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What the Google Phone giveth, it also takes away – the G1 review

December 17th, 2008 by James in A/V Devices, Miscellaneous Reviews, Phone Reviews

When I first got the Google Phone (the G1 through T-Mobile) I was rather impressed with it. Fitting in the palm of my hand, it made me think that if the iPhone was “Mac,” then the G1 is definitely PC. A little wider, a tad boxier. Clunky by comparison, but at first glance, it’s just as effective as a phone and even having some advantages over the sleeker iPhone. But as you use it, the picture begins to change.

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Adobe Creative Suite Master Collection CS4

December 9th, 2008 by James in Miscellaneous Reviews

There’s a point in software development where fewer new features or innovations arrive and developers begin to concentrate on tweaking, thereby making it more efficient, faster, and secure. There are no longer any real “fins” to add, and so software engineers dive under the hood and begin to tweak for performance. Such is the case with the plethora of software known as the Adobe Creative Suite Master Collection CS4. Make no mistake; the ACSMC CS4 is an amazing collection of software. And if creative types are looking to invest in a new suite for their creative needs, CS4 is certainly one to consider when cleaning out the software budget for the year.

But will CS3 users find it difficult to justify upgrading to the new collection? Is there enough new performance upgrades to justify the hefty price tag? In today’s economy, I have a hunch that the answer will be to wait. There’s simply not enough WOW there for experienced users unless they are so into performance tweaking that they want to drop a few grand to get better and more seamless integration.

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Kodak ESP 5 Review

November 2nd, 2008 by James in Miscellaneous Reviews, Photography, printers

For those with tight desk space in the office, often times an all in one printer solution is a practical answer to the problem. All in ones have been around for over a decade and usually the bad wrap was that if one of the features failed, you couldn’t use the entire unit. So, if the scanner failed, for instance, then the printer was useless to you as well. Luckily, as the all in one printer design matured, much of that main problem has been engineered away. The results are that all in one printers are good solutions that are very affordable, offer nominal performance, and save a ton of space. They’re not perfect, mind you, but for the price it’s hard to argue a demand for perfection. Just performance. This is could have been true with the Kodak ESP 5 All in One printer, if it had been built a little more robustly.

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Bushnell BackTrack, a fairly limited intro to GPS devices

October 22nd, 2008 by James in Health /Fitness, Miscellaneous Reviews, Outdoor reviews

Those who are seriously into GPS (the worldwide global positioning system which uses a series of satellites to show their position within a few yards) will probably be rather frustrated with the simple interactivity of the Bushnell BackPack, but for the beginner looking to understand how it works and how to navigate with it, it can be a very useful gadget.

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Storm Jacket keeps your gear nice and dry.

August 6th, 2008 by James in A/V Devices, Miscellaneous Reviews

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There are many accessories for a camera that are considered must haves. The extra set of batteries, the backup memory card, a Skylight filter for protection, a tripod and even a long range flash for those zoom shots in low light. But if you told me that I’d make the Storm Jacket one of those must have things for the camera bag should the weather go south, I’d look at you like you grew a third head. A raincoat for a camera? But it makes perfect sense.

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LapDome gives your laptop a home away from home

August 6th, 2008 by James in Miscellaneous Reviews

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Computing outside can be a real pain in the thumb drive. The ambient light blaring up against that LCD screen can make it darn hard to see. Sure, you can try using a bellows, or even some sort of screen shade, but as the light shifts throughout the day, sooner or later you’re going to find yourself playing cat and mouse trying to see, unless you bury your head inside the bellows and then it’s darn near impossible to read, much less type like that.

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BACTrack personal breathalyzer review

July 31st, 2008 by Marc in Health /Fitness, Miscellaneous Reviews

0019as This was an interesting review to write – there are only a limited number of things you can do to review  a breathalyzer and I don’t have access to sophisticated test equipment. So when it came to the operational review I had to resort to the “manual” approach with the aid of Mr Jack Daniels. Ahh, the things we do for science!

Before we get to that though, a quick overview. The BACTrack is designed to detect the presence (and amount) of alcohol flowing around your bloodstream. The value it gives is in the form of a Blood Alcohol Concentration (or BAC)%. It does this by measuring a sample of your breath.

Even a small BAC% can impair reaction times and judgement (try playing a video game after you’ve had a few beers if you don’t believe this) but the real danger is that you may feel OK to drive “the morning after the night before”, whilst still having a level of alcohol present in your system.

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EasySing MK 8131

June 4th, 2008 by Sam in Miscellaneous Reviews

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As a complete Karaoke virgin, myself and 3 girlfriends spent a night in with the EasySing Karaoke Microphone – a neat and compact Karaoke machine that comes with 2 professional microphones (one wired, one wireless) 200 pre-loaded songs, a song binder, carry case and USB cables.

With some trepidation (and a health warning issued to anyone within earshot), we started our little sing song. After a fairly quiet start, we all found ourselves browsing the well ranging song list to find something we could sing next – or get someone else to sing. Due to a second wireless microphone, duets were also an option.

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