February 2010

Sena Leatherskin for Blackberry Bold 9700 – Review

Yesterday I reviewed one of Sena’s iPhone pouches –the Corsa Pouch. The company was kind enough to send one of their BlackBerry Bold 9700 cases, the Leatherskin, for review as well. This case takes a more traditional approach to protecting the smartphone — it wraps around the back, sides and part of the front of the phone giving protection to…


eInk, LCD, Paper Smackdown: The Results Show

As you may recall, I threw down the gauntlet and vowed to engage paper, e-ink and LCD in a battle to the end. It has been tough, but I’ve forced myself to carve out time to read three books from my favorite author, all in the name of this review. Hopefully you all appreciate the sacrifices I made. ūüėČ To…


Review: Kindle for BlackBerry

Since last week’s official release of the Kindle App for BlackBerry, I’ve been putting it through its paces — and, quite honestly, comparing it to the other Kindle mobile app.  You know, the one for the iPhone.   How does the BlackBerry version stack up?  Is it good enough on its own merits to catch a quick read when you don’t…


A Pictorial View of What You Miss By Watching Pirated DVD’s

Our younger son had his birthday at the local theater this past weekend, and part of that was getting a tour of the projection area, getting to splice a trailer into a reel, and even starting the movie they were seeing and checking audio levels. It is a really cool time, and the local theater manager does a great job…


Review: StarTech DisplayPort KVM Switch

Watching the Winter Olympics reminds one of the stamina required to perform at a high level for long events. In reviewing the StarTech DisplayPort KVM switch, I feel like I just completed a marathon, due to the length of time that it took to complete. Read on for impressions of this unique DisplayPort KVM which allows sharing of a DisplayPort…


Samsung Jitterbug J Mobile Phone Review

Sometimes you need a phone that just does the basics. Just calling and possibly texting. You also want the phone to be easy and, if possible, you would like the service plan to be very understandable and affordable. ¬†The Jitterbug J and Jitterbug’s service may be just what you are looking for. ¬†I was sent a 30 day loan of…


Publishers, Pricing, and Pretensions

(image courtesy CFO Daily News) Friday afternoon The Consumerist reported on a comment made by Michael Cader on a publishing industry site. Essentially, he said that if you can afford an ebook reader, you can afford higher ebook prices. Needless to say, many of us at Gear Diary vehemently disagreed. Each of us had our own take on the publishing…


Review: Innopocket CF Formula Series Case for iPhone 3G/3Gs

There are plenty of cases out there for the iPhone which bill themselves as being made from “carbon fiber.”¬† Few however are the real deal, and most are made from imitation plastic.¬† Such is not the case with the Innopocket CF Formula Series case for the iPhone 3G and 3Gs. The case, which comes in two color variations (Diamond Black…


PC Tools Spyware Doctor with Antivirus Review

I used a mac exclusively for many years, until I picked up my Toshiba netbook last summer. It was my first experience using a non-work issued PC since college, and while I knew to install a few free anti-virus and spyware utilities, I didn’t spend a lot of time thinking about security. Since then, I’ve started using my netbook far…


Sena Corsa For iPhone 3GS – Review

The first high-quality leather device cases that I used came from Sena Cases. At the time I was impressed by the quality of the leather, the impressive construction that included double or even triple stitched seams, and the overall design of the cases. The company took an approach that ensured cases would be stylish enough to be attractive yet conservative…


Video Review: Darktide Tees, Historic and Gothic Inspired T-Shirts

I probably wear t-shirts more than any other piece of clothing I own.¬† It’s what I’m most comfortable in and it allows me to wear a wide variety of colors and designs.¬† T-shirts go with anything too and that makes planning my wardrobe all that much easier. Darktide Tees makes historic and gothich inspired t-shirts for both men and women.¬†…


Divinity 2: Ego Draconis PC Game Review

I have already done a Netbook Gamer for Divine Divinity, declaring it one of my all-time favorite games, so it was only a matter of time before I’d find myself immersed in the sequel, which was released in early January. So does it deliver on all of my hopes and dreams for a follow-up? Read on and find out!


Arctic Sound E361 Earphone Review

Earphones have become a part of all of our gadget lives.¬† Most of our gear comes with earphones that are mediocre at best.¬† Third party replacement options can be overwhelming with prices ranging from tens of dollars to thousands.¬† I enjoy great sounding audio, but cannot justify spending over $100 on earphones that will be tossed in my gear bag…


eBook State of Confusion

(image courtesy banklawyersblog) I thought this week might be a good time to step back and just review a few big themes/ongoing news in the ebook world. Some of these have been covered before, but since it can get very confusing very quickly with the changing landscape and players in the ebook world. So bear with me, as we run…


Monster Introduces Their Latest: Vivienne Tam Butterfly High Fashion In-Ear Headphones

I’ve enjoyed watching the ways that Monster Cable has found to collaborate with various musicians like Lady Gaga, Puff Daddy Puffy P. Diddy Diddy and Dr. Dre to create custom headsets and earphones. The new designs are funky and fresh, but their stylish exteriors cover earphones that many are saying sound fabulous. Their latest design, in collaboration with Vivienne Tam,…


Review: Whoomp! Boost Apple’s Ear Buds for Even Less

It’s not a big secret.¬† The ear buds Apple provides with all of its iPods & iPhones aren’t great.¬† Okay I was being kind, they suck!¬† They do a decent job of providing sound but they often fit poorly.¬† Apple used to provide the ear buds along with two sets of those foam covers which help keep the buds seated…


Unboxing the Logitech G27 Racing Wheel!

The Logitech G27 racing wheel is the follow up to Logitech’s wonderful G25 racing wheel that came out a few years back. It is developed mainly for the hardcore gamers who love to experience every bit of the game, and play it in true sense. It is designed to provide the best racing experience to the PlayStation gaming station users…


A Peek Into Our Green-Screen TV Adventures

Have you ever watched a stunning TV episode, or even just a pedestrian street scene, and wondered how they managed to take over that part of Washington / New York / Boston / wherever in order to get the shot? Chances are they didn’t. Stargate Studios, a “visual effects and production services” company, also offers a “Virtual Backlot Library, which…


Review: Trexta Racing Series Case for iPhone makes me go vroom vroom

Snap on back covers are a popular category in the over-crowded iPhone case market.¬† These simple to put on cases mostly protect the back of the iPhone and keep the phone’s profile slim. Trexta has been making accessories for wireless devices for over ten years but just recently began doing so for Apple devices. Their racing series case, which is…


Free Word Warp for iPhone/Touch

I will admit it…I have become a word game junkie on my iPhone!!¬† It is a sad state of affairs, but lately, my spare time has been spent playing a number of word games.¬† The latest addiction is Free Word Warp.¬† If you have played the flash game text twist on your computer then Word Warp will seem familiar.¬† Lets…


Please Rob Me; the Perfect Compliment to Foursquare and Twitter

If you’re a burglar, and you are tired of staking out homes only to be stymied as you break in because the owner is still there, have I got an application for you! Stop staking out houses and start staking out the new site, Please Rob Me. Instead of watching to see if there is activity in a house, you…