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Gadgettes: The Fear Episode and show notes!

by mollywood-20145211451868876304931303067070 CNET staff / August 14, 2006 2:00 AM PDT

Hey, all --

Sorry I didn't post these Friday, but here are the notes from Friday's show!


Terrorism: Gatorate plus an iPod

Gadgets and all carryons banned indefinitely in UK flights

YoTank Military-Grade DAP cases

McDonald's Video Game

Smog pigeons

Sony Mylo,1895,2000203,00.asp

End on a happy note!
Nikon D80. Ooh.

Nabaztag just now catching on. Weird!

Peterjon: The iBuzz -- I can say with 100% accuracy there was not a female in the room when this concept was developed. Nate: Three years and three motherboards? That is sad. I don't want to put anything near my mouth or head that is made by Apple. That stuff explodes!

Just bought an unlocked Samsung X820 while I was in Asia. Samsung claims that it is the "slimmest phone" at 6.9mm (1/2 of Razor in both thickness and weight). It's more like a real candy bar (Nestle Crunch) than the LG Chocolate.

The X820 can play MP3, AAC/AAC+. But why I would not use it to listen to music:

1. Headphones supplied with phone is mediocre (like those that came with the iPod). The headset is multipurpose (microphone included and autoswitch to turn off music), but the proprietary USB connector is rather thin, so more likely to break off, at which point I would be really screwed. Since it is of dubious legality to use stereo headphones while driving anyway, so the only time music would be great is if I am unexpectedly stuck in line (like DMV, INS). At 80MB storage, that's like 20 songs, or about an hour.

2. More importantly, battery life. I would not sacrifice call time for music time. I use an iPod for that (and for listening to podcasts like yours).

Just some thoughts.

I am a regular listener to the Gadgettes Podcast. During last week's show I heard Molly refer to her ongoing search for a HDTV. Since I am in sort of the same situation, if figured I would email and ask for a little assistance. I will try to be concise in explaining my problem:

I was planning on buying a Plasma HDTV and a high end audio/video receiver with HDMI switching. I figured that this setup would allow me to run everything through the receiver and thus eliminate the need for multiple remote controls and running a big mess of wires going to the TV. Also, any TV i purchased would only have to have 1 HDMI input, because the receiver would have several. But in talking to an installation tech at a certain high end audio/video store I found out that there are some problems with this type of setup. The two things he told me were:

1) Apparently, any run of HDMI cable over 15 ft. is proving to be very unreliable. In fact, he said that they actually have to run composite and HDMI whenever they were making a long run of cable, just in case the HDMI doesn't work.

2) Because of the "genius" of DRM, some cable boxes see the audio/video receiver as a recorder, and therefore block out the television signal all together. (ARRRGGHHH!!!)

I guess my question is, with about $3000 to spend should I:

1) Buy a budget plasma & a high end a/v receiver, but use all component cables to avoid the HDMI DRM problems.
2) Buy a high end plasma with multiple inputs, and connect everything directly to the TV. (will work, but will look a little messy with all of those wires)
3) Or is there another option that someone smarter than me (perhaps a tech savvy podcaster) could suggest?

REDUX: The HDTV Challenge! Molly bought the Vizio P50HDM:

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