Buffalo LinkStation HD-H120LAN

No network is so perfect that it couldn’t be improved by the addition of a few hundred gigs of storage. But until recently, only system administrators have been able to lay their hands on easy-to-configure network storage appliances. Buffalo’s LinkStation puts excessive amounts of storage in the hands of ordinary folks. At its heart, the […]

Buffalo LinkStation HD-H120LAN

Canon ZR-90

Tiny video cameras that record to flash memory cards are cute, but their lack of power, low image quality, and limited storage capacity mean they’re really just expensive toys. For quality video recordings of any substantial length, you need to use miniDV tape. Canon’s ZR-90 is a good choice, with an excellent balance of portability […]

Canon ZR-90

LG LX5450

LG’s sleek new flip phone, the LX5450, aims to prove that camera phones don’t necessarily have to take crummy photos. It doesn’t quite deliver that proof, but it gets closer than most. As a bonus, it’s got advanced Web browsing and data features that make it an entertaining and even passably useful companion, although it […]

LG LX5450

PCTEL Segue Soft Access Point

The ravers at Burning Man will be impressed when you turn a single satellite connection into a Wi-Fi hotspot providing free Internet access to a couple hundred square feet of playa. But wait, you left your Wi-Fi router at home? No problem. Just use PCTEL Segue Soft Access Point software to turn your notebook into […]

PCTEL Segue Soft Access Point

Sony smoke and mirrors.

Jeremy Horowitz at iPodlounge has a pointed critique of Sony’s PlayStation Portable demos earlier this month at E3. The bottom line: the PSP is far from being ready to launch, and Sony’s strategy surrounding it and the Vaio Pocket media player (a supposed “iPod killer”) is confused and contradictory. I got to fondle a PSP […]

Sony smoke and mirrors.

Pretend it isn’t there.

If you can’t see it, it doesn’t exist, right? That’s what Rumsfeld must be thinking: He’s banned camera phones in U.S. Army installations in Iraq. A total ban on camera phones in the military is coming up next, the news reports say. You can slash at the waves but you can’t hold back the tide…. […]

Pretend it isn’t there.

Here come the telemarketers.

You probably don’t get many telemarketing calls on your mobile, do you? That’s partly because it’s illegal–but more importantly, there’s no directory of mobile phone numbers that unscrupulous marketers can use to target their campaigns. Well, you can kiss that precious bit of anonymity goodbye: the CTIA is assembling a directory of cell phone numbers.

Here come the telemarketers.

Portable gaming.

Impressions from E3: The coming year will be pretty interesting for mobile gaming. The Nintendo DS (dual screen) is a somewhat goofy concept, but there are a lot of games in development and some of them look pretty cool. I got a chance to play with a few of the new games and was fairly […]

Portable gaming.

Bigger than Hollywood.

Video games are now a $20 billion industry, making them bigger than Hollywood (as measured by box-office revenues, anyhow; the film industry actually makes more money from videos and DVDs than they do from movie theaters). No surprise, then, that the average age of video gamers is going up–it’s now 29–although half of gamers are […]

Bigger than Hollywood.

How to be a poet.

Good advice from Jim Henley: “Start by slavishly imitating poets you admire.” And if you’re writing science fiction, be sure to avoid these overused plots. (both links via BoingBoing)

How to be a poet.