We’re about two minutes into the show. I know what you’re thinking. Time for… A DRUM SOLO!

Astonishingly, that subject line is on topic for today’s bit of published work, which can be found at PC Authority:

Amazing Apps for your iPhone: Let The Music Play! “Your iPhone isn’t just limited to iPod style playback, thanks to these music-centric apps.”

Just the facts, ma’am…

Too tired. Too many screaming children, puddles of sick and lack of sleep.

And reviews at CNET.com.au:

Sangean DPR-69 Plus:Sangean’s cute DRP-69 Plus isn’t quite portable or desk bound, and isn’t quite sharp enough to make it a must-have DAB.”

Lexmark Interact S605: “Lexmark’s S605 carries a premium price, but the clever touchscreen features do justify it.”

I just realised how that reads. Not “too many reviews at CNET”. Just the right amount. Sheesh. I am tired…

Random acts of kind(le)ness

Alex reviews Amazon’s Kindle.

Warning: This is long. Even by my standards.

And now it’s even longer, with my thoughts on the insane charging fiasco, right at the bottom.
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He come groovin’ up slowly…

Another busy week winds to an end. And the next two weeks will be even busier, as I somehow juggle full-time work and going back to the full-time-stay-at-home-dad-with-three-kids while the lovely wife has a two week prac placement at a nearby preschool.

So I’d better get busy writing. And you’d better get busy reading.

First up, analysis of Apple’s product announcements — and specifically the “Magic Mouse” for MacTheBlog:

MacTheBlog: It’s A Kind Of Magic: “Apple makes some of the best hardware in the business in notebooks and desktops. Paradoxically, it also makes some of the worst at a given price point in peripherals..”

And if Apple’s not your particular type of fruit, then CNET.com.au has a more AV-centric review of mine to keep you busy:

Toshiba 22DV615Y LCD TV/DVD Combo: “Toshiba’s 22DV615Y LCD TV/DVD combo unit is compact and simple to use, but screen quality could be better.”

Bang Bang Maxwell’s Silver Hammer came down upon her head…

Wow. Paul’s a nasty bit of work, isn’t he? It’s the Cop Killa of its generation, clearly. And yet, somehow, the Fab Four are still seen as Fab, and not advocates of brutal hammer-related murder.

And now, back to reality.

Actually, let’s sidestep actual reality, and step into the world of Augmented Reality* with this week’s App column at PC Authority:

Amazing Apps for your Phone: 6 of the best augmented reality apps: “Looking to do something completely different with your iPhone? These 6 apps will help you see the world in a whole new way.”

* I still HATE the term Augmented Reality, no matter how much I might be forced to use it.

I want you, I want you so bad…

Abbey Road won the voting, for anyone keeping score. So it’ll be on my rotation, and probably my subject lines for the next week or two. Not that easy to come up with subject lines, though, when the above line is about 40% of the lyrics of an entire song…PCUser_Nov2009

Speaking of almost creating half of a thing, I’m all over the November 2009 issue of Australian PC User Magazine*. You could start on page 14, where you’d find my reviews of the Netcomm 3G18WN, Axim MR-108N 3G and Edimax 3G-6200N wireless routers. Skip forward to pages 18-19, where I put all the current browser contenders to the test to discover the best of breed for Windows web browsing, with a result that’s sure to put a few cats amongst the avians. Jump to pages 36-38 where a dozen DAB+ digital radios go under my mighty testing hammer — and only a few don’t shatter into chunks of plastic and silicon. But I’m just warming up! Pages 54-56 see me delving into the murky waters of the PVR market with seven models tested. And yet there’s still more, with standalone reviews of the HTC Snap, Powertraveller PowerGorilla and SolarGorilla, Samsung ICON Galaxy and BenQ Joybee GP1 Mini Projector. Finally, to cool down, I’ve reviewed Wii Sports Resort in the games pages.

Phew. It’s tiring just typing that out. Imagine the amount of work that went into testing it all. I think I need a lie down, which I’ll have while you pop down the newsagency for a copy.

*Remember folks, the extra-smoooooth segues are free here to every third buyer! You’re one of the lucky ones!