August 21, 2009

Freakin' Friday! Zune HD to Arrive Soon

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After it was inadvertently leaked on Amazon, Microsoft confirmed that the Zune HD will be released September 15. The media player features a has a 3.3" OLED touchscreen, HD radio, browser WiFi and is powered by a NVIDIA Tegra chip ultralow-power HD processor. Preorder the 16GB model or the 32GB Zune if you just can't wait for the grand debut.

Via Zune Players

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August 14, 2009

Freakin' Friday! Turntables Are "In" Again

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Since we heard the news about the rise of vinyl sales, we decided to drag our old ones out of the cellar and seek something to play them on. For this Freakin' Friday, you do the same and pick the turntable of your choice.

Sony's PS-LX300USB USB Stereo Turntable System has USB audio output, is fully automatic, has a built-in phono preamp and a static balance tonearm.

On a budget? The Audio Technica AT-PL50 Belt Drive Turntable plays records at 33-1/3 and 45 RPM. It has a switchable preamp, an Integral Dual Magnet
stereo cartridge with replaceable stylus and is easily accessible with controls on the front.

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Even less expensive is the Jensen 3-Speed Stereo Turntable. This reeks of nostalgia and has an AM/FM Stereo Radio, built-in speakers, exterior speaker outputs, headphone jack and comes with a dust cover.

If you want the whole package, TEAC's GF450K7 has a 3-speed turntable, cassette player, an analog AM/FM stereo tuner with large horizontal scale and CD player/recorder and is supports CD-R/RW recording (phono to CD, tape to CD, AUX to CD.)

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August 7, 2009

Freakin' Friday! Apple AirPort Express

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Mac users who want send their media to other rooms or the Internet can do it quite easily with the wireless AirPort Express and for less than $100.00. Send movies, photos music and other files with the Base Station that features 802.11n technology and is compatible with most Macs and some newer PCs. At a size of only 3 x 1.1 x 3.7", the Express has encryption technology as well as a built-in firewall for protection.

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July 31, 2009

Freakin' Friday! Logitech Harmony 1100 Universal Remote

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If you have been considering replacing your old button remotes, Logitech's Harmony 1100 Advanced Remote can combine them all with one universal 3.5" LCD touchscreen. Available in silver or black, you can control up to 15, count 'em, 15 different components. The remote sends both IR and Z-wave wireless signals and is compatible with both Windows and Mac. Set up is via your PC and control is one-touch with Logitech Smart State icons. Logitech claims that its database includes 5,000+ brands and 225,000+ IR devices so we would definitely label that universal.

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July 24, 2009

Freakin' Friday! Netgear Wireless USB Adapter

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We recently purchased a Netgear WG111US Wireless G USB Adapter. While it was created for USB 2.0, it works fine with our ancient 1.1. The 3.72 x 0.6 x 1.19" mini-device is almost effortless when it comes to installing with accompanying software. It is both backwards and forward compatible with 802.11b and supports 128-bit WEP. We did have some initial trouble getting it to stay connected for a time, but after allowing Windows to find a preferred wireless network instead of Netgear, that little blue light just keeps going and going and...

Via Netgear

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July 17, 2009

Freakin' Friday! MediaGate M²TV

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Turn your TV into a mini-home theater with the MediaGate M²TV. Plug and play any hard drive, SD/SDHC/MMC digital memory card/stick or other USB device in its USB port. You get full HD 1080p playback and navigation of video, audio and/or photos. With RealVideo 10RMVB support, the portable device is portable and flexible. Need more space? Add more USB drives. We will be taking a closer look at the M²TV soon, so stay tuned (pun intended.)

Thanks, Tony

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July 10, 2009

Freakin' Friday! Photon Ball/iPod Dock

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Feed your friends' and family's heads with the Excalibur 135BK SoundMaster Photon Ball with Dock for iPod. While your music player is playing and charging, the 9.1 x 9.1 x 11.8" display will move to the music and can be synced to your Mac or PC. It also has an LCD alarm clock and AM/FM tuner so that you can wake up to the music. Groovy for sure and compatible with all iPods with docking capability.

Via SoundMaster Photon Ball/iPod Dock

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June 26, 2009

Freakin' Friday! Logitech Cam Users Get Free Vid

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We spend a lot of time telling you how to network more ably in your home, but what about when your loved ones are far away? Logitech has introduced Vid, a simplified way to make video calls on a PC or Mac with most Logitech Webcams. With a simple, intuitive interface, it can be set up in very little time, provides lifelike colors and optimizes speed and resolution. Vid is free to download for those with a Logitech cam and if you are invited by another to use it, you get free usage for 30 days.

Via www.logitech.com/Vid">Logitech Vid


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June 19, 2009

Freakin' Friday! - LaCie DivX Extender

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Add media playback capability with the LaCie LaCinema Classic DivX extender with 1TB storage. If you do not have an internal SATA drive, attach your USB storage device with its 2.0 port. HDMI 1.1, SPDIF, stereo RCA and composite video outputs are in the rear and we have to admit that the black case with blue glow is kewl looking. The extender will also upconvert SD content to 1080p, has quiet operation and comes with user-friendly interface and remote.

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June 5, 2009

Freakin' Friday! - DIY Outside Home Theater

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We're all for anyone who can build a better mousetrap outdoor home theater, especially at a minimal price. After seeing one for huge price of $3,499.00, the inventive Dave Banks came up with his own screen for $122.75, used his own DVD player and got an old projector and speakers from work.

The material cost list for his screen:

  • (3) five gallon buckets @ $2.78 ea = $8.34
  • (2) sacks Sakrete @ $4.37 = $8.74
  • (1) jar PVC cement = $3.76
  • (2) eye bolts @ $0.52 = $1.04
  • (4) anchor stakes @ 2.16 ea = $8.64
  • (7) 10' sections 1.5" PVC pipe @ $3.16 ea = $22.12
  • (1) 10' section 2" PVC pipe = $4.18
  • (1) bag, 100 ct 14" zip tie = $9.87
  • (1) 100' nylon rope = $6.24
  • (8) 1.5" wye fittings @ $2.23 ea = $17.84
  • (2) 1.5" 90 degree elbows @ $0.61 ea = $1.22
  • (1) 1.5" cross fitting = $2.63
  • (2) 1.5" tee fittings @ $1.57 ea = $3.14
  • (1) 5' x 9' piece of blackout cloth $24.99

Total material costs: $122.75 We then decided to make our own search and here are our results if you start from scratch.

Total: About $250.00.

Note that we went for inexpensive. If it rains, the movie should be canceled. But for that little amount you can toss in a couple of lawn chairs and some
popcorn
and still have a total around $300.00. We figure we can always attach the cloth with clothespins to our backyard fence. We may be thrifty, but we can also wield a mean twist tie.

Via Wired

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