The year 2009 isn’t even one quarter of the way over and I’ve already found my most useless gadget of the year award recipient. It’s an enormously huge MP3 dock whose primary selling point is to allow you to insert your own tiny iPod into a docking station and create an MP3 player with speakers/radio/CD that takes up half yourRead more
If you’re a Twitter user (view this 2:25 video for the best explanation of what Twitter is) and also have a BlackBerry then you may be wondering what the best Twitter client on the ‘Berry is? This is a question I see over an over and I found a good article on CrackBerry that gives links to all the topRead more
According to astronomer Lyman Spitzer’s 1946 paper “Astronomical advantages of an extraterrestrial observatory”, there were two main advantages that a space-based observatory would have over ground-based telescopes. The first advantage was that “the angular resolution (smallest separation at which objects can be clearly distinguished) would be limited only by diffraction, rather than by the turbulence in the atmosphere, which causesRead more
Like Judie, I unboxed my Kindle VERY carefully. The Kindle wasn’t inexpensive, and having read Rob Bushway’s tale of woe, I didn’t want a repeat. So… while I had not initially bought a case for my Kindle (hello Amazon, talk about cheap! Include SOMETHING case-wise for crying out loud), I did order the standard case as quickly as possible.Read more
Modern offices can be a jungle. If the lunchroom thief doesn’t get your Turkey Sandwich you’re probably on guard against those coffee mug thieves! If your office is like ours (where you have one clean coffee mug and 5 un-sanitary ones) – then clean mugs are at a premium. Unfortunately those nice mugs also seem to be the quickest toRead more
I was starting to feel like I was one of the last people to get theirs, especially after enviously reading Dan’s emails and Doug‘s post about their Kindle 2s, but today my Amazon Kindle 2 finally showed up.
I also got the Cole Haan Brown pebbly leather cover to go with it, since Amazon neglected to include even a cheap
The 2009 XF from Jaguar – the new midsize luxury sedan-in-coupe-clothing that replaced both S- and X-type models last year – quickly became one of my favorite new cars, and my recent test of the supercharged version of the new cat only solidifies my stance.Read more
According to a story on Yahoo News, the T-Mobile Sidekick might just be the most stolen phone in all of the country for 2008. The phone is very popular among younger kids who enjoy the full keyboard for text messaging and the flip up screen for web browsing. Police in Boston report more than 300 Sidekicks were stolen in 2008,Read more
Interested in doing your part to improve the environment. Who’s with me on switching to reusable toilet paper? Cloth toilet paper is not much different from the concept of re-usable diapers. It’s more economical, uses less paper and — no more late night trips to the store when you run out of paper! Biggest downside? Who wants to wash thisRead more
There’s word that NTT DoCoMo, one of Japan’s biggest mobile phone operators, has pulled all sales of Research in Motion’s BlackBerry Bold due to potential overheating problems. It looks like the issue concerns rapid temperature gains while the phone is plugged in and re-charging. So far according to news reports the carrier reports selling about 4,000 Bolds. Customers are complainingRead more
Several BlackBerry Storm owners on Howardforums are reporting that they’ve recently received a text message from Verizon offering a free BlackBerry of their choosing provided that they open another line of service on their account. This promotion is apparently some type of subset of the “buy one get one free” offer that Verizon has been running. Under this new promotionRead more
Subscribers to Sprint again have the ability to create SMS allow lists. Using a maximium of 50 numbers you can create a set of numbers that are the only privileged ones that can get a text message through to you. Seems that Sprint had this feature a few years ago. Removed it. And it’s now making a comeback in yourRead more
Fresh from last night’s viewing of Religulous, which ends with a disturbing cacophony of nuclear explosions, I found this in my RSS feed today…
According to DVICE’s Charlie White, “The deep red color means total destruction, dark
I think my mom is the Queen of Science projects. At my house I’ve been struggling with getting my son’s science fair project completed by next week. I’m probably the least creative person at thinking up new and interesting ways to test how fast a matchbox car can run down a wooden ramp. Leave it to my Mom to anRead more
If you could care less about fashion or peony imprinted netbooks, then you probably missed it. But buried in my report on my trip to New York for HP and Vivienne Tam’s Fashion Week events was a video of Sarah, an HP employee, performing webcam surgery on my special edition Mini Note’s camera.
Make no mistake about it: I am
In recent months, I’ve had the privelege to try out a number of different earphones/earbuds. In a former life, I did the “band” thing – writing, recording, performing. The end result of all this is that I tend to be extremely picky about my audio equipment. In some ways, however, it’s like the old saying – I don’t know artRead more
If you could use an extra $500 or win a Premier Kit (home wireless audio) — and the chance to learn more about Cisco ASR 9000 Series routers — head to the Edge Quest 2 online game. There’s a tournament running from February 23 through Friday March 6, 2009. You score points by maneuvering through various levels of game playRead more
Are you the type to always forget your house key? There are lots of places people hide house keys ranging from the fake rock to fake dog droppings. The problems with rock and droppings is they can be picked up and carried away during spring cleaning. Which is why this hollow sprinkler head might be a safer bet. Drop theRead more
Curtis and Deborah Sleeper have their 17,0000 square foot cave up for sale on eBay. They bought the cave in 2004 for $160,000 and made significant improvements. Unfortunately their financing comes due in May 2009 and they’re having trouble refinancing because no appraiser knows how to value a cave. This three bedroom two bath cave can be yours for $300,000.Read more
If you’re in the market for a BlackBerry Bold case here’s an excellent review that spotlights the good and the bad about the Seidio Innocase. Reviewer Al Sacco liked the protection and good looks. Disliked the price ($29) and the way the side keys were partially obstructed. There’s a lot of nice pictures showing exactly how the case fits. AnotherRead more
I honestly think that Apple makes the best MP3 player on the market. I know there are a lot of people that would like to debate that point, but in my mind, and in my opinion, even though they didn’t release the first player, they were the first ones to get the experience right. They win; but again, that’s aRead more
After reading David Pogue’s New York Time’s article on the Kindle2 this morning (The Kindle: Good Before, Better Now), I posted the following tweet, which simultaneously updated my Facebook status:
One of my Facebook friends, Tahelia Wagner, commented on my update by saying:
I don’t get it. I completely understand the desirability of carrying multiple books around under
iLane is a device that connects to your BlackBerry (other devices coming soon) via Bluetooth. While connected, use your voice to command the iLane to read aloud your email as well as to reply to messages. Howard Chui has put the device to the test and comes away most impressed by the ability of the iLane to continuously listen forRead more
The idea for this post came from a little back and forth amongst the GearDiary team concerning getting better images to go along with our blog entries.
Specifically, some were looking for tips to producing better images of tech gear with monitor screens, i.e. multimedia devices, smartphones, laptops, video monitors, etc.