Monthly Archives: December 2008

Plantronics Bluetooth Stereo Headset

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I did some research today on a good paid of Bluetooth Stereo Headsets.  I chose the Plantronics Pulsar 590E for a number of reasons.

-They have excellent sound quality

-They can be used for music and telephone calls

-They fold up nicely and have a carrying case

-They have a cool looking charger base

-I will use it for my laptop for music and Skype calls, my ATT Fuze Phone for music and cell calls, and my home land line with my Bluetooth enabled VTech LS5145 Landline Phoneimage

-It can be paired to 1 mobile phone and to 1 stereo device simultaneously (allowing you to switch back and forth between them).

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Turn Your Cell Phone into a WiFi HotSpot WITHOUT Paying Extra for “Tethering” Services.

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If you are a mobile professional and want to be able to get online wherever you are, this is a cheap and easy way to do it!  This product, WmWiFiRouter for Windows Mobile devices is great!  If you already have a Windows Mobile based phone with 3G high speed internet AND WiFi built into it (May I suggest the HTC Fuze from ATT which I just got) and are paying the $30 for Internet on your phone to primarily get your email on your phone why not extend the capabilities of that internet connection to your laptop.  This will save you a load of money because you will not have to purchase the additional “tethering” service from your carrier (Usually $20-$30 additional per month on top of your current phones internet) and you will not have to purchase an additional wireless internet card for your computer from your cell phone provider (Usually $60 per month.)

I tried out this software with my laptop and my HTC Fuze and it works perfectly, giving me a good 700Mbps to 1Gbps connection, enough to browse the internet quickly and even stream shows from Hulu.com or YouTube.com

Note:  This can also be done on an iPhone but is very complicated, first you have to “JailBreak” your iPhone then hack it even further to get it to work.  Much easier with Windows Mobile.  Not sure about Blackberry…

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XBOX 360 Wireless Controller for Windows

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For many many years I have been searching for a good video game controller for Windows.  I have gone through countless controllers and none of them seemed to ever be as good as a console controller.  But with the Xbox 360 Controller for Windows, everything changes.  Finally, a controller worth using on my computer has been released.

And here is the best part.  With the new image initiative from Microsoft, spending agonizing time mapping buttons to your controller are now over.  Every game that is in the Games for Windows initiative works with the XBox controller right out of the box, making it super easy to get started with this controller.

I also like the fact that I can control my computer with the controller with a little free hack called XPadder.  Now I can control my DVD playback, multimedia, and more from the comfort of my couch.  Click here for instructions on how to do that.

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Happy Hanukkah!

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“Hanukkah is the festival of lights, instead of one day of presents, we get eight crazy nights.” Adam Sandler

In celebration of Hanukkah this year, I would like to introduce you to Erran Baron Cohen, brother of actor Sasha Baron Cohen (Ali G, Borat) with the release of their new album, Songs in the Key of Hanukkah

Please enjoy their new video, Dreidel (Featuring Jules Brookes)

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Another classic Hanukkah song, of course, is the Hanukkah song by Adam Sandler

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Corsair’s Gaming Performance Analysis – 6GB vs. 3GB

Corsair’s Gaming Performance Analysis – 6GB vs. 3GB

“With the introduction of the Intel Core i7 processor series, which features an on-die, triple-channel memory controller, consumers now have a choice between 3GB (3 x 1GB) and 6GB (3 x 2GB) system memory densities. This Application Note aims to assess the potential gaming performance advantages of installing 6GB of system memory compared to 3GB of system memory”

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Improve the Performance of Windows Vista/7

Improve the Performance of Windows Vista

Here is a guide I found from OCZ that explains a few tweaks to improve the performance of Windows Vista, with extra tips for those of you lucky enough to use the much faster SSD (Solid State Disks) versus the classic Hard Drive in your system.

Click here:

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Worlds Largest Solid State Drive Goes into Production: Samsung 256GB Drive

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Worlds Largest Solid State Drive Goes into Production: Samsung 256GB Drive

Solid State Drives (SSD) are the wave of the future. They replace the last moving part in your computer, your hard drive. Moving parts are bad because they make things slower and less reliable. It is unfortunate that the most critical part of your computer, the part that stores all of your data, is the most prone to failure. But with SSD’s you get a MAJOR improvement in the speed of your computer, more then anything else you can do to the system. And you will get a much more reliable system.

Samsung has just started producing the worlds largest, a 256GB, SSD hard drive. The Samsung SSD has a Max Seq Read speed of 220 MB/s and a Mas Seq. Write of 200MB/s. This is a big SSD drive, but compared to the largest mechanical hard drive at 1.5TB, it is only 1/6 the size. But with the speed of advancements in technology, mechanical hard drives have a limited lifetime left in them.

SSD hard drives come in two flavors. MLC and SLC. Basically, SLC is more expensive and generally write’s to the disk much faster then MLC but the new Samsung SSD uses the cheaper MLC and seems to be on par or faster then most SLC drives! Learn more about the difference here.

Learn more about Samsung’s SSD here

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