Tech, Autos, & Gear in Layman's Terms Since 2006

August, 2009 Archive

327

August 24, 2009 • Reviews

Review: Black Sigil: Blade of the Exile for Nintendo DS

There is a fine line somewhere between homage and outright copying, and also a line between recreating the best elements of a classic in a modern setting and bringing something that was shackled by its’ time into the future warts and all. Black Sigil is a game that captures much of the magic from the …

Continue reading

154

August 24, 2009 • Reviews

The Agent18 StandHere for iPhone and iPod Touch

Here is a great little accessory to make using your iPhone and iPod touch and even better experience. Agent18’s StandHere is a compact holder that let’s you go handsfree while watching video. Small enough to throw in your gadget bag, it allows you to choose the right viewing angle. In addition, a 3.5mm headphone jack …

Continue reading

174

August 24, 2009 • Reviews

Review: iFrogz Wrapz Case for iPhone 3G/3GS

iFrogz has quickly become one of the leading accessory manufacturers for Apple’s iPhone.  From cases to headphones and charger and speakers their products are both functional and extremely stylish. I recently received one of their Wrapz cases for the iPhone 3G & 3GS to review. This silicone case comes in a variety of color choices …

Continue reading

190

August 24, 2009 • Reviews

Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor for iPhone/Touch Review

The iPhone has continually proven it’s worth as a game platform. Many games ported from other platforms have done well while the iPhone interface has given a rise to totally new ideas. Some of these ideas are so inventive, putting the game down becomes next to impossible! Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor is imaginative, …

Continue reading

210

August 23, 2009 • Reviews

Palm Pre App Catalog. 30 Apps in 30 Days. Day 23: The New York Times

Ever since I graduated from college with a degree in Journalism, I have tried to keep track of which newspapers have the best writing.  Consistently near the top of that list has been The New York Times (for the record, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, CNN, and the AP Newswire round out my personal top five).  …

Continue reading

376

August 22, 2009 • Reviews

Spyderco Native Pocket Knife Review

Every year my family takes a week long vacation to visit my mother at her cabin in Maine.  We make it a habit of passing through Freeport, Maine on the way up to her house each year.  Freeport is not only is the home of L.L. Bean but it’s also the home to one of …

Continue reading

206

August 22, 2009 • Reviews

Palm Pre App Catalog. 30 Apps in 30 Days. Day 22: Shabbat Shalom

Tonight is Friday, which means it is the start of the Jewish holiday Shabbat, which is the Sabbath.  It begins at sundown on Friday and runs through sundown on Saturday.  Shabbat can be a very ritualistic holiday, with certain prayers and other activities which occur at specified times.  Of course, since nothing can ever be …

Continue reading

403

August 21, 2009 • Reviews

Review: Jolicloud OS

Netbooks are all the rage, and while Linux did start out on netbooks, it seems Microsoft has been getting the lion share of the shipments.  Well, if you have a netbook and are tired of Windows XP, but your hardware is too anemic Windows Vista or you don’t think you are geek enough for Linux, …

Continue reading

209

August 19, 2009 • Reviews

Palm Pre App Catalog. 30 apps in 30 Days. Day 20: FlightView

It is like a shared ritual.  We have all been there.  Your friend, mother, mother-in-law, or another random visitor is coming into town for a visit.  Your job is to meet them at the airport.  Unless you live across the street from the airport, this requires an incredible feat of timing and coordination.  Otherwise, your …

Continue reading

131

August 19, 2009 • How to Do It Yourself!

A Quick Tip For iPhone Users Living On The Edge

photo credit: thomas_sly This quick tip may be obvious to many but it is easy to forget (as I did) so I thought I might share it with everyone. It is especially useful for iPhone 3G and 3GS users but really applies to anyone using a data connected phone and living on the edge… of …

Continue reading

187

August 19, 2009 • Reviews

Gorillatorch: Coming to a Dark Room Near You

I am a huge fan of the Joby Gorillapod, a fantastically flexible mini tripod.  It is one of my favorite gadgets for my camera.  Well, now the good folks at Joby have brought the latest in the Gorilla line, the Gorillatorch.  This is an ultra-bright light, mounted atop the same three flexible legs as the …

Continue reading

443

August 19, 2009 • Reviews

Review: Olympus E-P1 Digital Pen (Part 1)

This is the Olympus E-P1 , the digital camera that set a million tongues wagging when it was announced. The first Olympus camera to be based on the Micro Four-Thirds standard co-developed with Panasonic, the E-P1 is supposed to be able to capture close to professional DSLR (digital SLR) quality photographs, in a form-factor barely …

Continue reading

383

August 19, 2009 • Reviews

Review: Speck’s Updated CandyShell iPhone Case

Speck Products has been making cases and protective products for a wide range of laptops, mp3 players, and smartphones since 2001.  Earlier this spring we took a look at one of Speck’s newest cases, the CandyShell for the iPhone 3G and 3GS.  The CandyShell is an interesting concept with a hard plastic outer shell that …

Continue reading

285

August 19, 2009 • Reviews

PhotoFunia for iPhone

I discovered PhotoFunia on my morning AppMiner hunt the day it was released.  Being a big fan of photo apps, it was easy to choose to download since it was free.  I usually shy away from web-based apps, but this one looked interesting enough to try out.  PhotoFunia is an iPhone port of an online …

Continue reading

182

August 19, 2009 • Reviews

The New York Times Crosswords for iPhone and iPod Touch Review

I’m originally from Detroit. Recently, the city’s main newspapers stopped most home delivery of the paper. My mother was devastated. Why? Because she loved doing the daily crossword puzzle and doing it on the computer just wasn’t as convenient as sitting in your most comfortable chair with the paper folded up and a pen in …

Continue reading

422

August 18, 2009 • Reviews

Using the HP dV6 Laptop and Mini 110 Netbook in Tandem: Moving Back to Windows from Mac:

all pictures are thumbnails; click them to enlarge Right before I finished up the HP Pavilion dv2 laptop review, I was sent a couple of boxes containing an HP Pavilion dv6z-1299lx and an HP Mini 110-1036NR. Even though I knew the purpose of the experiment which was about to happen, I couldn’t help but wonder …

Continue reading

478

August 18, 2009 • Reviews

My love/hate relationship with the E71x

Since late May, my main phone has been a Nokia E71x. It is my first Symbian phone, but I owned Nokia feature phones before and had good memories of them, so I was quite excited to get to know a smarter, fancier Nokia. I’d read good things about Symbian as well as bad ones. Universally, …

Continue reading

475

August 18, 2009 • Reviews

Review: HP Mediasmart LX195

The single biggest problem my wife and other family members have is making sure that their data is backed up.  The HP Mediasmart LX195 will help you make sure that data is safe and a while lot more. This server is based on Microsoft’s Windows Home Server.  It’s not my normal operating system of choice, …

Continue reading

455

August 18, 2009 • Reviews

Review: Cy-Fi Wireless Sports Speaker Bluetooth

I was searching for a Bluetooth speaker system to use with my T-Mobile G1 and lo and behold  I came across the Cy-Fi Wireless Sport Speaker.  This nifty little speaker can attach  to the handlebar of your bicycle or motorcycle allowing you to rock out as you ride. This spacey looking speaker weighs only 5 …

Continue reading

167

August 17, 2009 • Reviews

Look Ma, No Hands… Using Jott Instead Of Typing

Using The iPhone To Get And Stay Organized – Part 2- Jott In part one of “Using The iPhone To Get And Stay Organized” I did a full review of reQall. While I love its powerful features and low price… it is always good to have choices. And Jott, well let’s just say Jott has a few …

Continue reading

205

August 17, 2009 • Reviews

Palm Pre App Catalog. 30 Apps in 30 Days. Day 18: Blackout

Time to take a look at another game for the Palm Pre, Blackout.  Sadly, this is number four of five.  Like many of the other games available for the Pre, it is a good concept, but an underwhelming exhibition of what this platform can do.

Continue reading