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Episode 223 - The Blu-Ray Special

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LG GGW-H20L Super Multi Blue - Blu-ray Disc Burner / HD DVD-ROM Drive
Samsung BD-P1500 1080p Blu-Ray Player


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Nathan Cole said:

Ben,
Actually, Sony has won twice now. Yes, they lost the beta vs. vhs war, but they won with CDs (compact disc) vs. DAT (digital audio tape), and now blu-ray.

--Nathan

Timo said:

Nice show, few thoughts though. I know HD-DVD lost the format wars long time ago but people bought quite a lot HD-DVD movies that ain't coming to Blueray due to licencing issues etc. of hollywood movie studios.

So dont get depressed if your favorite movie is only available in HD-DVD, that LG drive plays it too.

And if you are thinking about buying one HD-player in your home, check your kids room first (parents ahoy!). PS3 for Blueray and Xbox360 for HD-DVD (if you were the few who actually bought it). Allthough Xbox360 HD-DVD drives are being sold like 10 euros or under here in europe, if theres any of them left in stores.

Timo said:

Nice show, few thoughts though. I know HD-DVD lost the format wars long time ago but people bought quite a lot HD-DVD movies that ain't coming to Blueray due to licencing issues etc. of hollywood movie studios.

So dont get depressed if your favorite movie is only available in HD-DVD, that LG drive plays it too.

And if you are thinking about buying one HD-player in your home, check your kids room first (parents ahoy!). PS3 for Blueray and Xbox360 for HD-DVD (if you were the few who actually bought it). Allthough Xbox360 HD-DVD drives are being sold like 10 euros or under here in europe, if theres any of them left in stores.

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Episode 222 - Amazon Kindle, Blue Ant SuperTooth 3

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Welcome to our new editor, Jay Lee... Thanks for all you do, Jay... :-)


Kindle: Amazon's New Wireless Reading Device
Blue Ant SuperTooth3


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Steve C said:

The Kindle sure is an expensive little thing! I could never afford to pay $359 for a book reader. It looks pretty worthless unless the owner has a lot of time to kill when they could be reading books such as during the commute on a bus or train to work every day. I think a lot of people already have the same functionality available to them however in their laptop or phone. If not, they could load a reader for free. My Verizon XV6700 smart phone/pocket PC that has Windows Mobile will run a lot of them like the Mobipocket eBook Reader, eReader, Plucker, Tiny eBook Reader, microolap CHM reader and others.
Another problem with Amazon is the ebooks are only available through the Kindle store and can't be downloaded any other way but several of the Kindle reviews said the store didn't have any of the books they wanted. They can always be downloaded in audio format from Audible.com or in ebook form
from the following places however:

http://www.ereader.com/
http://www.mobipocket.com/en/HomePage/default.asp?Language=EN

Mike said:

Hi Ben..
The ebook is great for me. I dont think it needs a backlight since it is a book. Books don't have its own light, right?
The only problem of the ebook is the price and that we dont have any place to hold on our hands.. we need to hold it someway!
Ben.. I loved Jerry, he is so HOT! I need to find out his number!! lol

Randy said:

Interesting that the review of the Kindle was so low...

You didn't explain e-ink and how much easier it is to read than a computer monitor (because of flicker).

No discussion about
Built in dictionary
Basic Internet connectivity
Magazine subscriptions
Newspaper subcriptions
Blog reading via RSS
Email questions to Amazon using the Now service (free)
The potential for the kindle to replace textbooks in schools.
Save Clippings for future interest

I think you did your viewers an injustice if they solely made a decision about the Kindle from your very brief look (I wouldn't even call it a review) at the surface features.

Darren said:

Just a comment on the audio. There is a dramatic difference between the audio on the Zylight clip and the audio of Ben/Tiffany/Jerry. Other than that, great show as usual.

BBusyB said:

Also Have to say that I was somewhat disappointed with how superficial you look (don't call it a review, it wasn't!)at the kindle was.

You made no mention of most of the advantages that a e-ink reader gives such as -

- No / Minimal Eye strain. Most people, get eye strain if they stare at a back light screen such as a TV, Monitor, PDA, etc for a long period of time. The advantage of e-ink, is that without the back light, it is like reading on paper, and you can do so for hours without problems.

- Font Size. You can resize the fonts to the size most comfortable for you. People with Eye problems, or glasses who may have problems reading on a computer monitor or a normal print size book can now read with ease.

- Library in your pocket. You can carry a couple of hundred books around with you. So for someone who reads a lot, it gives you access to a large part of you book collection without the penalty of having to carry anything extra.

- Instant Gratification - The ability to go to the online store at any time to purchase a book, and have it available in seconds for reading. Keep in mind that a large number of people may not have a well stocked book store available nearby.

- Alternatives - If you don't like the form factor of the Kindle, it is not the only game in town. There have been numerous e-ink devices available for a couple of years. Amazon is just the one who has been the best at publicity.

The alternatives include

Sony Reader PRS-505
Bookeen Cybook Gen 3
iREX Illiad
Hanlin V3

just to mention a few. For More information Check out the Mobileread community at www.mobileread.com

BBusyB said:

Also Have to say that I was somewhat disappointed with how superficial you look (don't call it a review, it wasn't!)at the kindle was.

You made no mention of most of the advantages that a e-ink reader gives such as -

- No / Minimal Eye strain. Most people, get eye strain if they stare at a back light screen such as a TV, Monitor, PDA, etc for a long period of time. The advantage of e-ink, is that without the back light, it is like reading on paper, and you can do so for hours without problems.

- Font Size. You can resize the fonts to the size most comfortable for you. People with Eye problems, or glasses who may have problems reading on a computer monitor or a normal print size book can now read with ease.

- Library in your pocket. You can carry a couple of hundred books around with you. So for someone who reads a lot, it gives you access to a large part of you book collection without the penalty of having to carry anything extra.

- Instant Gratification - The ability to go to the online store at any time to purchase a book, and have it available in seconds for reading. Keep in mind that a large number of people may not have a well stocked book store available nearby.

- Alternatives - If you don't like the form factor of the Kindle, it is not the only game in town. There have been numerous e-ink devices available for a couple of years. Amazon is just the one who has been the best at publicity.

The alternatives include

Sony Reader PRS-505
Bookeen Cybook Gen 3
iREX Illiad
Hanlin V3

just to mention a few. For More information Check out the Mobileread community at www.mobileread.com

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CellKeeper Original Wallet
Griffin eSATA ExpressCard/34


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Timo said:

The Griffin eSATA -card does wonders if you're tech support guy. Much faster backups etc. in the customers place but like you said, the powersupply + cabels are the annoying part.

But keep your heads up for new USB (4800MB/s) and FireWire (3200MB/s) which are coming soon.

With those eSATA (3000MB/s) speed takes the bronze but you gotta remember that those speeds are just raw data values. Write/Read values are way different.

Check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serial_ATA if you wanna see those values too and make comparisons (allmost at the bottom).

Stacy A. said:

Great episode! The Cellkeeper review was very interesting, but, like Tiffany not liking the extra bulk at the bust-line, and seeing Ben position the phone over his heart, it leads to a general concern that keeping a cell phone on or near your person may have adverse health effects that are not yet fully understood. Worn diagonally in the not-masculine-enough way, the Cellkeeper can hover over and flood all kinds of body parts with unwanted radio-frequency-spectrum radiation: lungs, heart, breasts (female), liver, kidneys, large & small intestines, bladders, gonads, testicles (are the previous two words describing the same thing? I missed that part of biology class!), uterus, ovaries, .. in short any organ, which were it not there, would mean at least a much-cut-down your date our death. So maybe the best way to wear a 3G iPhone (or other lesser cell phones ) is to not wear one. It could help if there was more research to compare Business-use(in briefcase or purse) vs. Athletic-use (phone somehow strapped-on to body) user experiences, for things like headaches, heart murmurs, the c-word, unusual growths, and any other noted health impacts.

Stacy A. said:

fifth line from the bottom, should read: :" ... a much cut-down date of death." or ... an even better edit: delete from ".. in short any organ" to "death." -or- an even better edit: Delete everything after "Great episode!"

Titus Robinson said:

Hey I just watched your video on YouTube on the instinct vs iPhone. I have the brand New iPhone 3G, and the iPhone 3G isn't perfect but it is great.
I like what you get with instinct but there's a lot of things you don't get, #1 reason why people should get iPhone is Software. I got a big feeling iPhone will have Cut &Paste and solve the droped calls in Oct. But other than that, I can't iPhone a perfect 10, because it's not perfect. I want better battery life and 32GB of internal storage. So I'm not going to give it a 9 either. I'll give it an "8". iPhone Wins,and is not really trying to kill any one.

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Visit the Proporta Website
Visit the Mophie Website


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Gareth Evans said:

Hi Guys,

I found your reviews on youtube a few weeks ago and have been watching the podcast ever since. Really impressed with the show - keep up the great work!

Gareth.

Makoto said:

I liked the battery charger .. A good and diferent sugestion about a charger is a solar charger, which also has a battery embeded.

I think the batteries need some evolution because the devices are all growing up and the batteries doesn't changhe anything.

Zdecent said:

Yes, in England we do have a bigger wattage, but we also have a fuse, which i don't think American connections do, a high resistance wire is surronded in plastic within the plug, so if it short-circuits the plug can't hurt anyone, also every plug-point has a switch next to it so it can be turned off when not used... just thought i'd let you know... it isn't as dangerous as you think

I love this show... "Get me outta here!" lol

Al Pavangkanan said:

I have the original Proporta Mobile Charger that came in white. Very excellent device. I use it with my Nokia N95 (which can very quickly run out of juice)

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