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Tech Toys everyone should own - USB thumb drive

If you work on multiple computers, and want to carry files around with you OR need a quick backup storage...

My favorite toy is the portable USB thumb drives. They are getting cheaper and hold more information all of the time.

If you are looking to backup your photos and music, I would go to something larger and less portable. They now have reasonable, external, USB hard drives which are a better solution for that.

Many of your MP3 solutions can serve in this capacity as well.

One of the things I like about my Sony camera is that it is reconized by the computer as a portable drive, so you can copy files both to it and from it without needing any special software.

It's not just what you know...

Community is a tricky thing. If I'm just looking up some fact in a reference manual (and the manual actually has what I'm looking for), then I guess don't really need it. What I really need is a good manual, where "good" is defined as having the information I need, or a good author to generate the right manual in the first place.

Oh, wait! Got me! Maybe I do need more than the manual. Why? Because the "if" in the "if the manual has what I'm looking for" statement above is a pretty big "if". Isn't that your experience? It sure is mine. Laying aside the many other benefits of community, even in the context of knowledge sharing, there's something strong to be said for it.

What to do with an old laptop...

I had an old cruddy laptop laying around that I never used. I was always trying to find a use for it, too. Then I read an article in Computer Power User about creating a picture frame out of an old laptop. I decided to give it a go. Turns out it's not too tough....

The specs on my old laptop are: 15" screen running at 1024x768, PIII 450, 512 MB RAM, 12 GB hard drive. It was once a good machine but now it's pretty much a slug. So I first loaded it up with software: I installed a fresh copy of Windows XP Service Pack 2, and removed all the unnecessary garbage like Automatic Updates, prompts to upgrade security settings, etc. Then, I found a slideshow program that would generate an executable slideshow file and I put a shortcut to it in my Startup folder.

Gadget Classics - Sony 60 CD changer stereo

I have had a Sony 60 CD changer/ shelf stereo system for about 3 years now. (I dream of the 400 cd changer I saw at best buy.)

This is one of my favorite toys. I like the fact that all of my cd's are centrally stored in the system so that I don't have to go looking for them. It is easy to flip through and see what I want to play. I can hook my DVD player or video game system up to it for better sound. You can even connect a keyboard to it to add information on the CD's.

review of the motorola V220

Xbox complaint

A little thing really.... The DVD player remote should be optional. We lose remotes all the time. (only to find them later, under the sofa, in the cushions, in the fridge)

The sony playstation will let you play DVD's using the controlers.... Microsoft would never let you do something that simple or FREE.




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