Keith Combs' Blahg

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  • Blog Post: Making way for new stuff ???

    I’m starting to get quite a collection.  You know what I mean.  Old networking gear, phones, portable media players, etc.  I always wonder if I should sell some of my stuff.  But I would rather die that sell something to Charles .  You know the type.  They circle the dead...
  • Blog Post: Ripping DVD's to the PlayStation Portable (PSP)

    It’s been almost a year since I discussed anything regarding my PSP. Let me first say it’s still one of my favorite gadgets. I use it mostly for watching video while in airports, on planes, etc. I have a few games but I find that the video aspect is what compelled me to buy the thing in the...
  • Blog Post: Apple Rulz

    Give me a break. I stumble across the poll on engadget.com that allows people to vote for the Portable Media Device of the Year . So I look over the nominations and of course vote for the Creative Zen Vision W. Then I see the results... The Apple iPod Shuffle is leading the pack with 46% of the votes...
  • Blog Post: The holiday is over - back to work

    I don't know about you, but vacations never seem long enough and going back to work is hard. You know, it's like kick starting a motorcycle that's been sitting in the garage too long. Lots of kicks before it finally comes to life. In my case, the past couple of weeks have been filled with a number of...
  • Blog Post: The best Windows Mobile 6.1 phone on the market?

    I have a Palm Treo Pro arriving tomorrow.  It was a pretty tough decision to purchase the device.  The primary reason is because it is an expensive device.  But in the end the funding came through in some unexpected ways so I made the plunge. A little over a year ago, I managed to luck...
  • Blog Post: Archos 605 WiFi added to my PMP collection

    Monday and Friday of last week was like Christmas.  On Monday I received a HD video camera.  On Friday I received the Archos 605 WiFi portable media player.  I bought it for a couple of reasons.  First, my wife was feeling like a second class citizen because she doesn't have one. ...
  • Blog Post: Congratulations to Apple and at&t !!!

    Regardless of the hiccups today on activation of the Apple iPhone 3G, you have to hand it to Apple and at&t on what appears to be a pretty decent product launch.  I mean after all, how many people played “sick” or “hookie” today in order to stand in line all day and buy an iPhone? Let’s see...
  • Blog Post: Faith in Mankind Restored – For Now

    Loyal blog readers know I haven’t been exactly kind to Dell over the years. The ridicule has been focused primarily on the lame GPU in my Latitude D820. I’m over that now. The machine is three years old so the rant can be put to rest. It’s also no surprise that on the internet you tend to hear more...
  • Blog Post: Closing the books on Fiscal Year 2007

    First of all, I want to say thank you personally and on the behalf of my company!!! Microsoft appreciates your business and the opportunity to help you solve problems, make money and have fun. FY07 has been a blast for me. Let's rewind a bit and see what happened. Back in July of 2006, the beginning...
  • Blog Post: How to stop new phone sales in one easy step!

    You know how technology goes.  Just as soon as you are getting ready to plunk your hard earned cash down on a nice new phone, someone announces the next generation that is the “ must have ” device.  HTC just did that.  Sprint finally launched the US version of the HTC Touch Diamond. ...
  • Blog Post: I have got to get me one of these...

    Ok Rob, here’s what Santa is bringing you…
  • Blog Post: How about a new PMP for Christmas?

    Every year a new crop of Portable Media Players (PMP) comes out and tempts you to spend your hard earned cash on one. This year is no different and most of the major makers have tipped their hand and have their product in the channel, or will very soon. Archos The Archos 5 Internet Tablet for 2009...
  • Blog Post: Blue Zune 120 now available

    Click the pic or get it @ https://zunestore.net/us/catalog/Customize.aspx .
  • Blog Post: Archos releases new set of portable media devices

    Archos is the maker of my favorite portable media player (pmp).  I have the 605 WIFI and it has been a trusty companion.  Well Archos doesn’t rest on it’s laurels and just released information on their new product line of portable media players.  Here’s the marketing blurb on the Archos...
  • Blog Post: PMP My Ride

    No it isn't a typo. Let's face it, Portable Media Playas (PMP) are hot. The question is, "Is my PSP still hot?" I've had mine since 3/24/2005 but it seems like two years. Now that the iPod versus everyone else battle is heating up, I've started to look more closely at replacements for my PSP. My needs...
  • Blog Post: Verizon Samsung Omnia - first impressions

    In the initial first day of use with the Verizon Samsung Omnia , I was pretty frustrated. Much of that frustration was misplaced and was a hold over of the HTC Touch Pro I now have boxed and ready for return. What lowered my frustration with the Omnia? The first is clearly seeing that a device with no...
  • Blog Post: Now they are making this hard on me... Zune Originals

      For the first time, consumers also will have the option to customize their Zune player with laser-engraved designs and personal text through a new Web store called Zune Originals. Customers will be able to purchase a Zune player directly from Microsoft at http://www.zuneoriginals.net and choose...
  • Blog Post: Apple reveals their fall collection

    As you know, I am a bit of a gadget collector . So it goes without saying I was interested in today's Apple conference where they revealed their next wave of iPods . Tell you what, it looks like a pretty nice set of new devices, but I'm not rushing out to buy anything just yet. For starters, it's...
  • Blog Post: Zune vs iPod Comparison Chart

    This comparison chart appears to be very detailed. I have no idea if the preloaded Virus line item is valid. Click the picture for full details. One thing I did notice is missing, and it's a biggy. The chart currently doesn't have the video out capabilities. The new Zune 80 has some impressive transcoding...
  • Blog Post: My Headset Search is Complete

    The thought of spending relatively big dollars for a headset still seems odd to me. However, airplanes are really noisy and wouldn’t you pay to reduce the noise and enjoy your music or a video more? Of course you would and a quick look around most flights will show you that a lot of other people will...
  • Blog Post: Zune and Windows Vista now play nice

    Ok Zunesters, we have released the Windows Vista compatible version of the Zune software. Go read about it at http://www.zune.net/en-us/meetzune/software.htm . Notice Windows Vista is now listed in the available operating systems. This also means it's fully supported in case something goes wrong. One...
  • Blog Post: How do you deal with 888 new Inbox messages?

    I'm going to assume a lot of you have at least seen or heard about email rules.  Hopefully you use them to triage messages hitting your Inbox.  I know people in my org who don't use rules.  Today would have been a wake up call for those people.  As you might have guessed from my blog...
  • Blog Post: Anyone running out to buy the new iPod Touch?

    The Apple 8GB iPod Touch is $229, the 16GB is $299 and the 32GB is $399. Those are the prices at the Apple Store . Anyone running out to buy one? Somebody wake me up when the 32GB is discounted to $299 (at least). You can get a new generation 120GB Archos player for $399 and although that isn’t exactly...
  • Blog Post: DVD Adventures with the Zune 80, Archos 605 WIFI and Zen Vision W

    It seems like every year around this time, I'm in exploration mode on the new gadget in my portfolio. This year is no exception and there were some unexpected surprises with my testing results. If you look back at last years post , you'll see we had the PSP, iPod Video, Zune 30 and Zen Vision W in the...
  • Blog Post: How much longer will my PSP last?

    The PlayStation Portable (PSP) is one of the best video players on the market. However it lacks one key component, a hard disk. I guess Sony thought the UMD optical drive would be sufficient, but they were wrong. Now the market is finally catching up. Each week a number of new portable video players...