The yawn heard round the world that greeted the introduction of 3D TV at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show was mainly due to a perceived dearth of compelling content. “It’s the software, stupid,” was the major refrain. But as it now turns out, the content problem could be well on its way to being solved. And we don't just mean ESPN and Discovery announcing 3D channels.
Here's what you do: transfer video (photos and music, too) from a Windows or Mac computer or directly from a 2010 or later model-year Sony camcorder with the Direct Copy feature to the AV Media Drive. Then you plug the drive into any USB port-equipped consumer electronics device capable of decoding at least one of the media formats you use. You've just freed up valuable space on your camcorder or computer, and now you can enjoy all that good stuff on your TV.
Monolithic looking in its napkin holder-like stand, the My Passport AV Media Drive from Western Digital is a 320-Gigabyte hard drive that's actually no larger than a half-inch stack of 3 x 5 cards. Powered through its USB 2.0 interface, the drive is intended as a source component for the increasing number of TV sets, Blu-ray Disc players, camcorders, game consoles, and media players that can decode digital video.
Still listening to AM or FM when you can be enjoying crisp digital radio free of the Internet or a subscription? For stations broadcasting in HD Radio, AM sounds like FM and FM sounds like a CD. HD Radio also enables a broadcaster to send out some three different channels simultaneously, increasing your choices beyond the limitations of conventional stations. If you're ready to step up to HD, radios for under $100 abound.
I hate backing up. I do it, but I hate it. If you’re not running back ups, you’re courting heartache. My cautionary tale: A few years back, my brother and I were editing our first indie feature. Our data got corrupted. Nothing was backed up. We lost 3 months of post-production -- the entire film. Starting from scratch nearly killed us. Don’t let it happen to you.
Many people are obsessed with keeping a close eye on the latest gadgets, and often judge if each new doodad has a forward-thinking design. If you place a Tivoli iPAL on a shelf next to the latest gizmos, it fits right in. What's interesting is that some of the fundamental design concepts behind it date back to the 1950 s and 60's. This week I realized that in our web 2.0 world, a portable AM/FM radio is still a wonderfully handy piece of technology to have around.
A portable TV set can be a cozy companion at the ballpark or a picnic; but if you own an old one, and you haven't used it lately, you may be unaware that these days it's unlikely to pick up anything but static. That's because TV stations ended over-the-air analog broadcasting on June 12, 2009. So, if that portable contains an analog-only tuner, you may find yourself with a first-rate doorstop.
Did you get an iPad for the holidays this year? This is being put to paper in advance of the actual festivities, so I’m hoping for one too, although there’s always the chance that I’ll only walk away with a few lumps of Pennsylvania anthracite. Here are a few products that will help you to get more out of your iPad.
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