January 9, 2008

I know, I know, not another USB flash drive. I can hear it now. However, this time it’s not a paltry 1GB or 2GB drive I’m dangling in front of you, this one’s a beast. Shop4Tech is featuring an immense 16GB USB 2.0 flash drive that even features a great design. Like most flash drives, it’s PC and Mac compatible, requires no drivers, has low power consumption and is hot swappable. Shop4Tech is offering the PQI Traveling Disk i221 for the low price of $85.49 with 10% off (storewide) Coupon Code: MJ10 (Exp 1/15). Free Shipping.
Finally, a real sports/training watch that doesn’t look like something that hangs around Flavor Flavs neck. It’s got a nice clean, streamlined design. Take a look. Not bad for a sports watch, huh? However, the new Garmin Forerunner 405 isn’t just about looks, it’s chock full of functionality. With the ability to monitor your time, distance, pace, calories and heart rate (when paired with heart rate monitor). Each run can be stored in memory so you can review and analyze the data to see how you’ve improved. You can even download recorded courses to compete against previous workouts or race a Virtual Partner®. Once you’re done your workout, all this data can be wirelessly synched with your computer to keep track of your progress. To top it all off, The Forerunner 405 also features high-sensitive GPS to keep you on the straight and narrow wherever you train. Click here for a complete list of specs and features.
Holy Jeebus! Panasonic went ahead and done it again! At the opening of CES 2008 they unveiled a 150″ plasma television that dwarfed the measly 103″ one they featured last year. This new set is 11 feet wide and features 2k x 4k resolution, that’s four times the resolution of a 1080p set. Needless to say, it is now holds the title for the largest television set in the world. Although it is principally intended for digital cinema and commercial installations, I’m sure it won’t be long before it shows up on an episode of MTV Cribs. Here’s a short video and some shots of the monolith. Speculation puts the price at about $100k.
This week at CES 2008, Millennium Cell and Horizon Fuel Cell announced an exciting new portable energy source they are calling the HydroPak generator. No gas, batteries, wind or sun needed here, this new generator uses disposable, water-activated cartridges. That’s right, all you do is add water and you are ready to go with 14 continuous hours of 25 Watts of power. According to Millenium Cell, that’s “enough energy to recharge an average notebook computer 8 to 10 times” or “operate low power devices such as portable lights, notebook computers, portable televisions and ad hoc communications networks for more than 14 continuous hours.” Most importantly, the cartridges are stored dry which allows them to overcome the common problem of limited storability and shelf life that plagues traditional power sources such as batteries. In addition, the HydroPak operates quietly with no toxic fumes. The planned retail pricing is $400 for the system and $20 for the cartridges.
As many of you know Bill Gates is stepping down from the helm of Microsoft at the ripe old age of 52. This after working there for 35 years (he’s worked at Microsoft since he was 17!) and giving away nearly $14.4 billion dollars to charity. Not too bad of a career. I also know there are quite a few folks out there who are not so fond of old Bill. Regardless of your opinion, I think you will enjoy this video that was featured this year at what should be Bill’s last keynote at CES 2008. It’s jam-packed with celebrity cameos and self-effacing humor, speculating just what Bill will be up to after retirement. It’s interesting to see how relaxed and comfortable he seems, totally embracing his geekness.

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yes indeed……