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December 2, 2006

TechnoDolt™ Guide To Assessing a Tech Reviewer


If anyone's capable of offering such advice, it's me.

My quick and dirty method is so very simple and centers around one particular aspect of a reviewer's description of Microsoft's new Zune (above).

If the reviewer says that among Zune's pluses is that it's got a bigger screen (3" v 2.5" for the largest iPod) but leaves it at that, the reviewer is worthless.


Because to not make the reader aware of the fact that the screens of the two devices contain precisely the same amount of information — i.e., that both have resolutions of 320 x 240 — means that either the reviewer doesn't know or, even worse, knows but ignores the fact that the same number of pixels presented on a larger screen = worse resolution = a fuzzier picture.

Here is a link to a good reviewer's take on the Zune.

Here is a link to a bad reviewer.

Am I right or am I right?

December 2, 2006 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Moon Phase Clock


If you're gonna reach for the sky, might as well spring for this puppy to go along with your Moon In My Room and Planisphere Watch, what?

From the website:

    Moon Phase Clock

    Features time, date and moon phase calendar.

    Battery-powered quartz movement runs on one AA battery (included).

    4-1/2"W x 4-1/2"L x 9"H.


December 2, 2006 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Two new pleonasms make today something special


"Genuine leather."

And "tuna fish."

Now, the former is one everyone will smile at but the latter gets into some tender territory.

I would hazard that over 95% of native English-speakers say "tuna fish" as opposed to "tuna."

Nevertheless, it's time for a change.

December 2, 2006 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Seven Deadly Sins Wristbands


Me, I'm all about Envy.

From the website:

    Seven Deadly Sins Wristbands

    It started with yellow wristbands before moving on to every color of the rainbow and every cause under the sun.

    That's great for positive, constructive people, but what about the cynics and smart alecks?

    Where are their wristbands?

    Each of theses Seven Deadly Sins Wristbands celebrates a human weakness.

    Whether you enjoy gluttony, greed or plain old lust, just slip on one of these rubber wristbands and show off your fatal flaw.

    Fits most adult wrists.


The set of 7 — hey, one for every day of the week! — is $13.95.

And yes — I'm quite aware that I featured these very same wristbands about this time last year.

Perfect time for an encore, methinks, what with all the holiday Sturm und Drang going down.

December 2, 2006 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

NPR — 'Live in Concert'


"NPR music presents full concerts by some of today's most exciting and original bands. Hear a mix of smart pop, new folk, country-rock, ambient dream pop and more. All performances originally webcast live on NPR.org."

Artists include Cat Power (above), Paul Simon, The Decemberists, Wilco, Jenny Lewis, Regina Spector, Sleater-Kinney, Fiery Furnaces, James Brown and Sonic Youth, among others.

Oh, yeah, I almost forget: free.

[via Clifford Marsiglio, the latest addition to my crack research team™. Welcome aboard, sailor!]

December 2, 2006 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

USB Stylus Pen


Does Judie Hughes know about this?

From the website:

    USB Stylus Pen

    Eminently useful 3-in-1 pen serves as a Mac- and PC-compatible USB flash memory storage device for documents, photos, music and video.

    • Full-size form factor allows more comfortable use and smoother navigation than a normal PDA stylus

    • PDA stylus works with most PDAs

    • Also a traditional ballpoint pen

    • Replaceable pen cartridge

    • 128MB capacity

    • 6"L


December 2, 2006 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Warning Label Generator


Brian Nelson wrote, "You can't live without this."

That's good enough for me.

December 2, 2006 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

2007 Glow-in-the-Dark Glasses


Nothing special... until you turn out the lights.

"Wear these when the clock strikes midnight!"

For 42¢ a pair you can splurge and buy enough for everyone.

I'm wearing mine already.

Hey — who turned out the lights?


Twelve (12) for $4.95.

December 2, 2006 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

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