Review: Plantronics DSP-400 USB Foldable Headset

Posted by:
Date: Monday, August 29th, 2005, 10:48
Category: Review

Plantronics DSP-400Today we’re going to be discussing the DSP-400 Foldable PC Headset from Plantronics. First off I’d like to say I’m a big Plantronics fan, and my perception is that out of all the myriad of PC computer headsets out there Plantronics seems to be the only company that “gets-it” from a price / design standpoint, and recently they’ve been expanding their product line to offer a good range of selections for us tech-gadget-misers. I’d also like to give Plantronics props for a great Web site. Have you checked it out lately? As a big PC gamer I really appreciate their whole section dedicated to gaming. They have Xbox gear up there, and two levels of “GameCom” stereo headsets (DSP & non-DSP versions.) I’ll be keeping an eye out for a certified “Xbox 360″ certified headset in the future. C’mon guys let’s kick it up a notch and really come out with a revolutionary console game set.
Click through for six more paragraphs of headset goodness…

(more…)

HP iPods 20 Percent off at Office Depot

Posted by:
Date: Monday, August 22nd, 2005, 11:28
Category: Hardware

HP iPods 20 Percent OffAccording to this post at SlickDeals.net Office Depot is blowing out HP branded iPods for 20 percent off. The deal is in store only and not available for Internet orders. There is some speculation that Office Depot will honor Staples’ US$30 off purchases over US$150 coupon but we’re skeptical. If you know different or can confirm, drop us a line.

(more…)

iBooks Replace Textbooks – Finally

Posted by:
Date: Friday, August 19th, 2005, 09:31
Category: Hardware

iBooks Replace Textbooks at AZ High SchoolThe demise of the dead-tree edition textbook may finally be upon us – at least in Arizona anyway. Empire High School in Arizona is the first public school in the United States to replace textbooks with their digital equivalent – Apple iBooks. According to a story in the Associated Press, the school will be issuing iBooks to all 340 students in lieu of textbooks. No word yet on what to do with all those highlighters they purchased last year.

School officials believe the electronic materials will get students more engaged in learning. Empire High, which opened for the first time this year, was designed specifically to have a textbook-free environment.
“We’ve always been pretty aggressive in use of technology and we have a history of taking risks,” said Calvin Baker, superintendent of the Vail Unified School District, which has 7,000 students outside of Tucson.

(more…)

Several Hurt in Mad Dash for $50 iBooks

Posted by:
Date: Tuesday, August 16th, 2005, 21:04
Category: Hardware

Henrico County iBook T-ShirtFrom the “You’ll never hear this about a Dell laptop sale” department: A rush to purchase US$50 used iBooks turned into a violent stampede Tuesday, with people getting thrown to the pavement, beaten with a folding chair and nearly driven over. The Associated Press has more coverage reporting that “One woman went so far as to wet herself rather than surrender her place in line.”
WWBT NBC12 News is also covering the stampede and has posted a video. My favorite aspect of this story is the t-shirts (pictured) now being sold on eBay (t-shirt #2).

(more…)

Mighty Mouse – More Pixar than Terrytoons

Posted by:
Date: Wednesday, August 10th, 2005, 08:32
Category: Hardware

Apple?s new Mighty Mouse while long overdue, is unique and better in a number of ways than my current favorite, the Logitech MX510. Aesthetically minimalist, it loses the transparent outer shell of the old optical mouse gaining side buttons and a tiny track ball. Functionally it has some unique strengths and quirks. Read more…

(more…)

PB FixIt Announces iBook G4 Part Line

Posted by:
Date: Wednesday, August 3rd, 2005, 03:35
Category: Hardware

PB FixIt today announced a complete line of over 80 parts and accessories for Apple’s iBook G4 series. Read more…

(more…)

Think DRM: Apple Adding Trusted Computing to OS X

Posted by:
Date: Tuesday, August 2nd, 2005, 08:33
Category: Hardware

A post on boingboing has some people ready to defect from the Macintosh platform. Ok, step off the ledge, it’s only a Slashdot report that “the new Intel kernel Apple has included with the Developer Kit DVD uses TCPA/TPM DRM. More specifically, it includes “a TCPA/Palladium implementation that uses a Infineon 1.1 chip which will prevent certain parts of the OS from working unless authorized.” (click through and read the comments).

This means that “open formats” are no longer meaningful. It means that the price of being a Mac user will be eternal vigilance. If this “feature” appears in a commercial, shipping version of Apple’s OS, they’ll lose me as a customer — I’ve used Apple computers since 1979 and have a Mac tattooed on my right bicep, but this is a deal-breaker.

The Trusted Computing Group would have you believe that it’s all good but an article by the EFF has quite a different take on the situation:

There is a widespread perception that personal computer security is in an unfortunate state and that something must be done to fix it. There are many promising approaches to improving security — redesigning operating systems, changing programming methodologies, or altering the PC’s hardware itself. It is well known that a comprehensive defense against the security threats faced by PC users will involve several approaches, not just one. An insecure system can’t magically become “secure” with the addition of a single piece of technology.

Would you buy a Mac with Trusted Computing inside?

(more…)

TechRestore Maxes Out 4G iPod Battery at 1000mAh

Posted by:
Date: Monday, August 1st, 2005, 11:24
Category: Hardware, iPod

TechRestore (a PowerPage sponsor) has begun offering a new overnight iPod battery upgrade service for 4th generation “click-wheel” iPods and all color screen iPod models. The service includes the replacement of the standard iPod battery with a TechRestore 1000mAh high capacity battery with over 50% more charging power than the original 4th generation iPod battery and 38% more charging power than the original color iPod battery acccording to TechRestore.

(more…)

Notebook Computers With Financial Aid

Posted by:
Date: Monday, August 1st, 2005, 09:38
Category: Hardware

“Laptop or beer?” should never be a decision that a student has to make. According to a story in the Chicago Tribune many higher education institutions (i.e. Northern Michigan University, Indiana State, Wake Forest, and New Jersey’s Seton Hall) are now requiring laptops for incoming freshman. While not surprising, the interesting wrinkle in this story is that requiring a student to buy a notebook computer makes the sometimes expensive hardware eligible for financial aid. “By making laptops part of the tuition and fees requirements, we can offer financial aid for them. We couldn’t do that if they were optional,” he said.

(more…)

Sony VAIO Engineers Being Recruited for Intel PowerBook?

Posted by:
Date: Friday, July 29th, 2005, 10:43
Category: Hardware

Apple PowerBook 100A story over at Engadget speculates that Apple may be recruiting a team of ex Sony VAIO notebook engineers to design the new Intel PowerBook:

A reliable source tells us that Apple has been ?having trouble playing catch up with the learning curve for designing using the Intel platform? and that in order to have an Intel-based PowerBook out by next year they?ve been scrambling to recruit an engineering team with some experience building light and thin Intel-based laptops. And how are they going to do that? By poaching from Sony apparently…

PowerBook cognoscenti will find this story highly plausible because it was Sony that either totally or partially developed (depending on who you ask) the original PowerBook 100 for Apple in 1991. The PowerBook 100, incidentally, was voted the Best Gadget of All Time, by Mobile PC 2005.

(more…)