Archive for July, 2007

PS3 Reduced to $499

( E3 and Gadgets and Videogames )

So we now all know what we already knew, the PS3 has been officially cut in price by $100 to $499 for the 60GB model. Taking up the slack in the upper atmosphere is the new 80GB model (as previously seen in Korea) for the original bargain price of $599. If $100 seems like a large difference for just 20GB, Sony seem to agree so they’re also throwing in a copy of Motorstorm. Still seems a little bit of a stretch to me – I think I’ll wait until the heavily rumored rumble controllers come out. Oh and, you know, some decent games to actually play on the thing.

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TiVo Series 3 Review

( Gadgets )

It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to watch TV without a DVR. My memory for schedules and lack of tolerance of commercials makes regular live programming a bit of a nightmare. The problem is, I also like HDTV and subscribe to cable – which rules out the most common solutions (TiVo, ReplayTV, MythTV, MediaCenter etc) as they all lack either the ability to decode the encrypted signal or the ability to record in HD. The only choice was the DVR offered by the cable company themselves, the Scientific Atlana 8300HD. Alas, it sucks. Completely. It’s slow, unreliable, hard to use and lacks many basic features. I wouldn’t wish this abomination on my worst enemy.

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William Kamakwamba’s Windmill

( Gadgets )

William & his Windmill19 year old William Kamakwamba from Malawi has a blog. Given the infrastructure in that country that’s no mean feat on it’s own, but the subject he has chosen for his first few posts is the windmill he built next to his house using an old bicycle and plans from a donated American middle school text book. This windmill, costing something like US$10, is now providing power for his family and neighbors in the middle of the African scrub. It’s a great and inspirational story.

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( Gadgets )

Just picked up the new Apple iPhone yesterday. As with the 770 I’ll be back with more comments soon, but initial impressions are below. It’s a very fun little thing!

  • Screen is awesome

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