Like many people, I’ve had a number of iPods and MP3 players over the years. Getting them to play through the speakers in the car has always been one of the challenges of using an iPod. Newer cars often have audio jacks or even iPod jacks, but for the many, many vehicles out there without [...]
We review a lot of personal audio equipment here at Gear Diary, and I’ve reviewed a number of different earphone packages over the years. The Audéo PFE from Phonak are a little different than many earphone products I’ve reviewed because they have the interesting distinction of being developed by Phonak, a company that specializes in making equipment [...]
I’ve owned a number of games from Handmark and Astraware (part of Handmark). They have always been polished, high-quality productions. Now they have released Glyph (from Sandlot Games), an object-removal style game in the vein of Bejeweled.
I’ve been reviewing GPS-related items (receivers, software, PNAs) for several years now and, about a year and a half ago, I reviewed OnCourse Navigator 6 (sold in Europe as iGo 2006). I felt that OCN 6 was one of the best PDA-based navigation programs I had ever used, despite the fact it had fairly complicated menus and map quirks [...]
The Sierra Sound iN Studio 5.0 speakers are one of many iPod speakers available on the market today. I recently spent some time with them and I have to say I like them a lot, but there are some oddities. Read on to see what they are…
I have a large DVD collection. I am not yet all that excited about investing in Blu-ray where I get to pay twice as much for each new title. Although many HD televisions perform certain image upconvert functions (to improve the way standard TV and DVD images appear on the higher-resolution HD display), they don’t [...]
Okay. We pretty much survived the hoopla of last Friday and now we start into that period where people really kick the tires on the 3G iPhone and the new OS. Most people have been commenting heavily, one way or another, on the new 3G iPhone. But what about those of us who simply upgraded [...]
The folks over at USB Fever are now offering a 2-in-one car/home charger for USB devices. The nice thing about this one is that it offers swappable adapters for the U.S./Japan, U.K., Australia/China, and Europe, as well as a standard 12v/24v car lighter connection able to charge 2 USB devices at once.
In recent months I’ve been looking at getting a new car. Actually, at first, I was looking at used cars, but, eventually, I ended up looking at new hatchbacks. I was replacing a sports car and the point of the exercise was to get a vehicle that would save me gas, and be a little more utilitarian without [...]
If you have a laptop built in the last couple of years, then odds are good that you’ve experienced the heat, maybe even the burn, of having the laptop sit on your lap. Many of the newest laptops get extremely hot, even with internal fans trying to keep the heat down. LapLogic is offering a cooling [...]
Tributaries, makers of high-end audio-visual equipment, have put out their latest power management product, the T12. This power strip offers a massive 12 outlets! Now assuming you aren’t drawing so much power that you are blowing circuit breakers, this power-strip has one extremely helpful feature: 8 of the outlets have the ability to rotate 90 [...]
I like handheld games. I spend a good bit of time playing games on my Windows Mobile handheld and on my Nintendo DS. There have never been, for me, enough good games written for the Windows mobile platform. For all the potential there, the selections have too frequently been knockoffs of each other. A while [...]
I’ve been shopping for a used car. I know exactly what I want. The problem is getting it. The vehicle I want isn’t common in my area, so I turned to the Internet to find one. What’s I’m finding, however, is that outside of buying via ebay, the shopping experience varies widely.
I’m a big fan of ebooks. Unfortunately, they haven’t really lived up to their potential yet. As a fan – I’ve been watching the release of the Kindle closely. In some ways, it feels like it has to succeed if ebooks have any chance of becoming more than a niche market. I really want to [...]
This past weekend I took on a new project, or really two projects – upgrading the RAM and hard drive in my 17” Macbook Pro, then taking the “old” hard drive and putting it into a 13” Macbook belonging to my other half. After researching a lot of information online (I love Google searches), I [...]