Archive for January, 2009



Drive Dock: Turn Those Internal HDs into Floppies!

012909_rg_drive_dock_01.jpgYou might have heard the news, Western Digital was the first company to release a 2TB internal drive. Yep, you read right. That’s 2000 GB of storage in one single drive. When I get back home, you can be sure that I’ll upgrade all of my pesky 400 GB, 320GB and 500 GB to 2TB! That being said, what are you going to do with all of those drives? You can either throw them away, recycle them, or give them away. I try to move them around to other computers that I have, but most people don’t have 5 or 10 computers laying around at home. The Drive Dock is a solution to this problem.

All White: The Minimalist Apple-Like Keyboard

012908_rg_essellkeyboard.jpgWe all use keyboards everyday. It’s true that not all of us can type without looking at the keys, but more and more users get comfortable enough with typing. Most programmers and writers are able to type at least partially without looking at the keys. Personally, when I was a computer programmer working long hours in front of a screen, I decided to learn how to touch type and I have never looked back. Touch typing is blindingly fast, so much faster than writing. Well, for all you touch typists out there, this might be a keyboard for you, if you are into Apple products like us!

Green Ideas: Your Own Carbon Neutral USB Flash Drive

012909_rg_usbwooden_01.jpgWe’ve always felt that wooden accessories are great. They are partly made out of sustainable materials, and wood is just plain good looking. Since USB flash drives are so small and can get taken apart quite easily, making your own wooden USB flash drive housing isn’t a big project. It’s still nice to see that some manufacturers have finally caught up on the trend. This USB drive is not just only made out of wood, it’s also carbon neutral.

Lost Jughead S05E03 (ABC)

Lost is a United States serial drama television series that follows the lives of plane crash survivors on a mysterious tropical island, after a passenger jet flying between Sydney, Australia and Los Angeles, United States crashes somewhere in the South Pacific. Each episode typically features a primary storyline on the island as well as a secondary storyline from another point in a character’s life. The show was created by Damon Lindelof, J. J. Abrams and Jeffrey Lieber, and is filmed primarily on location in Oahu, Hawaii. The pilot episode was first broadcast on September 22, 2004. Since then, three seasons have aired. The show is produced by ABC Studios, Bad Robot Productions and Grass Skirt Productions and airs on the ABC Network in the United States. Its incidental music is composed by Michael Giacchino. The current executive producers are Abrams, Lindelof, Bryan Burk, Jack Bender and Carlton Cuse. Because of its large ensemble cast and the cost of filming in Hawaii, the series is one of the most expensive on television.

From the Lost Wikipedia entry.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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Battlestar Galactica A Disquiet Follows My Soul S04E12 (Scifi)

Battlestar Galactica is an Emmy Award winning science fiction television program created by Ronald D. Moore that first aired on October 18, 2004 in the United Kingdom and Ireland on Sky One, and January 14, 2005 in the United States on SCI FI. Repeats of episodes have been shown in the United States on SCI FI, NBC, Bravo, and in high definition on Universal HD.

Battlestar Galactica continues from the 2003 mini-series to chronicle the journey of the last surviving humans from the Twelve Colonies of Kobol after their nuclear annihilation by the Cylons. The survivors are led by President Laura Roslin and Commander William Adama in a ragtag fleet of ships with the Battlestar Galactica, a powerful but old warship, as its command ship. Pursued by Cylons intent on wiping out the remnants of the human race, the survivors travel across the galaxy looking for the fabled and long-lost thirteenth colony: Earth.

From the Wikipedia entry for Battlestar Galactica.

I have to say that the season premiere of this year was pretty depressing. A lot of death and despair, since the combined Fleet arrived at earth, finding it scorched. There is a surprising death amongst the crew from suicide, which isn’t surprising. Heck, a lot of people will be killing themselves because of the despondent situation. All of their hopes and dreams have turned to ash. And the president isn’t doing anything, she’s in her own personal hell, having led her people to a promiseland that just isn’t one. The cylons have some interesting revelations, especially the four of the final five.

Even though the episode was depressing, I can’t wait to see what happens next. What’s going to happen between the humans and the rebel cylons? Are they going to create a new society where cylons and humans co-exist? It’s obvious from the tone of this season that Gaeta is going to help Zarek lead a coup of some sort. Since Roslin isn’t really being presidential, can you blame them. I find that these episodes are depressing. Still, I watch them, but I wish they’d be less depressing. A little more hope would be fun.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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Fallout 3 Update and Impressions

Fallout 3 cover art via Wikipedia

Fallout 3 cover art via Wikipedia

Today, a new downloadable expansion was released for Bethesda’s Fallout 3. It’s called Operation Anchorage and you will be able to experience the Chinese invasion of Alaska. Sounds pretty cool. It’s available through the Xbox 360 Marketplace for about $10.

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Mesh and Eclipse: Two New Interesting Looking New Clocks

012709_rg_mesheclipse_01.jpgWe all need clocks. It’s the only way that we know how to effectively manage time. Either we are late or we are on time, that’s what our clocks tell us. In our modern age, people are carrying watches less and less and relying on their gadgets to tell time. However, there’s nothing simpler than a good wall clock or desk clock, telling you the time with only one glance. These two new clocks are striking and unique. Read on to find out more.


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