Monthly Archives: April 2006

12″ portable DVD player

(via TechEBlog)

There was a time when I seriously thought I wanted something like this.  (long sentence alert)  That’s a 12″ portable DVD player, which sounds pretty good until yportable_dvd.jpgou consider current pricing on 10″ portables (the price hasn’t been set on the 12″ yet), the size a 12″ player would need to be, and the remarkable affordability of low-end laptops with DVD drives capable of playing all the same content *AND* allowing you to run office applications, browse the web, keep up with e-mail, and more.

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Shockproof portable hard drives

(via Design Technica via TechEBlog)

I’ve been looking for a good, reliable, sturdy, affordable portable storage device for my wife to carry around.  She has some USB memory sticks, bexternal_shock.jpgut more storage is always good, right?  I think Plextor is looking like a worthy contender for a storage provider in this realm.  Check out these shock-proof external hard drives.  Available in 80 and 120 Gig for $169 and $260 respectively.  I’m seriously considering picking up one of the larger capacity drives at that price.

The external PX-SP hard drives, said Plextor, make use of a specially designed silicon jacket bumper that reportedly helps keep the drive from crashing if it is dropped. The storage device, which measures 3.3” x 0.7” x 5.5” and weighs less than eight ounces, supports USB 2.0 for a maximum data transfer rate of 480Mbps. The PX-SP comes bundled with a USB cable, the silicon jacket and a quick start guide.

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Top 10 worst game quotes ever

(via TechEBlog)

The folks over at IGN have put together a list of the 10 worst game quotes ever. Full list follows the break.

  1. “All your base are belong to us.” – Zero Wing
  2. “I am Error.” – Zelda II: The Adventures of Link
  3. “Jill, why don’t you, the master of unlocking, take this lock pick.” – Resident Evil
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The TV you want, but can’t afford

(via Engadget)

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Well, the 65-inch and 80+ inch plasma TVs we’ve seen announced recently just weren’t big enough for some people. Panasonic has announced that it will have its new 103 inch Plasma TV (that’s 8.5 feet diagonal) available for purchase before the end of the year. No pricing, but I’m sure it can’t be much more than a modest car…

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Nexus Wicked laser review

(via TechEBlog)

I’ve written about Wicked lasers before.  These are some very high powered lasers that you can get to have around the house.  By high powered, I mean something able to cut through a garbage bag or electrical tape.  So if you’re trying to decide whether a $1000 blue laser is worth your money, read the review at OhGizmo.

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Free techie books

I can’t even reemember where I got this link, but check out all the free techie books at TechToolBlog.  Here’s a sampling of the books:

  • Assembly Language Tutorial
  • A Tutorial on Pointers and Arrays in C
  • Win32 Programming for x86 Assembly Language Programmers
  • A Beginners C++ Book
  • Understanding the Linux Virtual Memory Manager
  • Advanced Bash Scripting Guide
  • Loving Lisp – the Savy Programmer’s Secret Weapon
  • Non-Programmers Tutorial for Python

Tons more are listed at the site.  There are 195 books on the site on all kinds of topics.

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A for-pay Oblivion mod that doesn’t suck?

(via Kotaku)
I haven’t paid for any of the available for-pay Oblivion mods (and don’t plan to buy or use them – I don’t need horse armor).  I have, however, read quite a bit about how the horse armor and Orrery mods come up, shall we say, a bit short in the value-for-your money department.  But the latest Bethesda provided for-pay mod – Wizard’s Tower – seems to be worth putting a bit of money down.

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7 Days free Dungeons and Dragons online

(via Kotaku)

Man, I wanted this game to be awesome.  I really wanted to try it and like it.  But no single-player content means no RagManX playing it.

First, the write-up from Kotaku:

Love heavily instanced and overwhelmingly brown MMORPGs without enough content and require endlessly replaying the same dungeon over and over again until you jump a level from 2 to 3? Hey, who doesn’t? Nevertheless, early buzz on Turbine’s Dungeons and Dragons Online was so negative that you, like the majority of the planet’s sane, may have been reluctant to drop your hard earned lettuce on it.

Well, Turbine is trying to woo you over: if you’re a Yank and can find your way over to the DDO trial site, you too can have a seven day chance to discover the truth many of us only became privy to at the price of half a benjamin: Dungeons and Dragons Online is terrible. Period. Exclamation point. Radiation symbol! Still, it may be worth it so you can experience first hand DDO’s only saving grace: some pretty cool narration that is charmingly evocative of a real Dungeon Master’s cackling melodrama.

And, of course, the actual link to your 7 day trail download.

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Sometimes, Bill just nails them…

I don’t know that there’s any better way to sum up the world than what Bill had to say:

I’ve seen stories indicating that Tom Cruise is visiting your countries and wowing you.

Please, Rest of the World, listen to us on this one: Tom Cruise may look tiny and cute like a Ken doll, but he is a gigantic, scary asshole. Please do not giggle and throw him parades. Thank you.

Now there.  Doesn’t that seem to have everything covered?  And check below – how often do you think you’ll find Bill Harris and Tom Cruise listed together in the tags for an article?

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Winternals Software sues Best Buy/Geek Squad

I hadn’t even heard of this until I read about it on Mark Russinovich’s SysInternals blog, but apparently Winternals Software is suing Geek Squad and Best Buy for admitted and ongoing illegal use of the Administrator’s Pak from Winternals.

From the story, my understanding is that Best Buy and Geek Squad have been illegally using the Administrator’s Pak software for providing system recovery services to Best Buy customers.  After doing this illegally for a while, Best Buy approached Winternals Software about licensing the software.  After a few months of negotiations and free training at Best Buys’ corporate headquarters, Best Buy made the decision to not license the software.  Oddly, though, Best Buy and Geek Squad continued (and presumably continue) to use the software.  So, a lawsuit has now be filed.

As outlined in our Complaint and Motion for Temporary Restraining Order (which can be found, along with all other legal documents filed in the case, at http://www.winternals.com/legal/), Best Buy and Geek Squad initially contacted us and said that a license was needed to come into compliance. Rather than focus on the degree to which Best Buy and Geek Squad had previously engaged in the unauthorized copying and use of our products, we entered negotiations for a software license and to establish a long-term business relationship. To educate their employees on the software and facilitate these negotiations, we even held a training session at our expense on the Administrator’s Pak at their facilities in Minneapolis and offered an eminently reasonable software license for all Geek Squad employees. While surprised that they ultimately decided against a license, we were willing to go our separate way with the hope that they would someday change their mind.

However, after receiving information that Geek Squad employees continued to use ERD Commander frequently in repairing customers’ computers we decided to investigate the situation on our own.

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Hourglass clock

(via boingboing)

As I’m catching up on a lot of missed web-surfing, I’m finding all kinds of coolhourglass_clock.jpg things.  The latest neat gadget I want is an hourglass shaped clock.  It’s no better than a regular clock, just cooler (for values of cool defined by geeky me).  And it’s a steal at $36.95 plus shipping (free shipping on orders over $75).

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