Printers, laptops, airPads, Karateka and Frog Congee

It’s been a bit quiet on this blog this week. I wonder why that was?
Oh… right. There was this:
While I was busy dealing with the fun and games of having no reliable mobile phone signal (thanks Vodafone!), an awful lot of content was being generated. First, at, a slight departure from the norm for me, with a photo gallery/story covering the event I was in Hong Kong for:
HP unveils printer apps and cloud printing: “HP has unveiled its latest range of printers in Hong Kong which now enable you to print from anywhere in the world. Its printer line-up starts at AU$129 and each one comes with its own email address. We check out the flashy launch and ask the tricky questions.”
Perhaps there’s a career ahead of me as a travel journalist/photo journalist. Perhaps not. Just in case,  some more regular, review-centric content for CNET:
HP Compaq Presario CQ42-136TU: “The Presario CQ42 is an inexpensive entry-level system. There are no surprises here, either nice or nasty, and those seeking a basic office workhorse-type system will find it perfectly suitable.”
HP Compaq Presario CQ62-116TU: “The Presario CQ62 is a decent but unexciting laptop that doesn’t stand out enough to make it a must-buy system.”
MSI Wind12 U230: “The U230 offers more processing grunt than a comparable netbook, but fails in the crucial power stakes.”
Bush Walker BPR07DAB: “We can’t fault the Bush Walker’s simplicity or portability, but it’s still a DAB+ radio that is only of interest to those who spend a lot of time outdoors.”
The trip also afforded me the ability to do some genuine road warrior (or is it air warrior?) testing for MacTheMag:
MacTheBlog: AirPad: “One of the big claims of the iPad is that it’s portable. Perhaps not as portable as the iPhone, unless you’ve got particularly large pants, but still portable. I decided to put that to the test this week by using it (or attempting to use it) on an international economy flight from Sydney to Hong Kong. That’s right — I’m a sucker for punishment.”
And then with my strictly retro hat on, not one but two Vintage Tech columns for PC Authority:
Vintage Tech: Looking back at Karateka: “Karateka offered up smooth animation and simple yet evocative storytelling years before anyone though it possible. We look back at this classic game.”
Vintage Tech: Looking back at MiniDisc: “More durable than a cassette or CD, Sony’s audio format never really took off in the way the company would have liked. We look back at MiniDisc.”
That’s a lot of content, even by my relatively prolific standards. Clearly, I should travel more — it’s good for my productivity, albeit poor for my sleep patterns…

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