requires little maintenance, I think its a good investment.

Al Pavangkanan said:

I love Ben's shirt.

steven baity said:

i tryed to play several episodes but the sound and video was
intermitent, what must i do to play the episodes correctly
without any hesitation.steven

Ian Smith said:

The Zylight is great and well worth the money, but the paucity of information and instructions for things like their accessory kit are very frustrating.

If you buy one avoid extra's that rely on their accessory adapter. The Chimera lighting diffuser add-on, barn-doors etc rotate loosely according to gravity owing to a poor design - the adaptor may clamp tightly to the lamp but accessories don't clamp to anything so just freely rotate at will. Very disappointing.

And if, like me, you're in Europe and order the "Worldwide adapter" kit and battery you may be surprised to find out that there's no British plug attachment/lead - I had to rescue a lead from another unused piece of equipment which given the price paid and the "worldwide" tag seemed somewhat ridiculous.

Pokadot Media said:

Pretty fair summary, but PLEASE lose the family anchor, she says the dumbest things and drags any coherent info the male presenter wants to say to an all time low!!

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ZONET 2.5" USB 2.0 Leather SATA Enclosure
Phoenix WiFi Radio


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ghost said:

Zonet - I assume it is powered via USB.

Radio
I paid $150 for a Mediagate 350HD before Christmas, kind of
similar product to the radio. I mean from the technology standpoint so I agree there is no reason the radio should be priced so high, even if its new.

Steve C said:

That's one butt ugly radio!
Won't my laptop do the same thing for free?

Steve C said:

Here are some dealers selling those Phoenix radios for $189.
The reviews on Amazon aren't that great though.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B000T4GAVU/ref=dp_olp_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1208268662&sr=1-9

There's one called the Grace for $179 that got good reviews.
http://www.amazon.com/Intellitouch-ITC-IR1000B-Grace-Wifi-Radio/dp/B000YGNZN4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1208268662&sr=1-1

HD radio sets are down to just $99-$100 now. You should get one of these and test it.
http://www.amazon.com/Radiosophy-HD100-Digital-Radio-Receiver/dp/B000W2Z5M4/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1208227663&sr=1-2

A lot of people complained about the Radiosophy being so cheap but Sony has a new HD radio tuner for just $100 that looks nice and got great reviews. Amazon is sold out already.
http://www.amazon.com/Sony-XDRF1HD-HD-Radio/dp/B00168Q248/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1208269889&sr=1-2

sam said:

Check out the Com One Phoenix User Discussion Forum for more information on this product:

http://comonephoenix.messageforums.net

Also - per the review, a USB cable is not needed to add stations or podcasts, this is accomplished by using the Com One Phoenix web interface. The USB cable us for connecting a MP3 player to the radio.

As Steve mentioned, the Phoenix is available online for around $160.

Lastly, beauty must be in the eye of the beholder! I think the Phoenix is fairly attractive. :-)

LLY said:

Wow, leather enclosure, that's fancy.

I've got a similar enclosure (2.5"/usb2.0), but its on IDE (SATA enclosure cost a bomb back then). It has been with me now for 2-years, and it cost me less than 7 bucks.

Steve C said:

Wow, $149 for the Phoenix radio! You can sure find a lot of different prices on Amazon depending on how you search.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000VMUFA2?ie=UTF8&seller=A2VDD79ZI55NNM&sn=cincynow

Steve C said:

I hope the Phoenix radio works better than the website at www.wifi-radio.biz/. I went there and signed up to try it but nothing will play. It wants me to download Windows Media Player but I'm already running Windows XP and of course that has Windows Media Player since it's Windows!

Steve C said:

> sam said:

>Check out the Com One Phoenix User Discussion Forum for more >information on this product:

>http://comonephoenix.messageforums.net

Sam, I went to the forum and read some of the comments but when I tried to sign up I can enter my Username, Email address and Password but then it asks for a Confirmation code to be entered but there is no code on display anywhere so I was stumped at that point.
This whole operation is just too amateurish, the website don't work, the forum don't work, etc., etc. so I'm giving up until someone who knows what they are doing decides to give this a try.

BTW, those reCaptcha words are getting harder and harder to read and I haven't even been drinking or anything.

sam said:

Steve, the discussion forum is not affiliated with Com One, it's hosted by me - a mere user of the product. It is admittedly amateurish, as are most 'fan' sites.

Apologies that you're having difficulties - I'm not sure why. I believe that you can access the site as a guest and then send me a PM. I'll gladly help you get registered. Have you checked your email for the confirmation link/code that is sent after you register? I'm also not sure why you are having trouble with their website - it works fine for me and many other users.

Internet/Wifi radio is, in my opinion, still an emerging technology and those of us who are buying these products are going to experience some issues. Com One is extremely responsive to each issue that has been raised in my forum, and many are getting resolved via firmware updates that occur automatically. I believe the return on investment exceeds the growing pains associated with this medium.

Agree on the Recaptcha!

Steve C said:

Sam, I thought the problem with the websites might be because I'm using Mozilla Firefox so I tried them in I.E. but that won't work either. On your forum, when I try to register I just get a box with a red X in it instead of the Confirmation code. With Mozilla Firefox there isn't even a box with a red X.
I tried emailing Com One about their player wanting me to download Windows Media Player but they wouldn't reply.

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Episode 206 - Piano Wizard, Audioengine AW1

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Piano Wizard for PC With 49E Keystation
Audioengine AW1 Wireless Adapter


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Daniel Bahl said:

Hi Neo-fight.tv,

Thank you for a great show!

I'm using Apple AirTunes, it's built in to my Apple TV AND my AirPort Express.

That makes it possible for me to stream to my living room speakers (WiFi) through my AppleTV and my bed-room speakers (WiFi) through my AirPort Express.

With a 3rd party software-application I can stream from any application on my Mac to my Wireless-Speakers. It works flawlessly :)

Greeting from Denmark
Daniel Bahl

slomo said:

Good show.
You could probably use something like a minty boost http://www.instructables.com/id/MintyBoost!---Small-battery-powered-USB-charger/ to power the AW1 in a more portable manner. I do think $150 is high.

Andy said:

Hi,
Great show. For the AW1 Wireless Adapter I can plug it into my surround sound correct, assuming I find power? I the plug size is a regular earphone jack size?

Thanks,
Andy

Ben Freedman said:

Howdy...

Just received word from Audioengine that the AW1 does indeed transmit through the USB port, so if you're hooking it up to a computer, you don't need the audio cable.

Also, they're coming out with an iPod version, and a battery powered version that will be coming out shortly...

-Ben

Brady B said:

Hi Ben,
Thanks for clearing up the fact that the AW1 transmits USB audio directly from a computer without the extra cable. When you plug in the Sender, it just takes over your sound card so there's no software to install - simple plug-n-play and it works fine with all Macs and PCs.

As far as battery power goes, we tried to make this product as versatile as possible and agonized over the battery option, but decided not to as the main uses are from your stereo receiver to a subwoofer, or from a laptop to your stereo (or A5 powered speakers), for example.

We don't yet sell the USB power adapters separately but here's a decent one:
http://www.amazon.com/Travel-Power-Charger-Adapter-Shuffle/dp/B000A2BLEC

Oy vey, what a bargain at $1.42!

And if you do want battery power, here's a nice little USB battery pack for around $14 which charges fast - also via USB - ha!

Gives the AW1 Sender (or Receiver) about 5 hrs playtime:
www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.3060

Thanks again and I hope this info helps!

Regards,
Brady
Audioengine

LLY said:

I would give the wireless pair 1/5. One point for the innovation. It's ugly to have the receiver sticking out from the speaker's top. Also, like you guys have mentioned, it lacks the battery powered capability.

One thing I don't understand is: how does the computer transmits sound through the usb port without having software installed?

Anyway, I prefer my current setup. A typical laptop & wired Creative 2.1 speakers. I can control Winamp with my Nokia phone via Bluetooth. Free of charge =)

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