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Thursday 30 December

  • Quiet Week (13:17) - I hope you are all enjoying the week between Christmas and New Year. This is a very quiet week for gadgets so no new posts, we are getting ready for the CES Consumer Electronics show in Vegas next week; we will be reporting from the show and attending all the fun launch parties that companies have planned. Happy New Year!...

Saturday 25 December

  • Ooh! Nice Toy! (07:35) - Alaska is a state where men are men and thermal underwear is required. In Alaska there are a lot more men than women and as it takes more than muscles and a plaid shirt to attract the ladies, I can see where the inspiration for 26 year old Carlos Owens little project might have came from. Carlos is building an 18 foor tall Mecha; an exoskeleton that he can climb into and take 8 foot long strides, crushing cars with it's massive pincer hands. All it needs now is the flamethrower. More at Cnet...
  • They Call It a Laptop..... (06:55) - .... but I'm not sure if I would want it on my lap. PC Magazine has reviewed the latest incarnation of the Dell Inspiron XPS "desktop replacement" laptop. This 9.8lb (probably excluding battery) 14.1" x 10.8" x 2" thick $4400 monster boasts a 3.4GHz Intel Pentuim 4 Extreme Edition processor, Mobility Radeon 9800 Pro graphics, and 256MB DDR2 memory. Frankly I don't get it, a ten pound laptop is too big to carry around, gets too hot to keep on your lap for long (and could benefit from the chillpak we mentioned recently), and despite it being plugged as an extreme gaming system it only managed a 3DMark05 score of 2300, a full 1500 points less (and $3500 more) than we got with a $649 Dell Desktop PC upgraded with a $200 graphics card. If you absolutely have to have a large laptop for gaming this is a good...

Friday 24 December

  • Clone your Kitty (09:10) - "Genetic Savings & Clone", a pet cloning company, has announced the first commercially produced clone, a kitten called Little Nicky that cost it's new owner $50,000. Little Nicky is a clone of (unsurprisingly) a cat called Nicky who died aged 17. For your $50k "GSC will provide you with a video of the cloning process, birth of your clone, presentation party and dinner as a personal keepsake and remembrance. Your video will be provided in either VHS and DVD format." 7 people have signed up so far at $50k each to get a clone of their cat, and it isn't clear how many more have signed up for Genetic Savings & Clone's storage service where for $295 to $1395 (plus $100 a year) you can get your pets DNA stored. Oh, and if your pet dies suddenly they have instructions to put your pet in the refridgerator (don't freeze...
  • Ajump Terabyte NAS Server (07:24) - There seem to be a lot of Network Attached Storage solutions coming out with a terabyte of storage, perfect for a home media server, and here's another one. The Ajump Impression P104S is interesting because it is custom configured, built, and tested, and comes at a good price ($1438 with 1TB of storage). This Ajump NAS server has a RISC processor, 4 Serial ATA bays, gigabit ethernet, 256MB RAM, and hardware RAID levels 0, 1, and 5. Is it just me, or does it look like a radio from the 1940s? Ajump configuration page (via ehomeupgrade)...
  • Sexy Media Center PC (06:34) - Now this is one sexy piece of Italian design, the OnCinema Teatro D1 Media Center PC. The OnCinema Teatro D1 is made of aluminum, comes in silver and black, prominently features a 1280x720 pixel touchscreen LCD, and costs a jaw-dropping 5000 euros ($6000). There is no mention when you buy of what processor or memory you get with at (irrelevent details?), but you do get a dual layer DVD recorder, 500GB hard drive space, 802.11g wireless, USB 2.0, firewire, Dolby DTS 7.1, dual TV tuners, and a host of outputs including S-Video, component, DVI and lots more. Foxy!, do you think it's too late to call santa and change my wish list? OnCinema home page (Italian) (via Gizmodo)...

Thursday 23 December

  • Sparkle GeForce 6600GT Review (12:41) - Sparkle GeForce 6600GT Video Card
  • X-Files Guy creates Gadget (10:31) - Dean Haglund (one of the 3 geeks from the X-Files that got his own TV series that was a flop) has become an inventor: He has created a device that draws heat away from the CPU on your laptop. No, not a little fan (Schulyer Wheeler invented the electric fan in 1886), the X-Files guy invented one of those gel pack things (like doctors and nurses use for reducing swelling instead of a bag of peas) but here's the clever bit: it eliminates condensation, which for obvious reasons is a "good thing" as computers and water don't mix. One word of warning guys, don't chill it too much then use it on your lap with your laptop: I imagine frostbitten balls are very unpleasant. Probably coming to an infomercial near you soon (or alternatively available for $19.99 (via paypal) on chillpak.com....
  • Future of Space Ship One and Two (07:47) - Burt Rutan (of first private spaceship SpaceShipOne) fame has talked to the Palm Springs Desert Sun newspaper about the future of SpaceShipOne and his plans for it's successor SpaceShipTwo (AKA Virgin Galactic's VSS Enterprise). SpaceShipOne, despite receiving a lot of requests for flights and cargo runs, will be preserved in the Air and Space Museum on the Mall in Washington DC and will not fly again. SpaceShipTwo, which will carry 9 people higher than SpaceShipOne, should be flying in two and a half years and should be starting commercial flights in four years. In the longer term he things that in twenty to twenty-five years people will be able to visit hotels in orbit. Put me down for a weekend stay at the hotel to celebrate my 55th or 60th birthday. Full Interview...

Wednesday 22 December

  • Asus Spresso Barebones PC (14:34) - Here's a nice looking barebones small form factor PC from Asus: The S-presso SI-P111. The Asus Spresso comes with the fancy looking case, LED panel, TV tuner, remote control, memory card reader, and a high-end Asus motherboard. All you do is add a hard drive, operating system of your choice (this would be great for Windows Media Center), DDR memory, socket 478 processor, and a graphics card (it has been tested with most recent high-power 8x AGP card, making it suitable for a gaming PC). The Asus Spresso SI-P111 is 9.5" x 7.1" x 13", and costs around $300. More on the Spresso from Asus (via Slashdot)...
  • Acer n50 and n35 Pocket PCs (12:09) - Acer have launched two new Pocket PCs: the n50 and the n35. The n35 is described as the Pocket Chauffeur due to its built in GPS receiver. It also has a SD/MMC card slot, 266MHz processor, 64MB RAM, 32MB ROM, QVGA 240x320 screen. The n50 has a standard and a premium version: The n50 standard features a 312MHz processor, 64MB RAM, 64MB ROM, SD/MMC and CF card slots, bluetooth, and a QVGA 240x320 screen. The n50 premium features a 520MHz processor, 128MB RAM, 64MB ROM, SD/MMC and CF card slots, bluetooth, and a QVGA 240x320 screen. None of these devices sound particularly exciting to us, where is the 802.11b wireless, the VGA screen etc? Acer (via PocketPCThoughts)...
  • Ovideon Portable Media Player (11:58) - LiveDigitally got the scoop on the Ovideon Portable Media Player, which is one of the first devices by a US manufacturer to use an OLED screen. The Ovideon Portable Media Player has a wierd sized screen, 512 by 218 pixels, and boasts a built-in cable TV tuner, audio/video inputs, 1 inch hard drive (presumably 4 or 5gb), video recording, and playback of MP3, AVI, WMA, WMV, DIVx, and JPEG. The MP3, AVI, WMA, WMV, DIVx, and JPEG weighs just over 5oz and will cost $599. More at LiveDigitally...
  • Motorola e1000 Phone (11:49) - Trustedreviews has reviewed the new Motorola e1000 phone in the UK: "My handset is a second generation 3G phone, but if the new Motorola E1000 is anything to go by, things are set to improve with the third generation of handsets that are now being launched. The E1000 is a traditional “candy bar” phone while most 3G phones so far seem to have been of the flip variant. If this is a good thing or not tends to be down to personal taste, but Motorola has come up with some interesting additions to a traditional design. The first thing you notice about the E1000 is the large screen and at 34 x 44mm, with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels, this 16bit display is excellent in use and very clear and easy to read. The second thing you notice is the odd button layout – there’s a row...

Tuesday 21 December

  • Adobe Camera Raw 2.4 Beta (08:25) - If you have bought one of the newer high-end digital cameras you may have been bummed to find out that Photoshop CS didn't support the RAW image format on those cameras. Well, Adobe has just released a public beta of their Adobe Camera Raw plug-in that adds support for the RAW format of the following cameras to Photoshop CS: * Canon EOS 20D * Canon PowerShot S70 * Canon PowerShot G6 * Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II * Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200 * Konica Minolta MAXXUM 7D * Nikon D2X Time for us to switch to using RAW format on our 20D and see what the results are like. Download Page for Windows or Download Page for Mac...
  • Copycat iPod Mini (08:00) - I know they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery but I doubt Apple will be flattered when they see this. Details are scarce but the "i-pocket" by Taiwanese firm Aboss has a 4-color OLED screen, an SD/MMC card slot, 800MaH battery, the same 5 colors as the iPod mini, and probably an internal CF card as htey claim storage capacities from 64mb to 8gb (although they could just be talking about the capacity of the SD card you put in it.) casa-aboss-com.tw (more info via Engadget and DAPreview)...
  • Solar Powered Backpack (07:39) - One downside to the wonderful new gadgets coming out these days is that they all seems to chew through batteries faster than our dog chews through treats. Voltaic have a solution with their Voltaic Solar Powered Backpack: it has 3 solar cells on the back connected to a 2200mAh 7.2v battery pack so you can recharge your gadgets while out and about. The Voltaic Solar Powered Backpack comes with an AC and car charger for when the sun isn't enough, and includes a set of adapters for many common phones, 7 universal DC adapters plugs to replicate the chargers of many PDAs, MP3 players etc, and if all else fails there is a car charger adapter that lets you use your gadget's existing car charger with the Voltaic. The Voltaic was announced months ago for pre-order but is now shipping and costs $229....
  • Build your own Media Center PC (07:24) - Until recently you could only buy Windows XP Media Center Edition as part of a new PC purchase, but now you can buy it with as little as one piece of hardware and then build your own Media Center PC. Extremetech did this and while they had a few difficulties getting all the software and drivers to play nice together they ended up with a very nice HDTV Media Center PC for just over $2300 to go with the HDTVs from their HDTV buying guide we mentioned earlier this month. Our opinion is that while it would be nice to build your own Media Center PC to your exact specifications, for that much money you could buy a Media Center PC from a major manufacturer and have the reassurance of tech support when things go wrong, so give this a miss unless you are very confident in your PC...
  • Wal-Mart Breaks Price Barrier with $498 Linux Laptop (06:41) - Wal-Mart Breaks Price Barrier with $498 Linux Laptop Running Linspire Monday December 20, 6:30 am ET New low-cost computer features complete operating system and Microsoft File-compatible office suite SAN DIEGO, Dec. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Walmart.com has released the $498 Balance laptop, which runs the Linux-based operating system Linspire. The laptop comes fully equipped with the operating system, Internet suite, and Microsoft-file compatible office suite, and can be used with both dial-up modems and broadband connections. The $498 price does not require coupons or rebates and can be purchased immediately at http://www.linspire.com/498. Wal-Mart and Linspire worked together to offer a laptop that would give customers the best user experience at the lowest price possible. The Balance notebook is the lowest-priced laptop currently on the market to include a complete operating system and office suite -- comparable machines cost hundreds more even without an office suite or software included. Hardware specifications: --...
  • Walmart $500 laptop (06:33) - Walmart have put out a press release about a new bargain laptop they are selling for under 500 bucks. The catch is that it runs linspire which is a Linux based operating system. We suggest you go for the version that has Windows XP home and costs $50 more. Other specs of the XP version are just ok: 1.1GHz mobile Athlon 4 processor, 40gb hard drive, 128mb RAM, 14.1" screen, 802.11b wireless and DVD drive. This is a PC that will just about start up Windows XP and let you do email and surf the web, you wont be able to play games or do much else with a slow processor and minimal memory (XP really needs at least 256mb). Press Release Balance Windows XP Laptop on Walmart.com for $548...

Friday 17 December

  • Unusual Slappa Case Review (15:05) - A while back we reviewed some Slappa CD/DVD cases. Livedigitally has now posted their review of the same cases, but they approached the review process a little differently: They poured coffee on it, they poured raw eggs on it, they sat on it, they squeezed it, they stood on it, they dropped it 50 feet, and finally (probably after smoking something they shouldn't) they covered it in lighter fluid and set fire to it. Kids, don't try this at home. Livedigitally Slappa Review...
  • Kreisen 30-inch LCD HDTV Review (14:57) - ecoustics have posted a review of the Kreisen LT-30FMP 30-inch LCD HDTV Monitor which displays 720p HDTV (1280x768 resolution). Overall it seemed a good LCD for the price ($1349) but seemed to have a few too many cons to be someones main TV. "It was hard not be impressed when I first viewed the Kreisen LT-30FMP 30-inch flat panel LCD HDTV monitor. The HDTV over-air-picture was stunning when I watched Monday Night Football in high definition (720p). The LCD handled bright scenes very well, and at times the picture looked 3-dimesional in HD." "Only after extended viewing did I start to notice some of its shortcomings. Reds seemed to be over-emphasized, and the picture at times seemed overly bright. Not surprisingly, the contrast and brightness settings were set almost all the way up, which is a common tactic manufacturers are using to make flat panels look better on a...
  • Digital Camera Buyer's Guide (14:51) - Alan from Pfucata.com emailed to let us know about a digital camera buyer's guide he wrote. "Digital cameras offer more value today than they ever have, and you can buy a camera today without having to worry about it being obsolete. Unfortunately, like the famous opening line from Dicken's classic novel, it's also a difficult time to find the right digital camera. Never have there been so wide a range of options and so wide a range of quality. Fortunately, with Pfucata as your personal guide, you'll easily be able to find your perfect digital camera and it begins with by realizing that there are two different types of cameras." It seems like a useful guide for anyone looking for a new digital camera and you can read the full guide at firingsquad.com: Digital Camera Buyer's Guide...

Wednesday 15 December

Tuesday 14 December

  • 80gb iPod .... in Q3 2005? (13:33) - Toshiba has announced that they will be shipping an 80gb version of the 1.8" hard drive used in Apple iPods. The 80gb hard drive will be the same size (0.32" thick) and weight as the current 40gb and 60gb drives used in iPods. Toshiba also announced a new 40gb drive that is just 0.20" thick, which should lead to thinner 40gb MP3 players in the future. The drives spin at 4200rpm (the same as most 2.5" laptop drives), have an average seek time of 15ms, and can take a 500G shock when operating. (via The Register)...

Monday 13 December

  • Siemens SX66 (XDAIII) from Cingular (09:41) - Our search and referrer logs tell us that a ton of people find ShinyPlastic when looking for info on the XDA III (aka Blue Angel) Pocket PC Phone. If you are one of those people you will be happy to hear that the Siemens SX66 (basically a rebadged XDA III / Blue Angel) is now available in the US through Cingular Wireless. The Siemens SX66 runs Windows Mobile Pocket PC 2003 Second Edition, has a slide out QWERTY keyboard, 64MB ROM and 128MB RAM, WiFi Bluetooth and IrDA connectivity, 400MHz processor, 240x320 color screen, and operates as a Quad-Band phone with 4 hours talktime (not enough for my wife!). You can get the Siemens SX66 through Cingular Wireless for $549.99 with a 2 year contract. (firstadopter via engadget)...
  • GeForce 6600GT vs Radeon X700 Pro (09:22) - We are writing a series of articles about our $649 low price high performance PC and we are looking at the best $200 upgrades. The first component we are upgrading is the graphics card; switching out the anaemic ATI X300 solution for a nice new GeForce 6600GT. When we made that decision it was a choice between two types of cards, both of which are available for around $200: 128mb GeForce 6600GT or 256mb Radeon X700 pro At first we wanted to go for the X700 pro as it had twice the memory and used the same drivers as the X300 (making for an easier upgrade), but we heard there was a big performance difference that made the GeForce 6600 a better buy. Anandtech has just confirmed what we heard in a faceoff between GeForce 6600GT and Radeon X700 pro cards. The GeForce 6600GT got a 20% better frame...
  • Trust HU-3340M Mini USB hub (09:03) - bios has a review of the Trust HU-3340M Mini USB hub. Ok, we've all seen millions of USB hubs before but this one does have some redeeming features: light, aluminium, and most importantly, is powered: We were using a mini USB hub with my wife's laptop and the mouse kept going screwy, jumping all over the screen, and clicking randomly, we tested for spyware viruses and adware but in the end the problem turned out to be the hub, it was unpowered and with 4 devices connected there wasn't enough power getting through to the mouse (the mouse worked perfectly when connected directly to the laptop's USB port. So, if you are going to buy a USB hub pay a little more for a powered one like the Trust HU-3340M Mini USB hub. bios magazine review...
  • Go Airboarding not Skiing (08:39) - Do you think that skiing is boring?, that snowboarding is so 1990's?, would you like to get close and personal with the snow?, then airboarding is for you. An airboard is basically a reinforced inflatable boogie board for the snow, you just strap on a helmet (you will need it!), lie on the board, grab the handholds, and see where the slopes take you. Steering is a good idea, and like skiing and snowboarding this is accomplished by shifting your weight. If you want to try out airboarding you can buy an airboard from backcountry.com for $269. (via MaterialSpieler)...
  • Waiting for the PSP (07:51) - The Sony Playstation Portable is now available in Japan, and SorobanGeeks has lots of photos of hundreds of crazy Japanese people (plus a few tourists) waiting outside at 1am for the stores to open. Expectations of a US release date and price for the PSP are March and $150-$160. In the bad news department Tim Rogers reports that the PSP has pathetic battery life: under 3 hours. Photos at SorobanGeeks...
  • Sony Ericsson S700i Camera Phone (07:09) - LiveDigitally has taken a look at the new Sony Ericsson S700i 1.3 megapixel camera phone that works on the GSM 900/1800/1900MHZ bands. This is a great looking phone and it does that cool swivelling thing, but unfortunately in the US you can only read the review as it isn't available here (or should I say not available from any of the cellular providers, T-Mobile and Cingular operate in the 1900MHz GSM band so I think you could buy an unlocked phone and a prepaid SIM card and use it here). Here's a taste of the review: "In one phrase: "The phone simply oozes sex appeal!" Simply put, the S700i is an excellent phone for all the features it packs (especially the camera). It's great for commuters who can listen to MP3s or FM radio while on the go. It has all the expected PIM and connectivity features and much...

Friday 10 December

  • GeForce 6600GT Graphics Card Face-Off (07:25) - Our $649 low price high performance PC arrived (we will have a review up in a few days), and if you remember we are going to be upgrading a few components. The first component we are upgrading is the graphics card; switching out the anaemic ATI X300 solution for a nice new GeForce 6600GT. We bought a Sparkle GeForce 6600GT card (as we found a good price online) but were wondering how it compares to other 6600GT cards. Anandtech came to our rescue as they have just published a face-off between retail GeForce 6600GT cards from 11 manufacturers. The cards they looked at were from: Albatron, Gigabyte, Palit, Sparkle, Leadtek, Chaintech, Prolink, MSI, XFX, Inno3D, Galaxy and NVIDIA. The end result is the the Sparkle isn't the best but it still performs good and should prove to be a good upograde for the money. Full Review from Anandtech....

Wednesday 8 December

  • Pretec 8GB USB Flash Drive (10:54) - Pretec has announced an 8GB USB flash drive. The Pretec i-Disk II 8GB offers 16MB/sec read and 12MB/sec write speeds and comes with the usual array of encryption and security software. Price not announced yet but expect it to be bank-busting now and pennies in a few years (at which time we will be going gaga over terabyte flash drives). Press Release...
  • iSoundz iPod Speakers (10:38) - Ugliest iPod Accessory Ever! $39.88 for a massive (sarcasm) 0.6 watts per channel of plastic ugliness. Please Digital Age (manufacturer of iSoundz), fire whoever designed this monstrosity and go back to the drawing board. My eyes hurt! (Amazon via DAPreview)...
  • A Little Rant (10:19) - Forgive me, but I feel a rant coming on. I visit a lot of web sites every day looking for interesting news to post to ShinyPlastic and our other sites, I am pretty well protected against adware downloads and viruses etc, I don't block banner ads as they don't bother me, and I tolerate flash ads that popover a page I am looking at (as long as they have an obvious close or skip button) but you know what really bugs me? Web sites that automatically resize your browser window. I hate them. I have my browser windows set to a size I like, it is just the right size to see a lot but not to take up my whole screen, so I can still see other windows underneath such as email, RSS feeds etc. Who do these control freak site designers think they are when they tell me...
  • Or is this the iPod Flash? (10:11) - CultOfMac has posted a computer generated mockup (made by Isamu Sanada) of the iPod Flash, and unlike TheMacMind at least they are not claiming it is based on official insider info. This one is shaped more like the packinging for certain brands of birth control pills, but is also a really interesting concept with the whole iPod Flash being a scroll wheel with a small screen in the center. Interesting design but a bit too out there even for Apple in my opinion. More at CultOfMac...
  • Is this the iPod Flash? (10:00) - TheMacMind has posted what they claim is a computer generated mockup of the iPod Flash. Supposedly it is shaped like a Milano Cookie (but looks more like a suppository to me) and is 2.5" by 1.5" by 0.5". Other alleged insider info is that it has no screen, a 4 way control, and will be priced at $99 for the 256MB version. Looks interesting but I will wait for more verification before accepting this as gospel. More at TheMacMind...

Tuesday 7 December

  • EyeTop Wearable DVD System Review (10:23) - LiveDigitally has posted a review of the EyeTop Wearable DVD System and we agree with most of their conclusions, especially the part about feeling queasy when you wear it for too long: "Overall, I felt the Eyetop DVD was a well-made product, with a lot of attention to putting together a complete package. As far as the viewing experience goes, I found the system to be hard to watch, and have a feeling many adults would feel the same way. Which leads me to think the product might be better suited for teenagers or young adults." Um, make that "teenagers or young adults who don't mind looking like a dork". I won't be buying a system like this until they can make one that doesn't look like a leftover prop from a bad 80's Sci-Fi series. More at LiveDigitally...
  • Yahoo Electronics (09:38) - The first Yahoo! branded electronics (made by Diamond Electronics) have now been officially announced. The announcement covered two home theater systems (the YHT-630, a $199 210 watt compact system, and the YHT-650, a $269 system with more features) and three DVD players (the YDP-305, a $79 DVD player with memory card reader and USB, and the YDP-700 and 701 which are both compact $99 DVD players). It is nice to see Yahoo! moving into consumer electronics but this seems like a very cautious entry. I hope to see more interesting electronics from Yahoo in the future like portable hard drive video players and LCD/plasma TVs: Yahoo is all about the portal, so they need electronics that work with (or sync with) the Yahoo! portal. Yahoo! Consumer Electronics store...
  • HDTV Buying Guide (09:23) - Extremetech have updated their HDTV buying guide and here are their conclusions: "HDTV is still evolving, and will no doubt continue to grow. In 2004, 50% of HDTVs sold had built-in HDTV tuners. By mid-2005, 100% of all HDTVs will be required by FCC mandate to have embedded HDTV tuners. Once tuner availability hits full penetration of new units sold, we'll likely see an avalanche of new content. Already, DirecTV has repurposed several satellites that were slated for data transmission and converted them to high-definition broadcasting. Those will be launched in the coming year. So the transition is well under way. In the coming year, HDTVs will improve and hardware prices will drop. The only question is: When will you hop on the bandwagon? " It is a shame that the US is still so far behind many other parts of the world wheh it comes to HDTV but...

Saturday 4 December

  • Next Generation PC Power for Less $$$ (12:23) - Most of our site visitors are like us; we want to have the latest greatest PC technology without either: 1) Buying a $3000 system and breaking the bank, or 2) Buying seperate components and building our own system, or 3) Overclocking less powerful components We like to buy a PC for well under $1000 and then spend a couple of hundred bucks every few months to increase its power. We are going to show you how to do this so you can have the latest greatest PC technology....

Friday 3 December

  • Fossil Wrist Net Watch Review (14:44) - Christian over at WatchReport reviewed the new Fossil Wrist Net MSN Direct Watch (the FX-3005) which is supposed to be more stylish than the bulky old Fossil Wrist Net watches. "The updated Fossil Wrist Net is definitely a step in the right direction, though it's important to note that the focus was on aesthetics and comfort. I'm not going to make a final determination as to which watch -- The Fossil Wrist Net or the Swatch Paparazzi -- is the better of the two since I think that's a completely subjective question and depends entirely on preferences and priorities." More at WatchReport...

Wednesday 1 December

  • Hands-Free.... Umbrella (11:52) - In Japan (surprise, surprise) there is now an umbrella with a twisty handle that can be wrapped around your shoulder for hands-free operation. This would actually be useful to me.... on wet and windy New York days like today it is a real pain in the -bleep- to walk the dog, holding a leash in one hand and both an umbrella and a poop bag in the other hand. Oh, and on the popgadget page linked below, am I the only one that thinks it is dangerous wrapping an umbrella around the shoulders of a small lightweight child on a windy day??? (popgadget via ubergizmo)...
  • Apple 30 Inch LCD working with a PC (11:41) - Ubergizmo reports that some guy has managed to get a 30 inch apple LCD ($3500) working with a PC via an PNY QuadroFX 3400 graphics card ($1500). To back up the claim there are some nice screenshots of Doom3 running on the display at 2560 by 1600 pixel resolution (with low framerates). It all looks very nice, but personally I can't wait to hook up a fast PC to a Sharp AQUOS 45" LCD and play Half-Life 2 for the 5 gazillionth time. Post on Hardforum (via Ubergizmo)...
  • LaCie 1.6 terabyte external USB/Firewire drive (11:29) - While we are on the subject of external 1.6 terabyte USB/Firewire drives, here's the lowdown on the LaCie offering. Available now from Amazon for $2,019 is the "LaCie 1.6TB Bigger disk Extreme FW400 and FW800 7,200rpm, 8MB d2 (300773)" drive, whose name was obviously thought up by an engineer not a marketer. The LaCie drive isn't all nice and aluminum-ey like the IO Data drive, but it seems to be about a third the weight and almost $1000 less. One thing though, for 2 grand they should at least have given it an Ethernet port....
  • IO Data 1.6 Terabyte External USB/Firewire Drive (11:19) - Slashdot gets all excited about the new IO Data 1.6 Terabyte External USB/Firewire Drive, until more observant readers point out the existance of LaCie's (cheaper) 1.6 terabyte drive. The IO Data 1.6 Terabyte External USB/Firewire Drive (aka "HDZ-UE1.6TS") has 4 Maxtor 400gb hard drives in a RAID array, is 5.4" x 10.5" x 5.3", and weighs just under 10 pounds. The "HDZ-UE1.6TS" costs 294,000 yen, which equals around $2,900. Techjapan via Slashdot...
  • Even Cheaper LCDs (11:07) - Digitimes is reporting that 15 and 17 inch LCD prices are expected to fall even lower in the next month: "Prices of LCD-monitor panels are expected to fall later this month, with prices for 17-inch and 15-inch models slumping to US$155-160 and US$135, respectively, according to sources at Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT) and the Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN)." More at Digitimes...
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