Travel Gear


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http://live.pirillo.com/ – In a couple of weeks, my wife Ponzi and I are going to Germany. General Motors saw our live stream, and asked us if we would like to stream live from an auto show in Frankfort, Germany. Uhm.. DUH! Stay tuned in September, when we become an International show for awhile!

So many gadgets, so little suitcase space. Ponzi has to have clothes… and shoes… and probably do-dads… and maybe some like whatever that stuff is that women can’t live without! Of course, I have to have my gadgets. How can I stream from Germany without them? Let’s take a look at some of what I keep in my backpack, and the things I’ve had to buy for this trip.

Verbatim’s USB Kit is hands down the best thing I have in my backpack. I mean, look at all this!
There’s a tiny little 4-port USB hub, a USB extender, and even a crossover cable! It all comes in this handy hard case, to make traveling with it even nicer.

Cable. I HATE cables! Look at all these long cables! ARGH! Probably the best invention ever is the retractable cable. Any manufacturer of a portable device who does not make a retractable cable is doing their customers a serious disservice. I have a couple of these floating around, and use them for literally everything I can.

I also have my PSP charging and sync cable. I had to buy this separate from my PSP. Why Sony gives you two separate cables is beyond me. I have this wrapped up nice and neatly, using a small black velcro strap. Too bad I can’t get a retractable one of these!

Then of course, the biggie. Since Germany is on an entirely different electrical system, I bought a Belkin converter. This thing has so many settings, I’m not sure I’ll ever figure them out. I know I’m going to have to hit an electronics store (or an Apple store!) in Frankfurt. Keep your fingers crossed that I can get everything I’ll need to keep all my gadgets working in Germany!

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Hard Drive Price and Capacity


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http://live.pirillo.com/ – How fast is your hard drive? Is speed everything? YES! IT! IS! One viewer wrote in to ask why he found a 500GB hard drive for a much cheaper price than a 250GB drive. Remember, the size is not all that matters.

Are you comparing apples to apples? Or is it apples to kiwi? No matter. The fact is, you have to make sure you are comparing drives that are actually similar. There are many things to look at when choosing a new hard drive. You have to consider write speed, read speed, Revolutions per Minute (or RPMs), and even benchmarks. Research, compare, and research again! A hard drive isn’t only about capacity, it’s also about connectivity options. Every model and brand is going to differ. What exactly is it you are looking for as far as performance? Compare several brands side by side. Look at those benchmarks, read as many reviews as you can possibly get your hands on.

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Corrections on Quad Core and Multi Core CPUs


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http://live.pirillo.com/ – I take pride in the fact that I don’t know everything. I love to learn, and looking to the community for help filling in my blanks is important to me. Consider this an update… 1.1 if you will… to my earlier video on Quad and Dual Core CPUs.

My original video on Quad Core processors was met with some constructive criticism. Apparently, I explained one of the main points wrong. So… let’s set the record straight!

When you say “quad core” or “dual core”, it doesn’t mean there are literally four (or two) tiny little CPUs sitting inside the computer case. Rather, there is one CPU, with four (or two) cores to it. This enables the CPU to run faster, and stay cooler. When I open up my process manager, you can see that Windows manages these cores separately. It shows four separate boxes, making it seem as though there are four separate CPUs. I think this is where my explanation got muddied before, and I wanted to make things right.

By all mean, don’t let what I say in my videos be the end of the conversation on any matter. Ask questions, extend the discussion. If I’m wrong, or unclear on something, let me know about it.

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Alphagrip USB Keyboard Alternative


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http://live.pirillo.com/ – I have discovered that I cannot type very well unless I am using a ‘normal’ keyboard. This new Alpha Grip USB Keyboard is designed much like a game console controller. Some of the keys are on front, some are on back. There is a little trackball for your mouse. It really works… it’s just very different.

Alpha Grip is a totally handheld keyboard. AlphaGrip technology sets you free by enabling handheld typing at 50-70 words per minute while standing, walking, running, riding in a vehicle, leaning back in your chair or recliner, or lying in bed.I gave this a go while sitting at my desk. I had to laugh at myself as I searched for the proper keys to type my own name. This is definitely revolutionary, and I totally get the ergonomic design. However, I think I might just stick with typing over 100 wpm while using my boring old normal keyboard.

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Droid Maker by Michael Rubin


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http://live.pirillo.com/ – Michael Rubin joins me live to talk about his new book Droid Maker. This book delves into the computer division of the Lucas Film making empire. Learn about the birth of some of todays’ most impressive film technology… begun by a group of computer Geeks.

Droid Maker is the three year brainchild from author Michael Rubin. Michael was part of the group who worked many years ago, developing what we now know as Pixar. They also are the pioneers of avatars, online game play, and even digital video editing.

Droid Maker is the inside story of George Lucas, his company, and the work they did to revolutionize the film industry. This book ventures in territory never explored, as Michael reconstructs the events in Hollywood to track the genesis of modern media. This is a compelling story that takes the reader into an era of technological innovation almost completely unknown.

I can’t wait to dive in and read this book myself. I only received it the day of our interview, so I haven’t had a chance yet. But Michaels enthusiasm for his work, combined with my own love of technology, guarantees this is one book I won’t be able to put down.

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