I’m in a somewhat unusual situation, I have my Mac Pro set up at home and I use my MacBook Pro full time at the office with a docking station. Therefore, I have two full-time workstations set up. I took that opportunity to purchase two different wireless keyboard and mouse solutions. I used the Apple [...]
I wanted to talk to you about another iPad case I received for review from Targus. The one I reviewed was their low-cost basic sleeve called the Targus A7 Sleeve for the iPad. The retail cost is $24.99. They also have the Targus Hughes Leather Portfolio Sleeve for iPadâ„¢ for $59.99 and the Targus Crave [...]
If you’re looking for a simple to use, easy to set up and nice looking Network Storage solution, the LaCie Network Space 2 just might be your answer. The sizes are 1TB and 2TB and the MSRP is $169 and $259 respectively. Let’s look at the specs first. The Network Space 2 connects through the [...]
One of the things that has become quite apparent over the past few years is that more and more Mac buyers are deciding on a laptop over desktop Macs. Because of that, the Â MacBooks and MacBook Pros are serving as both a portable and permanent computing solution in the home. For example, I use my [...]
In my podcast discussions with Mike Mihalik from LaCie, we discussed LaCie’s external storage options and specifically we spoke about their 2big and 4big Quadra units. I was sent a 2big Quadra, 3TB unit for review. The retail price is about $480 and the street price is a little less. The price includes the hard [...]
I thought I’s better let you know why the blog and podcast has been so quiet this past week. If you do not already know, I’m in San Francisco CA. for Macworld 2010. (and a little week of R&R). What I’ve been doing out here, both socially and business related will take weeks of blog [...]
A few years ago I bought an Elgato video encoder at Macworld. This little thumb device immediately became a regular part of my video encoding workflow. Recently Elgato released its upgraded HD version, the Turbo.264 HD which has improved upon the original in every way.
The Turbo.264 HD uses a new HD encoder that handles more formats and is faster than its predecessor. How fast? Really fast. I’ve been using the device a month and usually encoding goes twice as fast with the Turbo.264 HD than it does without it. Sometimes quite a bit faster.
The science behind the Elgato Turbo.264 HD is its ability to take the video encoding work from your processor and do it with the Elgato’s own hardware encoding accelerator. In addition to accomplishing this faster than your Mac’s processor can, this also gives the added benefit of freeing up your processor for other jobs
With the ever increasing sizes of media files, data files, and Time Machine backups, external storage is becoming a necessity for all Mac owners. This year at Macworld I met with the people from G-Technology concerning their G-Safe drives and they were nice enough to loan me one for a little while for a closer look.
The G-Safe is a self enclosed two drive Raid array. Like all G-Technology products, it is built, well, like a Mac. The case is rugged aluminum and the power supply is built-in. The name “G-Safe” is not clever marketing. This thing is built like a tank. No cheap molded plastic here. It includes FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 connectivity. With the right cable, it will work via FireWire 400. It also includes G-Technology’s 3-year warranty.
I’ve had TV Tuners for my Mac for several years now. They were older tuners from Miglia and Elgato that were for my analog cable channels. They were handy to have on my Mac when I wanted to watch sports or news while I slaved away on my Mac, but I never used the recording [...]
The maker of Flip Video™ – the best-selling family of affordable and simple-to-use digital camcorders – today introduced its latest breakthrough product: the Flip MinoHD. The world’s smallest high definition camcorder at just over three oz., this remarkably slim camcorder makes capturing and sharing HD video easy and affordable. The stylish Flip MinoHD from Pure Digital Technologies, priced at $229.99 (MSRP), records up to 60 minutes of HD video and features Flip Video’s new FlipShare software, also announced today. This advanced on-board software platform allows consumers to plug the camcorder’s signature flip-out USB arm into any computer for easy drag-and-drop video organizing, editing and sharing on YouTube, MySpace, AOL Video or via email.
It wasn’t just Apple that announced cool stuff at MacWorld yes I know it was almost nine months ago. But cast your mind all the way back to January and ‘Blue’ Microphones also announced a brand new product that happened to catch my eye and I’ve been on the trail for one ever since.
Ok – so you know how last week I was all about in with the old and out with the new? Well, a big part of my recycling/reselling technique also involves protecting my newly purchased items.
Exhibit A: i just bought myself a new Apple Aluminum wireless keyboard (Man, are these are tiny!) and like my iPod and iPhone, my first thought is “Oooh Shiny!” My second thought usually is, “How am I gonna keep this shiny?”
I was all set to have Tim send me a recorded segment, but he claims that the interview we did a few weeks ago was his segment. In comparison, Tim simply carries his Blackberry. (I’m hoping he carries his charger cable, too.)
It’s interesting to see these extremes – Allison brought up a good point in her commentary (also a few weeks ago) about the purse thing… I think it definitely has something to do with the need to fill up space. Some people feel very compelled to pack in everything they can, be it out of necessity or not, and some people like to be minimal. This not only goes for what you carry, but also what you collect.
Although it wasn’t surprising for me to hear that Chris basically only carried his cell phone, and even then sometimes he’d forget it – I definitely am amused that he carries a “metrosexual” man-bag. Chris Marshall, if you don’t really carry anything then what’s inside the murse?
Anywhoo, the many times Chris has twittered and spoken about drinking at the marina drums up images of sitting at a nice shaded table with a nice bottle of Rioja wine in glorious sunny Spain. I had the pleasure of visiting Spain last year and did a trek called the Camino de Santiago, and though I was a good girl and didn’t bring along everything, I did bring my essentials – my treo 650 for blogging, my Canon camera, and of course my iPod.
I’ve had the opportunity to experience a few shoulder-to-shoulder situations in rush-hour transportation, but not on a regular basis like Darren does, so I can only imagine that less is better. It’s a definitely a huge incentive to pack light be it to minimize the electronic poundage, or in anticipation of limited space, or even just to draw less attention to what you’re carrying in a crowded subway/train car.