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Are There Things You Shouldn't DO on a Laptop?


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Over on Lockergnome, PhidiasBob asked the community if there are things you can do on a desktop machine that you should NOT do on a laptop. This is a fair question to ask. I think the only thing I wouldn’t do with a notebook or laptop vs a desktop is to do something that is very memory or processor intensive. They to tend to underpowered compared to your desktop system… and some machines will even end up having an overheating problem if you push them too hard.

There are times you need to use a portable machine, such as when you’re on a self-imposed vacation. I prefer my desktop, of course. I have more power, more memory and more OOMPH on my home system. My Macbook Pro is great, but it just doesn’t have the capability to multi-task with processor-intensive applications as my Mac Pro does.

There really isn’t anything else I can think of to answer this question, y’all. What things can you guys think of that you likely shouldn’t do with a laptop that you can do on your desktop?

Keep in mind that you can join Lockergnome yourself for free and ask questions of your own. The community loves to answer things, and are telling me that it’s quite addictive. I hope you’ll join us!

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iPhone 3GS vs HTC Evo 4G: Battery Life


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My initial impressions of the HTC Evo 4G were attacked for various reasons, some people going as far as to blame me for somebody else’s shortcomings. It wasn’t a review (hence, containing the word “impressions” in the title). Now, since I didn’t mention it directly in this video – yes, Sprint did send me the device to play with (and I purchased the iPhone with my own money).

Some of you accused me for being an Apple fanboi (and looking at an Android device through rose-tinted glasses). Okay, fine – let’s see how the HTC Evo 4G stacks up against the iPhone 3GS as far as battery life is concerned.

Oh, and… you might wanna read these posts from fellow Android fans at Gizmodo and TechCrunch subsidiary MobileCrunch.

I’m not the only one claiming that the HTC Evo 4G’s battery life leaves something to be desired. Still, I’m sure several of you will take this as an opportunity to tell me that I’m biased again… despite having shown you just how well these two devices stack up in terms of core functionality.

I’d much rather have 60% battery life left at the end of the day of average usage compared to 15% after not having used the device at all. Swapping batteries? Sure. People love carrying extra batteries around – and they love the added expense, too.

After reading some of the commentary left on YouTube for this video, I’m not sure whether to laugh, cry or throw up in my mouth a little. I am including a few here for your enjoyment (or horror), along with my reactions directly underneath.

  • myandroid4G says that “you can clearly see this idiot left 4g on with a low signal witch mean the phone was searching for a 4g signal the whole time then your bluetooth been on mad long. lmao. stop being a fool and stop making yourself and your family look bad. I feel bad for your fans. Please someone with the overclock come show this fool this phone can last 2 days on one charge. You cant even hack the iphone to do that. Fucking stupid ass idiot, keep making yourself look foolish. lmao”
  • My reply to that was along the lines of: “Nice unbiased username you have there! Okay, fandroidism aside – you’re suggesting that the average user is going to understand half of what you suggested? Right. They’re going to turn on their phone and expect it to last all day – and it likely will not, as evidenced by several impartial reviews (even if you were to prove that I was unabashedly biased). Even Android fanbois are having issue with the Evo’s battery life! 🙂 How, again, is this MY problem?

  • drakeknowstechnology stated emphatically that “well the reason for the dead evo battery is because you have it set to have programs running in the background and that kills the battery.”
  • My reply: “Dude. That’s the funniest thing I’ve read all day. You’re suggesting that to get the most out of this phone, I need to… turn off its features? Alright. I capitulate. The HTC Evo 4G is awesome if you turn everything off. Happy?

  • RoboRope swears that I am “so wrong with this video. No way will the EVO be dead in 5 hours with no use.”
  • My reply was tongue-in-cheek, of course: “Holy shitballs, you’ve got to be kidding me?! I took the time to show you the battery usage screen… and I’m… wrong? No, no, no don’t shoot the messenger.”

  • TokyoNerd scoffed: “Of course the HTC EVO would drain the battery quick, it’s a more powerful device. More power = more battery usage. And also, we all know Apple makes the best batteries, so you don’t need to rub it in.”
  • I graciously offered: “You’re right. A more fair comparison would be against the iPhone 4, which purports to have 40% more battery life than the iPhone 3GS. The HTC Evo 4G’s battery life would look to be even WORSE in that comparison. You’re trying to further the argument, but you’re unintentionally supporting my side of it.”

  • Jambo310 tried to act all tough in saying: “Ugh total bias, you either did not charge the device sufficiently when you got it or are just lying, I know for a FACT that the evo lasts from when you get up to when you go to bed (just personal experience) with heavy usage of texting and phone calls and moderate usage of the other features (not bluetooth).”
  • I had to set him straight: “Charging it overnight isn’t “sufficient?” Whatever. And turning off Bluetooth isn’t a workaround – it’s a lame cop out. You’re resorting to unfounded accusations – suggesting I’m lying is the only way to bolster your position? I don’t understand how empirical evidence is anywhere near biased. What you’re looking at is as factual as it gets, dude. Read Gizmodo. Read MobileCrunch. They say the same damn thing. Battery life after meager usage is ghastly.”

  • Bowzer27 chimed in with: ” it went out quick because you had the Bluetooth on, which uses allot of power.”
  • Really? I replied: “The iPhone had Bluetooth on as well. What’s your point? If you buy a device only to turn off its features, what’s the point of buying that device in the first place? My point stands.”

As you can see, the fandroids are out for blood. Apparently, they completely missed two important points I was attempting to make:

  • Yes, this is a smartphone. However, does that mean only highly-experienced people should be able to use it? Why should it be so inherently difficult to figure out basic functions for the “everyday” users?
  • You shouldn’t have to turn off features in order to get the battery to last longer. That’s just insane.

The best comment of the day, though, reminded me exactly WHY I do what I do, and why I love to do video reviews and impressions (emphasis mine):

iTalkApple stated simply: “Best video I’ve seen about the EVO 4G. I like how you consider what the average consumer will think and aren’t afraid to criticize.”

So let’s have it: What are YOUR thoughts? Is the EVO 4G really having issues, or is it the best thing since sliced bread?

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Get Rid of the Trojan From the Energizer DUO

The Department of Homeland Security has discovered that Energizer’s Duo USB charger left Windows computers open to remote control, thanks to a back door in the product’s battery monitoring software. The DUO is a USB and AC charger for NiMH batteries. The software that comes with the product allows one to see how much oomph is left in their batteries. Apparently, though, the Windows software for this device had a lovely little bug in it.

The software installs a backdoor that allows remote access to your computer. That includes “the ability to list directories, send and receive files, and execute programs,” according to the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team. If you downloaded the Mac counterpart, you have nothing to worry about. If you have downloaded this software for Windows, you’re going to need to execute a couple of steps in order to secure your computer.

  • Uninstall the software! his will remove the Windows registry value that executes the Trojan when starting Windows.
  • Reboot your computer after the uninstall has finished.
  • Navigate your way to C/Windows/system32/arucer.dll. This is the file that is the backdoor component itself. Delete this file, empty your Recycle Bin, and reboot once more.
  • To add one additional layer of protection, you can have your firewall block access to 7777/tcp. Energizer doesn’t list this step as necessary. It’s just an extra step for safe computing.

The DUO itself is a good product. The hardware is still available through Amazon. However, the software download has been discontinued. The product’s main function of charging by USB or AC still works. However, if you own one of these devices and would like to complain, I suggest you get in touch with them through the Energizer Contact Page.

How Are You Extending Your Mobile Phone's Battery Life?


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I am still enjoying my iPhone, despite the fact that version 2.0 of the operating system has been anything but great. I’ve experienced a great degree of consternation over this device that seems to lose its power within hours. I know I could turn things off like the Bluetooth, but then what’s the point of having it? I’ve tried several different external batteries, and none of them have really won me over. So, I decided to try out the Mophie Juice Pack. It comes in several different colors, and has models available for all varieties of iPods and iPhones.

The All-New mophie ‘Juice Pack 3G’ is designed to more than double the time you can Rock, Talk, Surf and Send with your iPhone 3G. This is the first Apple certified ”Works With iPhone” attached battery in the world!

The Juice Pack is a rechargeable lithium polymer battery in the form of a non-slip, soft grip case. It extends the time that you can use your iPhone 3G in these ways (additional hours):

  1. Standby Time – Up to 350 hours
  2. Talk Time – Up to 6 hours on 3G | Up to 12 hours on 2G
  3. Internet Use – Up to 6 hours on 3G | Up to 7 hours on Wi-Fi
  4. Audio Playback – Up to 28 hours
  5. Video Playback – Up to 8 hours

When I’m out and about, I need something with me to charge my iPhone. I held out a great degree of hope for the Juice Pack. You simply slide your iPhone into the little Sled, and you’ve doubled the battery life for your iPhone. It doesn’t add too much bulk, even though it doubles the thickness. I like the sled, because it’s lightweight and doesn’t have the propensity for letting the iPhone dislodge accidentally. When the iPhone is sitting in the Mophie, the back is protected. You can slide it into your pocket with no problems.

The only issue I really have is that in order to use it, I have to get rid of my protective InCase. I am thinking it’s worth it to double my battery life, and keeping the iPhone protected at least somewhat. For $99.00, I think you’ll be quite happy with it.

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A Better Battery Life

I was surprised – our battery interview turned out to be quite informational. PC World also has a handful of iPod battery tips, although I believe the suggestions trancend Apple’s platform. Here are my takeaways from both pieces:

  • Don’t leave your battery-driven devices plugged in all the time.
  • Let your batteries drain completely before recharging them.
  • On the iPod, “Standby” doesn’t save as much juice as “Pause” does.
  • Turning off sound equalizers may also increase battery life.
  • Batteries drain quicker in warmer environments.

My biggest beef with batteries is that they’re not all removable, they’re not all rechargable, and they’re not as interchangable as they should be. Moreover, I’m wholly unimpressed when I can’t charge a device by USB.