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iPod or iPad?


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I had a caller the other night who is trying to decide between buying the iPod Touch or the iPad. He isn’t sure which would be right for him, and hoped I would throw some advice his way. I asked the kid what he plans to use such a device for, so that I could make a better recommendation. However… he doesn’t know what he wants to do with it. If you aren’t sure what you need a device to do, why do you need it at all? DON’T buy anything yet simply because you “can” or want it. Buy it because you actually need and will use it!

If you want something that will play music and games and be easy to take with you anywhere, you’ll probably want an iPod Touch. But if you want to watch movies, play games and stay mostly at home, then you’ll likely get an iPad.

Neither one have a camera at this point in time. The iPad has the screen real estate going for it, but again… it depends on what you want to do with the device. You have to know what will suit your needs and lifestyle the best before you rush out to make a purchase. Each of these products will do different types of things. I really can’t begin to tell you which would work for you, as I don’t know what your needs are.

I have to admit it, though: I will not be giving up my iPad for an iPod touch anytime soon!

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How Do You Pay for Your Geek Gadgets?

Many of you in the community are as addicted to gadgets and gizmos as I am. The habit can be extremely expensive, and we often scratch our heads trying to figure out if we can afford the latest toys. With companies competing harder than ever to have the latest and greatest, it’s no wonder we’re all ending up deeper and deeper in the financial black hole. I noticed someone on Geeks asking this very question, and I decided to try and open it up for more communication here.

How do you pay for your Geeky gadgets? Are you one of the lucky few who make a lot of money and have very few bills to pay? Do you swipe your credit card time and again, racking up even more debt just to have the hottest toy on the block? Or are you someone who recycles or sells your “outdated” gizmos in order to fund the purchase of newer models?

Cell phones, MP3 players and other toys are causing consumers to fork over millions of dollars each year. I can’t help but wonder what happens to all of the old devices we decide we no longer want. Where do yours go?

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Is Your Mobile Device Making You Less Productive?

According to a newly-released study, that mobile device in your hand is likely stressing you out, and making you LESS productive! Most of us who are power users tend to think that our iPhones and Blackberry’s help us be more efficient, and get more done. Sadly, that isn’t always the case for some people.

Look at it this way: if you are one of those power people who have to constantly check your phone, how much time are you taking away from your actual work? Instead of a simple task taking twenty minutes to finish, it can take more than an hour. The gadget on your desk is pulling you – you’re constantly checking it to make sure you aren’t missing anything. Instead of actually focusing on your work and helping you get things done, the phone is instead causing your tasks to take even longer. This can stress you out, because you know you aren’t finishing things on time.

For those of you who may recognize yourself in this, you should take a step back. Turn your device off when you start that next spreadsheet or Google doc. Don’t turn it on (or even look at it!) again until you complete your task. Try setting aside specific times during the day to check for new messages, tweets and updates. Once that allotted time is up, turn the gadget back off again.

Don’t let your need to stay in the loop get in the way of getting your job done. I really don’t want to read one day that someone has gotten themselves fired for spending too much time staying connected… and not enough time actually being productive. Sadly, I have a feeling this is already happening around the world. Our jobs demand that we are always accessible… yet they get angry if they feel we spend too much time reading the latest news or emails from coworkers. How are we supposed to find balance?

How Do You Prop up (or Display) Your Mobile Devices?


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I used to love plopping down into a bean bag chair. It was just kind of fun to throw yourself into one. I’m not only talking about bean bags to take a trip down memory lane. I happened to buy one the other day that is designed for mobile devices. I have this plastic holder for my iPhone, but it just sat there all stiff like. It wasn’t a very happy and comfortable device. Also, when it rings, it would vibrate in a most annoying way while sitting in that plastic holder. So, I decided to grab myself a Bean Bag to let my iPhone rest in comfort.

Your cellphone is a trusted friend. It has been there for you when you needed a ride, felt lonely, or just had to talk to your mom. All it has asked in return is the occasional charge. Your phone loves you, so it’s about damn time you did something nice for it. You can start with a nice place for your phone to sit.

This diminutive beanbag chair is just the thing. Scientifically proven to be the most comfortable cellphone chair on the market. Ergonomically designed to eliminate pressure points that can bruise or cause extremities to go numb, this beanbag chair rests your cellphone in the most neutral position possible. 9 out of 10 cellphones agree, this is the best cellphone beanbag chair ever made!

Sure, some may laugh at you, but your buddy deserves the best. You owe it to your phone to make his downtime the most comfortable possible. The beanbag cellphone chair is so comfortable, your phone is guaranteed to remain seated until someone picks it up again.

It’s not only functional, it’s just plain fun. For only $10.00, doesn’t your phone deserve to rest in comfort?

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Windows Mobile vs iPhone

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One of the callers to the 888-PIRILLO line has just received a new htc Touch. He did have an iPhone… and prefers the Touch. I, of course, disagree with him. Let’s compare!

I’ll give you this… on features, the htc Touch rocks. It really does. Beyond that, you’re still dealing with Windows Mobile. I fell out of love with Windows Mobile after using the iPhone. So I had to ask.. why does the caller feel that the htc Touch is so much better? He replied that he can add a lot of programs to it, such as Skype and other VoiP clients. He can SSH into his server. If all you’re about is features… you’re right. The htc Touch is better. Windows Mobile is better as far as features go.

However, the iPhone SDK is coming. They will eventually be able to do everything that a Windows Mobile device can do. The SDK will also enable Flash… can Windows Mobile do that? The callers wants his features now, not when Apple has the SDK ready. That’s fine, and I can understand that. For me, it goes beyond the features, and into the implementation.

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How to Buy an MP4 Player

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One community member wrote in to say: “Over the last few years I have come full circle when it comes to MP4 players. So here are the 5 steps to choosing the right player for you.”

  • What do you need it for? If you want your MP4 player for listening to music and taking your favorite video clips with you to watch when you have a minute, you’ll probably be looking for a small screen player with 2 – 8 GB storage. Or if you’re looking for a device to use on the train to watch that TV show you missed last night or on an airplane to watch a movie or two, you’ll be looking for a larger screen player so you don’t strain your eyes with between 10 and 120 GB of storage.
  • Choose Your Brand! I’m sure I’m not the first to notice this but whenever Apple comes out with a new iPod, Creative will come out with something a month or so later that does just the same thing, looks a lot uglier but costs a lot less too. So if you’re a big apple fan with no budget, go for the iPod. If you’re not bothered either way, save some money and take the creative. Alternatively, if you’re just going to use it for watching videos, get an Archos.
  • Chose Your Model! With each different model you get a different screen size. If you’d rather have a small player, you’ll be looking at the new iPod nano with its sleek design and versatile storage, the new Creative Zen MP4 player with between 4 and 16 GB of storage, or the new Archos 105. If you prefer the larger player, you’ll be looking at the Apple iPod Classic, iPod Touch or the iPhone, the Creative Zen Vision M or W or the Archos 406, 506 or 706.
  • Protection. As with all small consumer electronic products, you’d be a fool not to buy a case. The Archos is the only device that comes with a half decent case. The others just come with those pouches to keep away dust and scratches. These are no good if you knock or drop the product so invest in a hard wearing case. It might also be worth looking into extended warranties and accidental damage cover. These things are expensive don’t forget.
  • Get the most out of your product! Now that you know what you want, look into the extra features and see how they will benefit you. You’d be surprised what features are on these devices. Wifi and internet browsers, card readers, AV input/output ports, docking stations, TV recording features… There’s a lot more than meets the eye to these players and most people don’t realize it!

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50 Geek Gift Ideas (My Wishlist)

I’ve worked my fingers off over the past day, updating my personal wish list with all the latest interesting gadgets and gizmos (not to mention a few stocking stuffers thrown in for good measure). Without further ado, I give you a semi-official and almost-complete wish list – which could be good for just about any ol’ geek:

  1. Panasonic TH-42PX60U 42″ Plasma HDTV
  2. Seagate 500GB eSATA External Hard Drive
  3. SkyScout
  4. Electronic Message Board
  5. eSATA to USB Adapter
  6. Firepod
  7. Energizer Energi To Go Instant Cell Phone Charger, Mini USB
  8. Panasonic Wireless 802.11 b/g Network Camera (BL-C30A)
  9. Microsoft LifeCam NX-6000 Webcam
  10. Logitech Harmony 1000 Advanced Universal Remote
  11. Night Owl Explorer Pro 5x Night Vision Scope w/I/R Illuminator
  12. SanDisk V-Mate Video Memory Card Recorder
  13. Star Wars Astromech Droids Complete Set
  14. Samsung BlackJack
  15. GPS TrackStick
  16. INVIS-ID
  17. Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000
  18. Solar Charger – USB charger – Mobile Device Charger
  19. Xtreme X-500 Electric Scooter
  20. Celestron CPC 1100XLT Computerized GPS SCT with StarBright XLT Coatings
  21. Kotobukiya Star Wars Darth Vader Pre-Painted Soft Vinyl Model Kit
  22. Wi-Spy Spectrum Analyzer
  23. Pertelian External LCD Display v4
  24. eStarling WiFi LCD Frame
  25. Watt’s Up Pro
  26. LED Name Badge II
  27. LED Projection Night Light
  28. Canon PowerShot SD800 IS
  29. NY Times Deluxe Touch Screen Crossword Puzzle
  30. Wireless Weather Forecaster
  31. Westinghouse (WHI-4C) 4-Channel Wireless Intercom System
  32. Uniden GMR1588-2CK 22-Channel 15-Mile Two-Way Radios (Pair)
  33. DreamAuthentics Ultra Quad Arcade Package (MAME Arcade)
  34. Dyson Root 6
  35. Lentek Koolatron BV01G Bug Vacuum Pest Control with Recharger
  36. HP LaserJet 3052
  37. APC BR1500 UPS
  38. Belkin F5U261 USB 2.0 4-Port Drive-Bay Hub
  39. KAMARACK 3.5″ USB RACK
  40. Mac Mini (SuperDrive)
  41. Sony HDR-SR1 Handycam HD Camcorder
  42. Ionic Breeze GP
  43. Jump-Start DC Power Plus (AU400)
  44. Ecosol Powerstick
  45. Brando WorkShop 55 in 1 Card Reader
  46. Xbox 360 HD-DVD External Drive
  47. Communicator Grey C100S USB Speakerphone for Skype
  48. The Optimus Keyboard
  49. HP LP3065 30″ LCD Monitor
  50. Slingbox Pro

BTW, if you order anything through OverStock.com before December 1st, you can save an additional 12% (saving as much as $125).

Did I leave anything out?

Mobile Stocking Stuffers

Every year, I struggle to find great stocking stuffers for Ponzi. My fiancee is difficult to shop for, despite what she claims. It’s frustrating, but every year I manage to pull it off without showering her in chocolate (which never gets consumed, anyway). I’ve tried little books, but they remain unread. I’ve tried arts and crafts, but they never get assembled. Geeks are so much easier to shop for!

My wish list of “wants” and “needs” is rather extensive, but I just added six Proporta items to it tonight. Expect even more gift suggestions (and accompanying links) in the coming weeks. Who wouldn’t want these?

These recommendations aren’t linked through any affiliate program, by the way – I make them because I’m sure you’re struggling to find something for that special geeky someone, too.