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TGP – #171 HP Monster® Digital PowerCenter™ 650G w/ Green Power

Posted by Gadget at 8:53 PM on August 28, 2014

Welcome to The Gadget Professor Show #171 hosted by Don Baine, produced by Mike Baine.

Monster GreenPower outlets shut down automatically to save energy and money when equipment is in stand-by mode
Exclusive Dual Mode Plus™ auto-disconnect surge protection with alarm
6 surge-protected AC outlets
2160 Joule rating provides high level of protection
Surge-protected phone connections protect modem/fax lines

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Digital Curmudgeon

Posted by tomwiles at 9:01 PM on August 24, 2014

EEEPC-SSDThere’s a dirty little secret about computer performance that is hiding within plain sight. A solid state drive (SSD) will take almost any machine manufactured within the past five to ten years and give it a massive performance boost.

I have an Asus 1000HE EEEPC Netbook from four or five years ago. It came with a 160 gigabyte 5900 RPM conventional spinning hard drive. With the conventional hard drive, the computer was painfully slow to boot up and to use. It would take the better part of 10 minutes to completely boot up and become usable.

I installed a 120 gigabyte Crucial M500 SSD drive into it and restored the operating system (Windows XP SP3) from the original system DVD that came with the machine. After installing the software I will be using with the machine, including Adobe Audition 1.5 and MS Office XP, it completely boots up and is 100% usable within 30 seconds! Programs load immediately and windows snap to attention.

I use this machine as a handy backup machine to an older SSD-equipped white plastic Macbook. The Asus Netbook doesn’t take up much room when I’m traveling. I realize that XP is no longer being supported by Microsoft, but I want to hang on to the perfectly functional older software such as Adobe Audition 1.5 that really has no modern equivalent that I like nearly as well. I am not browsing or doing email with this machine, so it should be perfectly safe to continue to use well into the future.

The move to mobile has caused me to shift away from relying much on traditional computers. During the last year I have used my computers only to record podcasts with. Email and browsing are handled exclusively on mobile devices.

In recent years I’ve grown increasingly annoyed by the constant upgrade cycle drumbeat. It seems there is always some fix or some new supposedly “must have” version of virtually every piece of hardware and software. Why upgrade? “Better performance” and/or “better security” are almost always the answers that are either given or implied. Often I find that NOT to be the case.

Operating system updates end up destroying existing software and hardware compatabilities. Sometimes software that won’t work on a new version of an operating system is never updated or replaced, and the functionality is simply lost.

So, if you have an older machine, including both Windows and Mac, depending on what you are using it for, if you want to hold on to perfectly functional older hardware and software, installing an SSD into an older machine can give it an incredible performance boost that will blow away any brand new machine that is not equipped with an SSD drive. Also, SSD prices contine to go down. A 120 gigabyte Crucial M500 drive now sells for about $72 dollars on Amazon, making it one amazing inexpensive upgrade that offers the absolute most bang possible for the buck!

Interview on Podcast Reporter

Posted by geeknews at 6:28 PM on August 1, 2014

Several weeks ago, I was interviewed on PodcastReporter.com if you want a trip down history lane check it out.

Todd..

Crowdtilt Gets a New Name and Logo

Posted by JenThorpe at 12:22 AM on August 1, 2014

Tilt logoCrowdtilt is one of the websites that people go to when they want to raise money via crowdfunding. They have announced that they are changing their name to Tilt. Naturally, this required an alteration to their logo.

Crowdfunding, as you may know, is the act in which a person raises money by asking the good people of the internet to send them small financial donations. The person typically posts a photo (or video) of himself or herself, explains why they need money, and asks for help. At Crowdtilt, the amount of money raised needed to hit a certain amount in order to “tilt”. If a project “tilts”, it means the person will receive the donations that are sent.

Crowdtilt says: Our motivation is to turn ideas into reality through the power of simple, social, collective action, and reaching that transformative moment of critical mass – it’s always been about the tilt. So today, we’re changing our name to reflect this mission.

From today forward, Crowdtilt will be called Tilt. The choice of new name is explained on their blog as follows: Tilting is about people coming together to create the world around them. Our new name reflects this broader vision. You can get a group, crowd, a community together to tilt anything. A “tilt” is that moment when you reach critical mass and unlock something amazing as a group. Our users have embraced this word to describe pooling resources and rallying their group. Now, we’re reflecting that in our brand and story.

Their blog also asks you to “stay tuned” for other big announcements that will be revealed over the next month. It also notes that you can buy a t-shirt with their new logo on it for $1.00.

Samsung Galaxy Tab® Pro 8.4 Review

Posted by geeknews at 7:50 PM on July 18, 2014

samsung1One cannot deny the beauty of the Samsung Galaxy line of Phones and Tablets. Over the past couple of weeks I have had the pleasure of reviewing the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 this is a Wifi only version with 16gb of onboard storage and of course a Micro SD Slot.

The first thing that comes to mind in using the Samsung Galaxy Tab® Pro 8.4 is that it is light and the screen is simply stunning with a 1600×2560 resolution @ 359DPI my eyes just eat this thing up. Everything is crisp clean. Battery life is great I got about 10 hours out of it with heavy usage.

Having only used a Nexus 7 prior to this in the Android category the Samsung Tablet is like driving a BMW. The difference is stark and performance is off the chart. My advice is head to the closest retail and check on out your going to fall in love.

I have up to this point been a pretty die hard Apple iPad user, that has officially changed after I have used this device. The price point on this tablet is retail $329.00 but I found them cheaper if you look around a bit.

If the 8.4 inch size is to big for you, the folks at Samsung have smaller sized Galaxy tablets and even larger screen sizes as well..

Magellan SmartGPS 5390 Review

Posted by geeknews at 7:21 PM on July 18, 2014

magellanThe folks at Magellan really blew me away this time. It has been sometime since I reviewed a GPS and the folks at Magellan have knocked it out of the park with the Magellan SmartGPS 5390. When they say this GPS is smart they really mean it. By far this is the best GPS I have ever used.

Let me start and say that we used the 5390 for 14 days exclusively while in California on Vacation. In preparation for our trip we pre-programmed locations of hotels, attractions, restaurants and other spots we knew we would be stopping at.

My wife and I both downloaded the companion App (iOS and Android) and sync’d to the device via BlueTooth. While on the trip we used the GPS to find cheap gas, food, and alternate routes around traffic. As we found locations we wanted to visit on our phones we just sent the location via the App to the GPS.

But most impressive was the road trip from Disneyland to San Francisco. From the very start the GPS gave us an estimated arrival time, and it was accurate from start to finish within 4 minutes of the original estimation on what was almost a 6 hour drive! It knew of delays and we where amazed by the accuracy of the device.

We thought it was a fluke but it was equally as accurate on the return trip. I am not sure what kind of logic they use, but someone has this thing dialed in to be accurate within minutes of the original estimation on a 6 hour drive is incredible.

The Magellan SmartGPS also acted as a Hands Free device and warned us of countless red light cameras and speed camera alerts which kept us safer while in our rental car.

I activated a hotspot on my phone, and let the GPS Wifi connect to it. The GPS kept us up to date on everything in our surrounding area there where Yelp and Forsquare reviews etc.

Let me talk about the map, have you every been using a GPS and come to a highway junction and taken the wrong exit. Well the junction view of the map feature kept us on the correct highway, and not once did I swear at this GPS unlike others I currently own. By far best feature of the device when your in heavy traffic is the Junction view.

Overall I am not going to lie, I do not want to send this unit back. It’s that good. Here is the shocker. It comes with lifetime map updates, and only retails for $200.00. If you are or are not in the market for a new GPS this is the one to buy and put on the dash. Whether it be around town or on a road trip leave home with the Magellan SmartGPS 5390.

Case Logic 17.3 Laptop and Tablet Briefcase

Posted by geeknews at 6:51 PM on July 18, 2014

caselogicI am notoriously hard on computer bags, I typically travel close to 200,000 frequent flyer miles a year, and that is a lot of bag drags, drops, rolling etc. In the past I have had to replace a computer bag no less than once a year.

Bag manufactures love me for my repeat business. No wheels on this bag review so I cannot vent about bag wheels so we will save that for another time. When Case Logic sent me their 17.3 inch Laptop and Tablet Briefcase it was my first non-rolling bag in a number of years. So in good fashions I dumped out my old bag and loaded this one up.

When I mean load it up, I packed it to the gills. 17 inch Mac Book Pro and charger, iPad, Samsung Tablet, mifi, business cards, pens, business cards, extra glasses, shades, 2 external batteries, cable and a small bag of stuff that goes where I go.. Not to mention a legal folder of papers

On any bag, I worry I will have enough pockets, I like to keep things organized. The Case Logic ANC317 did not fail to disappoint with no less than 4 internal pockets and 2 front loading pockets plus plenty of room for the laptop and charger.

My key test on any bag is the zippers. When I stuff a bag these babies are under duress. The Case Logic bag zippers did not fail nor did they hang. I used this bag as my dedicated bag for over a month. Where I went, it went, on the floor, back seat of the car, on the plane you name it. In just a month it still has that new look shine and has not shown any fraying or wear points.

I am not a 100% ready to give up my roller, but this bag has the standard strap in the back to allow it to be secured to the roller handle.

Some will say a bag is a bag, but when you beat the crap out of bags like I do its nice to see that someone has made a bag to last a season or two. This bag will not break the bank either. It retails for $49.99 at most major big boxes and at CaseLogic.com

My only concern on this bag is that wish it had a little more padding around the edges where the laptop resides. Protection of the laptop inside is Job #1 no mater what and while there is a cushion I wish it had just a little more.

PAPAGO GoSafe Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Posted by geeknews at 6:22 PM on July 18, 2014

tpms2When I was asked to review the GoSafe Tire Pressure Monitoring System it was the first time I have reviewed a aftermarket accessory for a vehicle. My every day drive vehicle is a 2009 Mazda CX9 and even though the vehicle is feature rich it did not come with a TPMS.

Installation of the Tire Pressure Monitoring System literally took about 15 minutes. It comes with a receiver, power plug 12v, 4 tire pressure sensors, Anti Theft Nuts, and Anti Theft Wrench. Plus you communicate via an Smart Phone app which communicates via bluetooth. There is a syncing process during setup and then you simply install the tire pressure sensors.

I spend a lot of time in my car each day, and it was cool to track tire pressure on the fly. I was able to make small adjustments to get the pressure in each of my tires exactly the same, which over time will reduce tire wear and improve gas mileage.

tpms1The sensors job is simple, it lets you know when the pressure is low or too high and give you a quick check for actual pressure. My wife is always nagging me saying a tire pressure looks low, this system allowed her to quickly look on her phone to check the pressure.

This product is a great aftermarket product, I found though that we did not need to leave the receiver plugged in all the time. We pulled it out of the glove box when we wanted to do a quick check.

This aftermarket tire pressure monitoring system is priced at $200.00 on various websites. For peace of mind and to keep track of tire pressure this is a very cool aftermarket product to extend the life of your current vehicle and add a level of safety to a loved ones vehicle that may not be used to checking the tire pressure like they should.

TGP # 165 – Transporter Sync

Posted by Gadget at 6:51 PM on July 17, 2014

Welcome to The Gadget Professor Show #165 hosted by Don Baine, produced by Mike Baine.

Celebrating 3 years!
Transporter Sync turns any external USB drive into your own private cloud. Featuring all the same sync, access, share and protect functionality of the Transporter in a compact form-factor starting at just $99 with no monthly fees. Mobile Camera Auto-Upload-Mobile phones have become the camera of choice for capturing life’s special moments, but this convenience has resulted in phones that are constantly running out of storage space. The camera auto-upload feature allows you to pick your favorite location (home, office, etc.) and anytime your phone connects to that network, newly added photos and videos will be automatically synced to your Transporter. Special Folders
Most cloud storage solutions require you to move all your files to a
specific folder to sync across devices. This can be a real hassle with applications that save files to default locations. The Transporter Special Folder feature allows you to sync files directly from popular desktop, documents, movies, music, and picture locations.

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GNC #963 – Guest Host Mike Dell

Posted by Mike Dell at 5:35 PM on July 10, 2014

Todd is still out for one more show, enjoying his Vacation somewhere in the lower 48, I’m Mike Dell, from Podcast Help Desk, former Geek of the North and I will be your host for tonights show. Most of you don’t know me unless you have been around podcasting a long time. I used to do a show called Geek of the North which was a Tech Show. I have since Podfaded that show and I now do a relatively new show called Podcast Help Desk  at podcasthelpdesk.com where I talk about the geeky techie side of podcasting and help people get setup and going with their podcast.

It’s great to be back with the GNC listeners!  I last hosted this show on November 10th 2008 Show #415.   A LOT of water has gone under the bridge since then!

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Show Notes:

 

Smaller, better Google Glass?

Square Phones?  What are they thinking??

Android Screen Mirroring to chromecast is out now

Drone Operators Arrested in New York

Cockpit cameras – Good idea or bad?

Solar Sail craft to hitch ride with Spacex in 2016

Want a tour of the USAF Museum restoration hangers?

Smartwaches reviewed

Aereo uses Supreme court ruling to get back in business as a cable provider.

Company with $39 in assets now worth over $5billion!

Happy 6th Birthday Apple Appstore

The most common misconceptions about the big 8 tech companies

Applebees No Tech Tuesdays

5 to 8 times more battery on your tech toys!

10 highest paying Tech Companies to intern for