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>> Brian Tong: Coming up on Cnet Live, wooden earphones that don't leave splinters. Ouch.
>> Brian Cooley: That's reassuring news. Is hi-def coming to the Zune?
>> Brian Tong: And all your calls and emails. Cnet Live starts now.
>> Brian Cooley: Yeah.
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>> Brian Cooley: Hello, gang. Welcome to Cnet Live. Ooh, it's gotta be a Thursday.
>> Brian Tong: Brian and Brian, baby.
>> Brian Cooley: The B and B show. It's the only B and B you can't drink. Well, you could. But that's another issue entirely. I'm Brian Cooley, BT here in the co-pilot seat, filling in for Tom Marett, who is in the technology capital of the world, Malta.
>> Brian Tong: I did not know that. I did not know that. That's something new.
>> Brian Cooley: He's over in Malta at a technology conference. I don't know how he pulls these boondoggles. He's hoping to see a falcon, and the way he drinks, I suspect he will. Yeah. And over in the nook, as BT's over here with me, we've got Donald Bell. Hello, Donald.
>> Donald Bell: What's going on, guys? Yeah, glass houses on the drinking thing.
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>> Brian Cooley: We'll catch a little pop later. Well, you know how it goes, we take your calls, we take your questions.
>> Brian Tong: We're gonna be doing it here at 888-900-CNET.
>> Brian Cooley: That's right, 888-900-2638. Before we do that, you know how we do it. We start off with a couple things he and I crave.
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>> Brian Tong: Alright, these are all the good things from the Crave blog, and I did a little digging, and this one is exciting. This is a dual SIM card cell phone. So we've seen some of these overseas, but not here in the US. National Geographic and Cellular Abroad, they've collaborated to create this. It's called a Duet D888. Now, why would you want this?
>> Brian Cooley: Yeah, that's my first question.
>> Brian Tong: Well, for example, you could put two different SIM cards from two different carriers. Maybe one's a personal one; one's like a business one. Or if you're traveling in different countries, you could actually access both of your phone numbers from the same phone.
>> Brian Cooley: With you, it's like one's your number and one's your--
>> Brian Tong: One's for the ladies, one's for the homies, you know?
>> Brian Cooley: Did you say National Geographic is in on this? That's weird.
>> Brian Tong: Yeah, and Ken Trim [assumed spelling] is there, he's gonna be actually taking a trip and testing this thing out to see how well it really does. He's going out to Australia.
>> Brian Cooley: So it's basically two full accounts on one phone.
>> Brian Tong: That is correct. Two slots for two different cards, a GSM phone. So pretty exciting, pretty cool stuff.
>> Brian Cooley: Alright, so I've got, you know, everyone knows that I am the guy who bought a Zune, so here's the latest on the Zune. This is the Zune HD. This is a rumor.
>> Brian Tong: This is a render.
>> Brian Cooley: This is a rendering of what is rumored to be coming among the features here, and I wanna get Donald's take on this, but supposedly an OLED touch screen, with kind of a multi-touch interface like you know who. Yeah, hi-res, great popping colors, and HD content with an HD out for a television which is odd. Donald, what do you hear about this thing?
>> Donald Bell: Well, I mean Microsoft isn't really speaking on this thing yet, but this makes total sense. I mean, this is, considering that last year, Microsoft didn't do much of a hardware refresh for the Zune, this is like coming strong, even if they're coming a little late. But yeah, I think the HD radio, maybe the -- 'cause they're already doing tagging on FM radio. This would take that up a notch because I think HD radio, even better kind of tagging capabilities than the existing technology. So it could be really cool. I'm excited about it, for sure.
>> Brian Tong: Now, Donald, I know how you're feeling on this one, but one of the obstacles that this is gonna have, it has a great screen, but obviously the app store for the iPhone and iPod touch is really a killer feature for that. Would you expect or hope that they would have something like that to wirelessly distribute some of the content?
>> Donald Bell: I would hope that they would. That would be cool, but I mean, there's so much momentum Apple's got with the app store already. What Microsoft really has to their advantage is their subscription services and being able to leverage that a little bit better, make that a more attractive thing, 'cause that's what they've always been pushing for. If they can make that even more appealing, and maybe kind of market the idea of subscription music being a better value right now than buying piece meal, than I think that's probably what they're gonna do.
>> Brian Cooley: Well, if it comes along, that's what we see coming in it, and that's what we like or don't like about it. Let's still crave it in advance.
>> Brian Tong: Yeah, it looks -- this render looks really hot. Yeah, without a doubt. Alright, guys, time for your questions. We're gonna kick it off with a video question from Brazil.
>> Hi, guys. What I have here is the LG [inaudible], 22 inches hooked up by a HDMI cable to desktop PC running Windows XP. But I feel like XP's too much [inaudible] to send and receive. So my question is, what is the best OS to run on this desktop? It gotta have HD support and RSS feed support so I can download some video podcasts, perhaps from Cnet. Also it could have some extras like a bit torrent [inaudible] so I can download some [inaudible], maybe, or internet browser, it would be cool as well. So can you help me out here? Thanks.
>> Brian Tong: Okay. So what Rafa's [phonetic] really looking at, he has a desktop with XP. He's pumping it, connecting it directly through his TV so that he can watch video podcasts and it's, content on demand right there. So he's kind of looking for a better software solution. So we have a few options, some are available now, some aren't. But maybe with --
>> Brian Cooley: Now, one thing he wants right away is he wants the ability to go out and get torrents.
>> Brian Tong: Yes.
>> Brian Cooley: There's no way to really integrate that that we know of, right?
>> Brian Tong: Yeah, I haven't seen an all-in-one application that will pull the strings and integrate torrents in them.
>> Brian Cooley: And be a total media center all in one.
>> Brian Tong: Yeah, yeah.
>> Brian Cooley: But we do have, of course everyone loves Boxy [phonetic].
>> Brian Tong: Yes, Boxy's great.
>> Brian Cooley: But that's Mac and Linux.
>> Brian Tong: Currently it's Mac and Linux available right now. So he could partition his computer and put Linux on it if he wanted to, or...?
>> Brian Cooley: Or he could also go get the Windows Alpha. The Windows Alpha, I talked to our guys in New York, so John Falcone and the whole home entertainment team this morning, and they told us that if you go sign up for the Windows Alpha at Boxy's site, you probably got a 50-50 chance of getting in there, apparently opening the door from time to time and letting more people in to try the Alpha. But it's Alpha. Not Beta. So this could be really kind of you know, sketchy kind of software now, as it should be, but that's probably our best single bet is to try that.
>> Brian Tong: Now, if he's willing to kind of pay and make an actual move for this, what Arafa could do is he could get Windows Media Center, and there's actually a free plugin called Second Run TV. I have it pulled up right here. And it essentially allows you to gain access to your internet content, you know, TV shows, Hulu videos, all the major networks, for free. It's a free plug-in, and pump it through if he puts Windows Media Center on that. It would be able to handle RSS feeds, 'cause that's how it's pulling --
>> Brian Cooley: Okay, so he can pull his video podcasts in this way.
>> Brian Tong: Yeah, but torrent client and web browser, you would have to use a separate app for the time being.
>> Brian Cooley: Alright, so start with the RSS plugin, go sign up for the Boxy Windows Alpha, that's kind of the strategy we would use. Thanks for the video call there, Rafa. Let's get into the phones here. I wanna go to this one, we've got Carmen, is in Alabama. Has a question about kind of a technical side of connecting hard drives, but one that matters a lot these days. Carmen, welcome to Cnet Live.
>> Carmen: Thank you.
>> Brian Cooley: What's your question about Seta [assumed spelling]?
>> Carmen: Okay, I'm upgrading the hard drive on my laptop, and it's a Seta drive, but I got a smoking good deal on a 220-gigabyte drive. It's a Seta 2. I wonder are they interchangeable between Seta and Seta 2?
>> Brian Cooley: You should be fine. Here's how it works. They're, it's not really called Seta 2. That's a misnomer. There's Seta 1.5 and there's Seta 3-gigabit. These are both gigabit ratings. Seta 2 is actually a standards group that invented the Seta spec that we're currently edging up on now. So that's just a nomenclature thing. You should have no problem with the compatibility. The Seta 2 drive, as you call it, which is a 3-gigabit drive, will auto-negotiate back down to the standard of Seta 1 or 1.5-gigabit. What you're gonna lose is some speed, obviously; one is twice as fast as the other in the lab. Not always in real life. The other thing is Seta 3-gigabit, or a Seta 2, has a command cueing technology like Scuzzy [phonetic] does, so it can take and it can cue a lot of jobs and multi-task the access to the drive, whereas the original Seta spec, it kinda takes jobs in order one at a time as they come along. So I would recommend that you, realize you're not gonna get ultimate performance out of putting a newer Seta drive on an older Seta bus, but it's gonna work. So you'll get the capacity for the dollars that you paid for, but you won't get all the performance you paid for on the older Seta bus of your computer. Let's get into -- I'm gonna go to line four now here, a good question about portable media players that I think we can dig into here. We've got Moses in San Jose, Silicon Valley. Hey, Moses. Welcome to Cnet Live.
>> Moses: Hey, how you doing?
>> Brian Cooley: Good.
>> Moses: Alright, I just wanted to know what the better value was: the Samsung P3 or an iPod Touch.
>> Brian Cooley: Okay. This is the cage match: BT and Donald.
>> Brian Tong: Yeah, Donald --
>> Donald Bell: [Inaudible] prize fight waiting to happen.
>> Brian Tong: It's going to happen.
>> Donald Bell: And I mean, on paper, I think the P3 is definitely a better value. You're talking about kind of iPod Nano pricing there with like $199 for, with the 16 gigs. And I think it even goes down to $149. But the trick is, I think the iPod Touch -- and the reason I've given the iPod Touch a better rating overall is because there's so much more you can do with it than the limited specs of the P3. P3's cool, it's got things like Bluetooth, which is also coming to the Touch once the iPhone 3.0 software update comes on. But you're gonna get a lot more for your money out of the Touch than you're gonna get with the P3. P3's a really cool product though, and it's a much better designed product than the P2 that Samsung came out with last year. I don't know if that answers your question or not. I'd still go with the iPod Touch. That's just me.
>> Brian Cooley: Alright. So you can't go wrong with a Touch, for sure. I mean, you're in the larger room when you get a Touch. You get the better support, the better overall community of apps for it, and of course everybody, including Brian Tong, knows how to give you advice on it.
>> Brian Tong: You'll get more chicks with the Touch. "Really?" Yeah. It hasn't worked for me.
>> Brian Cooley: [Laughing] Okay. It's all a matter of where you're looking.
Alright, Moses, thanks for the call here. Appreciate it. Alright, coming up, the cheapskate found a GPS device for less than $100 that has some amazing features. We're gonna tell you all about that in a bit. But first, Jasmine France tested out a unique pair of earphones. Check them out.
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>> Jasmine France: You won't have to look far to find an audio enthusiast who swears by wooden cabinets for their speakers, so that's why it doesn't come as a shock to find some earbuds that are encased in wood. These are the Woodies inner-ear stereo earphones. And they're the first earbuds I've seen that actually have a wood enclosure over the earpiece. Now, some people will swear that this offers a more open and natural sound, and in fact, perhaps fittingly, they sounded best for older styles of music such as jazz, oldies, classic rock, and they didn't sound very good for modern rap and pop music. There are certain tracks for which the reverberation from the inside of the wood does get a little bit muddy and not the best that we've heard. The model that I have here is made for iPhones and other music phones and it does have an in-line mic for taking calls. This one'll cost you about $70, whereas there's another model made for just standard MP3 players without the in-line mic for $60. Now, you don't get a whole lot of other extras; just a few ear tips in the package as well as this little carrying pouch. But if you're looking for the most natural sound in the smallest package, the Woodies earphones could be for you. I'm Jasmine France for Cnet.
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>> Brian Tong: Wood earbuds. Wood.
>> Brian Cooley: Yeah. That's why my eyebrow's up. Wood. Weird.
>> Brian Tong: Well, didn't they make earphones out of wood back when you were my age?
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>> Brian Cooley: You had that in your back pocket, you were waiting...
>> Brian Tong: I was sitting on that.
>> Brian Cooley: You were sitting there. You son of a... yeah, the Grado [phonetic] makes some wooden headphones that are totally high and -- we still got 20 minutes to go. You're a sitting duck now.
>> Brian Tong: I'm waiting for your jab now. I'm waiting for yours.
>> Brian Cooley: So there are some great headphones that are made of wood in the whole audio file world, and of course, if you're an audio buff, speakers are made of wood.
>> Brian Tong: Cabinets, the acoustics.
>> Brian Cooley: Yeah, 'cause there's a certain resonance to the fiber of wood. And Donald, you deal with a lot of headphones and speakers and, you know, there's a place for wood, even in this technical age.
>> Donald Bell: Absolutely, and Jasmine and I always go back and forth, trying out the earbuds to make sure that our ears aren't lying to us that week. And these ones, I tried them out, and they're good. Actually, I was really skeptical, figuring that the wood was just kind of like a window dressing thing that you put on it to kind of sell it, but there's definitely a different sonic character to the sound you're getting out of them.
>> Brian Cooley: Yeah, we usually hear that it's warmer when something has got a wood cabinet.
>> Donald Bell: Yeah, but also it tended to be a little muddier on like kind of hip-hop and bass-heavy music. But some people, it's gonna be great.
>> Brian Cooley: Alright. Let's get back into the calls here: 888-900-CNET, 888-900-2638. We wanna go to, Daniel's been waiting patiently, calling in from the UK, making it that much more of a gold-star call. Hey, Daniel, welcome to Cnet Live. What can we do for you?
>> Daniel: Hey, guys. I'm looking to buy a new laptop soon, and sort of looking at things like Dell and another two options for screen. One of them's a LED backlit, but the other one is CCFL. I'm not sure what's sort of the difference between them.
>> Brian Tong: Yeah, I can help you out there. Yeah, yeah. I can help you out a little bit there. So really, it's two different technologies behind an LCD display. So CCFL displays, they're using like several horizontal fluorescent tubes to project the image, whereas a backlit LED LCD display is using individual light, emitting diodes. And so what some of the purported advantages of this is that you can control and they can turn off each of these little LEDs. It's better power efficiency. Also you have better control. You know, they say there's better brightness and the colors are a little bit better popping. So typically, that -- when our reviewer, like Eric Franklin, who does a lot of these monitor reviews... he said he hasn't seen enough to really say, "I definitely would go towards an LED backlit display, but there's a lot of these advantages that are kind of behind the scenes that might compel you to go towards a backlit LED.
>> Brian Cooley: It's the newer technology.
>> Brian Tong: Yeah, it's the newer tech. It's the newer tech.
>> Brian Cooley: Yeah, I mean CCFL's basically a fluorescent lamp, sitting back there, specially designed, and the LED is where these are going, not just for performance, but also for the energy savings. Alright. So go that way if you can go that way; otherwise, you know, you definitely are not buying a loser product if you buy one that's CCFL. It's still got a lot of life in it. Hey, before we take a quick break here, I wanna bring you up to date on a cheapskate deal we love from Rick Broyda [phonetic].
>> Brian Tong: That guy is cheap.
>> Brian Cooley: He's so cheap. He's so cheap; he finds the best stuff though. He's got a navigation device that is going to cost you about $90. I've got it in here somewhere. I've got so many windows open today, I don't know where to go. Okay, here we go. And this is from a company we're not normally crazy about: Navagon. It's the Navagon 2100. But the thing is only $90 shipped, and it's recertified, but that's okay. 90-day warranty. But it has free lifetime traffic service.
>> Brian Tong: Huge.
>> Brian Cooley: That's really a great deal for $90, and a perfectly good navigation device. It's over at New Egg. So if you wanna go grab that, again, as Rick tells us frequently, these deals can go really fast, but they might still be in stock. It's a nice pick, going on for this week.
>> Brian Tong: That's a little GPS goodie right there.
>> Brian Cooley: Cheap.
>> Brian Tong: Yep. There we go. Now, guys, we're gonna take a quick little break. But we will be back with the download of the week.
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>> Brian Cooley: Okay folks, welcome back to Cnet Live. It's me, Bryan Tong and Donald Bell this week. Tom is on, well, we call it vacation, but he calls it work. Yeah. Keep those calls coming: 888-900-Cnet, 888-900-2638. By the way, we'd love your vote today for a People's Voice Award for Cnet TV at the Webbies. So go to PV - People's voice - .webbieawards.com, and then click into online film and video, and then click into technology. And you're gonna find us there in five entries, there's five other -- I've never heard of these shows, something called some, some nation and some wired thing. I don't know what that is.
>> Brian Tong: I've never heard of them before, but we need you guys. If you love us, show us. We love you; show us some love. We need it.
>> Brian Cooley: Yeah. So get up there and vote. People's Voice, Cnet TV at the Webbie Awards: pv.webbieawards.com.
>> Brian Tong: Alright, guys. It's time now for the download of the week.
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>> Brian Cooley: Okay, download of the week, brought to you by our good, good, good friends at Cnet's download.com, purveyors of spyware-free downloads and such. This week, I wanna take you over to the land of paranoia. And I'm gonna show you how to hook up a great commercial-class video recording system for free. It's a company called Milestone. They make the stuff that like, you know, nuclear plants and casinos use to monitor their premises.
>> Brian Tong: For security.
>> Brian Cooley: The real deal.
>> Brian Tong: Wow.
>> Brian Cooley: And this is probably very expensive software, hundreds of thousands of bucks. This is free. It's worth $400. It's free for a one-camera license if you go over to milestonesys.com. We'll put the link in the show notes. It allows you to record your network cameras -- not webcams -- network cameras, and be able to roll it back in time, back to like, as much hard drive space as you've got. I run 30 days on my system, so I can roll back and see who was cheating at cards in my living room, whatever, you know. And as well as export clips, create printouts of stills, go to a certain time on the timeline. It's the stuff you see in the movies, when you go into the camera room at the casino and they can go anywhere, this is that software, and it's free for a one-camera license. It's really a great deal. It's like outstanding.
>> Brian Tong: And you are juiced about this.
>> Brian Cooley: It's the greatest offer.
>> Brian Tong: You've used it a little bit?
>> Brian Cooley: I've used it for years. Yeah, I run a whole camera farm at home that I run this on, but it's like, a free license? Hello?
>> Brian Tong: [Inaudible] kitty cam.
>> Brian Cooley: It's a lot less than I paid for my license. Let me just say that.
>> Brian Tong: Alright, guys, check that one out. Let's go to the phone calls. Remember, it's 888-900-CNET. Shall we take a call?
>> Brian Cooley: Let's do it. Let's go to, at this point, I wanna talk to a place here -- oh no, he's in Chicago, Illinois, and he's got a question about his HTC Touch Pro. Melvin, welcome to Cnet Live.
>> Melvin: What's up, Brian and Brian?
>> Brian Tong: Hey, hey.
>> Melvin: I'm calling because I know Apple got a iPhone and Blackberry, I mean Apple got a app store and Blackberry got a app store, but Windows -- I know they coming up with one, but in the meantime, where can I go for free applications when it comes down to it, but just the best place so I don't have to worry about it? I know your site, I go there, sometimes I get something, think I'm ready to go, and it doesn't work for my phone. You know, that's irritating sometimes.
>> Brian Cooley: Alright, so you've got a Touch Pro, is that right?
>> Melvin: Correct.
>> Brian Tong: Yeah, they're -- one thing out of the gate, I'm not sure if you've checked it out yet. There's actually a Sprint app store that's run by Handmark. I'm not familiar enough to know how many actual free apps they offer for the HTC Pro on there. Have you tried checking that out at all yet?
>> Melvin: The free apps, they should be free basically.
>> Brian Tong: [Laugh] The apps themselves. Yeah, and so, I mean, that's one place, but we also have a few websites that also have actually, you know, quality productivity apps that you can get for your Pro.
>> Brian Cooley: Yeah, you can go to like mobileratings.com, which is one that has a lot of the software for all kinds of phones. They aggregate that together. But you need to just Google around for this, because there's not a central store. There isn't one that either RIM or Apple is operating, and that's the problem. It's kind of catch as catch can, and as new apps come out, they're not necessarily gonna go to any one store, 'cause there isn't the place.
>> Melvin: Exactly.
>> Brian Cooley: So unfortunately, we can't point you to one store.
>> Brian Tong: Yeah, Handango's another one that you could check out, but until they kind follow -- a lot of these mobile carriers or mobile cell phones are now building their own app stores, we haven't -- HTC Touch Pro doesn't really have a all-in-one kind of great solution at the moment, so.
>> Brian Cooley: Yeah, and that's part of the reason that the app stores that do do so well. They aggregate the attention better to their apps than these ones that don't have it. So I wish we had a place to point you on that. Let's get another look here what's going on with a laptop issue. This one's a little technical in terms of specifics, but I think it's worth taking. We've got Sam in Nevada. Sam, welcome to Cnet Live.
>> Sam: Hi, how are you guys doing?
>> Brian Cooley: We're doing good. What's wrong with your laptop?
>> Sam: Alright, well, a month or so, it stopped updating. Windows said it could not search for new updates, and it gives me a code 80070424. And you know, I've tried some stuff, I've tried to do system restore, and that didn't do anything, so kinda falling behind in my updates.
>> Brian Cooley: Okay, so what we think is going on here, based on a technical note we found over at Microsoft Support Knowledgebase, is what's called background intelligent transfer service has either crashed or it's trying to crap. You need to go in there, and they've got a couple of fixes you can run. It's really tedious. I'll put this in the show notes, but there's a note here that tells you to go into -- have you ever used services.msc, that console?
>> Sam: No.
>> Brian Cooley: Okay. That's a console you can invoke in Windows by going to Start, Run, services.msc, and then within that -- and those are your background services that are running on the machine, and you can go in there and you can diagnose what's wrong with your background intelligent transfer service, and they've got a couple .dlls that they have you play with. So I'm not gonna run through it here, 'cause it's really kind of step by step. But this should fix exactly what you're talking about. It goes right to the heart of that issue. So look for this in the show notes in about an hour or so, alright?
>> Sam: Alright, awesome. Thanks.
>> Brian Cooley: Okay. Thanks for the call on that one. Let's do one more here before we take a break. And this is one about Netbooks and trying to go to XP. We've got Andrew in New Jersey. Andrew, welcome to Cnet Live.
>> Andrew: Hey, how are you?
>> Brian Cooley: We're good. What's up with you?
>> Andrew: Well actually, I was noticing on Dell's website, you can configure a Mini 9 with XP with a max capacity of a 16 solid state, 16-gigabite solid state with the 2 gigs of RAM. I'm sorry, 1 gig of RAM. But if you switch over to the Dell's version of Linux [inaudible], you can get a 32 solid state and 2 gigs of RAM. And I notice something similar on HP, HP's site with their Mini. And now I'm wondering, if I order the [inaudible] version with the 32-gigabyte solid state and the 2 gigs of RAM, I'm not gonna have any troubles or any issues or anything like that I should be aware of trying to install the XP?
>> Brian Cooley: Yeah, we were thinking about this before you, before we took you on the air here, and I can't think of anything that would be a problem there. I mean the architecture should be the same.
>> Brian Tong: It's not like they're Vista machines that are locking you from preventing to go back to XP.
>> Brian Cooley: There's no locking. The chips are the same on these. I'm sure they come down the line from Dell and they're just blank, and they're gonna install one OS or the other in their install process, and I don't think it's gonna matter. We do have a couple of notes here that are dealing with moving XP there that appear to have nothing but successful outcomes on that. Now of course, to get it connected, or to get it installed, you've gotta have a way to get it in there, and since there's no optical drive on your Mini, you've gotta be able to get the install up on either a USB --
>> Brian Tong: USB little thumb drive.
>> Brian Cooley: Yeah, so that should be the only challenge. Now, you've gotta handle getting your Windows install on there, because that's not necessarily how it's gonna come from the factory, if you know what I mean. But if you can figure that out, you should have no problem, because the architecture of the machine should be the same. Take a run at it, alright? Thanks, Andrew. Thanks for the call. Okay. We've got another interesting set of earphones to check out. This is actually an entire Sony Walkman. Walkman, they're back. Yeah.
>> Brian Tong: They're still around.
>> Brian Cooley: That's like back in my day. I beat you to it! That's how that works. Once again, ladies and gentlemen, here's Jasmine France.
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>> Jasmine France: The last thing you want when you're working out is to deal with a bunch of clutter, which is why an MP3 player integrated into a pair of headphones is perfect for active pursuits. I'm Jasmine France, and I'm here with the Sony W Series Walkman. And this is by far the smallest MP3 player-headphone combo that I have seen. It's an MP3 player integrated just into these two ear modules, so we have basically earbuds with an MP3 player built right in. Music automatically plays in an alpha-numeric order, but there is a shuffle switch so you can choose to shuffle the music. That's on the back here. And then underneath, you have a toggle as well as the volume controls. The volume buttons are really easy to activate. They're raised so that you don't have to look at them. And the toggle will allow you to skip or go backwards through tracks. It'll also allow you to play-pause. Now you can automatically turn the player on by separating the earpieces and then hitting the toggle. To turn the player off, you connect the earpieces like so. There's a little magnet in them to make them connect, and it automatically powers down. Now, to transfer music, you just use a standard mini USB here built into the bottom, and Sony includes this handy docking and charging station, which allows you to transfer music to the player. It does support MP3, WMA, including subscription content as well as N-protected AAC files. It's just an audio only player; you don't get an FM tuner. You don't get any extras really. And as I mentioned, it is really ideal for active pursuits. I took this jogging, did jumping jacks, walking extensively and it stayed on my head. Of course, comfort is going to be an issue for some people because the earbuds are built in. So if these aren't gonna fit you, then you pretty much are out of luck there. The audio quality is good. It's clear. You're not gonna get a ton of bass unless you get a really good seal with the ear, but I mean, if you're looking for something just for the gym, maybe the audio quality isn't a big concern for you. And like I said, it's a great deal. I'm Jasmine France and this has been the Sony W Series Walkman.
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>> Brian Cooley: Wow, huffing and puffing there.
>> Brian Tong: I tried those things on, those headphones. They're light.
>> Brian Cooley: Did they stay on?
>> Brian Tong: Yeah, they were pink so of course they stayed on.
>> Brian Cooley: Well of course. They had an affinity for you. So when you were climbing around in the rafters, they didn't fall off?
>> Brian Tong: No, no. They're solid. They're really lightweight. They kind of feel weird.
>> Donald Bell: Jasmine actually roshambo'd for that review, and I'm so glad she won. I did not wanna be doing jumping jacks.
>> Brian Cooley: Otherwise we'd be watching Donald doing jumping jacks, which we wouldn't have been watching at all.
>> Brian Tong: We wouldn't have pulled that video if it was him.
>> Brian Cooley: Let's get a question and a couple emails here. Let's see, I wanna go to, this is one of those that really makes you panic. It's William in Anderson, Indiana. Got a question about losing a partition on his machine. Hope I can help you, William. What's going on?
>> William: Hi, I was trying to fix my computer the other day, because it's an HP, it's Pavilion DV600. And had it for a while and it's just been going kind of slow. I definitely clogged up the memory with music and videos and stuff and so I saved them all on an external hard drive, and I was going to use PC recovery to just restore my HP, 'cause I just need it until this summer. And when it was all said and done, it said to restart my computer, and now a message pops up and it says, "Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt." And it says, "Windows root system 32." And all HP could tell me was that I was out of my warranty and that their disks that might help me for like $30. I didn't know if that was the problem.
>> Brian Cooley: I'm going to assume that you've lost your main system partition, because when you turn this machine on now, you don't get anywhere. You just get that black screen with one line of DOS text saying what you just told me, right?
>> William: Right.
>> Brian Cooley: Yeah, you're kind of dead on that front. Did your machine come with recovery disks?
>> William: No, I can't find any. I checked the box and everything. Okay, when you turn the machine on, you get that error message, do you get a DOS prompt after it spits out the message, like C: or anything like that? Because if you do, what you can do is you can try D:, which would be your recovery partition, where they may have probably put the recovery software, in addition to sending you disks which they may or may not have done. They don't always do that anymore. And then if your recovery partition is still alive, you should be able to go in there, and i don't know what you invoke to run recovery, but you can get in there to run the recovery process. But that's only if you haven't lost everything on the drive.
>> William: Okay.
>> Brian Cooley: You've obviously got something in there, because it's not coming up as a totally dead device. It knows that it's trying to start Windows, it just can't find all the pieces of it. What did you do that made this happen? What was the software you were running?
>> William: No, to recover it you mean?
>> Brian Cooley: Well, before this happened, what was the last thing you did before the lights went out.
>> William: Just moved it all over to a MyBook.
>> Brian Cooley: So you must've moved part of Windows off the machine. If you can take the file -- see, you've moved something out of the Windows System 32 folder out of the C drive. I don't know how, but you did. If you can drag that all back, because your drive still mounts, it sounds like. And again, look for that DOS prompt. And if you can do that, you can bring the files back, but of course, you can't drag them anymore 'cause you lost your user interface. You've gotta do them one at a time at the command line. So, that's the best way to get back is to put the files back where they came from.
>> William: Okay.
>> Brian Cooley: But I think you just moved them out of the right folder.
>> William: Alright.
>> Brian Cooley: Alright? So start with that; otherwise, look around and see if you have the recovery disks. Of course, that's rebuilding the machine from scratch. That's not gonna restore the machine the way that it was. Good luck with that. I hate those questions. Because it's never good news.
>> Brian Tong: You handled that really well though.
>> Brian Cooley: It's never good news. I'm trying to be gentle with it. Alright, you have an email for us I think.
>> Brian Tong: Yeah, we have a few emails that we always get at Cnet Live. So this question is from Mina Timet [phonetic] and it's about sharing her laptop, his or her laptop internet. Actually the email's from Mina, but the thanks is from Sam, so we'll figure that one out later. So it says, "Great show, keep up the good work. Here's my scenario. I have a wireless network at home. My router is far from my DirecTV DVR that requires ethernet to get online. Right next to my DirecTV DVR is an old laptop that I use as a media center. The laptop is connected to the network and the net using its wireless card. Is it possible to share this internet with the DVR via ethernet?" And the answer is yes. So what you can do, whether you're on a Windows or a Mac, you have the ability to share that internet connection. So as long as it's connected to the web over your wireless connection, you can go into your settings. On Windows, you have to go into like your network connections and essentially share that connection, and then hard-wire that DVR into your laptop that is getting the internet connection, and that is how it'll be able to use this. A lot of people actually use this trick with like their Xbox. If they don't wanna pay $100 for a wireless adapter, they can take their laptop --
>> Brian Cooley: And tether it with a cable.
>> Brian Tong: Physically connect, yeah, the Xbox or in this case, your DVR, to your laptop that is sharing its internet connection. So there are steps that we can't really break them down here, but that's what you wanna do.
>> Brian Cooley: And there's internet connection sharing wizard in Windows that will enable that connection to happen. Yeah, you wanna go wired. There's also another way to do it and take your connection from your laptop and share it out wirelessly, but you don't have a wireless connection on your DirecTV DVR, so this is what you wanna do. I don't think you need a crossover cable. I think a standard ethernet cable is what you're gonna use. But consider a crossover doesn't work. Okay. Well, that's it for this week, folks. Wow, busy. And hey, don't forget to vote for us Cnet Tv in the Webbies People Voice Awards -- People's Voice Awards: pv.webbieawards.com. That'll make him happy, and that'll get him off my back.
>> Brian Tong: [Laugh] Alright, guys.
>> Brian Cooley: Thank you to Donald Bell.
>> Brian Tong: Thank you, DB.
>> Brian Cooley: See you folks, next week. Next Thursday at 4:00 Eastern.
>> Brian Tong: 1:00 PM Pacific.
>> Donald Bell: And that's 10:00 AM Hawaiian.
>> Brian Cooley: He's like an old pro.
>> Brian Tong: He's doing the hula away.
>> Brian Cooley: Yeah.
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