October 24, 2007

You can’t go wrong here. How about a 4GB USB flash drive. No more floppies or burning CDs. Put all your important documents you want mobile on one tiny little device. Kingston’s DataTraveler is hot-swappable and measures a diminutive 0.35″ x 0.8″ x 2.63″. Buy.com is featuring this USB flash drive for the low price of $24.95 with no tax and free shipping! That’s a deal. Check elsewhere, it is at least twice that price!
Okay, so you just got back from Yellowstone and you want to check out your new vacation pics or maybe put on a slide show for anybody you can wrangle up. So what do you do? Huddle around your computer? Lug your computer into the living room and hook it up to your TV? Spend the next two weeks burning CDs? No dice. Sony has got a fantastic solution. It’s the new HDMS-S1D 80GB High Definition Digital Photo Album. Although that sounds like quite a mouthful, it’s actually quite simple. The HDMS-S1D is a nice compact (6 3/4 × 4 5/8 × 7 3/4 in.) little cube that allows you to input all of your pics from your Memory Stick, SD, CF or xD card onto the 80GB drive and output them to a TV or computer via USB, HDMI, Component, Composite, S-Video, Analog or Ethernet Port. Look at the options on the back of this thing! In addition, the HDMS-S1D comes bundled with additional software to help you organize, build and display your digital scrapbook. Then all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the show. See something you like? No problem, it also has a built-in CD/DVD burner to backup or distribute your pics as you like. The HDMS-S1D is available right now on Sony Style for $399.
Samsung is about to release some new LCD screens that would make Nicole Richie look portly. This week, at the 2007 FPD International show in Yokohoma, they will unveil a new 40″ TFT Full HD LCD screen that is only 1 cm deep! That’s right, just a mere 10mm. Take a gander at this and this! Keep your eyes on the TV boys. The new panel features a backlit LED and can reproduce 92 percent of the NTSC standard for color saturation. Keeping in line with its slim figure, this new Samsung nibbles compared to most LCDs with a low power consumption of just 90 watts or less. In addition to its svelte depth, Samsung has also reduced the bezel from a chunky 30mm down to a mere 16.4mm! I believe I need to test one of these. Samsung? I will probably need it for a year or two.
As most of you know, plastic bags are a real problem today. If you didn’t, how about the fact that the average family brings home 1,000 bags every year. That’s about 100 billion plastic bags that are sent to US landfills each year. What’s worse? It can take up to 1,000 years for a bag to decompose. Convinced yet? If so, pick yourself up a few Baggu reusable shopping bags. Baggu bags are made from super strong rip-stop nylon (holds 25 lbs), are light and compactable and have a nice big gusset in the bottom so they will sit flat when they are filled with all your goodies. When not in use, they fold up nicely into a tiny little package weighing just 2ozs and measuring just 5×5 inches. More importantly, using one Baggu for one year replaces 300 to 700 disposable bags. In addition, one Baggu holds the contents of 2 to 3 plastic grocery bags. That’s just six bags for a whole cart full of groceries! Now there are no more excuses, so stop the disposable plastic bag madness and pick yourself up a handful. They’re really reasonable and come in 6 groovy colors.
Weee Doggy! This week Apple released their quarterly earnings and in the immortal words of The Beastie Boys, “they got more Louie than Phillip Rizzuto.” How about $6.22 billion in revenue and a net quarterly profit of $904 million. Not too shabby. That’s up from last year’s matching quarter of $4.84 billion in revenue and net quarterly profits of $542 million. During the quarter, Apple sold 10,200,000 iPods, 2,164,000 Macs and 1,119,000 iPhones! Total numbers for the 2007 fiscal year? According to Steve Jobs, we’re talking about $24 billion in revenue and $3.5 billion in net income. In addition, Peter Oppenheimer, Apple’s CFO added that “Apple ended the fiscal year with $15.4 billion in cash and no debt.” Sheesh!

[…] Last week we talked about all the cabbage Apple has been raking in, so to give the illusion that I am fair and balanced, we’ll take a look at what Microsoft reported this week. So here goes. For the quarter? How does $13.76 billion in revenue with $4.29 billion in net profits sound? That’s a 27% increase over last year’s respective quarter. Everything’s coming up roses! Windows client segment grew 150%, 1.8 million Xbox 360 units sold and $330 million in Halo sales. What does this mean for the 2007 fiscal year projections? $58.8 billion to $59.7 billion for an operating income of $23.3 billion to $23.7 billion. That literally puts Microsoft on par with the GNP of Kuwait who is around number 56 on the Countries of the World GNP hit parade. […]