iPod Classic 160GB – My Life Drive

Apple iPod Classic 160GBI’ll skip all of the usual stuff about how great the iPod is, how well it does music, etc. Here’s why I bought the new iPod Classic 160GB: consolidation.

I loved the idea of Palm’s LifeDrive. Carry all your important electronic “stuff” with you at all times. The biggest problem was the storage limit. The iPod Classic 160GB breaks that barrier, giving you plenty of storage capacity in the form of a device you’re probably already carrying. Continue reading “iPod Classic 160GB – My Life Drive”

Garmin Edge 305 – Total Bike Geekery

Edge 305

Regardless of what your hobby is, chances are there is some sort of geeky gadget that is made just for you. The Garmin Edge 305 proves that to be true for all the bike lovers out there. The 305 proves to be one of the most complete tools for the geek cyclist on the market today. In addition to being a full blown bike computer, the 305 is also a portable GPS device, and has optional Heart Monitor and Cadence attachments to completely deck out your bike tech arsenal. Continue reading “Garmin Edge 305 – Total Bike Geekery”

Moving All Your Garageband Loops, Instruments, and Settings To a New Computer

One of the things that drives me crazy about setting up a new machine is getting everything set up the way I had it before.

Garageband

Garageband has been one of the worst programs to set up for me, because every time I’ve looked into moving my loops and instruments over, I always get the ‘you just need to re-install your Jam Packs’ answer…but I’ve finally got it down to a few simple steps to make life good again without having to re-install. Continue reading “Moving All Your Garageband Loops, Instruments, and Settings To a New Computer”

10 Pounds in 10 Days Thanks to LifeHacker, Hacker’s Diet, and DailyPlate

Update: Read updated progress reports here.
On Friday, February 2 I read an article linked from Lifehacker about how Kyle Pott had lost 50 pounds in 3 months using some unconventional weight loss methods.

I started the next day, and using some of the same methods, and combining in a few suggestions from some of the commentors to his post, I’ve lost 10 lbs in 10 days, without starving myself, changing everything my family eats, or going crazy trying to figure things out.

Here are the things I’ve done to make this happen, in no particular order that you can do too. Continue reading “10 Pounds in 10 Days Thanks to LifeHacker, Hacker’s Diet, and DailyPlate”

SplashCast’s Mix-Media Video and Music Syndication

SplashCast

In case you haven’t found a video or music streaming service that you love yet, SplashCast launched today with some new twists. SplashCast enables anyone to create streaming media ‘channels’ that combine video, music, photos, narration, text and RSS feeds. These user-generated channels can be played and easily syndicated on any web site, blog, or social network page. When channel owners modify their channel, their content is automatically updated across all the web pages ‘tuned’ to that channel. Continue reading “SplashCast’s Mix-Media Video and Music Syndication”

iPhone! What, no iChat?

iPhoneApple thrilled many a fan waiting with baited breath when they released the iPhone Tuesday at Macworld, and indeed, we’ll be in line to snag a couple ourselves when they come out in Jun. However, one major component was missing from this new device — iChat. Steve proclaimed the iPhone is 3 devices in one: widescreen ipod, mobile phone, and internet communicator, and although the new device has EDGE and WiFi connectivity, and includes email, web and sms…one key app they left out is the obvious iChat from Apples own internet suite.

For a second there it looked like iChat was included, as you can see in the picture above, but what you see is just sms text messaging that is formatted to look like iChat. Although it sounds like the iPhone will not support installing of additional applications, I’m hoping there’s an iChat update in the future, maybe even before the phone releases…either that, or a widget that can be installed that will support it.

In addition to the lack of iChat, my other big complaint is the decision to use Cingular — I would have preferred Verizon. Also new rumors that the iPhone without a contract will send the price through the roof make the Cingular choice even less desirable.

A couple of days with the Sony Vaio UX-280P

Sony Vaio

The Sony Vaio UX-280P Micro PC appears to be a dream come true. Carry your laptop around in your coat pocket. Use it while standing in line or at half time at the kids’ soccer games. Wireless Internet pretty much wherever you are with Cingular’s Edge network. Sony, where have you been all my life? I HAD to have one of these. Continue reading “A couple of days with the Sony Vaio UX-280P”

Sleek Verizon LG VX 8600

LG VX-8600 Phone

I’ve ended my love-hate relationship with my Verizon Wireless RAZR phone and am in the honeymoon phase and loving my new LG VX 8600 phone. It’s slim, shiny, feels good in your hand and….well……it’s new. So far I can’t find anything I really don’t like about it. The screen is very good, possibly the best I’ve seen on any phone of it’s kind, with plenty of brightness to be viewed outside and nice rich colors. Continue reading “Sleek Verizon LG VX 8600”

Windows Vista in My Future?

Microsoft Windows Vista

Today I installed Windows Vista RC2 on an old HP Pavilion laptop that needed rebuilding. Being the gear magnet I am, I love just about anything technology related that’s new. This includes new software and OSs. I was impressed with how smoothly the Vista install went, getting me from initial install screen to the brand new desktop in what seemed like an unusually quick fashion, despite the 2 year old HP. Continue reading “Windows Vista in My Future?”

Bose Confession: Bose Companion 5 Speakers

Bose 5 Companions

I’ll admit, I think I’ve become a Bose snob. Whenever I plug in a set of Bose speakers, at least as far as their desktop line is concerned, I’m impressed. Each time the experience gets a little bit better. The Bose Companion 5 Multimedia Speaker System was no exception in bolstering the grip Bose seems to have on my multimedia perception. In fact, my wife, who could care less what speakers we have for our music listening pleasure said “those sound really really good” during the maiden listening voyage. Continue reading “Bose Confession: Bose Companion 5 Speakers”