Where do you live?

12 02 2010

A question out there for fellow Techno-Geeks: Where do you live?

No, I don’t mean your address (I’m not some whacked out cyber-stalker) I mean your general geographic location. Now if you want to include you city, that’s great. I’m interested in the type of place you live, the geology, climate urban v/s rural…..that kind of thing.  Here is what I’m looking for, I’ll use myself as an example:

I live in a small rural town in extreme southern Illinois. The population of my town is roughly 8,000 (during the autumn festival and on Sundays during church). I’m about 1 1/2 hours from St. Louis, Missouri.

Here are a couple of photos of my local area:

original garden

I’ve actually been known to write from the hump of the camel above using my laptop and 3G.





Acer Aspire One – Purple

15 01 2010

Best. Netbook. EVER!

And it’s purple! Do I really have to go into detail about how incredibly wonderful it is to have a purple netbook? Nah, I didn’t think so.

Here are the Specs on the computer part….but did you notice that it’s PURPLE???

That’s right, it’s PURPLE!

Specifications:

  • 10.1-inch LED-backlit CrystalBrite screen (1024 x 600 resolution)
  • Windows 7 Starter makes small notebook PCs easier to use because it puts less between you and what you want to do–less waiting, less clicking, less hassle connecting to networks. And Starter combines the latest in reliability and responsiveness with the familiarity and compatibility of Windows.
  • Get more features with Windows Anytime Upgrade. A small notebook PC running Windows 7 Home Premium is even easier to use. The new taskbar and advanced navigation features make launching programs, opening files, managing windows, and getting around your PC faster and easier. Personalize your PC to be just the way you want it with helpful gadgets and desktop themes–even turn your desktop into a slideshow of your favorite photos. And you get the best entertainment experience on a PC. With Windows Media Center, you can watch shows for free when and where you want with Internet TV.
  • 1.6 GHz Intel Atom N270 processor combines performance and efficiency to explore the Internet and stay connected while mobile
  • Up to 3.15 hours of battery life with included 3-cell battery
  • Multi-gesture Touchpad for circular-motion scrolling, pinch-action zoom, and page flip
  • 160 GB hard drive (5400 RPM)
  • 1 GB DDR2 RAM (667 MHz; 2 GB maximum capacity)
  • Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 video processor
  • Crystal Eye webcam supports Acer PrimaLite technology, which consists of a premium sensor, firmware and lenses to provide superior video performance under low-light conditions. A built-in digital microphone helps keep background noise levels low and minimizes echoes.
  • 84-key keyboard, 89 percent of standard-size with 12 function keys, WLAN switch
  • 54g Wi-Fi (802.11b/g)
  • Fast Ethernet (10/100)
  • VGA video output
  • Stereo speakers and optimized Dolby Headphone technology for 5.1-channel audio
  • Pre-loaded software includes Microsoft Works for word processing and spreadsheet work. Enjoy a 60-day trial version of Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007.
  • Dimensions: 10.17 x 7.24 x 1 inches (WxDxH)
  • Weight: 2.44 pounds
  • Warranty: One-year parts and labor limited warranty with concurrent International Traveler’s Warranty

Networking, Connectivity & Expansion
This Acer Aspire One notebook has an integrated 54g wireless LAN (Acer InviLink) that’s compatible with 802.11b and 802.11g networks and offers Acer’s SignalUp technology for enhanced antenna efficiency. It also providesFast (10/100) Ethernet networking.

  • 3 USB 2.0 ports for connecting a wide range of peripherals–from digital cameras to MP3 players
  • Analog video output: 1 VGA
  • Multi-in-1 memory card reader compatible with MultiMediaCard, Reduced-Size MultiMediaCard, Secure Digital, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO or xD-Picture Card
  • 1 headphone jack, 1 microphone jack

What’s in the Box
This package contains the Acer Aspire One AOD250-1025 notebook PC, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, AC adapter, and operating instructions

It also comes with the following software: McAfee Internet Security Suite 2009 (trial version with 60 days of live update); Microsoft Works with Office Home and Student 2007 Trial; Google Desktop; Norton Online Backup; WildTangent

10.1-Inch CrystalBrite Screen

The 10.1-inch screen has a WSVGA resolution (1024 x 600) and support for up a 262K color depth. Video is powered by the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950, which uses shared video memory with the main memory. Acer’s CrystalBrite display technology guarantees the best possible visual experience by preventing the diffusion of surrounding light and internal ray. Compared to normal TFT LCDs, Acer CrystalBrite technology is able to read color coordinates more accurately, thus minimizing distortion and creating high-fidelity colors in all environments.





Toshiba Satellite with 9 hour Battery

5 09 2009

It’s about damn time! Going thin is in these day. So here’s one ultra-thin laptop computer series from the house of Toshiba. The Satellite T100 series includes two machines — the Satellite T135 and the Satellite T115. The series is Tosh’s thinnest, designed to meet the demands of everyday mobility with laptop-class performance and all-work day battery life – with price points starting at $449.99. Measuring less than one inch thick, the slim and sleek Satellite T100 Series laptop is powered by Intel’s latest energy efficient processor, and is based upon Windows 7 OS. Thanks to its energy efficient design the Satellite T100 boast of up to 9 hours of battery life.

I’ve been waiting for someone to invent a long lasting notebook battery!





Wireless Recharging

21 02 2009

Powermat claims that their charger beats the rest because it doesn’t rely on having metal to metal contact to work. Like the others do. That means that the Powermat can be placed anywhere you want it such as desks, workstations or tables. The posibilities are endless.

It can also handle high end gadgets that demand big power like laptops, TV’s and kitchen blenders. Look for the technology in the shops towards the end of this year. You’ll be able to buy the mat and a series of adapters and sleeves to enable existing devices.





MS21.2 – Multimedia Speaker System

24 09 2008

A couple of weeks ago, the nice people at The Speaker Company sent me this set of speakers for my Desktop. The deal was that I get to try them and write a review. In this case it is a SWEET deal! They replace a 5 year old set of speakers from Cyber Acoustics that were still really good (They are now living on a stationary laptop). This new set is incredible. First of all, the speakers themselves are smaller than the ones I had and blend in nicely with the desk and monitor. I hardly even notice them. The Sub woofer tucks away nicely and there is a corded remote that makes it much easier to adjust volume control and bass.

TSC’s MS21.2 three-piece multimedia speaker system brings the convenience of a desktop volume control module and dramatic styling. Clean power for all your multimedia sources at an equally-satisfying price.

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Now the deal was to write a review. There was no deal as to what type of review. They are not paying me to write one way or another. Either way, I get to keep the speakers. Let’s face it though, if they were terrible, why would I want to keep them? Well they are great and I love them. The down side is that there was no manual with them so I didn’t know to adjust the bass on it (mine arrived turned off so the sound was not very good). Other than that, no down side. It’s nice to get free stuff to review on here. But even nicer when it’s free stuff I would actually purchase. So far this company rocks! Get your own speakers at The Speaker Company





Laptop Skins

19 09 2008

The latest rage is in Laptop Skins. It’s about time! For years you could do all sorts of cool things to your desktop cases but were left out in the cold if you wanted a designer laptop case. Now with these vinyl skins, you can design the case of your dreams. Decal Girl has many designs to choose from and they are inexpensive, easy to add and remove….and reuse! So get 2. Or 12. The only problem I have now is trying to decide what to dress my laptop in for the day! Get your at Decal Girl.





30 Days, 30 Laptops, 30 Winners

30 08 2008

Ok, this is a great deal any way that you look at it! You need high speed internet anyway, right? Well Charter Communications has a great deal going on right now that has everything you could possible need, high speed internet and digital phone. PLUS you get a chance to win a new laptop computer AND a gas card!

The specifications on the computer are great: It’s a brand New HP Compaq Presario C770US Notebook
Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core Processor
15.4″ WXGA Screen
2GB RAM -160GB hard drive
DVD Burner
Built in Wi-Fi and Ethernet
Plus a NEOtec Laptop Backpack!

Did I mention that there is a gas card included as well? Well there is. Starting on September 1st, they are going to give away a laptop every single day. For free! What a deal. This page will allow visitors to buy one of three great Charter services online – Charter High-Speed Internet at $19.99/mo for 6 months, Charter Digital Home and High-Speed Internet at $69.98/mo for 6 months or Charter Digital Home, High-Speed Internet, and Charter Telephone at $99.97/mo. for 12 months. After purchase, the buyer will be sent a Free Shell gas gift card and is automatically entered to win 1 of 30 HP Compaq Presario C770US Laptops. This is currently the best deal I have seen online and if you are looking for a great deal to give that student of yours on their way to college, this is definitely the one.

So go one over to their website and get started. It may be the best and most important purchase you make this season.
Charter Laptop-a-Day Giveaway

Sponsored by Charter Communications