Posts Tagged ‘DaddyTech’
External hard drives are very handy for parents. Digital photos and videos of the kids take up an incredible amount of disk space. You need to back up those memories or you will not be pleased.
Luckily technology is pretty cheap these days. Even so, a sale on something useful for parents, like external hard drives, is always welcome. Check out these hard drive deals at Amazon.com. Buy two. Just in case.
UPDATE: Roger Sinasohn tells us via Facebook that Fry’s has 2TB drives for $89 in store. California folks, take note.
UPDATE 2: He also points out that JR.com has the Western Digital Elements 1.5 TB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive for $89, and a 2TB version for $99. Thanks for the tip!
Here are links to both drives at JR.com. I had a horrible experience at their store once in person (many years ago), but have never had any issues buying from them online.
I love smart kids. I love tech folks who stick it to THE MAN.
These days, despite protestations from iHoles worldwide, Apple is THE MAN. Especially when it comes to the iPhone app store.
Here’s what happened: according to Gizmodo, Nick Lee, a 15-year-old kid, was selling an iPhone app called Handy Light. It looked like one of probably thousands of “colored flashlight apps” that are in the app store.
BUT! Handy Light had a secret feature — “hidden code that made it a full tethering application—a program that allows you to use your iPhone as a 3G modem.” This is something that AT&T charges $20 a month for. But if you have Handy Light, you can do it for free — well, ok, a one-time charge of 99 cents.
A couple of points:
- Cellphone carriers who charge for tethering are annoying.
- Apple’s claim that they filter apps in order to protect users now sounds silly. Especially when they rejected a farting app. (They eventually approved it, I think.)
- It’s great that kids are still programming. Computers in schools are mostly used now as gaming machines.
- This is NOT evil hacking. This is a kid who figured out a way to buck the system.
According to Gizmodo, Apple removed Handy Light from the app store, but anyone who downloaded the thing can keep using it. Not sure if it’s possible to load your own apps onto the iPhone. If so, I hope the kid released the source code so people can keep doing this on their own. It may be a violation of AT&T’s agreement (I have no idea if it is or not); if so, that’s their problem.
GO! SMART! KIDS! David Lightman! Represent!
Wargames DVD image via Amazon.com
The name of this product is Foldable USB Keyboard, Black. That’s a little misleading, since it’s not foldable as much as it is flexible. (It does appear to be black, although I’m color blind so who knows.)
What is nice is the price – $5.68 at Amazon.com. Could be a good item for when your little Edward Stickyhands wants to mess with your laptop and you’d rather he not touch the same keyboard that you use.
Foldable USB Keyboard, Black $5.68 at Amazon.com
Because Grandma hates it when you email video clips of the kids, here is a deal for you — 100 Memorex DVD-R discs for $19.49 with free shipping.
$9.99, actually. Which is a damn good deal for a 7-inch digital frame. There’s a rebate involved but it’s only for ten dollars.
List Price: $49.99
Instant Savings: - $30.00
Less Rebate: - $10.00
Final price: $9.99
From Circuit City, link below.
For some reason no one that I know uses Powerline devices for home networking. And they should, because it’s incredibly easy.
You know all those cool new Blu-Ray players that can stream Netflix? New TVs that have built-in YouTube? They won’t work unless you connect the stupid thing to the Internet. Some home entertainment devices have built-in Wi-Fi, but frankly, Wi-Fi isn’t always fast enough to produce a smooth video stream.
Powerline, also known as HomePlug (the official name seems to be the HomePlug Powerline Alliance), lets you use electrical outlets to stream data. Plug one Powerline/HomePlug adapter into your router, then put another one anyplace you need it. I find that I get the best results using wired Ethernet; there are wireless Powerline adapters, but I think that defeats the purpose — wired Ethernet is stable, but running cable all over your house is very expensive. Even if you have the electrical knowledge to equip your home with Ethernet jacks, that takes a tremendous amount of time. (Does the phrase “I’ll install a drop ceiling and run wires that way!” sound appealing? Try running that one by your wife.) Plugging in a wall-wart-type of device is about as easy as it gets.
The speed isn’t what you get with real Ethernet jacks, but it’s better than wireless, and certainly more than enough for most users needs. You also don’t have to worry about dropped signals, Netgear’s new offerings include the Powerline AV 500 Adapter Kit (XAVB5001), which has a smaller form-factor than previous adapters, according to published reports. That’s important, because you can’t plug a Powerline adapter into a surge protector and expect it to work. It wants an outlet of its own, and since most electrical outlets are jammed close together, not blocking one or even two is important. (Note: I’ve read that you can make Powerline work if it is plugged into a surge protector; I’ve never tried it.)
The new stuff isn’t available yet. If you can’t wait, pick up the NETGEAR XAVB101 Powerline AV Ethernet Adapter Kit from Amazon.com. Or look for older model adapters from smaller companies, either on Amazon or even eBay. If you prefer to buy new gear, the Actiontec MegaPlug 85 Mbps Ethernet Adapter Twin-Pack is under 80 bucks on Amazon and has very good customer reviews. Remember that no matter what you buy, you’ll need at least adapters — one for the router, one for the device you want to connect to the Interwebs. In my experience, mixing brands doesn’t matter — I’ve used at least three different brands of Powerline/HomePlug adapters over the years and they all worked fine together.
Gmail will never upset you.
To ensure a quality user experience for all Gmail users, we avoid showing ads reflecting sensitive or inappropriate content by only showing ads that have been classified as “Family-Safe.” Gmail’s filters also block ads from running next to messages about catastrophic events or tragedies, erring on the side of not displaying an ad if the content is questionable. (emphasis added)
I think I’d be OK with the occasional inappropriate text ad appearing near a message about Grampa’s heart attack than I would be with being reminded that my email account scans my messages. Also, what does Google consider “catastrophic events or tragedies”? Maybe they could give a shit about my family, but if I mention a drop in their stock price, all ads are pulled. (Note: We have no way of knowing whether or not Google gives a shit about our family, your family, or anyone’s family.)
Plus, what is “family safe”? Maybe I’m a member of the Manson Family and want to see ads for embalming fluid, ammunition, and clocks that bark.
But you can feel comfortable knowing that when you need to let someone know that something bad has happened, you can use Gmail and not see ads for Vi@gr@. Phew.
via About Gmail