And I completely and absolutely forgot to mention a column I wrote for Lifehacker a couple of weeks ago on the closing down sale at Borders. Given I’ve just received an email stating they’re selling off the store fixtures, it seems apt to bring it up again:
But today I went head to head with a hangar of full of Samsung products and only 30 seconds to make them interesting
(and yes, it’s yet another 30 Seconds Of Tech starting with the letter S. No, I don’t know why either)
Before dealing with more than a dozen iPad 2 cases over at CNET.com.au:
Best iPad 2 cases in Australia:“The iPad 2. It’s thin, it’s shiny, and at the time of writing, it’s in astonishingly short supply relative to demand. If you have managed to get your hands on an iPad 2, it would be wise to protect it with some sort of case. But which case is best?”
I had the chance yesterday to spend some hands-on time with a near-finished version (the hardware’s complete; the software may not be) of Blackberry’s Playbook tablet. Naturally, that leads today to a 30 Seconds Of Tech on it:
Meanwhile, in the May issue of Australian PC User, I’ve contributed a feature review on backup software as part of the overall Backup Made Easy cover feature. Sure, you might get free backup software on many external hard drives, but does that mean the paid alternatives aren’t worth considering?
Elsewhere in the issue, I’ve reviewed the Sega Dreamcast Collection, Kirby’s Epic Yarn, Sony Music Unlimited, Pro2 IPP200, Billion BiPAC 7700N, HTC Desire Z, D-Link DSM-380 Boxee Box, Blackberry Bold 9780, HTC Trophy and Wintal DAB10W Digital DAB+/FM Radio. As an added enticement, I’ve given one (and only one) of those products the lowest score I’ve ever given anything in PC User. Can you guess which one it is?
Well, you don’t have to guess — just head to your nearest purveyor of magazines and buy a copy now. You know it makes sense.
Finally, what better way to describe your product than to declare it ‘Mega’? Well, actually, I can think of several, but that hasn’t stopped Vodafone from using it to describe its latest USB modem, which gets the 30 Seconds Of Tech treatment:
My, I’ve been a busy boy this week. But enough about me. What do you think of me?
Before you answer, consider this week’s offerings, which have been keeping me up late at nights. Mostly because that’s when I’ve been able to work this week.
First up, this week’s Hydrapinion, which pits Nintendo’s glossy 3D-capable handheld against Sony Ericsson’s Crash-enabled smartphone. Except in this case, Crash is a good thing.
3DS or Xperia PLAY?“I’ve spent a lot of time over the past week playing with two different, very game centric portable devices…”
Then over at CNET.com.au, a regular deluge of content. Firstly, a media streamer I wanted to like a whole lot more than I eventually did:
AC Ryan Playon!HD2: “The Playon!HD2 is an unusual mix of excellent format support with terrible documentation, serious stability issues and whacky GUI control choices. It’s inexpensive, but unless firmware updates can address the control and stability issues, it’s a poor choice.”
Then a tablet notebook with an exorcist-style spinning head:
Fujitsu Lifebook TH550:“The Lifebook TH550 is a well-built system with the kind of expected high price tag that Fujitsu usually applies to its PC wares. It’s a nice convertible tablet for the business market, but those on a tighter budget may wish to look elsewhere.”
Then another Tablet notebook, this one almost impossibly light:
Panasonic Toughbook CF-C1:“If your work environment would kill a regular tablet, Panasonic’s CF-C1 could be just the ticket, and a surprisingly light ticket at that. It will, however, leave your wallet feeling similarly light.”
And finally an inexpensive but unexciting laptop, just to maintain cosmic balance. Or something like that.
HP G62-400:“HP’s G62-400 isn’t a stunning laptop — it’s just a fairly priced budget model for those who want a basic laptop.”
Finally, in the world of me improving my video shooting/editing skills (and drooling over but not yet reviewing shiny new technology products), not one, not two, but three new 30 Seconds Of Tech videos
A whole year's worth of short stories (some featuring Dave) Buy it now!
"An action adventure thriller blockbuster of a novel crammed full of car chases, train derailments, plane crashes and exploding sharks" -- Buy it now!