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Logitech ClearChat PC Wireless vs Logitech ClearChat Pro USB

By on Dec 7, 2008 in Blog Posts, Hardware | 0 comments

In the never ending search for the perfect headset I have recently tried both of Logitech’s flagship products – the ClearChat Pro USB and ClearChat PC Wireless. I thought I’d share my thoughts. The ClearChat Pro USB is connected to the PC via USB and was introduced quite a while before the wireless version. Once connected, it sets itself as the default sound device and works instantly – no software to install. You may need to increase the recording level, but other than that you should be good to go right away. The headset is fairly comfortable and extended use was never a problem – I often used the headset for three or more hours without discomfort – something that other headsets can rarely match. The audio quality of the headset was not great. It’s pretty quiet and sounds a bit tinny. Forget about any significant bass. Still, it was better...

Pop!

By on Dec 3, 2008 in Blog Posts, Hardware | 0 comments

Late last night while in the middle of yet another happy gaming session I heard a very loud pop that sounds like a firecracker. Looking around and sniffing didn’t produce any indication of the cause of the sound, so I continued on as normal. This morning I found my computer in a state of “wha?”. A few minutes later I figured out the source of the noise from the previous evening – blown capacitors on my video card. Only a year and 1/2 old, it’s a disappointment to say the least.I contacted XFX, the makers of the 8600 GT video card in question, to ask for a replacement. It’s covered under their big-time “Double Lifetime Warranty”, but for all its double-ness they still make you pay for shipping and send the part back to them before they will send out a replacement. The “estimate” for the replacement is two weeks. Add to that the...

My Da-Lite Experience

By on Jun 12, 2007 in Blog Posts, Hardware | 0 comments

Well it took over two months but I am happy to say that I now have a new Da-Lite Contour Electrol to replace the previous one, which suffered from horrible ripples. As you can see from the previous link, the screen had developed rather severe ripples which made viewing bothersome. I went back and forth with Etronics.com (who I purchased the original screen from) and Da-Lite for 11 weeks but finally managed to get the replacement shipped to me at no cost! Da-Lite actually covered all of the expenses, which is really something to take note of. I estimate that the cost of the replacement as well as the shipping was around $1,000 which they paid for despite my original screen being past the warranty date. Kudos and thanks to...

Apple’s NEW iPhone – Remember the ROKR

By on Jan 12, 2007 in Blog Posts, Hardware | 1 comment

I’ve owned a ROKR since it was released and disliked it since the very first day I had it. Its software is buggy, the MP3 “iPod” like player is slow and misses the wheel, and the phone is simply mediocre on every other level. I find it sad that all of the media outlets are ignoring the fact that Apple pulled out the same dog and pony show a few years ago in September 2005 when they launched the ROKR with Motorola. All of the events were there – a big keynote by Steve Jobs with the Motorola CEO coming in (this time it was Cingular’s guy), a Cingular only party on the service front, and a phone no one was able to review until the consumers could actually buy it. The iPhone could very easily be as buggy and overpriced as the ROKR was – just be warned....

Thoughts on Tivo

By on Oct 31, 2005 in Blog Posts, Hardware | 0 comments

I’ve spent some time playing with my new 80GB Tivo Series2 DVR. The primary reason for purchasing this was not for the ability to pause live TV or even to record it, but simply to enhance the video and audio quality while adding the aforementioned features. Generally speaking the Tivo unit increased the quality of both the audio and video output from my cable connection (over the standard Motorola Cable Box). Unfortunately the Tivo unit does not support HD content, so the difference between HD and standard definition broadcasts is slight, although noticeable. It has an intuitive and near flawless interface, although there are delays between screens which will annoy anyone not used to this. Delays are also present during channel changes. There are also long load times for software and TV listing updates, although you can continue to watch Live TV during these periods. Initially I...

Tivo & Civilization 4

By on Oct 29, 2005 in Blog Posts, Games, Hardware | 0 comments

Wendy and I just got back from dinner at Ultra Bistro in VA Beach and buying some new toys. Ultra Bistro = meh (so-so). Tivo & Civ 4? Working on setting those up now:) If they are any good it may take me a while to add a new post…