Archive for the 'Gadgets' Category

Looks like we bought at the right time

Monday, May 21st, 2007

Wired reports that prices for LCD televisions have hit bottom:
Thinking of buying an LCD television set? Wait no longer: The price plunge is over. After years of accelerating decline, prices for consumer LCD TVs — especially those smaller than 32 inches — have hit bottom, industry insiders say.
That’s because the price of wholesale LCD flat [...]

Who ya gonna call?

Wednesday, January 10th, 2007

Last year Sue sent me her Dell notebook PC to fix after a young male family member who shall remain nameless (hello, RUSSELL!) spilled milk on it. Sue had disassembled the computer to clean out the milk, taking it all the way apart, even taking the CPU out of its slot. She did a good [...]

Zune review

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

Dwight over at the Houston Chronicle made me their “featured blogger” today for my review of Microsoft’s new Zune player. Dwight’s own review is very good, as is his follow-up post on what Microsoft needs to do to fix the Zune. I have another week with the Zune before I have to send it back [...]

New Camera

Monday, January 16th, 2006

The new video camera, the nice Canon ZR100 that will replace my crappy JVC camcorder, was delivered about an hour ago by UPS. I’ve played around with it and shot a few minutes of video. I have yet to test the A/V input and output, but that’s next. Here’s a very short clip, less than [...]

Video iPod: First Impressions

Sunday, January 15th, 2006

A couple of months ago, Wendy bought me a video iPod for Christmas and gave it to me early. I’ve been using the iPod almost daily since then and love it. It’s fair to say that I like this new 5th-generation pod better than my 2nd-generation pod. I’ve been keeping notes on what I do [...]

iPod Video Trouble

Thursday, January 12th, 2006

Digg reports that lots of people are having trouble with the new firmware on their video iPods. Guess I won’t be upgrading my firmware anytime soon.
Oh, and why hasn’t last night’s episode of Lost shown up at the iTunes Music Store yet? We missed it last night, and are dying to know what happened. (Anybody [...]

How Many?

Wednesday, January 11th, 2006

Nobody gave a guess at my question “How many little, tiny screws does it take to hold together a crappy JVC camcorder?” But I’m going to play nice and tell you anyway: It’s one hundred and fifty five. Actually, the count is somewhat higher, because I dropped one or two screws irretrievably into the carpet. [...]

Now I’ve Seen Everything

Monday, January 9th, 2006

The Metropolitan Baptist Church of Houston is running a Sunday sermon series called “The Theology of the iPod“:
What does the iPodĀ® have to do with your life?
The iPodĀ® revolutionized the music industry. Take everything people love about it and let it revolutionize your life.
Making your life…
Sunday, January 8 Innovative
Sunday, January 15 Simple
Sunday, January 22 Small
Sunday, January 29 Synchronized
Sundays at [...]

What’s Inside a Crappy JVC Camcorder?

Monday, January 9th, 2006

When I say I gave up on my JVC camcorder, I mean I truly gave up on its ever being useful in any form at all. When it pops up the dreaded Condensation warning, the camera locks up and will not function in any way whatsoever. The only thing it will do in this state [...]

JVC’s Crappy Camcorders

Sunday, January 8th, 2006

Those of you who have been reading my weblog for a while know that I have complained and complained about my JVC camcorder. Its false condensation warnings have become more and more frequent, and now it’s become permanent. Earlier this week it went into Condensation mode, and nothing I could try could get out. I [...]

It Happened Again…

Tuesday, November 15th, 2005

After reliably recording the entire Georgia game, my JVC camera started its “Condensation” nonsense, and I had to take it apart to reset it. I repeat what I’ve said before: I will never EVER buy another JVC camera.

The Fly

Friday, November 4th, 2005

This is just too cool: a pen that knows what you write and can speak it back to you. That much and more: draw a calculator and the pen becomes a calculator. Draw a keyboard and the pen becomes a piano. Summer told me about this pen, but until I read the article, I had [...]