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Episode 1162

iLuv Anti-Glare Protective Film for iPad

Anti-Glare Screen Protector

Link: iLuv

Turn-The-Tables-Tuesday

1162 iLuv Anti-Glare Protective Film for iPad

iLuv Anti-Glare Protective Film for iPad

 

Another recommendation from Steve Gibson of Security Now!, the iLuv Anti-Glare Protective Film for iPad is a screen protector for the iPad but also gives anti-glare/matt properties to the stand.  It comes with a micro-fibre cleaning cloth and 2 screen protectors.  Like most screen protectors, it is difficult to apply, and Leo suggests that you should be prepared to write off the first one as practice.

One Unhappy Customer

Frank DiZolio III is a faithful listener of the show, and he is not happy with Leo’s review of the BlueAnt T1 (Episode 1132).  For some reason the volume drops as soon as a phone call connects.  He has tried to contact customer service, but so far it’s been non-existent.  Leo will try to get in touch with BlueAnt to give Frank his due redress.

 

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Episode 1161

Orka Personal Silicone Steamer

Microwave-Safe Steamer

Link: Amazon

1161 Orka Vegetable Steamer

Orka Vegetable Steamer

 

Dick plays “What’s In the Box?” again with this fresh courier delivery.  Orka makes a line of silicone steamers which are microwave-safe, with different capacities and colours.  Just put it some water with your food and steam away in the microwave.

Red Hook Village Diner

On Leo’s way to drop Abby off at her new college, they stopped by a diner at Red Hook called the Village Diner, which was the first diner in New York State, and the 4th in the States. Here’s Leo’s picture on Google Buzz:

Red Hook Village Diner

Red Hook Village Diner

 
Leo’s Buzz

Speaking of Buzz, Leo has become disillusioned with all this business of social media that is Twitter, Jaiku, Facebook, FriendFeed and his latest love Buzz.  Apparently, whether it’s because he accidentally changed a setting or for other reasons, his last 15 posts over the last few weeks have failed to go public, and no one noticed, including himself.  It’s made him realise that for the last four years he has ignored his own trusty beloved blog.  See Leo’s post on his own blog, Buzz Kill.  From now on, no more shiny sexy microblogs; no more wittering on Twitter – until the next social media craze comes along, that is.

Keep the Train-Wreck Going

Earl from Southfield, Michigan, writes with concern about the poise, dignity and professionalism with which Tom Merritt conducted himself on the Daily Giz Wiz, qualities not normally associated with the train-wreck that is the Daily Giz Wiz, qualities he can easily find elsewhere in other podcasts.  He hopes this is not a trend; otherwise the show’s listenership will surely drop from the dozens now (perhaps a generous overestimate) to the handful.  On a more serious note, Leo agrees with Earl that Tom has been a great addition to the TWiT network, so much so that they’ve decided to hire Eileen Merritt as well, as a producer.

 

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Episode 1160

Samsung SyncMaster 172MP

LCD Monitor

Link: CNet Reviews

Dick’s Gadget Warehouse
1160 Samsung SyncMaster 172MP

Samsung SyncMaster 172MP

 

Dick got the Samsung SyncMaster 172MP in 2003 which he is going to retire, but not before he gets one more use out of it, for Warehouse Friday.  It has a 17-in 4:3 1280 x 1024 pixels LCD screen, a built-in TV tuner, picture-in-picture feature, built-in speakers, and multiple video-in jacks.  At the time, its recommended sale price was $800.

One for the Warehouse

James Moore from Brunswick, Georgia, has been listening to the Daily Giz Wiz ever since he acquired his Android phone the Droid Eris, while he delivers pizzas in Georgia.  He enjoys the show, especially Warehouse Friday.  He’s even bought the BlueAnt T1 covered by Leo in Episode 1132.  James has a suggestion for his favourite Warehouse Friday, the Microsoft Kin, the company’s touch screen operating system for feature-phones which lasted all of 48 days in the market – one of the most short-lived products in history, that probably belongs with New Coke and Orbitz Soda (Episode 1120).  Even the TwitterPeek (Episode 958) has outlasted the Kin phones.

Direct To Warehouse

Dick and Tom have seen their fair shares of failed products, including flooz.com and the CueCat.  Sometimes, at CES, Dick just wants to say to a manufacturer, “Don’t!”

CueCat

CueCat

 

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Episode 1159

My DVR Expander eSATA Edition

DVR Extra Storage

Link: Western Digital

1159 My DVR Expander eSATA Edition

My DVR Expander eSATA Edition

 

This is a new version of Western Digital’s My DVR Expander series, for expanding the storage of your DVR.  This one has a faster eSATA connection, and is compatible with specific models of Scientific Atlanta and TiVo DVRs.  You can even hook up certain camcorders to offload your videos on to the hard disk.  Some models have dual eSATA and USB connections.

All About Cue Cards

Dick and Tom exchange notes on cue cards.  As Gene Rayburn got older, the typeface on the cue cards for him on the Match Game grew bigger and bigger.  When Tom was an intern at NPR, he had a chance to tour the CNN studios, and he picked up a hand-written blue card on the Larry King set.  On one occasion, Dick had to go down to the Tonight Show set to let Johnny Carson know what time he had to come up to the Match Game set for his guest appearance, and lying on the props table were cue cards with all the supposedly “ad-lib” lines written on them.

That Lovely Old Feeling Again

Nathan was listening to Episode 1149 in which Dick talked about the Bedfan (Episode 391).  Nathan used to have a bed/fan/sheet combo which would create a pillow of air around him and it would cause the sheets to barely caress him – perfect comfort.  Nathan wonders if the Bedfan will finally re-create that lovely old feeling again.

 

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Episode 1158

Paper Jamz

Paper Guitars

Link: Paper Jamz

1158 Wowwee Paper Jamz

Wowwee Paper Jamz

 

Wowwee’s latest toys are the Paper Jamz, musical instruments which are made of touch-sensitive paper.  They can be played in demo, play-along and free-style modes. At the moment only guitars (6 styles) have been released; each comes with a set of 3 licensed songs to which you can play along.  The drums are coming soon.  You can even get a paper amplifier.

Another Tom Letter

Gerald Stangret from Canada enjoys having Tom on for a change; it adds zeal to the show, and he can tell Tom enjoys doing it. 

 

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