Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 19th Nov 2005 16:47 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Gifts, Contests, Easter Eggs "Well, it is that time of the year again. With Halloween done and over with its time for Thanksgiving and, before you know it, the holiday season. Every company realizes this and has made sure the stores are packed with cool new gadgets, gifts, and gizmos. This guide is going to go over a few of the items which appear of the wishlists of a few of the staff members. Nothing too formal, but you can get an idea of some of the cool products to keep an eye out for this season."
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Oh, the typos...
by Anonymous on Sat 19th Nov 2005 18:15 UTC
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Typos every other sentence. Do a quick copy-paste into Word before you publish a three page article.

X-Fi: agree. However, he recommends the Platinum, I recommend the XtremeMusic. Cheaper, same specs but without the dandy input-panel that adds two MIDI ports and a remote (I ended up losing the remote).

Rebel: definitely an excellent camera, but isn't it a bit of a niche recommendation? "For you semi-pro-but-not-pro-enough-to-buy-a-really-REALLY-good-camera photographers out there..." All seven of us.

ATI xSomethingorother: hell no. For $200 less you take a performance loss of (no joke, Google benchmarks) ~10fps with the x850s, which are coming down in price. A driver update could get me that kind of gain.

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Dumbest mistake
by AdamW on Sat 19th Nov 2005 19:29 UTC
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Look at the last page. Some cheap consumer NAS thing is discussed...but the name of the product is not mentioned anywhere and there's no link. It is therefore about as much use as a chocolate teapot. Sigh.

(I'd buy an NSLU2 anyway.)

And he's been 100% sucked into Creative's X-Fi hype. It's not a bad card from an audio quality viewpoint - a hell of a lot better than the Audigy 2 - but because it includes decent quality parts and doesn't resample everything to 48KHz like the Audigy 2 did, not because the Crystalizer is worth anything at all. If you need a good multichannel / gaming card, buy an X-Fi and don't use the crappy flashy features, just play everything at the sampling rate it was recorded. If you want a REALLY high quality stereo card and don't need gaming features, get an E-Mu 0404 or 1212m, also from Creative.

(I got a good laugh out of the idea those dime store Logitech speakers are anywhere near capable of providing any noticeable benefit from having a 24/96 input as opposed to 16/44. heh.)

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Brother Loves' Travelling Salvation Show
by Anonymous on Sat 19th Nov 2005 19:59 UTC
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I'm staggered by the limited and extravagant thinking that seems to characterise the online 'geek' community. Not only are the suggestions just another excuse to indulge an existing habit, they limit the opportunity for someone to develop in more interesting and beneficial ways. There should, at least, be a sizable percentage of small, low-cost, or culturally stimulating suggestions. As it stands, the majority just play up to dumb consumerism.

http://www.tibetinfor.com.cn/tibetzt-en/xzyq/doc/0101_02_01.htm

Looks nicer. Lasts longer. ;)

- CultureShock

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All I want...
by Anonymous on Sat 19th Nov 2005 20:34 UTC
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...Is peace on earth and good will towards man.

oh, and a quad, dual core g5...

*sigh*

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Well...
by 1c3d0g on Sun 20th Nov 2005 00:44 UTC
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...it would be nice to get a Sony TX90, but it looks like it ain't gonna happen... :-(

http://www.kemplar.com/sony_tx90.php

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No tech junk please
by theGrump on Sun 20th Nov 2005 06:59 UTC
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The contraction of the replacement cycle for tech junk is becoming straight-up stupefying.

TVs replaced every two years. A new cell phone every eight months. New PCs every fifteen months.

SLAVES ALL OF YOU.

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Nokia 770 Internet Tablet
by Anonymous on Sun 20th Nov 2005 10:29 UTC
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Personally, I'd like to get my hands on Nokia's new 770 Internet tablet [http://www.nokiausa.com/770/1,7841,feat:1,00.html]. It's based on all sorts of Free Software goodness (Linux, GTK+, gstreamer, GNOME, Debian) and seems like it would be excellent to tinker with.

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RE: Nokia 770 Internet Tablet
by konttori on Sun 20th Nov 2005 15:23 UTC in reply to "Nokia 770 Internet Tablet"
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I'd like to have it as well if it wasn't for the fact that I already bought one. Well worth every penny.

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