Google's Building The Terminator... OK, it's just a self driving Prius. Hands on with 4G and the Sprint Overdrive, Magnetic Screwdrivers vs Electronics, FreeNAS Help, Homethinking, Veronica Built the Set Top Box MegaList and fixed the TiVo CableCARD Grey Screen! Yet another scam to avoid online
Tekzilla feeds your tech hunger! Patrick Norton, Robert Heron and Veronica Belmont bring you hands on reviews of the latest gear, tips and tricks that improve the tech you already own and conversations with the most informative experts around.
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It's a fun news week! Patrick saw a new scam show up on Gmail, Engadget has a ship date and the first ten Windows Phone 7 phones, Microsoft's awesome deal, the Windows 7 Family Pack is back, and how Google is turning a Prius into the terminator. (Hint: it drives itself! (Yes, they are legal.)
Sprint finally turned on 4G data service in San Francisco, which means Patrick's finally getting to test his Overdrive 3G/4G router in 4G mode. How fast is it? What's the battery life like? And who's got the best deal out there on a 3G data modem, anyhow?
Looks like we spoke too fast last week when we reported that Xmarks, the popular cross platform cross browser bookmarking site was going away forever. The outcry from Xmarks users went so viral, "Xmarks now has multiple offers from companies ready and willing to take over the service and keep making browser sync better and better!" You can read more on that from the CEO at the Xmarks Blog.
Jaime thinks he ruined his last PC's motherboard with a magnetic screwdriver. He's hoping for some advice about what screwdrivers to buy or any tips or stories about ruining projects. You've come to the right place, Jaime, we love magnetized screwdrivers!
Can Ryan run FreeNAS on an old PC -without- a monitor? Yes. Can he set it up over an Ethernet network using a VNC program from my iMac? Not exactly... watch the video to find out how we'd set up FreeNAS without a monitor.
Jim managed to lock himself out of his PC by accidentally setting a system password in the BIOS. Fortunately, Dell quickly sent a tech to his house to swap out his locked out motherboard. Now he's wondering, "are there other ways of solving dilemmas like this without anyone coming to fx it?" Somtimes. Watch the video to find out what they are.
This week's "Website We Just Can't Get Enough of" is Homethinking.com! If you're planning to move to a new city, but don't have any ideas what kind of neighborhoods you should be looking at, check out Homethinking.com. The site is actually a realtors page, but they have a really nifty neighborhood-matching tool that lets you find neighborhoods in different places based on the neighborhoods you already know! Learn how to use it to find your next neighborhood in the video!
We love technology. Right up to the point where something we spent a bunch of money on has an epic fail. And is out of warranty and un-repairable. We took our pile of un-recoverable hardware to the range, and shot it full of holes -watch the video!- starting with an eMac. Thanks to EA's Medal of Honor for the opportunity, it was cathartic!
Veronica's been talking about how cool it would be to have a huge master list of set-top boxes and their features that we could all reference online, and so last Friday I made one! I posted it to Facebook and Google Buzz, and within the hour hundreds of people had contributed. Check it out!