Netgear WGR-101 802.11g Travel Router Review

netgear WGR101 wireless 802.11g travel router

I took the new Netgear WGR-101 802.11g Travel Router on a 2 week business trip/stress test to San Francisco, Hong Kong, and Shenzhen (China).

Conclusions

This is a simple to use router that is perfect for roadtrips to hotels with high-speed internet connections. The router itself is tiny, smaller even than a Pocket PC, and comes with a good carrying case. I had no major problems using the router and I will be taking it on all future business trips.

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Creative Zen Touch Update

creative zen touch mp3 player

The Creative Zen Touch 20gb MP3/WMA player with the cute scrollpad and claimed 32 hour battery life seems to be shipping soon from Amazon.com (currently showing as shipping in 1-2 weeks, which is better than iPod mini availability).

In related news, a press release on the Asian Creative site mentions that a 40gb Zen Touch will be available soon.

Buy the 20gb Zen Touch now through Amazon.com for $269.99 and get free shipping and a $50 gift certificate towards your next purchase.

$8.99 Batteries for Canon Cameras

canon powershot battery

The Canon NB-1LH battery fits most Powershot Digital Elph Cameras: S100, S110, S200, S230, S300, S330, S400, S410, and S500.

If, like me, you take a lot of photos you will have realized that after a few recharges the battery starts lasting for less and less time. Mine got so bad I looked around for a replacement Powershot battery and found a great deal:

Batteries made by Canon cost $58.99, but Amazon has what looks like a good discount, 32% off making the price $39.94. However, there are non-Canon batteries available from as little as $4 a battery plus $4.99 shipping.

“Brand new 14 days no-risk money back guarantee + warranty. Canon NB-1LH Equiv. made by 3rd party, NOT by Canon.”

You aren’t buying direct from Amazon but the sellers have a lot of positive feedback, I ordered one and it arrived promptly and works well.

Here’s the link for the Canon NB-1LH Battery Pack for Canon S100, S110, S200, S230, S300, S330, S400, S410 & S500, just click that link and look for “used & new from $4.00″ on the right of the page, then scroll down to the $4.00 New battery listings.

Free Gmail Giveaway: Ends 8/15

google gmail email service legal challenge

Gmail, the 1gb free email service from Google, has been updated with some new features: you can now import contacts from Outlook and other programs, you can have a signature on all your emails, and the Safari browser is now supported.

We also have one more Gmail invite to giveaway: All you have to do is email (tips@shinyplastic.com) your first name, last name and email address (google needs those for the invite) before August 14th, we will then pick one winner at random on August 15th and send then the invite.

Update: Congrats to Craig S who won the invite. We now have 6 more invites and other prizes to give away (new drawing ends September 30th). Click here for more information.

Dell Axim X30: New Coupon: $269

Dell Axim X30 Pocket PC

Dell has a new $30 off $300 coupon for today only:

coupon code XS8$J1?XDFH94G (expires after 1500 uses).

This combined with an automatic 15% discount brings the price of the 624mhz Dell X30 Pocket PC down to an all-time low of $269.

Be careful entering the code, it doesn’t work if you go though the configuration screen to add accessories.

Here’s how I got it to work: Click the link below, scroll down to “Hot Sellers” on the left side of the page, click on the hot sellers link for the Dell 624mhz Axim X30, and add to cart, then you can apply the coupon. If you end up on any screen that allows you to customize the X30 you have gone the wrong way and their system won’t recognise the coupon!

For more info and to order click here

Tissot High-T Smartwatch

Tissot High-T Smartwatch

Swiss watch company Tissot and Microsoft have announced the launch of a new Smartwatch: the Tissot High-T.

The High-T joins the existing Smartwatches by Fossil, Suunto, and Abacus and is, in my opinion, the most stylish of the Smartwatches: more solid metal and less plastic than the others.

Smartwatches use the FM radio band and a Microsoft technology called SPOT (Smart Personal Objects Technology) to wirelessly transmit sports, weather, news, stocks, lottery results, etc to the watch (requires a subscription to MSN Direct, 6 months subscription included with the watch).

Microsoft Press Release

High-T Review at SpotStop.com

Turn your iPod into a remote control

ipod mini

Engadget’s weekly how-to article this week is about how to turn your iPod (any flavor will do) into a universal infrared remote control.

While this seems like a great idea here’s what I don’t get… you need an iPod, a Pocket PC, a PC or Mac with sound recording software, and a hardware IR device… so why not just use the Pocket PC as the remote control??

Many Pocket PC’s these days are designed with a good IR range and there is software available to make your Pocket PC act as a universal remote control (some Pocket PC’s (such as some iPaq’s even ship with free versions of that software)

Here are some programs for your pocket pc:

Vito Remote (hmm, the name sounds a lot like Tivo, what a coincidence)
TV Remote Controller (with voice activated commands)
Novii Remote

Alternatively if you have a media PC and want to control Microsoft Media Player remotely from your Pocket PC over a wireless network you can try Zerama Remote, or try controlling iTunes and your Apple Airport Express with eyeTuner (thanks PocketPCThoughts)

(Engadget Article)

Dell 2001fp 20″ LCD: $709 (or $659)

Dell 20 inch LCD monitor

I originally recommended this LCD at $800, then at $750, saying it may go as low as $700 this summer, well that time is now here.

It is a great monitor, comparable to a 23″ CRT monitor but only a few inches thick.

It has both analog and DVI (digital) connectors for your computer and you can connect your cable/satellive tv box via S-Vodeo or composite connectors (no built in tuner, but works with your cable box’s built in tuner and remote.

Max resolution is 1600×1200 which is easily readable.

2001FP 20″ Monitor at Dell Home

COUPON VALID TODAY ONLY.

Here’s what you do: click the above link which should show the monitor at 20% off, apply coupon 9TQTSRPK$JCDST (expires 7/30) to get 25% off instead of 20%, apply coupon ?322?H2ST5?V4V (expires 7/26, or after 1500 uses) for $40 off $400, giving a price of $709 with free shipping.

If you have an entertainment book card you can get an additional coupon for $50 off (you must already have the card and can use the coupon only once).
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