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Episode 228 - Brando iPower iPhone Battery, Zero Surge TSC

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Ramin said:

I saw the spoof of the mac comercials that was done a while ago and enjoyed them greatly. So when I stopped by the site I watched your latest show and was glad to see that you are doing product reviews. I work in the IT field but, did some work as an electritian before hand. The reason for the outlets to be upside-down is so that when a plug starts comming out of the socket is so that if anything would fall in-between the socket and plug, it will hit the ground instead of falling on the "hot" and "neutral" leads. this way it would not cause a short. This is now standard for most hospitals (if not all).

$200 is very pricy. If this were to be used it would be the base for other surge protectors and for very expensive equipment and not just for the home computer. For the outlets to be placed as close together as they are I would not buy that product as well.

Thanks for the show.

LB said:

Cheapy from wal-mart.

BBusyB said:

Just a comment on Brando iPower battery.

If its compatible with the 1st gen iPod Touch, the speaker could actually be useful, as it does not have one built in.

So in context, even if the quality is not great, there could be a valid use for it, providing users something they could use, without having to add on further bulge.

Monte Raynor said:

I found the iPower 3G to be very useful and I like the form factor. The quality is a bit suspect as the one I received had a broken LED. However, the company indicated that they woudl send a replacement. The jury is still out if this will happen but check my site for updates.

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Stacy A. said:

Great episode! Very thoughtful analyses; Tiffany's insight that a pro photographer would buy an SLR Nikon for just still photography and have a more video-specific camera for video is so true; and Ben is spot-on with the HP model-naming conventions -- how you have to zero-in on features within a model-number series to get what you need, and quality differences between ink-jet and laser.

And love your improv humor when Ben mentioned a change of hosts. "Security!", "What did I do wrong?", etc .... a winning moment. Great chemistry (as usual)! and the Zylight ad is a winner. I look forward to Tiffany passed out under hot lights at every Neo-fight half-time break. Microsoft should hire you as a team to make some ads for them, rather than go with the weird ads they did with Seinfeld.

Finally, I'm coming around to liking Andy Walker's Vista Tricks commercial at the end (okay, I *do* have a spare 30 seconds to burn off) . Andy is a funny cornball comedic personality playing against straight-man Sean Carruthers and Biff the Cat, in their charming Labrats podcast. Seeing his eye-linered breathy Marilyn Monroe send-up in this timeless commercial, I almost expect him to break into a vixen-ish rendition of "Happy Birthday, Mr. Pres-i-dent." The ad is so over-the-top and over-"polished" that it's arrived as a campy masterpiece in its own right. Yes, we should all aspire to become smarmy Vista Gurus (lol).

Keep up the good work! :)

Stacy
Long Beach, CA


Stacy A. said:

Yikes! My above comment, *of course*, addresses Episodes 226 *and* 227 !! The first sentence should say "Great Episodes!" (Perhaps its time to adjust my medication!!!)

-S.

BBusyB said:

I ave to agree that Nikon's positioning of the D90 is a little odd, not a completely basic SLR, but not one that the pros would use.

What I've figured after looking at some of the features, is that it appears to be aimed at the Talented Amateur or Semi Pro, who while wanting some more pro features is still not willing to shell out $2500 Plus for the D300 (keep in mind that at that level, its Body only usually, with extra for a good lens)

Getting a D90 would probably give the person the option to invest in better lenses. you know the Saying, Spend at least as much if not more on the glass to get the best picture.

Another thought is that a pro might get it as a backup or Semi disposable camera, as it'll probably be lighter then the Pro cameras, and may be willing to use it places where he might not risk a $3K-5K camera.

Finally, the video is probably not going to be a key selling point, but it might be a nice bonus, especially with the Canon 5D Mark 2 also offering it, while higher quality at 6 to 8 times the price.

The feature is probably going to become standard as all te camera lines become refreshed.

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Episode 226 - Cool bags from Ogio, HP Color LaserJet CP1515n

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Ogio Metro Backpack - Icon Print
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Timo said:

To Tiffany - if youre looking a new WiFi equipped color laser you need put a lot more money into it (or read the few last columns). Allthoug Samsung has great looking stuff out there, you gotta remember that looks ain't allways working with productivity. Like Samsung has these really nice models:

SCX-4500W & CLP-315W

First one B&W though, but from personal and professional point of view: They look nice and do their job, for a while. Then it's paperweight, with a paper storage space! :)

You mentioned Lexmark and Brother. Both good brands but dont offer yet many models (if even any) with WiFi and color laser printing.

But for example Buffalo has it's own WiFi box that you just simply plug it in and your old printer is now WiFi. Only requiments are that you got WiFi allready up and running and that your printer has ethernet connection.

You can check it out here: [url]http://www.buffalotech.com/products/wireless/wireless-g-mimo-performance/wireless-g-mimo-performance-ethernet-converter/[/url]

*dunno if tags are working*

To those who think that's useless, well for around 60-70 dollars its cheap way to upgrade your printers into WiFi, plus it's 4 slotted so you can add few more (not necessary printers) things into it and upgrade them into WiFi age too.

For small business that doesn't want to pay up few thousand dollars for new WiFi printers (2+ more), it's an excellent way to get problem solved.

Nate said:

Tiffany,
I have a Mac, and to get it to work with my building's printers, I needed to:

1) have the printer print out its Configuration Page. This page lists a variety of information, but you're looking for the IP address, as you'll need this number to plug in when you go into System Preferences on your Apple menu.
2) Click on the Print&Fax icon
3) When the next screen pops up, click on the + button on the lower left side (under the list of printers section).
4) when the next screen pops up, it'll have a box to type in the IP address and also a box to put in the name. Usually when you input the name, IP address and location, it'll go into your network (even if a home network) and locate the printer and its name (like HP LaserJet 8100 or Lexmark, etc).

Hope this helps. Sometimes manuals help too.
Thanks for keeping things not so geeky.

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Episode 225 - iPhone 3G Cases, Pentax Opito E50 Camera

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Agent 18 Flower Vest for 3G iPhone (Pink/Pink)
Agent18 Shield Case for iPhone 3G (Clear)
Proporta Apple iPhone 3G Alu - Leather Flip Case (Black)
Pentax Optio E50 8.1MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom (Silver)


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cura said:

Thank you so much for the show, it was amazing!
But I have to agree with Tiff - in the "Camera-Case". I love it when those Equipment (like Mouses, Cameras, Alarm-clocks and so on) comes along with the possibility to use normal AA- or AAA Batteries. There are also rechargeable ones on the market, and so you have to - for example on vacation - use and carry only one Charger for all your stuff. For me, the AA Battery compartment, is a big plus for purchasing decisions.
I like your show very much - so keep on going!

PS: Sorry for my bad english, it's not my mother tongue.

Gareth said:

Hi guys,

thought i'd give my thoughts on the rechargeable batteries:

I'm with Cura & Tiff, the option of using regular AA/AAA batteries trumps a built in battery any day. In my own camera, I use rechargeable AAs & don't need to worry if I've forgotten to charge my camera the night before the birthday party.

PS is it just me or is that capitcha box more of an eyesight exam than a security check?

BBusyB said:

Have to say that while the ability to use AA or AAA in cameras is nice, it does usually come with drawbacks, such a much lower number of shots per battery / per charge.

Also, the design of the AA /AAA is pretty old, as is the Tech, so you don't get the gains in efficiency that have occurred in lithium ion /Polymer battery. The bulk of the battery would also preclude the ultra slim, lightweight cameras that are available.

Canon and Nikon do have solution, at least for their D-SLR's, offering the ability to work off AA's, if you\re using the Extended Grip.

I Know, that a bit kludgey, but it can save your shot and you job, if you did run out of juice at a critical moment.

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Samsung CLP-315W Color Laser Up To 4PPM 2400X600DBIA4 USB 32MB Printer
Samsung Spinpoint M6 at OWC


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