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October, 2010 Archive


October 26, 2010 • Reviews

Gear Diary Deal or Dud #7: The Bacon Wave

Cooking bacon at home often presents challenges.  If you cook it on top of the stove you’re left to deal with the large amount of grease that continually builds up in the pan while cooking.  If you go the microwave route you’re dealing with paper towels and are limited by the amount you can cook …

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October 26, 2010 • Reviews

Review: StarXscape Lite

Gaming is starting to come to the Android platform in earnest as representative of the amount of downloads of the recently released Angry Birds.  Games are really starting to hit Android en-mass.  Just before Angry Birds came out, MHill System let us know about an interesting game for Android called StarXscape. Your mission in StarXscape , …

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October 26, 2010 • Editorials

End of a Long-Lost Era: Sony Finally Kills the Cassette Walkman (In Japan)

Ah, the Sony Walkman … that wonderful device that has let parents add ‘hearing loss’ to their list of worries and kids add ‘was listening to my Walkman’ to their reasons to justify ignoring their parents. It was the first mainstream product to really let you take your music anywhere without forcing others to let …

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October 25, 2010 • Reviews

Windows Software Review: Daniusoft Video Converter Ultimate Harnesses the Power of Nvidia CUDA

Image courtesy of Daniusoft With so many devices being able to replay video these days, converting and encoding is a skill that should be known. Most devices now include software to handle this task for you but sometimes it just doesn’t encode the way you want it to or simply cannot convert from the file …

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October 25, 2010 • Reviews

iPad Case Review: iSkin Duo

There was a time when I was a HUGE fan of silicon skins for my devices. The excellent protection, wide array of color options and variety of designs were just some of the reasons I would, at times, choose a silicon case over a leather one. More recently however I have found myself choosing leather …

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October 25, 2010 • eBooks, News

Kindle Books Getting ’14-Day Loaner’ … Expect nook-Like Limitations

When we bought my wife a nook, and then her sister and niece got nooks of their own, a great thought was ‘hey, this LendMe feature will be GREAT’. Sadly, the three have them have yet to exchange a SINGLE BOOK, despite all being voracious readers! Here is the promise from Barnes & Noble: Share …

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October 25, 2010 • News

Alex Anderson, Creator of Rocky & Bullwinkle, Dead at 90

I don’t know about anyone else, but one staple of my childhood cartoon viewing was the Rocky & Bullwinkle show. The high-pitched squirrel and block-headed moose, along with the not-so-well-disguised Russian spies Boris & Natasha, My. Peabody & Sherman, Dudley Do-Right, and so on wove a wonderful set of memories that have lasted through the …

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October 25, 2010 • Reviews

iOS Application Review: HeyTell

Remember years ago when Nextel’s Direct Connect phones were all the rage?  They aren’t used widely today, but back then the familiar beep of the walky-talky feature was something heard often.  Thanks to a tip from a YouTube friend I’ve been using a new iOS application called “HeyTell” which mirrors the Nextel Direct Connect function. HeyTell turns …

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October 25, 2010 • How to Do It Yourself!

Android Market Blues – Are Carrier App Restrictions Beating You Down?

Ah… Android. The allure of a completely open system. You’re in control, unlike on iOS devices. Right? Right? Sometimes, not so much. Turns out, AT&T Android-touting users, for example, can only install applications in the Android Market. Recently, Travis asked about installing non-Market applications on an AT&T Android smartphone, and Francis told him a few …

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October 25, 2010 • Editorials

Random Scary Stuff: Privacy vs. The Internet

We all know that being a so-called ‘netizen’ requires sacrificing a bit of privacy. The problem is knowing exactly where that line is between what you need to expose to get business done and what you should keep private even at the expense of being able to do something you want. Well … as the …

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October 24, 2010 • Editorials

Eenie Meenie Miny Moe… MacBook Airs But Which Way to Go?

When Apple announced the new MacBook air this past Wednesday I knew immediately that I would be ordering one. The question was – which one? Dan- Let me go back a few years. I have always wanted a thin and light computer that allowed me to do everything but was simple to lug around. When …

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October 24, 2010 • Editorials, Travel

The Five Stages of Smartphone Withdrawal

Regular readers of Gear Diary may remember I got married earlier this month. We just returned from our honeymoon, a fabulous week on beautiful San Salvador Island in the Bahamas. It’s absolutely gorgeous; white sandy beaches, sun, drinks, food…what more do you need? Well, in my case, the one thing missing from the island (and …

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October 24, 2010 • Reviews

Video Review: ADT PULSE Interactive Security System

When the new ADT PULSE system became available in my area I immediate jumped at the chance to have it installed in my home.  PULSE not only allows for the ability to arm and disarm one’s home security system from anywhere in the world, it does much more.  The new ADT PULSE system is all …

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October 22, 2010 • Music Diary, Reviews

Music Diary Review: Pat Metheny Orchestrion Live!

Image courtesy Hans Speekenbrink via Last night I took my family to see Pat Metheny and his Orchestrion live at the Anderson Performing Arts center in Binghamton, NY. Early this year I noted the introduction to the technology here and reviewed the CD here. When the concert tour was first announced, I was unsurprised …

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October 22, 2010 • How to Do It Yourself!, Reviews

Quick Look- iMovie ’11 Movie Trailers… Fast, Easy, Fun

iLife ’11 has a neat new feature for making movie trailers. It is fun, easy to use and… well look for yourselves… From iMove’11 you select, “Create a New Project” and “Movie Trailer”. You pick your theme and then get to work… You change the text in the Outline to be whatever you like… Add …

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October 22, 2010 • Reviews

Review: ListMonger for iPhone

I recently received an email from Paul at Inspiretis, an iPhone app developer.  Having seen one of my reviews in which I confessed my obsession with list making, Paul offered to send me a review copy of his new iPhone app, ListMonger. I downloaded the app and I’ve been playing with it for about a …

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October 21, 2010 • News

Gear Accessory Review: IsoToner’s smartTouch Gloves

It has been getting cold here in the northeast. This morning was quite chilly and it’s only going to get worse. That means jackets, hats and – of course – gloves. And that is a problem if you’re one of the growing number of people who use the touchscreen device. You see, capacitive touch screens …

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October 21, 2010 • Reviews

iPhone 4 Accessory Review: Bumper Holster

iPhone protection is a bit of a double-edged sword for me. Everyone knows I’ve got a bit of an obsession with cases, but truth be told I like my iPhone best naked. Since I often carry my phone in my pants pocket keeping it as slim as possible is important. It is for this reason …

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October 21, 2010 • News

TOM BIHN Introduces Cache sleeve for 11″ Apple MacBook Air

TOM BIHN is ready for the new MacBook Air notebooks with their Cache sleeve. There is one for the new 11″ MacBook Air that is available for pre-order and one for the 13″ that is already shipping. Here’s how the company describes their sleeve: A padded sleeve for your laptop, the Cache is designed to …

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October 20, 2010 • Autos, Reviews

2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata

A few years back, the good folks at Mazda chose to drop the Miata tagline on the most popular two-seat convertible sports car in the world, instead going only with the MX-5 designation. I guess this gave the cute little bugger more of a “macho” image as many consumers have thought of Miata as more …

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October 20, 2010 • Reviews

Trainyard for iPhone/Touch Review

We are all feeling the financial pinch!    Blue Plate Special is a weekly review of bargain apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Nothing over $.99. Yes, I am a sucker for puzzle games on my IOS devices and love to find new games that fit the Blue Plate Special price.  Trainyard is currently on …

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