Happy Fourth of July
Have a happy federal holiday. I am taking the day off too. Maybe I can get some writing done for BC.
Have a happy federal holiday. I am taking the day off too. Maybe I can get some writing done for BC.
Ahhh... now it is time to set this beast up! This was a major headache, let me tell you. Why? Because this was so much easier with two people.
STEP 1: Hook up all seven devices via component, three with optical.
STEP 2: Fish all the component leads to the back of stand.
STEP 3: Make sure it all works! Then, tidy up as best you can.
Sure, it doesn't look great, but I can't do anything with all those wires in the back. See the images after the break. I can now switch between all seven devices, and have another on the front if need be. You will notice my 5.1 headphones sitting there next to my TV. Those are now plugged into the switch box now, so I can listen to 5.1 on my PS3, 360, and DVD.
Why didn't they include optical on the Wii?
If I were to review this, it would get 5/5 easily. Matt has been telling me for years to get one, and I finally found one - a steal of a price on eBay.
The Pelican System Selector Pro (NOT System Selector 2.0) is an amazing piece of hardware at the MSRP price of $100. Sadly, it is not sold, anywhere, anymore.
It has eight inputs (one on the front) and one output.
3 Optical Audio
It even comes with a Component cable, and a Composite/S-Video cable. That is a heck of a deal for $100, except I payed $59.80.
With a PS3, PS2, Xbox 360, Xbox, Wii, GameCube and DVD/VHS all hooked up in the back, that leaves room for the S-Video lead for my GP2X on the front.
I am glad I don't collect game consoles like Matt does, or I would need another one of these things already.
The best part is, I now have all my consoles and DVD player hooked up using Component. Why Pelican stopped selling these is beyond me.
Viva la video on the iPod! And to answer Matt and Jake, NO I am not gonna buy one. I have Final Fantasy VII Advent Children and Sin City on my PSP right now, and I can watch them (and actually see the details) just fine on the luxurious screen. Granted I only have a 1 GB card, but I will take the bigger screen over the bigger hard disk space.
The one thing that gets me is how Apple can only charge $1.99 for videos and TV shows. I think that is a miracle in itself. Of course the flip side to that is BitTorrent and free, but $1.99 a show isn't bad at all.
1 GB Memory Sticks are finally widely available. It took them long enough. What a lost opportunity for the likes of Sandisk. Oh well. I found Buy.com to have a great price on the 1 GB Memory Stick, $99.95. They also take PayPal for those of you who use PayPal.
I also know the difference between the "Gaming" Memory Stick and the standard one. The Gaming Stick comes pre-formatted. This is something small, but its convenient. It allowed me to copy all my data from my 32 MB Stick over right away.
Anyway, Buy.com, good buy on the 1 GB Memory Stick. Be careful, they have a listing for the same thing for about $150 for some reason. The $99 one has free shipping too.
Apple Computer on Tuesday introduced Mighty Mouse, the companyâ€™s next generation USB 1.1 and 2.0 mouse. Mighty Mouse offers users up to four independently programmable buttons and a Scroll Ball that lets users scroll in any direction â€” vertically, horizontally and even diagonally, according to Apple.Source: MacCentral
Hell hath frozen over. I never thought I would see the day when Apple saw the light, and released a multi-button mouse. I just hope this mouse is included when you buy a new Mac now. I am also not sold on the name. I almost expected it to be named something like "iMouse." But aparently Apple liked the name Mighty Mouse so much that they licensed the name from Viacom, who own the property now.
As you would expect, it is designed very well. I do like the ability to scroll sideways (something the Microsoft IntelliMouse has). I am a little surprised at the price too, $49 is cheaper then Apple has previously sold its corded single button mouse for ($69). It still costs more then an IntelliMouse though.
My only questions is this: Where is the Bluetooth? Since Apple has a BT single-button mouse, why not have a BT multi-button mouse too?
I have a Logitech MX 700, and I do not think I could go back to a corded mouse.
If you can score one of these (Froogle) you can count yourself lucky. SanDisk is not shipping these in the mass quantity needed for the demand from us lucky PSP owners (yes, I pre-ordered one).
The best deal I could find was $108 from onsale.com. Thats a lot better then the $149 at EB Games. But if you wait a few months I would bet that price will drop well below $100. Flash memory always drops.
With all the possibilities for video, audio, and photos (not to mention the video games) of the PSP, I am sure people will be buying larger and larger Memory Stick Pro Duos.
Once the price for Memory Sticks gets low enough to compete with devices like the Creative Zen, the Sony PSP is going to have another gadget to directly compete with.
I have had my Apple Wireless Keyboard for 6 full months now. The batteries actually lasted 6 months! This is another great keyboard design from Apple. Although, I really miss having a power button on the keyboard, but it is great not having any wires.
I had to, I just had to. Sure I have a 60 GB iPod photo, but I had to get a Shuffle. This iPod shuffle is a 2-in-1. I can now get rid of my aging USB thumb drive, and have a super small iPod with me at all times.
This thing is tiny. You can fit it inside the coin pocket of a pair of jeans.
I thought I wrote about this ages ago. A quick search and I find that I didn't.
My friend Jim Kimble IM'd me one day and said he was drooling over this new camera that just came out at some show, CES or something. One look at the DiMAGE Xt and I was drooling too. At the time I had a Canon Digital Elph that was only 2 Mega Pixels (MP). The DiMAGE Xt it a 3.2 MP camera, and it is half the size of the Canon I had. There is not a smaller camera that I could find at that MP. This camera is even smaller then that super small Sony Cybershot.
These WristRugs fit great on my PowerBook. They cost $9.95, and are PayPal-able. Dad has some red ones on his PowerBook and they really do feel great. I bought the blue ones. I got them within a week of ordering them, and they are great, they are soft.
Are they worth $10? It is better then feeling the cold, and sometimes hot metal under your palm and wrists. I highly recommend them.
Call it my New Year's gift to you. I have 10 invites to give away. If you want one email me at kenneth.edwards at gmail dot com.
Hi! Have you heard about these things called "laptops" yet? These things are pretty cool and I got a new one. They're a variation on those "computers" you may have heard of. See, they can sit on your lap because they are made so small. That's why they're called laptops.
Gefen Inc. on Tuesday introduced new Apple HD Cinema Display Extension Kits. With distances ranging from 10 to 330 feet, the kits enable users to separate their computers from their Apple HD Cinema Displays while retaining high-definition resolutions up to 1920 x 1200 pixels. Depending on the length required, the kits contain just cables, or a Gefen DVI Repeater, a signal regenerating box that sits between two DVI cables, or a Gefen DVI-1000 HD Extender, which uses sender and receiver boxes to manage the length. Prices range from US$217 to $4,065.
Just what I need to put my G5 on the floor, but not for $217!
Just in time for Tiger Server, I have installed Panther Server at Student Publications. We bought a "Quicksilver" 733 Mhz G4 with 10.0 Server and I quickly updated it to 10.1 Server when it came out. Things have been busy, and since it has been working, I have not updated the server to Panther until now. I just got flipping tired of using 10.1 on our file server. I also saw the new admin tools in Panther Server (they are a major improvement).
Finding the time to upgrade the server is an entirely different matter entirely. Making the purchase was the easy step. You cannot (easily) take users and groups from 10.1 to 10.3 Server. I do not know why this is, but thats the way it is. No lost sleep here, I am simplifying user log ins anyways.
It is SO NICE to have Panther Server up and running for our file/print server.
Did you ever thing that a 1 TB (yes, terabyte) firewire drive would cost only $1200? That is a pretty good cost per MB price, isn't it. Well when we needed the drives Lacie was not selling their 1 TB drive yet, but they were selling their 500 GB drives. Same price, imagine that.
We were getting severely low on HD space. Throwing files out Friday to be able to work Monday. Not fun at all. We have 120 GB in the Quicksilver (10K RPM), and 2x120 GB external. You might think that would be enough space but when you have a dozen publications being produced at some point during the year plus Unigraphics, there are always space problems. But now Unigraphics has the room to really have their photo archive and graphics archive they really need to have online.
The next time we need another TB, I bet the price will come down by at least 1/3. Since I have so much file space to work with now, I am no longer backing up to AIT tape, I will probably be putting that up on eBay. It is alot nicer backing up to firewire, it is a lot faster for one. I recycled our two external 120 GB drives and they are now our backup drives. One of which can always be taken out of West Hall.
These 500 GB Lacie drives have Firewire 800 on them, and because of some voodoo magic that Lacie does with their firmware, these FW 800 drives are screaming fast compared to the competition. I didn't just go by the bar graph on the side of the box, I did some tests myself (I mean we have a 500 GB drive thats not really being used for much right now). Since we have a G5 for Production, I could test the drive with FW 800. I found a couple other FW 800 drives on campus to test against. Lacie FW 800 wins, hands down. They stripe the drives (its not really a 500 GB or 1 TB drive, they are smaller drives that once one gets filled up, it goes to the next HD and fills that one up. Whatever Lacie is doing it is nice.)
Needless to say I ordered a FW 800 PCI card ($50) for our Quicksilver and the speed over the network is well worth the $50 of that FW 800 card.
Panther Server is so much faster then 10.1 Server was, and now we have breathing room on the file space front. *phew*
Not only a cordless mouse, but a cordless mouse and keyboard combo. Wow, how sweet! I have had been using this for little less than one month, the time in which I have had my PC. I found a better price using PriceGrabber, it is $99 from Logitech, and the lowest I found it for was $62, I bought it from some no name shop and saved $20 even after shipping.
I am still using the AA batteries that came with the mouse and keyboard. I have read in a review they last about a month, so it might be time to change them soon. that's the only down side to having wireless mice is that you should probably go buy stock in Duracell or Energizer because of the amount of batteries you go through.