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Picks

The Picks page is a simple list of products, services, websites and more that I choose to use on a day-to-day basis. Not stuff I have been asked to review or write about, but rather things I have researched, chosen and paid for. If warranted, I may give a short reason for a particular entry or link to a full review.

 

Hardware

Desktop Computer

This is one area I used to upgrade like a dedicated technology fan would. Narry a month would past and I’d have my eye on the next piece of technology slated for my PC. Times change and the realm of CPU power aplenty has been upon us for some time. It has been years since I’ve been tempted to do a full upgrade. Could I benefit from a faster rig? Likely, but the trend in general is towards mobile devices (more on those later) and I find myself using this still-capable box less and less.

Specs: Shuttle XPC SN27P2 Barebones | AMD Athlon X2 6000+ | 4GB Corsair XMS2 | ATI Radeon  4850 | OCZ Vertex II 120GB SSD | 1TB Western Digital Black | Auzentech Prelude 7.1 | Dell 27″ LCD Monitor | Logitech diNovo Media Desktop Laser | Logitech X530 (Creative SoundWorks Megaworks S750 7.1 set died :/ )

Tablet PC

HP TC1100: Yep, I was one of the few that jumped on this bandwagon. Truth be told, I’ve had several in the lineup and to this day, cannot find a worthy replacement for the HP TC1100 Tablet PC. I do feel 2012 will be the year I can finally retire the device though. Think there’s something out there now that could fit the bill? Fill me in! (I currently have the 1.2Ghz model running 2GB of ram which runs Windows 7 32bit beautifully with the absence of Aero Glass.) Prior to, I had the 1Ghz model and my first foray was a short one with the Transmetta (under)-powered TC1000.

Tablet

HP Touchpad: Eager bargain hunter was I when I first heard of the fire sale. I have the 32GB model, the official case, bluetooth keyboard, Touchstone dock an extra power adapter. For the money, I am quite happy with the device – but it can’t come close to replacing my Tablet PC. Give me an Asus Transformer Prime running Windows 8 and then we’ll talk! (There are murmurs that this should happen mid 2012.)

Phone

Samsung Focus: Shortly after its release in Canada

Peripherals

Headphones: Sennheiser HD555

 

Software

Productivity: Office 2010, with OneNote holding a dear spot in my heart. A day doesn’t go by that I don’t open that app. Outlook for work email, Windows Live Mail as a desktop client to aggregate my various Gmail, Live/Hotmail and hosted email solutions.

 

Gadgets

Featured WP7 Apps
  • Last Pass

    Last Pass for Windows Phone 7

    Those of you who use Last Pass on a PC know just how handy it can be, not having to remember or input passwords for all the various sites that require them. It’s not a stretch of the imagination to think that a secure password manager would be even more welcome on a phone platform. Thankfully, the good folks at LastPass thought the same and have brought the LastPass app to Windows Phone 7. The app can be downloaded from the Zune software or from the Marketplace. To learn more, visit www.lastpass.com.