Windows 7 is Nagware? Surge Protect Your Whole House, Avoid Reruns, CanJam vs. Maker Faire, Joby Gorillapod, Consoles vs. Big Video Files. Save YouTube Videos
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CanJam 2009, HeadFi's Head-Fi.org's annual gathering for headphone enthusiasts and the Makre Faire are both May 30th and 31st... Patrick's hitting CanJam in LA on Saturday and the Faire on Sunday, Veronica will be at Maker Faire in San Mateo, only.
It's a good idea to back up your data before upgrading or installnig any new OS... or, better yet, image your entire drive first so that if things go desperately wrong, you can re-start right where you left off.
Systm shows you the fast and free way to create a disk image in Cheap and Easy Hard Drive Upgrade, or go whole hog and create a custom rescue and recovery disk instead. Some of our fave tools for this include Easeus Disk-Copy, Macrium Reflect Free, FOG, Clonezilla!
This would also be a good time to download and run Microsoft's "Windows 7 Upgrade Adviser" to see how MS thinks your system stacks up to Windows 7. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=1b544e90-7659-4bd9-9e51-2497c146af15
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Tekzilla's Gadget of the Week is the Joby Gorillapod, a flexible, bendable, take anywhere tripod! Attach your camera, cellphone, mp3 player or gadget using the mounting plate or sucker and wrap it around signs, trees, or just about anything else. Yuor device will stay right there where you need it!
Been thinking about upgrading to a Intel Core i7 system? You might want to wait a week or two. Patrick just bought one, which means the prices on 'em should drop shortly! Patrick's loading 12 GB of DDR3 RAM into the beast... this isn't his usual $500 PC build!
Looking for a well equipped $500 PC? check out Extremetech.com's Build a $500 Gaming PC which just came out. Good stuff!
SanDisk makes kick ass memory. The Sansa MP3 players have been fine. But slotRadio and > slotMusic? Patrick and Veronica debate their (probably short) future, and Patrick passes on SanDisk's slotRadio Player.
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This week's "Website We Just Can't Get Enough of" is ReRunCheck.com! It takes all the guesswork out of avoiding reruns. You can even tell RerunCheck to notify you via email when a new episode is coming.
Why can't Curtis play huge HD video files on the PS3 or Xbox 360 ? Because he's not streaming them... both have caps on file sizes you need to watch out for, especially if you've got big long HD Videos! (Hey, Sony, can you make the PS3's maximum videofile size supported info as clear as clear as the 360's on file sizes, please???
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Surya wants to save the audio from a YouTube video, but doesn't need the video. Props to Aruturo and George S. who came up with KickYouTube.com. It's not just a great way to quickly download YouTube videos, you can also get MP3s as one of your download options! Viewer Newell says Vixy.net can also save YouTube videos as audio files.
Last week we talked about why you should protect your gear with surge protectors ... ... this week Ben wrote in to tell us, "You can surge protect your entire house. Basically an electrician can install a surge protection system to your electrical panel, which would protect anything in the house that runs from that panel." Thanks for the heads up, Ben, and thanks to Brendan who wrote in to say they can be installed for only $200 to $300.
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