TG #5: Listener Feedback and a few Small Gadgets

January 18, 2008 – 9:03 am

This week on Tweak and Geek, we respond to reader feedback and discuss some smaller gadgets that could be purchased with one of those random unexpected windfalls.

0) Errata

  • T&G#4 Schroedinger’s Cat 20:12 – I said that the cat and the atom device are in a transparent box. That actually should have been an opaque box. This was brought to my attention by my Social Worker cousin Lynn. I got her to read the book Alice in Quantumland a few years ago, and she knows about as much about QM as anybody. I highly recommend that book… if we can get a Social Worker to pick out errata in a Quantum Mechanics Discussion, then we are doing a great job…
  • “IM IN UR ____ ___ING UR _____” is based on a classic Starcraft game. The original phrase was “IM IN UR BASE KILLING ALL UR DOODZ”

Wired ran a “IN UR ___” Geekipedia page. Our favorite was “Im in ur quantum box…. maybe.” Or the top-rated one, “I’m in ur mom, making ur siblingz.”

1) Listener Email

  • Ken’s Email about buying a new PC

Long time listener, first time caller.

I am considering buying a new computer and I was wondering at what point do you
decide that you can’t live with your last one and that you have to have a new
one?

Once you’ve made that decision, do you build your own piece by piece or do you
buy a fully built computer system?

  • Megan’s Email About CD Digitization

The glory days of jewel cases are over; I want to digitize my CD collection.
What’s the best strategy and software to use? Keeping in mind that you,
Craig, have made me covetous of an iPod Touch.

  • Nate’s email about Blu Ray

Warner Backs Blu-ray, Tilting DVD Battle
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/05/technology/05disc.html?ref=media

I read this article today which is about how Warner Bros is now going to use
only Blu-Ray which means that Blu-ray will be the leading High Def DVD
format.
I was wondering what you guys thought about this?

Is Blu-Ray really the superior format or has HD DVD just lost out.
It seems like Blue-Ray is a lot more expensive.

    • Several studios have been exercising “out” clauses in HD-DVD contracts — focus may be shifting to Blu-Ray
    • HD-DVD far from dead yet — still has MS behind it

2) What Consumer Electronics to buy with a windfall – the T&G buyer’s guide

  • Noise Canceling Headphones
  • Digital Camera
  • Nintendo DS
  • GPS
  • PC paraphernalia:
  • Wii

3) Talk about WorldIV Gameblog Interviews

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  1. 8 Responses to “TG #5: Listener Feedback and a few Small Gadgets”

  2. Good show. Keep it up!

    I have a recommendation for the GPS. I got a TomTom One XL S for Christmas (http://www.tomtom.com/products/product.php?ID=421&Category=0&Lid=4)

    Comes with a car mount, but also works great out of the car. I have even used it for geocacheing with it. Might be a bit more $ than you were discussing was well worth it.

    Although since I have one, I will be looking at getting the shuttle pro you discussed.

    -S

    By ShadesOfGrey on Jan 18, 2008

  3. Oh. And thanks for the shout out!

    By ShadesOfGrey on Jan 18, 2008

  4. Great show as always, keep up the great work and effort!

    I completely agree with your comments on buying vs. building a PC. Back in the day, you could save a lot of money building your own system, but now there’s little to no savings to be had in going that route. Plus, you lose out on the benefit of a warranty. I’d only recommend building a system to someone who would enjoy the process (because it can be really rewarding).

    Looking forward to the next podcast!

    By Jon G. on Jan 22, 2008

  5. You mentioned some code to the following effect:

    while (!success)
    {
    try;
    }

    Maybe they should add a catch block to handle life’s exceptions…

    By Kevin on Jan 26, 2008

  6. Just as long as I don’t have to code the finally{} block just yet….

    By Pat on Jan 27, 2008

  7. Enjoying the shows. Finally! A good reason to use my iPod. Btw, the Smag comment almost made me choke on my poptart.

    By Nards on Feb 4, 2008

  8. I’m glad you didn’t actually choke. It would be a shame to kill a double-digit percentage of our listeners in one fell swoop.

    By Pat on Feb 4, 2008

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