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Samsung LED TV Review

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Some people ask what products I choose to buy myself to use in my home. This television is the latest acquisition of mine, and it’s one that I’m seriously happy with. This gorgeous TV is the Samsung 46″ 1080p LED HDTV. The picture is so much better than what this video will show you. It’s seriously crisp, clear and beautiful. This ultra-slim 46-inch LED HDTV boasts full HD 1080p resolution for the sharpest, smoothest picture possible.

This TV is so much more than just a television. It features Samsung’s new [email protected] online content service. Developed with Yahoo!, [email protected] uses either a wired or wireless Ethernet connection to access content onscreen from Yahoo!, Flickr, YouTube and more with the push of a button. The widget-based interface and scrollbar run along the bottom of the screen for easy browsing of the latest programs and content.

Samsung’s 1080p panel uses a new high-speed liquid crystal to cut response time to 4ms. The fast response time dramatically reduces motion blur and shudder. There’s a huge difference between seeing a game, and in seeing every single second of it. That’s where the new Auto Motion Plus 240Hz technology comes into play! All of the action – in every single frame – is analyzed and adjusted… nothing will get past you. This quadruples frame rates from 60 to 240 frames per second. No images are ever repeated to make more frames!

You bet your booty that I bought this little baby for myself, and it’s a purchase I could not regret. The price is actually fairly good, I think. It may seem expensive to you. However, do your research on other televisions of this type. You’re likely going to pay a lot more for them, and I honestly don’t think you’ll get a better experience than you would with this Samsung.

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Boxee Box Review

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Traci Toguchi covered the 2010 CES for us last week in Las Vegas. She was able to spend a few moments talking to Andrew about the new Boxee Box! The Boxee Box brings all your favorite TV shows & movies from the Internet or your hard drive onto your TV, without needing a computer. Why pay money for shows you won’t watch? Simply use the Boxee Box to watch what you want – on your own schedule!

Boxee is software that is the best way to enjoy all the entertainment you have on the web, or on your home network. This includes your tv shows and movies from Netflix, photos from Flickr, and even music from Pandora!

It won’t be available until second quarter this year, and will retail for about $199.99. When you think of all the money you’re wasting for television programming you don’t watch, that 200 bucks isn’t a bad deal at all!

Make sure you sign up on the website in order to keep up with the developments, and be ready to buy your Boxee Box when they become available!

Thanks, Traci, for all of your hard work during CES!

Thanks to Creative for sending the Vado 3 along for Traci to use during the show!

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Will TV Ever Die? No!

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I never thought I’d see the day when a USB device worked on both OS X and Windows to allow me to record video signals, including digital cable video signals! I can also schedule recordings, even remotely from my iPhone! There’s also the ability to chat with others, and see what other people are watching.

I’m talking about the TubeStick. With TubeStick you can stream live TV directly from your computer to your iPhone and remotely schedule recordings, ready to watch them later on your computer – or even on the go. The TubeStick works out of the box. Everything you need is there: a TV receiver, the matching white mini-antenna, an adaptor for external antennas and a USB extension cable.

Do you know what the best thing is about the TubeStick? You can win this one in my hand for yourself!! Simply log into Twitter, and tweet the following link: http://go.tagjag.com/tubestick. Add anything else you’d like to the tweet, as long as that link is in there. One of you will be a winner!

I’d be interested in seeing what shows all of you watch, so I’m looking forward to seeing you get signed up. It’ll be fun to see if I’m watching the hottest shows out there, or the lamest!

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What’s Your Favorite Commercial?

With all the talk of the new Miscrosoft commercials in Europe and the Pre wanting to co-exist with the iPhone, I can’t help but thinking about commercials in general. What’s your favorite technology-related commercial on television? You do remember what TV is, right? Do you love that annoying (yet catchy) Comcast song? Or are you more inclined to watch the Dell laptop commercials over and over? Let’s hear your thoughts!

Gnomedex Green Screen Challenge: Your Commercial Could be on TV!

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This week, I’m taking the Green Screen Challenge a step or two further than usual! Normally, I make a blog post, showcasing a few of my favorite entries. This time around, you can actually win a couple of very cool things!

The challenge: Create a Gnomedex commercial! My annual Gnomedex conference is only five weeks away, and it’s shaping up to be the best one yet! To help spread the excitement, I want you to come up with your very own Gnomedex commercial. Be as creative and innovative as you can – but please keep Creative Commons licensing in mind. We don’t want any legal troubles.

So what will you potentially win? I’m so glad you asked! Next week, I will choose one winner from all of the entries submitted via video response. That person will win two very cool “prizes”…

  • Have your commercial featured on television! Yes, that’s right – on television. The winning entry will be featured on the Seattle-area Comcast network!! Your name will of course be prominent, giving credit (and maybe fame?!) where credit is due.
  • Win a full-access pass to the Gnomedex conference! If you are over 18 and can pay your own travel/hotel/expenses, you can find yourself right in the middle of things during Gnomedex. It’s an amazing conference, and attending can literally change your life by giving you new perspectives and ways of thinking outside the proverbial box. Of course, if you cannot attend, you can do as you wish with the ticket – sell it to someone else, or give it away to someone who might not otherwise be able to attend.

If you aren’t sure yet how to work with these videos, make sure you check out the tutorial I wrote awhile back.

I’m very excited to see what everyone is going to come up with. Based on past entries for our weekly challenge, I know that the level of creativity out there in our community is astounding. Have fun with this – and good luck to everyone!

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How to Broadcast a Wireless Audio / Video Signal from PC to TV

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Let’s say you have an HDTV, a computer and Internet access. Why not put all of those things together by experiencing computer content on your computer? How would you get content from the computer to the television? You know you don’t want to run a cable from one to the other, right? So what else can you do? Lucky for you, the latest product from IOGear is here to save the day!

The Wireless USB Audio and Video Kit allows you to connect your computer to your TV wirelessly without the long and unattractive cable run. The system has strong, reliable signals – ideal for streaming media content across a room… even up to 30 feet away. There’s not even any complicated setup process.

The kit consists of three adapters: audio for speaker connectivity, VGA for the TV and Wireless USB for the hosting PC. Once you’re hooked up, you can do everything from watch your favorite YouTube videos to editing a spreadsheet for work – right on your flat-screen TV!

Broadcast whatever is on your computer onto your television. Make your family happy. Instead of gathering around your monitor, you can relax in front of the TV.

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Would I Go Back to Television?

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During live calls a bit back, I received one from someone who couldn’t believe they were actually talking to me. His main question was wondering if I’d ever go back to television.

In short – yes! I’d do it again in a heartbeat. I loved the atmosphere and pace of television. And, of course, I can reach a much wider audience!

Apparently, I looked quite nerdy back then. Even though I’ve aged well, I admit to still being nerdy. I wasn’t sure what more to say to this caller, as he seemed to be a bit uhm… under the weather. He was really happy he was able to get through on the live phone, so at least we apparently made his day.

Keep your eyes and ears open for the next time we’re doing live calls. You can call in to discuss anything tech related, or even talk about current events!

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What’s the Best HDTV to Buy?

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Stealing it is not the way to get an HDTV. If you don’t know where to start, we have some tips sent in by DellMan94 to help you know what to look for when buying a new HDTV. HD is here to stay, that’s for sure. I know you cannot go back once you’ve used an HDTV.

  • See it for yourself. If you have the opportunity to walk into a showroom and watch the television in action – and play with the remote – take it! The more you research by actually experiencing one, the better off you’ll be.
  • Buy for your needs. In other words, buy the TV that is most suited for how and where you’ll be using it. Keep in mind, if you’ll be in an environment with controlled lighting, you can get whatever you want. If you’ll have low lighting, be aware of the type of screen on the TV you purchase.
  • Don’t forget about the sound! Check out the speakers, and see how it sounds. You may even want to consider buying external speakers.
  • Use the best connections. Use quality cable – even Fiberoptic if possible! Don’t skimp on the cables. The better quality you buy, the better your viewing experience will be.
  • NEVER take advice from a salesperson. Don’t listen to what they tell you. They are trying to make a sale, even if it doesn’t match your needs. Do your research first. Know what you want, and what you can spend.

Remember that you can always head over to Geeks to do some research by getting the opinions of others. Also, before buying online always check out what coupons we have available.

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My First Cable TV Appearance (1997)

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I made my first television appearance back in 1997, on a show called Home Computing. I had been asked to appear to talk about my Lockergnome newsletter, and what it was all about. Back then, the newsletter consisted of information relating to Windows 95, software and games. Anything you can think of that related to the Windows family of products, I checked out and discussed. Instead of looking at software about things from companies such as Microsoft, I instead talked about shareware and freeware programs that were available at the time. Even back then, I was more about getting good programs for free than I was about paying for programs.

At that time, I had over 100,000 subscribers to the Lockergnome newsletter. Today, we still have that many people who read what we put out five nights a week! It’s simple to subscribe, just send an email to [email protected]. We work hard to incorporate thought-provoking links in the nightly newsletter, and even some fun ones! You’ll find a roundup of articles from Lockergnome, Geeks, my blog and even our Help forums!


Shuuuuuuuuuuuuuut uuuuuuuuuuuuuup, Mona. – l0ckergn0me

Nuh Nuh NERD ALERT! – Bwana

woah… – Outsanity

OMG – I’m gonna hafta second Mona here and say… HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA – Tad, Chosen of Eris

You didn’t look… too… fat… really… 🙂 – Michael Forian

"I won’t sell your um e-mail address. Everything is safe with me, because, you know, I own everything." HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA – Mona N.

So can we blame Pirillo for all of those spinning text GIF’s that we were assaulted with in the 90’s? : ) – Mike Doeff

Mike – for the record, I needed something relatively awesome to show on TV. There weren’t that many amazing programs out there back in early ’97. It was either spinning text or a rick roll, and since Rick Rolling didn’t hit it big until recently… – l0ckergn0me

Wild that that was only 11+ years ago… wow. The Dark Ages. – Tad, Chosen of Eris

Pretty amazing how smooth you were for a first appearance! – John Rubier

I was thinking the same thing John, you seemed more relaxed there than on C4H – Bwana

This is insane. the dude on the other side needs to lay off the java for real. – tony

Being a guest and being a host are two completely different things. Guests shouldn’t be over-the-top. I was more like Tim when I hosted for a reason. – l0ckergn0me

@Tony – lol. Check out some of Tim’s videos on YouTube (link in Chris’ video info). He’s a riot! – John Rubier

He looked like such a KID – MiniMageFFungeonsNDragons

props dude. props. – Josh Haley

Man that feels like such a long time ago. What version of IE was that? – Daryl Burns

it seems to run better than IE today – Outsanity

"Software Junkie" lol… Windows 95… rotfl. Great. Thanks Chris, you put this online. – Ryo

wtf? – johnny lucas

that mustache very BERT REYNOLDS – Caroline

some guys just look better when they are older…this is proof – Caroline

Caroline – you’re too sweet! – l0ckergn0me

That was great… wow… 11 years ago. You’ve come a long way, Chris!! – Lindsay: BFF w/ Eris

I remember I used to get criticized for preferring NT4 over Win9x 😛 I think at the time of this video, I was a full Linux head – Bwana

You looked as if you had been doing this for some time. The other gentleman looked nervous. – Adriana

Agreeing with Caroline. I’ve also noticed some guys just get better with age. It’s not fair! – MiniMageFFungeonsNDragons

Ooohhh Novell is one of the big guys. Can’t wait for Win98. That will rock. – Louis Gray

This Software rocks and is worth every buck!! xD – Dieter Schwarz

Dieter – Xara3D is still pretty damn amazing. No equivalent for it on Mac OS X. – l0ckergn0me

Wow this is Old School right here. Thanks for sharing this Chris. I think this goes up there with Baumer promoting Windows 95. In great stuff from the 90s on youtube 🙂 – Shawn aka ringking

I was besotted with Xara back then – Mo Kargas

If you haven’t seen his crack up on America’s Funniest Videos, you have to find it. He gets the giggles for about ten minutes. – Phil Boiarski

HAHA! Nice!!! – David Cook

it was great until I got hit with ads, a lot of ads, I hate ads sometimes. – Dan Morrill

lol – TheHenry

you look the same! minus maybe the glasses… – Ryan

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