You are here: Home > November 2004

November 2004

Tuesday 30 November

  • Sony MP3 Network Walkman (15:34) - What do you get if you take Sony's overpriced NW-HD2 Network Walkman, raise the price by $20, and add MP3 support? The answer is the NW-HD3 Network Walkman that is being released this December. Yep, that's it, move along now, no bigger hard drive, no color screen, no price cuts to make it more competitive. Oh, and if you have the earlier NW-HD1 (released 5 months ago) or NW-HD2 (released 2 months ago) you can get a firmware upgrade, for $20. More from PC World...

Thursday 25 November

  • Gateway M210 Widescreen Laptop (08:41) - Gateway have started selling their new M210 widescreen laptop. The basic configuration of the M210 is 1.2" thick, weighs 5.3lb, costs $899.99, and features a 1.5GHz Celeron M processor, XP home, 256MB RAM, 40GB hard drive, CDRW/DVD combo drive, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, integrated graphics, and a 14.1" widescreen WXGA (1366x768) LCD screen. Seems like a good choice for a sub-$1000 laptop that is good for work and good for watching DVDs on long plane flights, but it's no good for playing games. M210 Product Page...

Wednesday 24 November

  • Buffalo Linkstation Review (16:17) - buffalo linkstation review
  • Olympus Announces Prices For EVOLT E-300 (08:15) - Olympus Announces Prices For EVOLT E-300 Digital SLR Camera, Digital Specific Consumer Lenses, And Accessories 100% “Designed-for-Digital” SLR Comes with Lens for Under $1000 for World-Class Image Quality; Camera Packs Dust Protection and an 8-Megapixel Imaging Sensor into Innovative Compact, Low-Profile Body Melville, NY, November 23, 2004 - Today Olympus officially announced that the 8.0-megapixel EVOLT E-300 Digital SLR, the first 100 percent “digital-from-the-ground-up” consumer SLR system with interchangeable digital specific lenses, will be sold with a lens for $999.99. Incorporating a newly designed compact body featuring the Dust Reduction system pioneered on the professional E-1 SLR body, the EVOLT delivers the versatility, durability and reliable performance of an SLR that isn’t just for the pros – now it’s for photographers of all skill levels at a price they can afford. Camera, Zuiko Digital Specific Lenses, and Accessories Prices: EVOLT E-300 Digital SLR: $999.99 estimated street price including the 14-45mm...
  • Olympus Evolt E-300 Pricing Announced (08:13) - Olympus have announced pricing for the nice looking Evolt E-300 digital SLR camera: "EVOLT E-300 Digital SLR: $999.99 estimated street price including the 14-45mm lens ($1399 MSRP) 14-45mm f3.5 - f5.6 Lens: $249.95 estimated street when purchased separate from EVOLT ($299 MSRP) 40-150mm f3.5 - f4.5 Lens: $279.95 estimated street ($349 MSRP). HLD-3 Battery Holder: $99.99 estimated street price ($119.95 MSRP). Semi Hard Case CS3-SH (for EVOLT E-300 and 14.45mm or 14-54mm zooms): $49.95 estimated street price ($59.95 MSRP)." Full press release and more info...
  • Gadget Prices Dropping (07:54) - Cnet is reporting the biggest monthly drop in consumer electronic prices in 5 months. Leading the way were 42 inch plasma screens which dropped almost 10% in price last month (to an average of $2500) and big drops were also seen in LCD prices (as we predicted months ago). One thing I find silly though is that they track 128MB memory cards.... does anyone still buy 128MB memory cards when you can get a 1GB compactflash for under $50? (if you do you can get a 128MB compachflash card from buy.com for a massive $3). More from Cnet...

Monday 22 November

  • Electronic House Expo Show Report (15:03) - Jeremy at Livedigitally went to the Electronic House Expo show in Long Beach CA to see what is new in the world of Home Automation. Amongst other interesting home gadgets they took a look at the DigitalDeck whole house PVR solutions, Pelham Sloane all-in-one PC/LCDs, and the Philips Streamium networked audio/video system. More from Livedigitally...
  • H2O Waterproof iPod Mini Case (14:43) - Have you ever needed to go surfing while listening to your iPod mini?, me neither, but if you did it's good to know there are gadgets around like the H2O Audio SV-iMini. The H2O Audio SV-iMini is a completely waterproof (up to 10ft depth) casing for the iPod mini that comes with a matching waterproof headset and earplugs. The H20 Audio SV-iMini will be available Debember 6th and will cost $149.95. H2O Audio Product Page (via designtechnica)...

Friday 19 November

  • Seagate Shipping 400GB Hard Drive (11:51) - If your homemade 1 terabyte storage server isn't big enough for you try getting 5 of these in a SATA RAID array, giving you 2 terabytes of storage. That is more than enough storage for every episode of Star Trek ever, in HDTV. (That's just a guess but if each episode is about 700MB then you could store almost 3000 episodes, and there can't be that much Trek, can there?) Getting back on track.... Seagate has announced they are shipping their new 400GB 7200RPM hard drive in both SATA and regular ATA flavors. The 400GB Barracude 7200.8 hard drive is the first to use 133GB disk platters, and 3 of those gives you the 400GB in this 3.5" drive. Other features of the 400GB Barracude 7200.8 are an 8mb cache, 8ms seek time, and (on the SATA version) support for Native Command Queuing which is supposed to give performance...
  • Niveus 1 Terabyte Storage Server (11:28) - Our third 1 terabyte network storage server this week is the Niveus A/V Storage Server. This is the most expensive ($2999) but also the quietest and best looking terabyte storage server, and in a surreal moment it has already been awarded the Best of Innovations award for next year's CES show. The Niveus A/V Storage Server has a 1Ghz VIA fanless processor, 256MB RAM, a fanless case, and an ethernet port (apparently no wireless though). We are going to have something similar to this in our new house... but as the storage server will be in the basement in a rack next to the distributed wiring control panel it is difficult to justify paying so much when the Buffalo Terastation can be had for a third the price. Niveus A/V Storage Server (via ehomeupgrade)...
  • 1 Terabyte in a Small Form Factor (SFF) Case (11:21) - Check this out for a do it yourself alternative to the Buffalo 1 Terabyte Terastation we featured a few days ago. Mashie took a small form factor (SFF) case, an old motherboard, a Serial-ATA RAID controller, 5 200gb hard drives, and a few other bits and pieces, and created a tiny 1 terabyte network storage device. "It is time for a new little project again. This time I need a small footprint file server with a big internal space. Right now the files are distributed all over the the network forcing a couple of computers to constantly be on wasting power and causing noise." More from Mashie.org (via digitalmediathoughts)...

Thursday 18 November

  • Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II Review (17:05) - It isn't available until next week but Michael Reichmann got a Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II to review. The Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II is an $8,000 professional digital camera, the kind of camera professional photographers use, not the kind of camera an average guy takes on vacation. "Canon's One Series cameras are that company's flagship. These are the most rugged, full-featured and fastest shooting cameras that Canon knows how to design and build. They are also a work-in-progress. Each new version builds on the one previous." Find out what you get for your 8 grand (or 12 grand when you buy a couple of good lenses for it) by reading Michael's review. Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II Review...

Monday 15 November

  • Buffalo Terastation (08:30) - Buffalo Technology has announced (in Japan) a 1000GB networked hard drive, the TeraStation, that appears to be designed and priced for the consumer market. The TeraStation contains 4 250GB hard drives and can operate in 4 modes: with 4 seperate logical partitions of 250GB storage, with 1 partition of 1000GB, with a Raid-1 array offering 2 250gb partitions (each mirrored to a seperate drive in case of failure), or a Raid-5 array of 750GB. Personally I prefer the Raid-5 array as it gives 750GB of storage along with no data loss if one of the 4 drives fail. Some people will say who will ever need 1000GB of storage, but the same was said when 1GB was first available, or when 20MB hard drives came along.... with a high resultion camera I can easily take 1GB of photos in a day, or if you want to record TV and...
  • FCC Power Grab (07:14) - Susan Crawford found some very interesting wording in a legal brief filed by the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) as part of a lawsuit brought by a number of advocacy groups over the Broadcast Flag (a mandate that by mid-2005 all devices capable of receiving a digital signal have to obey a flag settable by the networks to prevent copying). Now this is bad in itself as it limits our rights to record a program for viewing at a later date but it gets worse: in the brief the FCC claims that they have regulatory power over "all instrumentalities, facilities, and apparatus associated with the overall circuit of messages sent and received via all interstate radio and wire communication." So, if a Gadget (PC, Tivo, home distributed wiring control panel, wireless router, networked hard drive) is capable of receiving and/or transmitting on any digital file the FCC thinks they can regulate...
  • Flashy iPod (06:59) - Appleinsider is reporting that Apple is about to begin manufacturing a flash-based MP3 player that will be announced at the Macworld show in San Francisco next January. This is a big area where Apple has been lacking, having 90+% market share of hard drive based MP3 players, but not having any flash based players which typically sell for $100 to $200 and have 128mb to 2gb memory. The rumor is that Apple will offer players with between 256mb and 1gb of memory that will be priced under $200. I think Dell really need to start pushing their Pocket DJ: it is a 5gb hard drive player that I have seen priced as low as $180. If I had a choice of a 1gb Apple for $200 or a 5gb Dell for $180 I know what I would buy as at the end of the day iPods are pretty but they...
  • Elonex Media Center PC (06:42) - TrustedReviews has taken a look at the Elonex Lumina Media Center PC which, although named like a car, is a Microsoft XP Media Center 2005 PC inside a 32 inch LCD TV. The stats of the pre-production Elonex Lumina are 3.0GHz Pentium 4 processor, 512MB RAM, 200GB hard drive, 128mb Radeon 9600 graphics, Win-TV PVR-500 dual tuner TV card, 10/100 ethernet, 802.11a/b/g wireless, DVD writer, memory card slot, and a 1344 x 768 pixel widescreen display. Pretty impressive stats! I would buy something like this for the family room of out new house except for one reason: a 32 inch screen is still too small for a medium or large family room; it works for an apartment but when you are 15 feet or more away from the screen you need something at least 45 inches across. Now, if Sharp were to put a similar setup inside their 45"...

Thursday 11 November

  • Sony Vaio U Mini-PC Coming to US (10:22) - Everyone thought the Sony U50/U70 line of handtop PCs had been dropped but now Sony has announced that there will be a new version: the U750P, and that it will be available in the US. The Sony Vaio U750P will features a low-voltage Intel Pentium-M processor at 1.1GHz with 2MB cache, 512MB RAM, 20GB hard drive, a 5" SVGA (800x600) touch sensitive screen with 64MB video RAM, 802.11b/g WiFi, a USB 2.0 port, and a CompactFlash and MemoryStick slot. The Sony Vaio U750P comes with a docking station with 4 USB ports, eithernet and firewire but there is no bluetooth support unless you get a bluetooth CF card. The Sony Vaio U750P runs Microsoft Windows XP Professional and should be out in December for around $2000. Press Release (via jkontherun)...
  • Sony VAIO U-Series Notebook (10:20) - ULTRA PERSONAL COMPUTING IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND Sony VAIO U-Series Notebook Combines Power of Full-size PC with Portability of PDA SAN DIEGO, Nov. 9, 2004 _ At a shade over 1 pound, Sony's new VAIO® U Ultra Portable PC, announced today, has the heart of a PC but the soul of an entertainer. Doubling as a portable media player, this "pocketable" PC allows you to download entertainment content and enjoy it virtually anywhere you go. Integrated 802.11 b/g wireless LAN connects you to thousands of hotspots across the country and helps you stay in touch with the Internet, email and your favorite digital content download services. Multiple input modes contribute to the PC's extreme versatility. Using the stylus and virtual keyboard on the unit's touch panel screen, you can compose email messages or navigate files even while standing up. Handwriting recognition software simplifies note-taking or annotating documents. Users...
  • Pocket PC overtakes Palm (10:07) - According to Gartner Dataquest research worldwide sales of Pocket PC devices exceeded shipments of Palm OS devices for the first time in Q3 (July-Sept) 2004. 2004 Palm OS sales are expected to be down 23% to 4.4 million compared 2003 while Pocket PC sales are expected to be up 15% to 5 million units. When the results are broken out by company we get the top 5 as follows: 1) palmOne: 26.2% 2) HP: 24.2% 3) RIM: 19.8% 4) Dell: 6.5% 5) Symbol: 2.2% (via brighthand)...
  • Google Doubles Index Size (09:56) - Sometimes size is everything. Google has just announced it has doubled the size of it's index of web pages from 4 billion to 8 billion. What this means is that for queries that only returned a few results before you should see a lot more relevant results now. Here is a search box, try it out and see if you get better results:...
  • Dell Accessories Deals (09:31) - Dell Home has a bunch of coupons today: Dell Axim X30 high Pocket PC: $379 with free shipping (use $35 off $350 code) Dell Axim V50v VGA Pocket PC: $464 with free shipping (use $35 off $350 code) Canon Powershot S500 5 megapixel digital camera: $324 with free shipping (use $35 off $350 code) Canon Powershot S410 4 megapixel digital camera: $279 with free shipping (use $35 off $350 code) Dell 2001fp 1600x1200 pixel 20 inch LCD monitor: $604 with free shipping (use $35 off $350 code) Dell 2005fp 1680x1050 pixel widescreen 20 inch LCD monitor: $644 with free shipping (use $35 off $350 code) $35 off $350 accessories purchase with code BPDHZ0CHM?ZBLZ (expires 11/11/04) 25% off $999 Inspiron laptops with code 2WL7WMLD3Q4G23 (expires 11/15/04) 25% off $1299 Dimension desktops with code M60LDQM2TH?N37 (expires 11/18/04) 30% off $1799 Dimension desktops with code 3TB6R405280WT1 (expires 11/18/04) (above codes replace the...

Tuesday 9 November

  • HDTV Listings (15:09) - CNET has an excellent guide showing which programs on broadcast and cable/satellite TV are broadcast in high definition, it even goes so far as to tell you which are in 720p format and which are in 1080i. Channels listed include: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, PBS, UPN, WB, Bravo HD+, Comcast SportsNet, Discovery HD Theater, Encore HD, ESPN HD, HBO HDTV, HDNet, HDNet Movies, INHD/INHD2, The Movie Channel HD, MSG Network, NBA TV, Showtime HDTV, Starz HD, and TNT-HD. CNET HDTV Listings TitanTV Listings (thanks KCT) (via pocketmediathoughts)...
  • Mozilla Firefox 1.0 Released (11:59) - The free Mozilla Firefox open-source web browser has at last been officially released, and 10 million downloads are expected over the coming days. Features of Firefox listed as improvements on Internet Explorer include: tabbed browsing (multiple pages in one web browser window), good handling of popups and cookies, built-in google search, RSS integration, and loads of extensions that add functionality. Almost 10% of visitors to ShinyPlastic.com already use Firefox and I expect that number to get higher. Get Firefox...

Monday 8 November

  • Sharp 23 inch IT-TV LCD HDTV (16:08) - Sharp has announced a new 23 inch High-Definition LCD TV that doesn't seen as fully featured as their Aquos line but is still high quality. The Sharp IT-23M1U has a contrast ratio of 550:1 and a brightness of 500 nits, Sharp also claims a response time of "under 16ms". The screen is a WXGA 1366 by 768 pixel widescreen format and it has built in 10 watt speakers. Personally I am trying to decide between getting a monitor like this in the kitchen or going with a cheaper monitor like a 20" dell with DVI and S-Video connectors. The Sharp IT-23M1U is available now and retails for $1499. press release...
  • Increase Bluetooth Range to a Mile (12:10) - The guys over at Popular Science came up with a fairly easy way to increase bluetooth range from 50 feet to about 5000 feet, as long as you are confortable wielding a soldering iron. "So I detached the stock antenna from a Linksys USBBT100 Class 1 USB Bluetooth adapter ($70; linksys.com) and replaced it with a larger HyperGain RE05U 2.4GHz antenna ($15; hyperlinktech.com). With that simple mod, I can make a Bluetooth connection up to a mile away—about 4,950 feet farther than most." Sounds fun (popular science via engadget)...
  • Jetpod Flying Taxi (11:56) - In 5 years you could be taking a flying taxi to London's Heathrow Airport instead of the usual black cab, and it will even cost about the same. London-based developers Avcen have come up with a concept for the Jetpod Flying Taxi: a small (5 passenger) plane that can take off and land in 400ft, is ultra-quiet, and will cruise at 350mph. The trip from the center of London to the Airport would only take 2 or 3 minutes: I just hope they don't make you turn up for the Jetpod 2 hrs before departure. (daily mirror via tech digest)...

Friday 5 November

  • Ultra X-Connect 500w PSU Review (10:45) - ultra x-connect 500w power supply
  • Canon Eos 20D Detailed Review (10:33) - Dpreview has finally posted their full detailed review of the Canon Eos 20D digital camera. The best description is.... detailed..... 29 pages of every detail you could possibly ever want. It is a great review of the Canon Eos 20D if you are a real techhead: even their overall conclusion (below) of 5 paragraphs plus 23 positive bullets and 12 negative bullets. Personally I love my 20D and it has proved invaluable when looking at and comparing houses recently, I have yet to learn 1% of all the manual options, gizmos, and tricks of the camera, but I love the picture quality, speed, and feel of the 20D. Dpreview Canon Eos 20D review...
  • Bluetake BT400 Bluetooth Headset Review (10:23) - I4U has a review of the Bluetake BT400 Bluetooth Headset. The review looks at the headset from the viewpoint of someone non-technical: "Conclusion Bottom line, the Bluetake BT400 G3 is well worth the price of around USD 60. It is easy to set up and use, light weight and comfortable to wear and features a very good sound quality and range." I4U Review...
  • Pioneer AVIC-N2 Navigation System (07:50) - I had a navigation system in my last car and used it all the time, it made it so easy to get anywhere I hadn't been before. My current car doesn't have a navigation system and I really miss it, so I'm very interested to hear about a new gadget from Pioneer: the Pioneer AVIC-N2 Navigation System. The Pioneer AVIC-N2 Navigation System seems to have it all: a 6.5" LCD touchscreen, XM satellite radio access, DVD/CD/MP3 player, and 4x50w output. If that isn't enough for you the Pioneer AVIC-N2 Navigation System also supports XM Radio's NAVTEQ traffic system that warns you of traffic holdups (in 20 major cities), although it's not clear if it automatically suggests an alternate route around holdups. One downside to this device is that it only has 7.5mb of flash memory for caching driving/mapping information, which limits driving directions if you are listening to a...
  • Pioneer Introduces First Aftermarket In-Car Navigation System with XM NavTraffic (07:48) - Pioneer Introduces First Aftermarket In-Car Navigation System with XM NavTraffic Tuesday November 2, 12:20 pm ET WASHINGTON, Nov. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- XM Satellite Radio (Nasdaq: XMSR - News), the nation's leading provider of satellite radio with more than 2.5 million subscribers, and Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc., the established leader in mobile entertainment products, keep drivers informed of detailed traffic conditions 24 hours a day with Pioneer's next generation AVIC-N2 multi-function navigation system and XM NavTraffic. Pioneer's system is the first aftermarket in-car navigation system to offer satellite-based traffic information using XM NavTraffic, which displays traffic incidents and road flow conditions on a motorized 6.5-inch touch screen monitor. The system, unveiled today at the annual SEMA Show devoted to automotive specialty products, graphically communicates traffic incidents by means of traffic icons to quickly identify road events relative to the vehicle's location, keeping drivers in touch with their surroundings at all times....

Thursday 4 November

  • XM Radio Delphi MyFi Portable (13:30) - Cnet has a preview of the Delphi MyFi portable XM radio player: "Delphi's MyFi is the first personal satellite-radio receiver to offer a truly portable, Walkman-style form factor. The MyFi lets you listen to all of XM's more than 130 digital stations anywhere you can see the sky. It will be available in December for a list price of $350." (more from Cnet) "If the $350 list price doesn't scare you, don't forget that you'll need to continue your $10-per-month XM subscription to make the MyFi more than a paperweight. And though you'll be able to listen to such XM exclusives as Major League Baseball broadcasts, don't expect to hear Sirius-only fare such as Howard Stern (in 2006) or the NFL."...
  • Bose Sounddock Review (08:41) - iPodlounge reviewed the Bose Sounddock speaker system for iPods, and they weren't too impressed: "The Good: Second-best iPod-matching speakers we’ve tested to date on sound quality, featuring rich, clear sound out of the box and clean design. Great remote control included for purchase price. The Bad: Price is substantially higher than all iPod-matching competitors, size, weight, and lack of battery option preclude use as truly portable speaker system, can’t dock with computer." I would have to agree with them, portability is a big thing for me, I love that I can fold up my altec Lansing inMotion speakers and take them anywhere, the Bose Sounddock isn't portable so I wont be buying one: If I just want to listen to music at home I stream it from my PC to my living room speakers. Shop for Bose Products iPodlounge Review...
  • Samsung Develops Thin CRT TV (08:26) - Samsung has announced a new 32 inch CRT TV (cathode ray tube... you know, the big TVs we used to have before LCDs came along :) The big selling point is that is is "only" 15 inches thick (compared to 20 to 25 inches for regular CRT TVs). Maybe I will be mistaken and this will be a big seller but I doubt it: if you can afford to pay extra for a Thin CRT then why not pay a little more and get a 3 or 4 inch thick LCD TV? LCD TVs are coming down in price and going up in screen size and quality, and in the next two years they will push plasma out of the market. The only decision I have to make is to replace my aging back projection TV with a 37 inch LCD or wait until 45 inch or larger comes...
  • Dell 2001fp 20" LCD: $604 Today Only (08:10) - I originally recommended this LCD at $800, then at $750, then at $700 (when I bought another one), well now it is almost down to $600! 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-Video or composite connectors (no built in tuner, but works with your cable box's built in tuner and remote). Max resolution is 1600x1200 which is easily readable. 2001FP 20" Monitor at Dell Home COUPONS VALID TODAY (11/4) ONLY. Here's what you do: click the above link which should show the monitor at 20% off, then apply coupon F8ZNN2TLLRBP0R (expires 11/4, or after 1500 uses) for $35 off $400, giving a price of $604 with free shipping....

Wednesday 3 November

  • Buffalo Secure Remote Gateway (11:10) - Buffalo Technology has announced the first 802.11g wireless router designed for consumers and small business users that can operate a VPN (virtual private network). A VPN allows you to connect to your home network over the internet from any location and sets up a secure encrypted network connection between your network and your computer. The AirStation Wireless Secure Remote Gateway (WZR-RS-G54) will be available November at an estimated street price of $199. Press Release (via wifinetworkingnews)...
  • Buffalo Remote Access Router for Consumer and Small Business (11:05) - BUFFALO TECHNOLOGY REVOLUTIONIZES WIRELESS NETWORKING WITH THE FIRST REMOTE ACCESS ROUTER FOR THE CONSUMER AND SMALL BUSINESS MARKETS The AirStation Wireless Secure Remote Gateway is the Only Product of Its Kind That Allows Users To Access Their Home or Office Computer from Anywhere in the World Austin, TX – November 1, 2004 - Buffalo Technology, a global leader in the design, development and manufacturing of wired and wireless networking, storage and memory solutions today announced a revolutionary wireless router, the AirStation Wireless Secure Remote Gateway (WZR-RS-G54). This groundbreaking remote-access solution is the only wireless router for the consumer and small business markets that enables users to conveniently and securely access e-mail, files, programs and network resources while on the road. The product also allows users to stream music files including MP3's, video files, or access digital photo images from anywhere in the world. Buffalo’s new wireless router is the ideal...
  • 4 Digital Media Servers (10:32) - ehomeupgrade has a roundup of 4 recently announced digital media servers: AL Tech Mediagate MG-25: 25GB 2.5" hard drive, supports MPEG4, DivX, XviD, OGG, MP3, WMA, and JPEG, USB 2.0 connectivity, up to 1080i HDTV output. DTS Infocom MODIX HD-3510: up to 400GB 3.5" hard drive, support for MPEG4, DivX, XviD, MP3, and JPEG, up to 1080i HDTV output. Dvico TViX: up to 250GB 3.5" hard drive, supports VOB, DivX, XviD, AVI, MPG, DAT, PCM, MP3, OGG, WMA, AC3, and DTS, HDTV output. FIA On3 Pro Digital Media Player and Library: up to 120GB 2.5" hard drive, supports MPEG4, DivX, XviD, MOV, AVI, MP3, OGG, WAV, and AC3, HDTV output. (more from ehomeupgrade)...
  • House Update (10:13) - Most of the paperwork is now out of the way on our new house and we can get back to our regular daily postings. One thing they don't warn you about when you go to buy a new house is that although the base floorplan is described as a finished house you really need to spend a small fortune on options if you want the house to look better than the average rented apartment, for example: Kitchen Cabinet Upgrades: $4,000 Granite Countertop: $5,000 Upgraded Appliances: $5,000 Recessed Lighting: $4,000 Carpet Color other than Yellow or Pink: $1,000 Hardwood Floors (on Ground Floor): $10,000 Upgraded Bathroom Ceramic Tiles: $2,000 Garage Door Openers: $1,000 Whirlpool Tub: $2,000 And that is just the start of the list. Most of these upgrades cost more than if you were to but the items yourself and pay to have them installed but if you follow...
Mailing List Signup
Email Address:


more information & privacy policy
Mobile Version
Mobile Version suitable for Pocket PCs etc
Shop Online
Latest Coupons

Warning: include(/hsphere/local/home/gadgetbl/shinyplastic.com/coupons/coupon-insert.html): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/shinypla/public_html/archives/2004_11.php on line 412

Warning: include(): Failed opening '/hsphere/local/home/gadgetbl/shinyplastic.com/coupons/coupon-insert.html' for inclusion (include_path='.:/opt/php54/lib/php') in /home/shinypla/public_html/archives/2004_11.php on line 412
Technology Shows

We will be attending the following shows to bring you interesting gadgets:

1/1-1/9: New York Boat Show
1/6-1/9: International CES
Links
about shinyplastic
ShinyPlastic is brought to you by Search Network and operated by Mark:

Mark is a thirty-something guy living in New York who loves to own the latest tech gadgets but also loves a positive bank balance.

Mark visited gadget sites that list every upcoming gadget but dont let you buy them, and coupon sites that list great deals but don't tell you what is hot; hence Shiny Plastic, how to get the nice Shiny Plastic tech gadgets without ruining your credit.

Mark reviews every fun gadget that he buys, searches other technology sites for interesting items, and regularly searches all the online stores for the best deals.
what's covered?
We cover the following:

gadgets
tech gadgets
cool gadgets
hot gadgets
pc gadgets
kitchen gadgets
spy gadgets
gadget gizmos
gift gadgets
high tech gadgets
new gadgets
golf gadgets
car gadgets
cooking gadgets

We don't cover:

inspector gadget
contact us
Design derived from bluefade-remix by Neil Turner

Warning: include(/hsphere/local/home/gadgetbl/shinyplastic.com/refer/refer.php): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/shinypla/public_html/archives/2004_11.php on line 545

Warning: include(): Failed opening '/hsphere/local/home/gadgetbl/shinyplastic.com/refer/refer.php' for inclusion (include_path='.:/opt/php54/lib/php') in /home/shinypla/public_html/archives/2004_11.php on line 545