TechFan #170 – Beating a Dead Horse

On July 18, 2014, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Microsoft goes low-end PC, while also laying off 18,000 people. IBM and Apple announces a partnership, Manuel Noriega sues Activision, and we have two top ten list of most evil companies.

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TechFan #163 – XBOX Surface Pro One

On May 26, 2014, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim and David discuss the Microsoft decision to dump the Kinetic in the XBOX One, the new Surface Pro laptop – tablet, the HP 7-Plus, Samsung and Apple, and Lego Marvel Super Heroes.

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TechFan #133 – It’s The Pictures

On September 13, 2013, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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While the new iPhones look cool, David and Tim look deeper and find the really important takeaway from the announcement. Plus, David spends time in the electronic isles that is Hong Kong, and Tim gets a new SSD in his iMac.

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TechFan #132 – Exotic Locations

On September 7, 2013, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Want a chance to win a $25 iTunes Gift card? Listen to this episode of TechFan to find out how! Microsoft buys part of Nokia and SamSung releases the Galaxy Gear, plus your feedback, all on this week’s episode of TechFan Podcast.

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Pinball Wizard – TechFan Podcast #110

On March 1, 2013, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim Robertson and David Cohen discuss micro-transactions, the music industry and engineering for earphones, Star Wars Pinball, and much more.

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So Here We Go Again
MyMac Podcast #429

On November 13, 2012, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast


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Apple gives to Hurricane Sandy relief maybe not until it hurts, but generously. On the home front, Guy might not go to the Macworld Expo and is unable to find his Time Machine. Gaz’s Finder issues may have been solved by NOT turning off his Mac Mini. Guy’s hatred of analysts persists with every stupid they say, Samsung sells more Galaxy SIII’s than Apple sells iPhone 4S’s in a single quarter, and Foxconn may build a plant in the US…sheyeah right!

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Gaz’s App Pick: Tiny Troopers from Chillango $2.99
Guy’s App Pick: MightyMonitor Dashboard Widget by Starmerville FREE!

Elite Dialog
TechFan Podcast #92

On September 7, 2012, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson


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Tim and David discuss the Nokia PR disaster from this week, the new Kindle’s from Amazon, SamSung, Activision Anthology, Grant Theft Auto San Andreas, Elite, StarCraft 2, and much more.

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Picnic
TechFan Podcast #91

On August 31, 2012, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson


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Wrong is wrong, and it’s time to call theft, well, theft. Dishonesty is not rewarded. Tim and David discuss Samsung and the institutional theft that goes on there. Later the topic changes to Field Runners 2 and the all-new Activision Anthology app for iOS.
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Trial? What trial?
MyMac Podcast #418

On August 28, 2012, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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It what might be a record, Gaz and Guy not only manage to keep the show under an hour, it’s under 50 minutes! Hold your applause though because you may miss the greatest Gaz’s Tip EVER…well we thought it was funny anyway. Samsung loses round one of the most watched patent trial since Edison won his against whoever that other person was! Some terrific feedback from you, our fantastic audience and apparently in some cultures, hippos equals horses.

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Guy’s App Pick: TotalFinder from BinaryAge software $18.00
Gaz’s App Pick: RapidWeaver from RealMac software $79.00
People’s Pick: None this week, you guys are slacking!

Potter-rific
TechFan #75

On May 4, 2012, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson


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We owe Samsung an apology! And a firm finger-shaking Shame On YOU to RIM. In iOS new is RockBand, Robot Wants Kitty, and Lego Harry Potter Years 5 – 7. We wrap things up with the Kindle Fire. It all seems to be Mobile this week!

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Copy Cats
TechFan Podcast #62

On January 13, 2012, in Podcast, TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Just how bad is copying in the tech industry? While there should be no debate that everyone seems to be borrowing design ideas from everyone else, is it becoming a pandemic? Tim and David chat about this, and a variety of other topics I would remember better if it were not twelve long hours ago that we recorded the show and when I am typing this up. Oh, and Mr. Cohen never did send me that link for Dungeon Raid, so I had to spend at LEAST forty-five seconds looking it up myself! I know, right?!?

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Super WriteMaster Slim External DVD Writer
Company: Samsung

Price: $74.99
www.samsung.com

The popularity of netbooks seem to be exploding over on the PC side of the computer world, but for Mac users, every laptop Apple ships comes with a DVD Superdrive, which both reads and writes to the optical discs. All, that is, save the MacBook Air. And while I don’t have an Air for use in this review, I believe performance will be the same on that machine.

The first question you have to ask yourself is, if you already own a DVD burner in your Mac (and chances are you do) do you need an external USB model? If so, then the Super WriteMaster Slim External DVD Writer from Samsung is a good choice. It is, as the name implies, very slim. It is also very light-weight, attractive to look at, and works well. It handled both expensive blank DVDs and the el-cheapo media equally well.

It does not sport it’s own power supply, but draws power via the USB plug. So if you are running your laptop via the battery, this external DVD burner will kill your battery life in no time flat.

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Add a Mac to Your Home Theater on the…Well…Kinda Cheap

On November 6, 2007, in How-To, by Larry Grinnell

This article is a work in progress, as is my home theater installation. I also intend for this article to spawn several product reviews as I go along. Be warned.

I’ve been playing with HDTV, ever since I got a really nice bonus from work a few years ago. I mean a REALLY NICE BONUS. Being the foot loose and fancy free single guy that I am (and not having a “finance committee” to control my expenditures), I had no intention of doing practical things like paying bills with that money–noooo, it was time to build a home theater with a big screen high definition TV!

Basically defined, a home theater integrates various electronic components to provide an experience not unlike what you might have at a movie theater, but without all the negatives. Please refer to the block diagram below (licensed through Creative Commons, source: teques.com):

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