HP A6330f - Pavilion - 3 GB RAM System information

HP A6330f - Pavilion - 3 GB RAM System information
February 2008
Why Update Your Computer .. 2
Review of RegistryBooster 2 . 3
CES Overview - Computers ... 4
Tweak Your PC ...................... 10
CES 2008 Utilities ................. 14
CES 2008 Accessories ........... 21
Laptop Bags ...................... 34
Printers ............................... 36
LCD Monitors .................... 38
TV Cards ............................ 40
Need a sticky note? ................ 43
St. Valentine’s Day ................. 44
Fountain Valley Branch Library
17635 Los Alamos,
Fountain Valley
meetings on 3rd Saturday
10:00 am to 12:30 pm
Future Meeting Dates
March 15
April 19
May 17
June 21
Annual membership is $20 for
indivduals: $5 for each additional
family members.
Coming to our
February 16 meeting
Wolverine - Empower
yourself with USB
Wolverine - makers of fine
multimedia, and data storage units,
and players.
Wolverine ESP - 80GB Digital
Photo Album and Multimedia
• ESP 3.6” wide view angle
color LCD
• From 80GB to 250GB
Storage Capacity
• Built-in 7-in-1 Memory
Card Reader
• Display JPEG, Bitmap, Tiff,
Text and RAW images
• Print directly to printers
• Multi Format Music Player:
• Multi Format Video Player:
and Xvid
• Built in Microphone
• Built-in FM Radio and
• Built-in connection to TV
and Stereo System
• Portable Digital Video
Recorder (DVR); Record
Video Directly from TV/
Wolverine MVP - Portable Firewire
+ USB External Drive
• From 80GB to 160GB
• Smaller than a typical PDA
• Sleek and very compact
• USB 2.0 (recommended)
and 1.1 connections
• 6-pin Firewire 400 /IEEE
1394a /iLink
• 4-pin FireWire 400 /IEEE
1394a /iLink
• 2.5” Laptop Drive, 5400
RPM Drive with average
seek 8.5 to 9.5 ms
• Compatible with Windows
2000/XP/Vista. MAC OS
9.1 and above
Board of Directors
Steve Dela
[email protected]
Terry Currier
[email protected]
Gerry Bretts
[email protected]
Max Lockie
[email protected]
Why Update your
even if I am patched. Also when
I send you an email the programs
can harvest my email address and
By Kathy Jacobs, President,
add it to lists so that I get more
Phoenix PCUG, AZ
[email protected]
The second line of defense is a
good anti-virus program. Again,
you can’t just buy it and expect it
Obtained from APCUG with the
to run forever. You need to update
author’s permission for publication it regularly, and run it regularly. If
by APCUG member groups.
you don’t have your anti-virus up
to date, you will only be catching
For Christmas this year, we gave
the viruses that were out when you
Board Members
bought the program. That means
Ethel Kamber
that any virus that has come out
my surprise when he emailed back since you bought the package
[email protected]
that he didn’t have SP2.
Ken Kamber
can still sit on your computer and
[email protected]
attack from there.
Louise McCain
[email protected]
The third line of defense is antiexplain to him why he needed it. I
Ed Koran
spyware software. This software
[email protected]
will prevent someone from coming
from the information as well.
Charles Schreiber
in and “owning” your computer.
[email protected]
What do I mean by owning?
Robin Theron
Spyware programs are frequently
father views his computer as
[email protected]
used to keep track of what you
do on your computer. A common
able to use. He doesn’t think he
[email protected]
misconception is that anti-spyware
should have to put any time into
is only needed when you are on
WINNERS, contributors and
the net. In reality, spyware can be
hear this quite frequently, but don’t installed in seconds while you are
editors of Notepad do not assume
liability for dameages arising from understand it. Would you buy a
downloading your email and then
car and never put gas in it or never it will run while you are off-line.
the publication or non-publication
of any advertisement, article, edito- change the oil in it? Computer
When you get on-line again, the
rial, or other item in this newsletter.
spyware will call home and send
maintenance of your car.
All opionions express are those of
back everything it has learned
the individual authors only and do
about your machine.
not necessarily represent the opion- The first line of maintenance for
ions of the WINNERS, its Board of
The final line of defense is your
Directors, the WINNERS Notepad,
firewall. If you have Windows XP
Security holes are being patched
or its editors.
SP2, you have a firewall installed.
WINNERS a computer association,
By installing and activating your
made available to you for free from firewall, you make yourself less
is a volunteer organization providMicrosoft for your benefit and for
ing a forum for sharing informavisible to the bad guys out on the
tion and experiences related to
web. If they can’t see you, they
keep the security holes on your
Windows-based software, and
may not spend the time to come
hardware, encouraging ethical use
find you.
of computers and software, offering it easier for someone to use your
machine to attack my computer service to our communities.
Continued on page 13
RegistryBooster 2
By Terry Currier
I’ve tested a number of programs
on my secondary test computer
over the years. I’ve also installed
and uninstalled a number of
programs. At start up the computer
loads up my anti-virus, antispyware, firewall, UPS monitor,
motherboard monitor, QuickTime,
Intel graphics monitor, Maxtor
storage monitor, printer software,
TV software, and others. It takes a
while for it to boot up. I turn it on
when I need it, go away to do other
things, and come back after it’s
Rebooting is even longer with
it shutting down everything and
restarting. So I thought Uniblue
RegistryBooster 2 would be
something good to try. Rebooting
took 4 minutes 45 seconds. When
I first ran RegistryBooster it found
459 Problems/Errors. The vast
majority being Missing or Invalid
The Windows Registry in a
broad sense is a database of the
hardware and software on your
computer. It contains all your
settings for windows and other
software. Whenever you install
new software it creates new
settings in the registry. When you
uninstall software it removes all
those registry settings associated
with the software, right? Well
it does uninstall the programs,
removing it from the hard drive.
Most really do very little removal
from the registry. So the software is
removed, but the settings are still in
the registry and you have a bunch
of orphan links.
Even before I installed
RegistryBooster 2 I did a backup,
for safety sake. It also can create
a backup of the registry before
you have it do any repairs. It can
create up to eight backups, keeping
the most recent. Before running it
my reboot time was 4 minutes 45
seconds. After running and fixing
what it said were problems I also
used it to defrag the registry. Using
RegistryBooster 2 (twice) my
reboot time was down to 3 minutes
39 seconds, saving 66 seconds.
Okay that’s great, but for a program
like this you want to make sure
there are no problems later. So I’ve
used this for two months now and I
can say I’ve had no problems. I’ve
run it about ten times total. Each
time I chose to trust the program
with what it said was a problem.
RegistryBooster 2 is very easy
to use, and at $29.95 it is a good
Supported Systems
Windows 2000 Windows XP
Windows Vista 32-Bit
Recommended Requirements:
Intel Pentium 4 1GHz or
Equivalent processor
512 MB RAM
200 MB free hard disk space
Graphics mode 1024x768 true
color (highest 32-bit)
Microsoft Windows 2000 / XP /
Vista (32-bit)
Internet Explorer 6
CES 2008 Computers
By Terry Currier
Amiga www.amiga.com
Amiga (remember them) launched the availability of
AmigaAnywhere™ version 2, the first phase of the
Amiga OS. The new platform offers more features
and flexibility to safely move content from a physical
to a digital environment and instantly run all types
of content on a variety of devices, including mobile
phones, cameras, audio and video players, STBs,
laptops, PCs and servers. Features will include
a device-independent, single, ubiquitous Virtual
Environment (VEN) that functions across different
operating system and the Internet. Under the new
platform, consumers are able to have the same user
experience to engage in activities such as listening to
music, surfing the net, buying video, editing photos, or
working on work contracts. It dynamically scales the
applications/services to the accessory device.
ASUS www.asus.com
Revealed the new Travelstar 5K500 (500 GB 2.5 Inch
hard drive) from Hitachi has been integrated into the
ASUS M50 and M70 series multimedia notebook PCs.
R50A Ultra Mobile PC with full PC, and GPS
functionality. It is the World’s first UMPC with builtin GPS and webcam. Users can capture, communicate,
or create anywhere with 3G / 3.5G connectivity.
• Intel® Menlow Technology
• Intel® Silverthorne 1.3GHz Professor; Intel®
Poulsbo chipset
• Integrated WiFi 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 +
• Stylus input
• 5.6” TFT LCD with 1024 x 600 touch panel sun readable option available
• Built in fingerprint reader with ASUS Security
Protect Manager
• On-board 1GB memory
Lamborghini VX2Sn Notebook designed with
Lamborghini, enclosed in a piano-paint chassis
accented by genuine leather
• Blu-ray optical drive and ultra high resolution
screen provide riveting 1080p enjoyment
• NVIDIA® Geforce 9500 dedicated graphics
with 512MB VRAM
• Intel® T9500 Processor
• 15.4” ultra-high resolution widescreen
• Fingerprint reader
• 240 degree swiveling webcam
• 802.11a/b/g/n wireless connection
G2Sg Notebook, built from the ground up as
the ultimate gaming system.
• 17” dual lamp screen
offers 1920 x 1200
resolution and a lighting
quick 8ms response time
• 4 integrated speakers, a
subwoofer, and Dolby Digital Live
• Discrete Graphics Engine featuring NVIDIA®
GeForce 8700M GT 512MB
• Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processor
• 1.3 megapixel webcam for video
communication without wires
• Supports Intel® Turbo Memory Technology
• Intel PM965 Series (Crestline) 800MHz FSB +
• 2 x SODIMM socket for expansion up to
2GB/4GB DDRII DRAM support
M50 Notebook
• Dolby Home Theater certified sound for an
immersive audio experience
• Dual hard drives featuring RAID support
for added data
• NVIDIA® GeForce
8600M GT with
• Intel® Core™2
Duo Processor
• Hybrid TV Tuner (Analog & Digital) Optional
• Integrated 240 degree swiveling webcam
• Dual mode touchpad for convenient AV control
• Intel® Mobile PM965 Express Chipset with
ICH8M South Bridge
• 1GB Turbo Memory
Dell www.dell.com
Dell had on the floor
what they called the Dell
Lounge, to showcase
their latest products and
sneak peeks of future
developments. Among
them was a concept
laptop with a 16-inch
display. The concept laptop had a picture-perfect full
HD 16:9 aspect ratio and a preview of a mainstream
XPS™ gaming desktop that will offer performance
approaching purpose-built gaming systems. New
products making a public appearance included the
Inspiron™ 1525 notebook, a 30-inch UltraSharp™
display and the distinctive Crystal flat panel display,
which was demonstrated at last year’s CES as a
concept product.
Dell’s digital home demo showcases convergence
of the TV and PC. The solution features an XPS 420
desktop configured with Windows Vista® Ultimate
and the ATI TV Wonder™ Digital Cable Tuner,
enabling users to watch, pause, replay and record
premium HD content from digital cable channels.
The XPS 420 is paired with a Linksys Media Center
Extender (DMA2100), which transfers live or
recorded HD video content, digital photos and music
across a wired or 802.11n wireless network to any TV
in the home.
For those who feel the need for speed, Alienware
showcased the new Area-51 m15x notebook, complete
with the latest graphics technology from NVIDIA, as
well as demoing an ALX desktop with next-generation
architecture from Intel. The XPS M1730 World of
Warcraft Edition notebook was also on display.
Everex www.everex.com
Unveiled the CloudBook Ultra-Mobile PC a 7” UMPC
model to feature popular Open Source software from
gOS. It measures 9” in
length and 2 pounds in
weight, and comes with
a 1.2GHz VIA C7-M
ULV mobile processor.
The laptop averages 5
hours of battery life on
a 4-cell, lithium-ion battery. Features 30GB of internal
storage, digital video output (DVI-I), 4-in-1 card
reader and 1.3MP webcam. Audio is High Definition
Audio Codec with built-in speakers, and has built-in
WLAN: 802.11b/g. 10/100 Ethernet, I/O: (1) DVI-I
port, (2) USB 2.0 ports, (1) RJ45 Ethernet port, (1)
Headphone/Line Out jack, (1) Microphone/ Line In
jack, (1) 4-in-1 Media Card Reader (Secure Digital,
Multi-Media Card, Memory Stick, Memory Stick
PRO). Available January 25th, the CE1200V will be
available at Walmart.com for $399.
Gateway www.gateway.com
Gateway today unveiled two new FX Series
desktops designed for extreme gaming and other
high-performance, graphic-intensive multimedia
applications. Featuring
AMD quad-core power and NVIDIA® GeForce®
8800GT graphics. The NVIDIA card features 112
stream processors and ultra-fast frame rates to play
the hottest DirectX®10 games with 512MB video
memory in a single card. Combined with 3GB of
memory, the FX7020 comes with a 400 watt power
supply. Rounding it out is a combo standard definition
(NTSC)/high definition (ATSC) TV Tuner with a
Media Center remote control, so customers can watch
and record live television. Rich 8-channel, 7.1 highdefinition audio delivers a premium sound experience
for viewing the latest games, online entertainment
and DVD movies. With a price point of just $1,099, it
costs well below a comparable $2,000 system.
The Gateway FX540 Series brings several new leading
technologies to the FX line, including:
• a NVIDIA SLI-capable motherboard
• dual PCIe x16 slots with SLI support
• the ability to run dual NVIDIA 8800 GT/
GTX factory limited warranted over-clocked
video cards in SLI mode for the maximum
• support for 800MHz memory standard on
select systems
• dual Gigabit Ethernet for maximum online
gaming performance
As an SLI-Ready PC it can be upgraded with a second
graphics card. Last but not least, the Gateway FX540
Series includes a 700 watt power supply, ensuring
it can support any additional high-performance
hardware or future expansion requirements. Prices
range from $1,000 to $3,800 depending on model and
gOS 2.0 www.thinkgos.com
Good OS, the open source startup that introduced
gOS, a Linux operating system with Google and web
applications, on a $199 Wal-Mart PC last November,
announced the gOS Rocket. Rocket is packed with
Google Gears, new online offline synchronization
technology from Google that enables offline use
of web apps; gBooth, a browser-based web cam
application with special effects, integration with
Facebook and other web services; shortcuts to launch
Google Reader, Talk, and Finance on the desktop; an
online storage drive powered by Box.net; and Virtual
Desktops, an intuitive feature to easily group and
move applications across multiple desktop spaces. Get
gOS Rocket Developer Kit with VIA motherboard and
CPU at ClubIT.com. Everex CloudBook, gPC, gPC
mini, gBook available at Wal-Mart.com.
HP www.hp.com
The HP Pavilion Slimline s3330f PC gives the user
full functionality in a PC that’s
one-third the size of a conventional
tower PC. With the Dual Format
Blu-Ray and HD-DVD player plus
a TV tuner, consumers can record
their favorite TV shows and play
the latest high-definition movies.
In addition, the NVIDIA GeForce
8500 card with HDMI port allows
consumers to connect this PC to their
high-definition TVs or play the latest
directX10 games in an affordable PC
under $1,000.
With the HP Pavilion Elite m9100
series PC you get the 64-bit edition
of Windows Vista® Home Premium and 4 GB of
memory and Intel®
Quad Core™
processor. The
HP Easy Backup
button can be set to
automatically back
up files, and two built-in drive bays enable up to 1 TB
of optional additional storage.
The new HP Pavilion a6330f PC is perfect for photo
enthusiasts. It comes with a 500 GB hard drive,
and HP Photosmart
Essential so users
can organize, edit,
share and protect
their digital images.
The HP Pocket
Media Drive bay
lets consumers add
optional additional storage, and the front-panel 15-in-1
memory card reader simplifies transferring photos and
files to and from a digital camera and other devices.
The HP Pavilion tx2000 optimizes handwriting
capture and offers touch-screen capability with
a 12.1-inch diagonal touch-screen display that
rotates 180 degrees and folds flat as well as a builtin digitizer. Comes with HP QuickPlay software,
offering a variety of entertainment options. Using the
HP Webcam, integrated microphone and IM (instant
messaging) solution of their choice, consumers can
engage in live video chat with friends and family
across the world.
The HP Pavilion HDX series Entertainment Notebook
PC offers 512 MB NVIDIA GeForce 8800M GTS
video graphics and the latest Intel® Core™ 2 Extreme
and Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processor technology, giving
it desktop-caliber performance. Now with Blu-ray
and HD DVD support, the HDX series plays highdefinition DVD or Blu-ray movies on the world’s first
20.1-inch diagonal WUXGA XHD Ultra Brightview
display. HDX Integrated Audio provides a audio
experience with four discrete Altec Lansing speakers
and the integrated HP Triple Bass Reflex Subwoofer.
A special note here – I hate the marketing psychology
of .99 so I round up the prices of most of these items
to full dollars. You’re going to pay more than that with
Intel www.intel.com
Intel Corporation unveiled 16 products including
the company’s first 45 nanometer (nm) processors
for Intel® Centrino® Processor Technology based
laptops. All of these new chips include the company’s
new transistor formula and 45nm manufacturing
process that boost a PC’s speed, reduces power
requirements, saves on battery life, helps the
environment and comes in smaller packages for
more fashionable and compact computer designs.
With the introduction of the new processors, Intel
will be offering a total of 32 desktop, laptop and
server processors based on these industry-leading
All are now lead-free and, starting this year, halogenfree, making the processors more eco-friendly. Intel
has also added new video and graphics capabilities
with Intel HD Boost that includes Intel Streaming
SIMD Extensions 4 (SSE4) for speeding up workloads
including video encoding for high-definition and photo
Intel plans to ship in the first half of this year its firstgeneration low-power platform chipset that will help
deliver a range of ultra mobile and mobile Internet
devices from a growing ecosystem of customers.
Intel announced three quad core and four dual core
45nm-based processors for mainstream desktop PCs
arriving later this month and throughout the first
quarter of the year.
Lenovo www.lenovo.com
Announced a trio of IdeaPad notebook PCs – the
IdeaPad Y510, Y710 and U110. Powered by Intel®
Centrino® processor technology, offering such
technologies as facial recognition, Dolby Home
Theatre surround sound, touch-sensitive control
surfaces and dedicated gaming controls. According to
IDC, the worldwide consumer PC market is expected
to grow by an average of nearly 10 percent annually
through 2011. The combination of the VeriFace
software and an embedded camera can recognize a
user’s face for log-in and help eliminate the need to
remember passwords.
The 17-inch widescreen IdeaPad Y710 is designed
with a smooth, blue, metallic finish, equipped with
halo lighting accenting the top cover. Select models
include a second, hot-swap hard drive to easily store
and transfer data as well as Game Zone functionality.
Game Zone includes enlarged directional buttons for
enhanced game play, four user-customizable buttons
and a secondary display showing system information
such as CPU speed. It also includes a performance
control switch with Turbo mode for maximum power,
including CPU overclocking, and Quiet mode for
energy savings. Comes with ATI graphics, WLAN
connectivity, five speakers including a subwoofer as
well as an optional Blu-ray DVD reader
IdeaPad Y510 is a 15.4-inch widescreen with a
black, textured, linen-like top cover. Equipped with
integrated graphics, WLAN connectivity, five speakers
including a subwoofer, an integrated camera, battery
life indicator and a DVD-RW optical drive.
The IdeaPad U110, an ultraportable 11-inch
widescreen notebook PC, weighs only 2.3 pounds and
is 0.7 inches deep. The textured design is embedded
in its red aluminum alloy top cover. Lenovo also
equipped select configurations with its Active
Protection System, an air bag-like device that parks
the hard drive to help protect data during a fall.
Recommended pricing for the IdeaPad Y510 and Y710
starts at $799 and $1,199, respectively. The IdeaPad
U110 notebook will be available in April.
Life|ware www.life-ware.com
Launched their new entry level LMS-100 and LMS150 Life|media™ Servers. Manages all of your digital
media – pictures, videos, TV shows, movies, music
and more in up to five zones in your home. The LMS100 is priced at $2500 and features the following:
CPU - 2.33GHz Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processor
• RAM - 2GB
• Storage - 500GB
• DVD Drive
• Tuners - 2 ATSC, 2 NTSC, 1 FM
• Graphics Card - NVidia 8400
• OS - Windows® Vista® Home Premium
operating system
With dual internal CableCARD-enabled tuners,
consumers can simultaneously access multiple forms
of broadcast content, including 2 live high definition
digital cable feeds. The LMS-150 is $3500 and
features 1 TB of storage using RAID 0.
Samsung www.samsung.com
Samsung Electronics America, unveiled the Q1 Ultra
Premium UMPC, the newest ultra mobile personal
computer. It is aimed at the
commercial market, as well
as to those individuals that
travel frequently and thereby
looking for the smallest PCcompatible form factor. Fueled
by a 1.33GHz ULV Intel Core
Solo U1500 Pentium CPU
running at a clock speed of 1.33 GHz, along with 1
GB of high-speed DDR2 system memory, and weighs
less than 2 pounds. Powered by a 57.7 watt hour
Lithium Ion polymer 6-cell battery that will provide
up to 7.5 hours of battery life. Additionally, this new
model features the split-QWERTY keypad – Version
1.5 – which provides larger, improved keycaps making
text entry easy.
Complete with an 80 GB 1.8” ultra-small hard disk
drive, fingerprint reader for advanced system security
and an SD/MMC 2-in-1 memory slot for easy memory
expansion and data transfer. Includes integrated
802.11b/g Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, providing
users with wireless communications regardless of their
All models feature a 300 pixel webcam, along with a
high-performance dual-array microphone, enabling
face-to-face video chatting/video conferencing.
Additionally, a high-resolution 1.3 mega pixel camera
supports video recording and still pictures, allowing
users to simply snap and send videos/photographs
with a single device. Also they are equipped with a
seven-inch wide WSVGA LED backlit LCD with
touch screen that boasts a native, high-resolution of
1024 x 600. Integrated is the AVS Now instant-on
feature, allowing users to enjoy a host of multimedia
applications, including video, movies, music and still
photos, without booting up Windows.
Sony www.sony.com
With the VAIO notebooks come XBRITE-HiColor™
for making the screens look great, 4GB of RAM, and
Blu-ray Disc technology.
VAIO AR790U Premium notebook features a 17 inch
with a full HD 1080 widescreen display. Powered by
the new Intel Core2 Processor T9300. Comes with
an external CableCARD™ compliant TV tuner for
viewing or recording HDTV programming. Features,
400GB hard drive, 512MB on a dedicated graphics
Premium HD PC/
TV comes with
a terabyte of
storage so it can
record up to 100
hours of HDTV
programming. It is equipped with the Intel Core2
Processor T9300. The LCD is a 22-inch, and comes
with an external CableCARD™ compliant TV tuner
for viewing or recording HDTV programming.
VAIO FZ485U Premium Notebook has a 15.4-inch
widescreen and is HDMI equipped to output to HDTV
in full HD 1080. It has the Intel Core2 Processor
T98100, and 256MB dedicated graphics card.
S-xgen www.s-xgen.com
I loved this last year, from Seamless Internet.
• Processor Intel®PXA 270 Xscale™ - Speed
520 MHz
• Hard Drive 20 GB
• System Memory 256 SDRAM
• Flash Memory 64 MB
• Operating System Microsoft ® Windows ®
Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC Phone edition
• I/O Interface SD/MMC Slot
• USB 1.1 (Client), USB 2.0 Compatible (Host)
• Camera Video Camera 1.3 Mega Pixels
• Transflective with Touch Screen
• Communications Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g
• Tri-Band Phone 900/1800/1900 MHz
• Bluetooth® enabled supports A2DP/AG/
• 10/100 Mbps Ethernet (RJ45 port)
• GPS System Sirfstar lll module
• Dimensions (Aprox) Length 6.5” Width 3.8”
Depth 1.25”
• Weight (Aprox) 18 oz
Manufacture Suggest Retail Price $1,395.00
Toshiba www.toshiba.com
The Qosmio integrates the new “SpursEngine,” a coprocessor derived from the high-performance Cell
Broadband Engine™ 1,2 (Cell/B.E.) processor and
Toshiba’s advanced image processing technology,
and bring awesome levels of processing power to
consumer electronics. With it they did demonstrations
such as:
• Real-time transformations of hair styles and
makeup that instantaneously recognize and
process changes in position, angle, and facial
expression captured by an integrated camera,
and render them as computer graphics
• Remote-controller-free, hand gesture control
of video, where simply moving the hand can
control, for example, playback or pause
• Once a face appears on screen, it is recognized
and stored in an easily searched index that
allows viewers to find and playback video
segments featuring a specific person.
• Image super-resolution creates high definition
(HD) video from standard definition (SD)
video, for instance video library recorded so
far, by enhancing pixel resolution.
• SpursEngine’s high-speed transcoding from
MPEG2 to H.264 achieves faster editing and
recording of HD video to HD DVD discs.
Toshiba also
announced it
lowered the
starting price on
its HD DVD-R/
RW notebook
line to $899,
starting with the
Satellite A205
notebook. Also, with the addition of an HD DVD
rewritable drive Qosmio users are empowered with the
ability to burn, erase and re-burn content to HD DVDRW discs. The Toshiba HD DVD notebook portfolio
consists of four models featuring high-definition
widescreen displays with resolutions up to 1080p
and screen sizes ranging from 15.4- to 17-inches.
The portfolio includes the Satellite® A205, Satellite
P205, Satellite X205 and Qosmio® G45 models. The
Satellite® A215 notebook line will incorporate AMD’s
leading-edge AMD Turion™ 64 X2 Dual-Core Mobile
Technology processor.
While today’s DVD format has a maximum playback
resolution of 480p, HD DVDs leap forward with
an image resolution that is up to six times sharper.
The result is a visual experience with brighter
colors, enhanced details and greater overall image
sharpness. Select notebooks include an HDMI port
and can be connected to an HDTV to deliver a pure
high-definition image that will equal the resolution
capability of the HDTV, up to 1080p. The Qosmio®,
Satellite® X205 and select models of the Satellite
U305 notebook series will incorporate Intel’s new
line of performance Core 2 Duo mobile processors
– (codename Penryn) designed to deliver greater
computing prowess to power the most demanding
The Portégé M700 is the company’s first Tablet PC
to incorporate a touch
screen LED backlit display. It supports both fingertip
input capabilities and traditional pen-based based
input. It incorporates an LED backlit display with
anti-glare coating, which allows the new Tablet PC
to be viewed in a wide range of environments both
indoors and outdoors. It uses Intel® Centrino Pro
processor technology, including Intel® Core™ 2
Duo Processors, Intel® 965 Express chipset, Intel®
Wireless Wi-Fi Link 4965AGN supporting draft
802.11n3, and Intel® Active Management Technology
(AMT 2.6). Intel’s AMT 2.6 delivers the ability to
remotely deploy systems and supply proactive security
and maintenance measures. This provides the network
manager better control of mobile computing assets
to minimize user downtime and provide greater
efficiency at the office of when traveling.
With support for an internal optical drive, second
hard drive or weight saver, the Ultra SlimBay helps
eliminate the bulk and inconvenience of carrying
additional external components. The 1.3 megapixel
Webcam provides mobile professionals the flexibility
to communicate face-to-face when out of the office
or traveling. The 3D accelerometer helps guard the
HDD against awkward accidental drops, including a
spinning, falling Tablet PC, by rapidly removing the
HDD head from between the HDD platters. Toshiba
also put a spill resistant keyboard to help protect
against accidental spills of liquids.
All new Toshiba notebooks are RoHS-compatible2,
effectively reducing the environmental impact by
restricting the use of lead, mercury and certain other
hazardous substances. They also offer a computer
trade-in and recycling program. All Toshiba computers
qualify for free recycling, while non-Toshiba
computers and other consumer electronic products can
be recycled for a small fee. For more information visit:
explained I call these “things…tweaks” and they come
from dozens and dozens of places including many
newsletters, also some regular blogs, newspapers,
radio shows, other PC users I talk with and of course,
the real biggie, MICROSOFT! Yup, their knowledge
base contains millions of tips, solutions and you
guessed it…TWEAKS! Our conversation ended with
a suggestion that I put some “tweaks” in my column,
so what follows are some that I like. But first, a
reminder, whenever you decide to play, experiment,
alter, or as I say, “tweak” an otherwise functioning
computer, either do a backup first, or at least, set a
restore point you can return to if what you do doesn’t
work out for you. If you don’t know how to do that,
click on start and then help and support and then
choose index and type in system restore.
At the end of this list, I have a couple speed tweaks
which I advise should only be used by advanced users,
and you will also see I advise again to backup or set a
restore point. With that in mind, here is my list.
Tweak Your PC to Keep It Running
Fast, Feeling Good and Looking
By Lou Torraca, President MOAA Computer User
Group, HI
Obtained from APCUG with the author’s permission
for publication by APCUG member groups.
Last week, I was explaining to a friend that I am a
quick launch toolbar afficionado {:-)
What the heck is that he asked. I said I was just
referring to the fact I use it instead of the desktop
to keep all my shortcuts, actually, lots of shortcuts,
at least on my main PC. As we continued to talk
about this I found myself explaining a lot of stuff I
have done with my PCs and notebook in the past 6
or 8 years! An obvious question came up: “where
do you come up with these things?” At that point I
The area that sits between the start button and the
tray (with the clock), on the bottom of your screen, is
called the Taskbar.
I think one of the best additions you can make to your
Taskbar is the Quick Launch Toolbar. Quick Launch
gives you fast access to Internet Explorer and Outlook
Express, and it includes a Show Desktop icon. It’s
really easy to open your Quick Launch Toolbar.
Right-click the Taskbar, click on Toolbars, and
choose Quick Launch. The Quick Launch Toolbar
now appears on your Taskbar right next to your Start
button. You’ll find the Quick Launch Toolbar very
useful and to move all the icons you have on your
desktop, just drag and drop them on the QL taskbar.
You can play around with it and also expand it if
need be. After you drag an icon there, you can delete
it off your desktop so you have a neat looking space
where I put different pictures every week or so. To be
really neat, I hide the whole thing so it automatically
disappears until I Point at it with my mouse. Right
click on start, properties, taskbar and check auto hide.
If you can copy or move things to a folder, keeping
information on your computer more organized is
easier. Here is how to add copy or move to a folder
to Windows Explorer. Open Windows Explorer (not
Internet Explorer) by clicking on Start and then on
My Documents. Next, click on an empty area of the
standard button bar, the one that starts with the Back
button. Last, click on customize. In the available
toolbar buttons: list, click on copy to and then click on
add to add it to the current toolbar buttons list. Click
on Close to complete the customization work. Now
the next time you click on a file or folder, the Move to
and Copy to folder buttons will appear
If you ever have the need to copy both files and folders
to a CD, as in backing up your important information,
here’s an easy way to do it. Click on Start, and then
click on My Computer. Now right-click on your hard
drive (usually drive c:) and click on Explore. Now
you have a complete list of the files and folders on
that drive. Click on any file or folder, and then, while
holding down the Ctrl key, click on any other file or
folder you wish to copy to a CD/DVD. When you
have finished, click on edit, copy to folder. From the
list provided click on the CD/DVD R/W (Read/Write)
drive you want to send your selection to, and then
click Copy at the bottom of that small window. This
will result in a folder with those items waiting to be
copied. Put in a CD/DVD and click on write these files
to CD to the left.
I use My Computer, which shows me all of the drives
on my computer, like the floppy drive (A:), the Hard
Drive (C:), and others that include DVD and CD
drives and removable drives, all the time. Having My
Computer show a menu of it’s items as your mouse
pointer touches the My Computer link on the start
menu is a quick way to get to what you want. To set
this up, right-click on the start button, and then click
on properties. Click on the customize button and
then open the advanced tab. In the start menu items
window, scroll down to my computer, and click next
Windows XP has several utilities programs that
to display as a menu. Now click on OK, and again on
manage various aspects of XP. You can run any of
these utilities by using them as “run” commands. Click OK. (This one is the opposite of the one above in that
you need to select start menu instead of classic.)
on Start, and then click on Run. In the Open: box,
type one of these shortcuts and press the Enter key or
click OK. control Opens Control Panel clipbrd Opens
Clipboard Viewer notepad Opens simple text editor
wordpad Opens Word-like text editor compmgmt.msc
Computer management devmgmt.msc Device manager
diskmgmt.msc Disk management dfg.msc Disk defrag
eventvwr.msc Event viewer fsmgmt.msc Shared
folders gpedit.msc Group policies lusrmgr.msc Local
That little area to the right at the bottom of your
users and group perfmon.msc Performance monitor
desktop can get pretty crowded. One way to get more
rsop.msc Resultant set of policies secpol.msc Local
space is to do away with the clock. You can eliminate
security settings services.msc Services. (Run shows up the clock by right clicking on any blank section of the
when you have classic menu selected.)
Task bar, and then clicking on Properties. On the
Taskbar tab, click on the checkmark next to “Show the
clock” and finally click OK. You can also check the
hide inactive icons box to gain a bit more space.
When you click on Start and open My Computer,
you have to right-click on a drive and then click
Explore to get the “Explore” view of that drive. If you
simply double-click on that drive, you get the drive’s
contents. The Explore view is better because you can
work with folders in the left pane and folder contents
in the right pane.
To have My Computer open the contents of a drive in
the Explore view, from within My Computer click on
Tools and then on Folder Options. Open the File Types
tab and then click on (NONE) Folder, to highlight it.
Now click on the Advanced button, make sure Explore
is highlighted, and then click the Set Default button.
Click OK, and then click Close.
Now when you open a drive in My Computer it will
display in the Explore mode.
Your my documents folder in windows XP holds,
by default, your documents, the My Pictures folder
and the My Music folder. For most of us, the My
Documents folder holds everything you use most.
To make the contents of that folder invisible to nosy
folks, do this: Click on Start and right-click on My
Documents. Now click on Properties, and then open
the General tab. Click in the box next to Hidden in the
attributes section and click ok. Now click on Apply,
Select “Apply changes to this folder, subfolders and
files,” and click ok.
This is not encryption, it just makes it harder for a
casual user to open your private folders. When you
want to view all files again, just reverse the process.
Speeding up your PC is always something most of
us think about and the following tweaks are intended
to do just that for your XP Pro operating system, but
beware, these are intended for advanced users and
involve using the registry…not recommended for the
faint at heart! Before even considering them, do a
registry backup- Here’s how:
Modification of Windows Registry files, which contain
settings and other information Windows needs to
operate with is risky if you don’t take care. Make a
mistake here can cause your PC to stop working. So
it makes perfect sense to make a back-up copy of your
registry files before you attempt any modifications.
Create a batch file to back up your Registry, and then
automate the process with an icon on your Desktop.
Click on Start, Run, and then type NOTEPAD. Click
OK or press the Enter key. Now you have Notepad
open to a blank page. Type “Regedit /E C:\AAAA”
(without the quotes) and press the Enter key. Now
click on File on the menu bar at the top of the Notepad
window, and then click on Save As. In the Save As
window, click in the box next to File Name: and type
c:\windows\system32\REGBACKUP.BAT. Now click
on the down arrow to the right of the Save as type:
box and select All Files. Click on the Save button, and
close Notepad. To create a shortcut to the registry
backup, right-click on the Desktop, click on New and
then on Shortcut. At the cursor type c:\WINDOWS\
SYSTEM32\REGBACKUP.BAT and click on Next.
Now type: Registry Backup and click on Finish.
If you want to change the icon for your new shortcut,
right- click on it and click Preferences. Click on the
Change Icon button, click Ok when the Change Icon
window opens, and then double-click on the icon you
want to use. Click OK
Another way to be sure you are safe is to backup
your complete computer using either True Image (my
favorite) or Ghost…both of which completely copy
an image of your entire computer. Also, do a system
restore point (see the help menu for how to) this may
be the quickest way to go back to where you were
if you have problems, but if not, the True Image or
Ghost backup will do the trick.
Here’s a way to make XP even faster, by making
sure that Operating System functions stay in memory
(RAM), because memory is much faster than your
hard disk. Try this: Click on Start, on Run, and then
type REGEDIT and click OK or press the Enter. The
word REGEDIT is not case-sensitive. Now doubleclick on HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE. Drill down by
opening System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session
Manager\Memory Management. Right-click on the
DisablePagingExecutive entry located in the right
pane (side) of your screen and select Modify. In the
Edit DWORD Value dialog box, type the number “1”
(without the quotes) in the Value data field. Click OK
and then close the Registry Editor. Finally, make sure
you don’t have any open programs, and restart your
computer so that the change you made can take effect.
Lastly, it seems that our Windows XP computers
just get bogged down with stuff we don’t want or
use. One way to get more performance out of your
computer is to disable the “last access/update”
feature. The NTFS file system in Windows XP
maintains last access/update details for each file
and directory on your computer’s hard drive. This
information is useful sometimes but for most of us,
this may not be of much use most of the time. This
process takes a lot of resources from your computer,
so it may make sense to disable it. Once you have
done that, you’ll still have access to last modified
information for files and folders. Here’s what you
need to do. Click on Start, Run, and at the prompt type
REGEDIT and press the Enter key. Now click to open
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, and then drill down by
clicking on SYSTEM and then on CurrentControlSet,
Control and finally on FileSystem. On the right
side of the Regedit screen, look for the data key
Double-click on that key and then just set its value
to 1. Click OK to save the change and then close
the Registry Windows. The next time you boot-up,
this change will take place and give you a bit more
performance from your Windows XP computer. That’s
it so…
Not really, but after all that it is probably time to relax
and forget the PC for awhile, so be careful out there
while you enjoy all the fun things to do with your new
toys and on the ‘net.
Aloha, Lou
This article has been provided to APCUG by the
author solely for publication by APCUG member
groups. All other uses require the permission of the
author (see e-mail address above).
Why Update your Computer? - continued
Especially if your neighbor has an open, unpatched,
unprotected system. Adding the protection of an
outbound firewall to Windows can also help plug leaks
and alert you to behavior by friendly programs that
you may still want to control.
The way I look at these four lines of defense is the
same way I would if a bear is after me. I can’t outrun
the bear. What I can do is make it less likely that the
bear will come after me. That is the same attitude I
want you to take: Make your computer less open to the
bears coming after it.
This article has been provided to APCUG by the
author solely for publication by APCUG member
groups. All other uses require the permission of the
CES 2008 Utilities
By Terry Currier
ArcSoft www.arcsoft.com
BD Magic is an optional Blu-ray player feature that
adds both a network content delivery channel and a
powerful on-screen personal media library. Featured
players receive updated Blu-ray trailers, Blu-ray
sample scenes, and exclusive high-definition content
direct to the Blu-ray player. Works with both Blu-ray
discs and consumers’ existing DVD and CD libraries.
It accesses a Gracenote™-powered database of 50,000
DVDs and 3.6 million CDs worldwide to make
recommendations and promote new related content.
ArcSoft® TotalMedia Extreme includes:
• ArcSoft TotalMediaTM Theatre: For playing
back all movie disc formats, including: BDLive, BD Bonus View, BD-ROM, BD-AV,
AVCHD, HD DVD, DVD-Video, VCD, and
serving as a universal video/audio player. This
program is also available as a stand-alone
• ArcSoft TotalMedia™ Studio for creating your
own high definition movie discs including
support for AVCHD camcorders.
• ArcSoft TotalMedia™ VR for creating,
archiving, and editing personal video content
or recorded TV shows in high definition VR
• ArcSoft TotalMedia™ AVCHD for importing,
editing and exporting video content from an
AVCHD camcorder supporting optical discs,
flash memory and hard disk drives.
• ArcSoft TotalMedia™ DVD-VR that allows
your disc to contain playlists and chapters in
DVD-VR format.
• ArcSoft TotalMedia™ Backup for backing up
multimedia and all data files.
• ArcSoft TotalMedia™ Record, data mastering
for burning multimedia or data files.
• ArcSoft Utilities for creating a disc image
and saving as a single file for future backup;
burning a disc image to a disc; erasing a
rewritable disc; and using as a Guide to
analyze your system for compatibility with
Blu-ray or HD DVD.
ArcSoft Print Creations™ Applications Suite:
This print-project software provides users with
professionally-designed templates for creating
greeting cards, calendars, etc. by adding their photos
and text. Projects can be printed at home or online, or
shared electronically.
ArcSoft PhotoStudio Darkroom: This application
focuses on non-destructive image processing for RAW,
JPEG and TIFF image files. It offers professionals and
hobbyists a complete set of enhancement tools and
export options inside a thoughtfully-designed user
Centurion Technologies www.smart-restart.com
Smart Restart provides security for a computer by
blocking all access to a computer’s
critical system files while at
the same time permitting full
functionality of the user’s personal
profile. When protection is enabled,
all changes made to the system’s
hard drive configuration are wiped
clean by simply restarting the
computer. After installing in onto the computer if you
have a virus or malware activating the program and
restarting the computer puts it back to the time when it
was installed. Cost is $40.
CMS Products www.cmsproducts.com
BounceBack Professional Version 8.0 was announced.
Several new features have enhanced
the program:
• Up to 15 times faster
backups than previous
• Multi-destination backup-users can target backup
data to up to three separate
storage locations
• Support for a complete backup including the
operating system and applications
• Creation of a completely bootable backup
drive for bare metal restore
• Backups can be executed on a continuous
(CDP) or scheduled basis
• Bright, easy-to-use graphical interface based
on “What, Where, How and When” backups
are to run
• Support for Microsoft Vista, XP and 2000
(including 64-bit)
BounceBack Professional software allows two ways
to restore a hard drive “crash.” Following a hard
drive failure, users may choose to simply replace the
computer’s failed drive with the backup hard drive, or
choose to restore their system, applications and data
using the CMS Products BounceBack Rescue Disk.
CyberDefender www.cyberdefender.com
safeSEARCH Toolbar
v2.0 BETA is a free
browser plug-in that
offers an improved
search experience while
protecting personal
information and ensuring
privacy. This latest
version gives users the
ability to preview website
security rating and user ratings before entering a
selected website. Available for download at http://beta.
In addition it provides instant access to critical site
details such as site owner, host country, IP address
for the site, contact information, popularity ratings,
affiliated websites, and a brief site description to help
users make an informed decision before entering a
potentially unsafe website. It also helps users clearly
distinguish between safe and dangerous websites
within search results from Google, MSN, Yahoo and
AOL, among other search portals. Each time users
search via their favorite search engine, safeSEARCH
v2.0 displays a useful website rating icon within
the search results. When users mouse over the icon,
safeSEARCH displays a brief rating breakdown and
navigates them to more detailed information about the
This puts users in control of their surfing experience
giving them access to website reviews from other
CyberDefender users, ability to post their own
reviews, warn others of questionable sites or share
info and ratings on trustworthy websites. It alerts you
of suspicious activity in real time, before you become
a victim of identity theft and potential fraud, including
removing saved password data and educating users
about cookies and IP tracking, among other safety
CyberLink www.cyberlink.com
TV Enhance a TV-on-PC Solution, integrates
seamlessly with CyberLink PowerCinema, a
multifunction media entertainment center and
Windows Media Center. Consumers have a complete,
end-to-end platform for subscribing to premium TV
services including Satellite, Terrestrial, and Cable. TV
functions such as live reception of broadcast channels,
EPGs is supported as well as major free-to-air TV
signals including DVB-T, DVB-H, DVB-S/S2, and
CyberLink Live allows for placeshifting solution of
live TV shows. With a TV tuner card installed on the
home PC, users can remotely access live TV programs
with time-shift playback directly from any webenabled device outside the home.
PowerCinema Mobile is their TV-on-the-Go Solution,
designed for handheld devices. Developed to run on
the Windows® Mobile operating system, it consists
of five major entertainment modules: digital TV, FM
radio, music, videos, and photos. Multiple TV signals
are supported including DVB-T, DVB-H, DVB-TH,
T-DMB and DAB.
Data Drive Thru www.thetornado.com
Providing a seamless solution to the challenge of
transferring files from one computer to another,
regardless of whether
either machine is a
PC or a Mac, Data
Drive Thru introduced
iTornado™. The device
is the ultimate accessory
for those replacing old
computers, or switching
between operating systems from Windows to Mac or
Mac to Windows, that need to move their files of all
types, including documents, music and pictures to
their new Mac or PC. iTornado is a file transfer micro
computer that connects to two computers in a matter
of seconds simply by plugging the retractable USB
cables into the USB ports of each computer without
the need to load any software.
When connected to the USB ports of two computers
it immediately initiates a peer-to-peer network
via its patented No Software To Load™, or NSTL
Technology™, which auto-loads and auto-runs the
software and drivers needed to move the data bidirectionally from one computer to another via a
user-friendly split-screen display that within seconds
appears on the monitor of both machines showing
the contents of each machine. From this interface,
files can be dragged and dropped from one machine
to another at speeds of up to 25 Mb/sec. It will retail
for $79.95 and start shipping in March 2008. Comes
with a separate bonus copy of PC Eraser that can
clean files from Windows based PC computers to
US Government Department of Defense standards
allowing consumers to dispose of or donate their old
computer free of the fear of their personal files falling
into the hands of identity thieves.
Data Drive Thru also introduced PC Armor, a suite of
intelligent security software. It does what AntiVirus
programs can’t, it stops malware and viruses from
infecting your PC without having to know about
the problem executable in advance. Monitoring
all programs and activities at the PC kernel level,
and paralyzes any activity or behavior that might
compromise the security of your PC. The suite also
includes RG Crawler™ and RG Guard which act as a
first layer of defense against known bad executables
that attack through the Web. It will retail for $19.95
for a one year subscription. It will be available toward
the end of the first quarter of 2008.
Diskeeper www.diskeeper.com
Built for speed Diskeeper® 2008 is the most
automated performance
enhancement defragmenter ever
built. New features include the
ability to defrag in the most
extreme levels of low free space
or the highest levels of crippling
file fragmentation. Intelligent
defrag dynamically chooses
which software engine will net
the most performance gains
on a given system or environment. This is all done
completely transparently, in real time, tapping the
full power of otherwise unused idle resources with a
highly advanced background processing technology
called, InvisiTasking™.
With InvisiTasking defragmentation operations now
take place “on the fly”, in real time, as fragmentation
occurs. This means no performance degradation is
ever caused by fragmentation related build-up—giving
the user a constant maximum in speed and reliability
at all times. I-FAAST 2.0 (Intelligent File Access
Acceleration Sequencing Technology) automatically
boosts access speeds for your most frequently used
files (by 10% – 80%).
FranklinCovey www.franklincovey.com
Developed jointly by FranklinCovey and
COMPLETExRM, PlanPlus Online is a secure
Web-based application that provides planning, sales
management, customer relationship management
(CRM), team collaboration and process management
for small and medium-sized businesses via the
Internet. Its familiar “planner-like” interface is based
on FranklinCovey’s renowned planning and time
management methodology. The application offers
team calendaring and scheduling and an integrated
contact manager that easily tracks all important client
information, sales opportunities and activities through
a customizable sales process. Key features include:
• Team calendaring and scheduling
• Organizes daily tasks by utilizing the Quick
Prioritize Module
• Task delegation and accountability reports
• Manages and tracks all client information
and history, sales opportunities and activities
through a customizable sales process integrated
within daily planning tools
• FranklinCovey’s planning methods and
concepts within familiar “planner-like”
interface for easy daily or weekly planning
(Daily Prioritized Task List, Contacts,
Appointments, etc.)
• Weekly planning module for accomplishing
and tracking key goals
• Utilizes custom fields for greater flexibility in
tracking clients and other key data
Suggested retail price for PlanPlus Online is $25 per
month. A one-month introductory subscription is
available for $9.95.
Grisoft www.grisoft.com
AVG 8.0 due out in March 2008 offers a completely
new multi-threaded scanning engine that combines
anti-virus and anti-spyware while retaining the
product’s signature small footprint and scanning
efficiency. Additional protection is provided in the
form of safe searching and safe surfing protection
acquired through the recent purchase of Exploit
Prevention Labs, rootkit detection, basic security for
MSN and ICQ instant messaging, and detection of
malware-infected files on websites.
iolo www.iolo.com
Demonstrated a updated System Mechanic at
ShowStoppers. It automatically checks, diagnoses and
repairs the entire system, fixing errors and slowdowns
and cleaning out clutter – so PCs operate smoothly,
reliably, and up to 300% faster. The new update for
2008 features a radically redesigned interface, with a
more intuitive, ergonomic
layout; as well as more
robust system tune-up,
repair, and maintenance
options. In addition, this
new version offers key
upgrades, including a disk
defragmentation tool which
can defrag drives up to
70% faster than before, and
up to thirty times faster than the standard Windows
Laplink www.laplink.com
PCmover helps you choose which applications and
folders you’d like moved over to your new PC. It can
move all programs, files and settings in one easy step.
Choose connection: from USB cables, Windows Easy
Transfer cable, parallel cables, removable media or
a wired / wireless network to do the transfer. They
include a simple wizard to set up the move. “Undo”
Feature: Quickly reverse a migration at any time with
PCmover’s easy ‘undo’ feature.
With PCsync you control your remote PC just as if
you were sitting in front of it. You can even remotely
control a PC from any Mac, Windows, or Linux-based
computer. Connect through firewalls automatically,
print remote documents to a local printer. Access
remote PC files, email, PIM data, and Internet
favorites from any computer or handheld device.
Download remote files to your handheld or forward
them securely to other people. All data transfers are
kept secure with 128-bit SSL encryption, and all traces
of your remote access session are erased when you log
Memeo www.memeo.com
Their LifeAgent makes Windows makes backups
easier - NEW Right click on files or folders to add to a
backup plan. With Back In Time – Users can restore
deleted files from within Windows Explorer. A 30 day
trial version is available. $49.95
SmartTags™- NEW Backup files based on file tags
(photos tagged with “birthday” are automatically
backed up). Other Features include:
• Multiple backup plans operating
• Ability to add file types and exclusion lists
• Encryption and password for additional
• Native file format support at backup location
• Backup multiple versions of the same file
• Backup files queued when destination not
• Only modified files backed up
• Restore to same directory path or to new
• Compatible with Windows Vista, Windows XP,
and Windows Server 2000
Motionbox www.motionbox.com
Introduced a new premium service that delivers a
complete, secure solution for uploading, storing and
sharing precious video memories. Also introduced TVquality iPod downloads and new video flipbooks for
sale, called Motionbooks.
Their free service, launched in 2006 let users store,
share and consume their personal video by combining
the power of cutting edge online video tools with
a simple and easy to use web interface. Motionbox
made it possible to move video onto the web quickly
and easily, to create mini-home movies without any
complicated editing software and to share those videos
with family and friends.
For $30/year, Premium Members will be able to
enjoy all the benefits of the free service and gain
the ability to safely store and manage their entire
video library with
unlimited uploads
and capacity. The
premium service
also enables TVquality downloads
that can be
transferred and
viewed on portable
devices such as
Users are able to select a video from their video
folder and simply highlight a 15 second clip from the
frame selector. Each frame from this clip is printed
in high-quality images and exported into a 3.5” x 2”
Motionbook with four-color cover art and personalized
titles, for a cost of only $9 each.
Nero www.nero.com
Nero 8 allows users to author and playback HD-DVD
content; play and stream digital media through their
digital home; rip, burn and back-up discs faster and
easier, and more. Specific Windows Vista-optimized
enhancements to Nero 8 include:
• Nero DiscCopy gadget: Gives users the ability
to copy a disc with just one click and rests in
the Windows Vista Sidebar, making it fast and
simple to move content.
• Nero RichPreview: Easily browse and preview
audio, video and images without opening
it. Previews can be completed via Windows
Explorer and/or the Nero FileOpenDialogue
within Windows Vista.
• Live Icons: This feature streamlines the user’s
ability to quickly view content with enhanced
browsing of thumbnails, support for a wide
range of multimedia files and the embedded
album art for Nero Digital audio files.
This update also includes play back of Mini HD
DVD-Video discs, and burning of HD DVD-Video
onto DVD-R/RW media. Smart Encoding, a feature
that detects compliant incoming data formats from
AVCHD camcorders, avoids time-consuming reencoding by skipping the recoding step for AVCHD
content when the destination format is also AVCHD.
Advancements in the home entertainment features
offer even more flexibility by letting users fast
forward, and pause content streamed throughout
the digital home via Nero’s home media server
The BDMV features, as well as play back of Mini HD
DVD-Video discs, are available with the Blu-ray / HD
DVD Plug-in for users which can be purchased via the
Nero Online Shop. Current users of the Plug-in simply
need to update to enjoy these new capabilities.
NTI www.NTIus.com
NewTech Infosystems, Inc. (NTI) announced today
that it is shipping the latest versions of its Windows®based software solutions with Blu-ray disc (BD)
support. NTI’s BD products range from easy-to-use
applications for creating, managing, and burning data,
audio, photos, and videos to advanced backup and
restore software applications.
NTI Media Maker™ 8 is an all-in-one digital
creativity suite solution for capturing, creating,
protecting, burning, and sharing data, audio, photos,
and videos. Equipped with NTI’s EasySteps® user
interface, it provides out-of-the-box support to create
data Blu-ray discs. Suggested retail price of US$80.
NTI Ninja™ is a data security solution for users
and manufacturers of USB Flash and other external
USB drives. In addition to the
user-adjustable partitioning, antitamper encryption and password
protection, the new version has
been enhanced with a new level
of convenience. Users can now
access the secured data stored on
their private partition from any PC, anywhere - there
is no need to pre-install Ninja on the PC to access
the users’ private data. It uses 128-bit driver-level
encryption technology to create a private partition on
the USB device. The user simply enters a desired size
for the public partition and Ninja will automatically
set the size of the private partition based on the total
capacity of the USB device. After entering a password
and a password hint, the user only needs to click
Start and their new Ninja device will be created in a
snap. With this approach, users can easily access and
share commonly used data on the public partition
while simultaneously hiding and restricting access to
confidential data on the private partition. Designed for
PCs running Windows® 2000/XP/Vista™, it has an
MSRP of US$25.
NTI Shadow 3 enables automatic, continuous back
up of photo, music, data, and video files to virtually
any attached storage device. For Windows 2000 / XP
/ Vista and Mac OS X. Not only
does Shadow 3 allow users to
automatically copy files from
their PCs to various devices in
real time, but it also preserves
the files in their native format meaning no additional software
is necessary to restore files. It 3 works transparently
in the background without disturbing you while
you work, and does not take up important system
FileCD™ 3.0 is a full-featured packet writing utility
for copying your data files to CD/RW or DVD/RW
discs for transfer or archival purposes. The familiar
Windows interface makes copying your data files as
easy as pointing and clicking a mouse. Simply drag
and drop any file/folder from your source hard disk
to the FileCD window or simply right mouse click
the file/folder and use the “Send To” option to select
FileCD and in minutes you will have a disc containing
your important data files.
NTI Backup Now® 5 delivers email, profile and
remote-online backup/recovery features, hard drive
spanning capabilities, and support
for virtually all media formats.
Also provides easy image backup
and disaster recovery to protect
operating systems, applications, and
files. It can create a complete image
of data stored on the hard drive to simplify complete
recoveries. Suggested retail prices range from US$50
for the Standard Edition and US$70 for the Shadow
and Image Editions to US$100 for the Advanced
Features included in all editions range from file-level
backups, 128/256-bit data encryption and password
protection to email notification and migration.
Unattended backups (full, incremental or differential)
can be quickly set up using the easy-to-use scheduler.
And, with the File Exclude / Include features, users
can bypass or select specific file types from multiple
folders for backup. Backup jobs can also be appended
or overwritten.
Email and Profile Backup/Recovery tools are also
included to enable users to archive their important
emails and critical data files as well as their current
Windows configuration for their desktop layout,
regional settings, bookmarks and more. This gives
them the flexibility to quickly recover individual files
that have been lost or restore the entire system to its
backed-up state.
Paragon Software www.paragon-software.com
Announced the release of Hard Disk Manager 2008
Suite – all of the tools that every consumer needs to
completely manage their home or office computers.
This new version of Hard Disk Manager provides
complete backup and restore, defragmenting, disk
copy, secure erasure tools and more. Features include:
• Partitioning: Resize, move, hide, reveal and
convert partitions without data loss.
• Backup and Restore: New to this version is a
simplified wizard
driven backup and
• Recovery Media
is a bootable CD
offering full access
to all partitions on
local hard drives.
In the event of an
unbootable system,
the Recovery CD allows you to access and offload important documents, correct corrupted
operating system files or perform any other
operation on the hard drive.
• Secure Disk Wiping guarantees secure and
easy destruction of your critical data.
• Total Defrag
The Suite will be available direct from Paragon
Software’s website for $49.95.
Pinnacle Systems www.pinnaclesys.com
Pinnacle Systems, is offering a free program called
VideoSpin™ specifically designed to make video
editing and sharing fast, easy and fun. This is a
complete package, not just a trial version, absolutely
free. You can get the free download from www.
videospin.com. With it you can create entertaining
movies in minutes simply by dragging and dropping
videos, pictures, and music from the PC’s hard drive
onto the timeline and adding a few transitions, and
titles if they wish. There is a preview feature so users
can check their movies after each change or they can
wait until just prior to clicking on the “Make Movie”
button. When the video is complete, it can be output
in a common video format such as AVI, MPEG,
RealVideo® or Windows® Media for viewing and
sharing on a PC or a portable media device. Videos
can also be attached to an e-mail or uploaded directly
to popular Web sites like YouTube™ or Yahoo!
Video™. Designed for Windows XP with SP2, or
Vista™ systems. Comes with a 15-day trial of its
Advanced Codec Pack to enable users to create and
edit MPEG-2, MPEG-4/DivX® files and to share
videos on devices like the Apple iPod® Video. Users
can purchase the pack for $15 or continue using
VideoSpin without these features when the trial is
Smith Micro www.smithmicro.com
Revue Media management for your Windows
Mobile® Smartphone or PDA.
Lets you edit, enhance and
store just about any photo format,
including JPEG, GIF, BMP and TIF,
just to name a few.
Organize and browse
images in a variety of formats:
lists, libraries, timelines, albums or
Search by detailed labels
and categories that you create and define
Built-in players work with all major formats,
including WMV and MPEG 1-4, to organize, play and
share your videos anywhere.
Organize and search for your music the way
you want, in just about any format including MP3 and
Revue’s simplified playlist format allows you
to easily sync, monitor and manage all the music files
stored on your phone or PC
Easily search for and access all the music you
own by song, artist, playlist album or keywords.
StuffIt Deluxe® 11, provides powerful tools that help
you Zip, access, share and protect all your personal
information. Now compress JPEG photos by up to
30% with absolutely no loss in quality. Compress
documents from within Microsoft Office using
StuffIt’s latest plug-ins, with special optimization for
PowerPoint 2007 presentations. Easily archive your
files and transfer them automatically over email or
FTP, or even burn them to CD or
DVD directly from StuffIt. Multicore optimization means faster
compression and access to your
files than ever before.
MediaRECOVER is the must-have
solution to accidentally deleted
files or corrupted media. It will
recover images, including RAW
Image files, email files, documents,
and database files (mdx, prm.) It will also help you
repair many corrupt files that are unusable.
Morpheus Photo Morpher™ is fun and easy-to-use.
Transform your old photos into cool new animations
that your friends and family will enjoy.
Siber Systems www.goodsync.com
Announced GoodSync Version 6.7 as the latest
iteration of the top-rated backup and synchronization
product for personal computers. Version 6.7 now
offers support for Web-based transfers via FTP or
WebDAV protocols, making it easy
to upload and maintain copies of
files at distant locations for the
ultimate in disaster protection.
FTP uses the Internet’s TCP/IP
protocols for fast data transfer,
while WebDAV, an extension
to the HTTP protocol, allows
users to collaborate on, and even alter, files via the
Web. GoodSync supports backups to multiple
devices and features both one-way and bi-directional
synchronization making it easy to update the user’s
most recent information. Real-time action monitoring,
an easy-to-understand tree-based interface,
and automatic settings. Free for personal use; a
professional version of the product can be purchased
for $19.95 (USD), with Enterprise and OEM pricing
Sunbelt Software www.sunbeltsoftware.com
Released a major upgrade of its antispam software,
iHateSpam. The new version 5.0 adds a completely
new antispam engine that delivers comprehensive
antispam and antiphishing protection
for Microsoft Outlook along with user
interface enhancements that make
the product easier to install with no
configuration required.
iHateSpam is an add-on component
that integrates spam and fraudblocking features into the Outlook email client, giving
users the power to filter email so that only legitimate
email messages are received. Because it is able to
quickly respond to changes in spammer techniques,
the majority of existing and new spam attacks are
blocked while also minimizing the blocking of
legitimate email.
A 30-day trial version is available on Sunbelt
Software’s website. Purchase price is $19.95 and
includes one year of free spam updates, renewals are
available for $9.98.
CES 2008 Accessories
By Terry Currier
Actiontec www.actiontec.com
With the Actiontec zControl™ users can take “total
home control” from a jumble of mismatched and often
incompatible devices and systems to a consistent,
unified experience unmatched in set up and usability.
Housed in a small, unobstructive plastic case it can
auto-discover compatible devices and pre-configure
them, while also using configuration wizards to set
up other new devices, appliances and services. All of
your lights, motion detectors and IP cameras can be
accessed as well as thermostats, electronic shades and
blinds, and even lawn and garden components like
automatic sprinklers.
One setting might turn on the hallway light, heat and
lawn sprinklers after work. Others might raise the
shades in the morning, light the house to set the scene
for a romantic dinner, switch lights on and off during
the day while you’re on vacation, or let you turn on
specific house lights from your phone when you’re
sitting in the driveway late at night.
Whether you’re watching television in the living
room, surfing the Internet in the den, or logging on to
a computer across the country. Context-based screens
allow different users to customize the interface to
highlight the tasks they consider most important,
eliminating on-screen confusion.
The zControl™ also contains a
comprehensive help system that keeps
you informed and guides you through
any difficulties you may encounter. If
something goes really wrong, you can
contact a remote technician who can
“virtually enter” your system and fix
any problems. Users can add other
Zwave-enabled devices by simply
pressing the Discovery button on the front of the
zControl™, and then clicking the appropriate button
on the other Zwave device. The second device will
then automatically be added to your network. zControl
is the only product in its class with this automated
discovery capability, eliminating the need to perform
a two-step discovery process using a remote control or
enter router IP addresses, SSIDs or other identifiers.
It is also the only home automation controller that
can use both PCs and Macs for scene setup and other
The standalone Actiontec zControl Starter Kit is
available at an MSRP of $399 including the zControl
unit, one indoor camera with motion detector, one
lighting control module, and a remote control.
zControl-enabled wireless gateways and routers will
be released in March. I met with Actiontec and was
impress with how easy it was to use and setup.
AMD - ATI www.amd.com
AMD announced the ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD
3000 series, a new family of discrete graphics for
high-definition gaming and video in notebook PCs.
The initial offerings consist of ATI Mobility Radeon™
HD 3400 series and ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 3600
series. ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3000 series allows
notebook users to experience the full power of HD
through graphics processing designed to satisfy the
most demanding mobile users at work and play.
The HD 3000 series offers support for DirectX 10.1
by enabling a higher level of visual quality through
new lighting and rendering techniques designed to
enhance the realism and quality of 3D games. New
PCI Express 2.0 support enables faster throughput
and greater overall system. Notebook users can play
the latest Blu-ray and HD-DVD movies in full-HD
1080p resolution (HD display required) using ATI
Avivo™ HD Technology which frees the CPU for
other tasks. With a choice of digital outputs, notebook
users can connect to a variety of displays featuring
DVI, HDMI™ and the first ever next-generation
DisplayPort support on a notebook platform.
DisplayPort output capability delivers twice the
bandwidth of DVI.
APC www.apc.com
Announced the APC Back-UPS® ES 750, a highly
power supply
(UPS) that
provides battery
backup and
surge protection
to connected
equipment while saving electricity. Featuring new
master/controlled outlets, which work to reduce
energy consumption by automatically shutting down
power to unused peripherals, such as printers, scanners
and speakers when the computer is in sleep mode. It
can provide a combined savings of $40 per year on
average as compared with competitors’ models.
It has ten outlets, all of which provide surge protection
with five of the ten also providing battery backup.
Battery power provides up to 70 minutes of run time,
depending on the load. Carries an estimated retail
price of $100.
ASUS www.asus.com
WL-520gU - 125M Broad Range EZ Wireless Router
• EZConfig EZSetup and
WCN lets any user
setup secure WiFi network within
• EZQoS - Powerful
and easily-operated
BOD streamlines your Gaming/Audio/Video
• EZPrint_Share - Built-In Printer Server lets all
users share a printer wirelessly
Features Wi-Fi Enhancement: BroadRange™ delivers
300% more signal coverage than standard 802.11g.
125 High Speed Mode(HSM) technology enables
135% transfer speed compared to standard 11g
EZSetup Button: Automatically SSID and WEP or
WPA configuration
Operating Frequency 2.4G ~ 2.5GHz
WL-160N - World’s smallest 802.11n USB 2.0
Wireless Card
• WiFi Alliance
b/g/n Draft 2.0
• Vista and Mac
OS full version
• Easy installation:
set-up wizard
• Support WEP,
WPA and WPA2 for enhanced security
• Host interface USB2.0
• Operating Frequency 2.4 - 2.5 GHz
• Data Rate 802.11n Draft: up to 270Mbps
• Modulation DSSS, OFDM
WL-500W - The First 802.11n Multi-Functional
Wireless Router
• EZConfig - EZSetup and WCN lets any user
setup secure Wi-Fi network within minutes
• Plug-n´-Share hard drive function via USB 2.0
• ASUS Download Master - Download anytime
even when the PC is
off or disconnected
WAN Ports 1 x RJ45
for 10/100 BaseT
LAN Ports 4 x RJ45
for 10/100 BaseT
Antenna 3 x external
dipole antenna
USB Interface 2 x
Operating Frequency 2.4 - 2.5 GHz
Data Rate 802.11n Draft up to 270Mbps
Autonet Mobile www.autonetmobile.com
With their in-car Wi-Fi router users can
simultaneously store personalized content and media
on it, while accessing the Internet from any Wi-Fi
enabled device. Now with any WiFi-enabled device
multiple passengers can check email, chat, surf the
web, game or communicate. Passengers can access
their personalized stored content via the unit’s simple
user interface from any wireless device including
gaming consoles, media players, laptops, WiFi enabled
cell phones or web tablets. It is effective on more than
95 percent of U.S roadways.
AutoXray www.autoxray.com
A manufacturer of automotive diagnostic tools,
introduced the new Drive Assure™ Engine Light
Urgency Indicator. Designed for the everyday driver it
provides motorists with an immediate diagnosis when
their vehicle’s check engine light illuminates. It is
the first tool in the market to indicate how urgent the
check engine light problem is to a vehicle’s drivability.
Depending upon the
problem code displayed,
the Drive Assure Engine
Light Urgency Indicator
displays the appropriate
color-coded urgency
• Urgent (Red) –
Immediate repair
must be done to
prevent further
vehicle damage.
• Caution
(Orange) – Repair within two days so no
further damage will be done.
• Attention (Yellow) – Repair within five days;
not dangerous to vehicle.
• Okay (Green) – No trouble codes present.
Compatible with all 1996 and newer vehicles,
Drive Assure is easy to use, comes in a soft pouch
and is small enough to store in a vehicle’s glove
2-Port (F1DS102J) - US: $159
4-Port (F1DS104J) - US: $189
2-Port (F1DS102L) - US: $159
4-Port (F1DS104L) - US: $189
2-Port (F1DD102L) - US: $219
4-Port (F1DD104L) - US: $269
Big Stage www.bigstage.com
They have developed technology which allows users
A high-definition digital audio video cable for
to easily create and integrate a life-like 3-D avatar of
computing displays, graphic cards, and laptops.
themselves into everything from famous movie scenes, Expected to replace DVI and VGA, DP is considered
TV shows and video games, to music videos, short
the HDMI™ equivalent for computers, providing both
video clips, virtual worlds, still images, user-generated high-definition digital audio and video via one cable.
content, instant messages, e-mails, social networks
Available April 2008 for $60-$110 (depending on
and more – instantly.
cable length), with it you can:
With Big Stage’s 3-D capture technology, users take
• View movies and photos at 1080p picture
three simple pictures of themselves with a digital
clarity on your computer monitor
camera and upload them to the Web, where they are
• Have a smaller connector footprint compared
quickly converted into a life-like 3-D avatar. They
to DVI and VGA on your desktop
then map the contours of a user’s face to generate an
• Future-proof yourself when DVI and VGA are
incredibly accurate replica of the user, fully equipped
slowly phased out--starting in late 2008--as DP
for animation. In under a minute, your avatar is
adoption increases
born and fully alive through realistic movement
• Provides both digital video and audio in one
and gestures. Users can then style it with a host of
accessories, from hair to eyeglasses, tattoos, hats and
Conserve Surge Protector
The California Energy Commission estimates standby
After users create and style their avatars, they can drop power losses in the average household to be as much
them into the library of Big Stage-enabled (BSE) user as 15% of household electricity use. The new Belkin
and professionally created content.
Conserve is an 8-outlet surge
The life-like avatar creation system stems from
protector that makes it simple to
advanced stereo reconstruction technology funded
eliminate wasteful standby power
by multiple government grants, including the CIA,
to your electronic devices. A
as part of a nine-year cumulative research project at
wireless remote control keeps you
the University of Southern California. Big Stage will
from having to reach below desks,
launch to consumers in the second quarter of 2008.
behind home theater equipment or
around furniture to easily access
Belkin www.belkin.com
inconvenient places where surge
KVM (Keyboard, Video, Mouse switch)
protectors typically sit. With it
The Belkin SOHO KVM lets you share one monitor,
you can completely shut off the
keyboard, and mouse between two or more computers, power to devices that consume
saving space on your
standby power, such as TVs or computer monitors.
desktop. Its new
Two “always-on” outlets allow you to leave devices
design incorporates
that typically need to stay on, such as set-top boxes
a built-in USB 2.0
or modems. Available in the Summer 2008 in North
2-port hub (1 port in
America and UK, for $50.
the front and 1 port in the back), and touch sensitive
buttons on the front for convenient switching. KVM
Com One www.com-one.biz
cables included.
Offers a broad range of Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi
consumer electronics products.
• Phoenix Wi-Fi Radio - Listen to streaming
audio from an endless variety of Internet
sources without the need of a computer
and pricecompetitive.
• Bluetooth
Stereo Receiver
- Plugs into the
auxiliary input
of any home entertainment system or hi-fi
stereo system to play streaming audio from any
Bluetooth phone, music player or computer
and has a range of about 300 feet
• Universal Bluetooth Stereo Transmitter - To
send streaming audio from any non-Bluetooth
device with a range of 300 feet.
• Bluetooth Multimedia 2.1 Speakers - Enjoy
3-D surround sound with your gaming
consoles and MP3 players.
• Bluetooth Stereo Speaker - Listen to music
wherever you go with your A2DP Bluetooth
compatible phone, PDA, MP3 player or
portable DVD player; serves as a desktop
conference or phone speaker.
• Mic Clip Stereo Headset - Listen to your music
wirelessly from any music device; use the
integrated microphone to make and receive
calls from your Bluetooth-enabled phone.
• Mic Stereo Headset - Comfortable wraparound headset makes music sound great and
integrates to your phone or computer.
• BlueSynchrOne - Syncs data between your
phone and laptop
• Skype Over Bluetooth Kit - Allows you
to make phone calls on Skype with your
Bluetooth headset … without a computer; no
Skype program to install
• Bluetooth USB Adapter 2.0 EDR Class 1 - Lets
you transfer data between Bluetooth laptop and
• Bluetooth® 2.0 EDR and Card Drive - Lets
you wirelessly transfer and save your pictures
and MP3 files
Corsair www.corsair.com
Expanded its Flash Voyager and Flash Survivor
USB family lines with new 32GB capacity offerings.
Whether using the
Corsair proprietary
all-rubber Flash
Voyager or the
water-proof Flash
Survivor, the large
amounts of data on
the drive will be safeguarded for users with an active
• Flash Voyager 32GB ~ $230 USD MSRP
• Flash Survivor 32GB ~ $250 USD MSRP
D-Link www.dlink.com
Built especially for gamers by gamers the Xtreme
N™ Gaming
Router (DGL-4500)
harnesses the power
of D-Link’s Xtreme
N Duo™ wireless
technology data
transfers and Gigabit
LAN and WAN Ports
for even faster wired
gaming performance.
The device includes an updated version of D-Link’s
award-winning GameFuel™ technology to guarantee
smoother, lag-free gaming along with a highperformance CPU, Network Activity Display, and a
large selection of customizable options for optimizing
a gaming network.
Xtreme N Duo Dual Band Wireless Router (DIR-855)
is engineered to enhance
speed and range when
running multiple
devices including HD
media players, game
consoles and computers.
The next-generation
Dual Band 802.11n
Draft N Router allows
home users to simultaneously browse the Internet or
send emails using the 2.4GHz and while streaming
movies, music or playing games using the less
crowded 5GHz band, thus ensuring that applications
run as smoothly as possible over the wireless network
and offering an outstanding Internet experience.
D-Link NAS devices and routers are BitTorrent
Certified delivering high-quality content on the
Internet. Currently, the latest BitTorrent SDK
firmware is embedded in the D-Link DNS-323 NAS
storage unit and certification has been granted for the
D-Link DIR-655 draft 802.11n routers.
Network Video Recorder Technology Debuts is
designed specifically to meet the high demand for
security surveillance by consumers and small-tomedium-sized businesses (SMBs). The new device,
which acts like a digital video recorder used in
closed-circuit television (CCTV) systems, provides
standalone recording management for up to four IP
cameras per installation. In addition to its storage
capabilities, it features a recording schedule, live
streaming server, remote playback server, easy
configuration, a Web-based user interface, remote live
viewing, remote playback, video and audio streaming
and an event trigger.
ezGear www.ezgear.com
The ezSpace UFO (Uniquely Formed Outlets) is a
multi-outlet extender
that solves the
problem of fitting
multiple power
adapters, chargers
and transformers into
a conventional linear
or newer circular
power strip. Shaped
like a flying saucer
with sloping sides it can accommodate four or six
plugs of any size without blocking outlets, squeezing
fingers, or causing bulky adapter boxes to protrude far
beyond the edge of the unit.
The UFO is 3.25” high with a diameter of 6.25” at its
widest point. The unit is narrower at the top than at
the bottom with the sockets situated midway between
the two at even intervals around the circumference.
The slanted design means the outlets are recessed from
the bottom edge, enabling adapters to plug in without
a large overhang. It comes in four- and six-plug
floor and wallmounted editions
with or without
surge protection.
Looking for a
display from
your iPod Video or portable DVD player? ezGear’s
ezVision X4 Video Glasses fill the bill with a high-res
640x480 pixel color image that simulates a 60” screen
viewed at a distance of 8.5 feet. It’s like watching
a movie or playing a game in your home theater.
Weighing in at just 2.1 ounces (60 grams), these ultralightweight goggles deliver the highest resolution and
largest screen view of any product in their class. They
easily connect to any VCR, DVD player, cable or
satellite box, portable video player, and video gaming
systems from Xbox and PlayStation to Zune, Zen
Vision M or Game Cube. They also come with an iPod
interconnect cable for hooking up to your iPod Video
and can be used with laptops with proper cabling.
MSRP is $500.
If you’ve ever watched a child or a young adult play
Guitar Hero, you’ve probably noticed that the fret
keys on the guitar peripheral are too far apart for them
to kick their scores up to rock star ranks. Accessory
maker ezGear is now leveling the musical playing
field with the 10-fret ezJam Guitar for Guitar Hero II/
III, the first guitar controller for both small and large
hands. The ezJam S-10, is a wired controller that also
includes a strum bar, tremolo bar, tilt sensor and guitar
strap. It is available in red, blue and pink for the Xbox
360 and the PlayStation 3 at an MSRP of $80.
ezEars™ 360 Headset – enhances the experience of
the Xbox LIVE® online gaming community. Allowing
users to easily communicate with teammates and
opponents. Lightweight with adjustable controls, the
suggested retail price is $19.
ezRemote™ – lets users control HD DVDs, DVDs,
and CDs on their XBOX 360. The suggested retail
price is $20.
ezLink Extension Cable - is an easy solution
for adding needed length to play all Wii games
comfortably. The suggested retail price is $15.
ezSave™ Memory Card – Save all your game scores
and levels from the Wii. Available in 32MB. The
suggested retail price is $30.
ezGear™ Wii playPack - includes four accessories
to use with your favorite WiiPlay Games. Includes a
Wii Gun, Fishing Pole, Ping Pong Paddles and a Cue
Stick. The suggested retail price is $50 and will ship in
March 2008.
ezDance™ Dance Pad –for Dance Dance Revolution
for the Wii. Now you can compete or have an
awesome dance party with multiple players. The
suggested retail price is $30.
ezJam™ Wireless Guitar – The ezJam Wireless Guitar
for Guitar hero for Wii comes with 10 buttons so it’s
easy for small hands to reach. The suggested retail
price is $90.
ezGear™ Wireless 6 Axis Controller for PS3 – It’s a
top of the line 6-Axis wireless controller, supporting
six axis tilting. The suggested retail price is $49.
ezPak™ Extreme – The only case anyone will ever
need for the PS3. ezPak has space for everything,
including controllers, software, console, cables, and
more. The bottom and sides open so users don’t have
to take their console out of the bag to use it. The
suggested retail price is $40.
Gefen www.gefen.com
USB to DVI/VGA Adapter
Allows a plug and play connection of a DVI or
VGA display to any USB 2.0 port on a laptop or
desktop computer. Video is delivered in DVI-I
format, compatible with both VGA monitors and DVI
displays. It allows users to refine video performance,
selecting from a variety of screen resolutions to
1600x1200 and color depths.
Wireless USB Extension
USB peripherals can operate up to 100 feet in distance
from the computer without cables using the 4-port
Wireless USB Extender. This sender/receiver system
delivers cable-free USB 2.0 connectivity at speeds
averaging 54 mbps and is effective in extending a
typical computer’s peripherals such as keyboard/
mouse and printer away from the computer.
Gefen TV Switcher
Connects four sources, including satellite TV systems,
disk players and digital video recorders, to one HD
display. Users switch between sources using IR
remote, local panel buttons or auto-switch feature.
Gefen TV Splitter
Splits one source signal and delivers it to four displays
or projectors at the same time. Supports HDCP and
HDMI v1.3a pass-through compliance and resolutions
up to 1080p.
Gefen TV HD Personal Video Recorder
Connects composite/s-video, component and HDMI
sources, and outputs HDMI audio/video for each
source. HDTV is recorded in the MPEG 4 format, and
content may be stored on the 80Gb hard drive or the
removable SD card.
Gefen TV Composite to HDMI Scaler
Ideal for anyone wanting to integrate old and new
technologies, this enables a plug and play connection
between composite/s-video sources and today’s HDMI
displays, and scales the video in all high definition
Gefen TV Audio Processor
Creates surround sound in any location by accepting
an HDMI source and outputting two HDMI signals:
one is a pass-through to the display and the other
is sent to an external audio receiver. The processor
decodes this HDMI signal to provide audio along with
six discrete RCA connectors to create a lush audio
environment and an engaging HDTV experience.
Gefen TV Audio Adapter
A streamlined digital to analog audio converter that
enables users to convert their digital audio signals to
analog left/right in order to create enhanced sound
environments with plug and play ease.
8x8 Matrix for HDMI v1.3
Connects up to eight sources to eight displays or
projectors, offering complete matrix switching among
all connected devices. Displays have access to any
source at any time using a 16-key IR remote control or
the RS-232 connection.
4x4 HDMI CAT-5 Matrix
Connects four sources to four displays, and can
extend each display up to 330-feet from the sources
using CAT-5 cable and individual receiver units at
the remote destination, enabling an easy method of
distributing HDTV throughout the home.
HDMI Over Coax Extender
Extends any HDMI source up to 300 feet from the
display or projector using multiple coax cables. It
supports HD resolutions up to 1080p with a no-newwires methodology.
Hawking Technologies www.hawkingtech.com
A new addition to its HomeRemote line of remote
home monitoring/control solutions is the new
HomeRemote Pro System. It supports HomeRemote
modules and accessories and new HomeRemote Pro
Wireless Cameras
to allow users to
monitor, control and
secure their home
remotely from a web
browser or from
a cellular phone.
It uses Z-Wave
With HomeRemote
Pro users can customize their home with HomeRemote
accessories or any Z-Wave enabled module to control
all aspects of their home. The base level service
comes free and includes local control of modules
and accessories, remote monitoring of devices and
accessories, and video snapshots from HomeRemote
Pro cameras (local live video is available). The UpLevel service includes, cell phone access with the
HomeRemote Cell Link service, live video on the
web browser interface as well as the cell phone, the
ability to send alerts and notifications to cell phones
and email addresses and full remote monitoring and
control features of the entire system. The Up-Level
pricing is a subscription based at $9.99 per month.
Icerage www.icerage.net
Debuted its line of fashion mobile input devices
with two mice options for the style-conscious user.
The Pocket Mouse is available in either USB wired
or Bluetooth™ enabled. USB Cable for streamline
and has auto
retractor to
eliminate cable
clutter. It has
800 dpi Tracking
Resolution. MSRP $60 (USB), $70 (Bluetooth)
The Ultimate Pocket Mouse is a desktop and hand
mouse, laser pointer, and media controller, with a
built in cursor control and alpha numeric key pad for
imbedding letters and numbers on the fly. MSRP $110.
The Ultimate Mouse can be used as a regular mouse,
or use in the classroom, for presentations, and for
controlling your notebook from a distance. Make
your point with the laser beam and imbed text on the
fly. The remote control has a 60’ range. LED Display
Lighting for use in dark spaces. MSRP $110.
IOGEAR www.iogear.com
Showed a wireless USB to VGA video card
(GUW2015V) which enables individuals to add
multiple high-resolution displays to their notebook or
desktop PCs via a WUSB connection. DisplayLink’s
network display technology is the first to provide
the high image
quality and
performance of VGA
/ DVI connections
over USB and
Wireless USB.
By using WUSB
to communicate
wirelessly to
monitors, projectors
and TVs, IOGEAR’s
new WUSB Video Adapter helps eliminate cable
clutter on the desktop, in meeting rooms and at home.
The WUSB to VGA Video Adapter’s performance
includes instantaneous mouse and keyboard
movements, output resolutions up to 1680 x 1050 and
16.7 million colors, as well as smooth DVD video
The Wireless USB to VGA Video Card, also known
as a Wireless USB Graphics Adapter or UGA, will be
commercially available in mid-2008. To learn more
about DisplayLink technology and network display
products, visit www.displaylink.com.
I.R.I.S. Group www.irislink.com
Announced the release of the IRIScan 2, a portable
full document scanner, an ideal solution to scan and
organize a wide variety of documents anywhere you
are. It simplifies all your retyping needs, designed
to be carried anywhere: it is compact, light, USB
powered and fits any laptop suitcase.
Available in two versions – Express and Executive
- and comes with an extended suite of useful
applications to manage your paper documents in the
most efficient and
easiest way. Readiris
Pro 11 PC and/or
Mac (OCR software)
will recognize
your documents
text information or
generate PDF or any
editable office documents. I.R.I.S. Desktop Search will
allow you to quickly find any document from your
computer, using only a few keywords. Cardiris Pro 4
for PC and Mac scans, recognizes, sorts and exports
scanned business cards into contacts you can use in
any and all popular contact managers. Also part of the
software suite is Roxio PhotoSuite Special Edition
to capture, edit and create spectacular photo projects
(for PC only). Finally, @Promt, which comes with
the IRIScan 2 Executive, is a powerful full document
translation software, available in 11 language pairs.
Kingston Technology www.kingston.com
The DataTraveler® Style is a USB Flash drive that
allows consumers to add a personal touch, is now
available exclusively at Amazon.com. It can be
personalized via a special insert on the drive’s case
to reflect the personality of its owner. The DT Style
comes with six pre-printed labels: bamboo, lace,
redhead mosaic,
retro, sunflower and
tangerine dream.
Kingston created a
special Web page
where users can
upload their own
photo, graphic
design or artwork
as well as view and
download more
designs and insert
text. Once printed, the personalized label slides easily
into the clear cover. An easy-to-use ‛thumb-action
slider’ extends and retracts the USB connector. The
DataTraveler Style comes with a five-year warranty
and Kingston’s 24/7 technical support. Windows Vista
ReadyBoost is not supported. MSRP (U.S. only) 1GB $ 16.00, 2GB $ 27.00, 4GB $ 54.00, 8GB $
Logitech www.logitech.com
Logitech unveiled the Logitech® diNovo Mini™
palm-sized keyboard with media remote and ClickPad.
Designed for people who have connected their PC
to their TV, the highly compact, stylish diNovo Mini
keyboard makes it easy to control PC entertainment
from the sofa. For easy navigation the keyboard
features backlighting and an innovative ClickPad,
which can be used as a touch pad to point, scroll and
click – or as a directional pad to navigate menus and
make selections. The mini-keyboard uses Bluetooth®
2.0 wireless technology for unfettered use from the
sofa or anywhere in the
living room.
The keyboard features
a keypad, dedicated
hotkeys for media players
and Web browsers,
as well as prominent
Page Up and Page
Down buttons, which
allow people to scroll
when surfing the Web as well as zoom in and out of
documents and images. The keyboard even offers
a dedicated button that launches Windows Media
Center, as well as a row of media controls that allow
people to adjust volume and easily play, pause, stop,
fast forward and rewind. Finally, the Page Up and
Page Down buttons allow people to quickly change
channels while watching Internet-based television.
The suggested retail price is $150 (U.S.).
Also introduced was the Logitech® Cordless
Desktop® MX™ 5500 Revolution the keyboardand-mouse combination uses Bluetooth® wireless
technology. With its MicroGear™ Precision Scroll
Wheel, the MX Revolution mouse offers people
two exceptional modes of navigation. They can fly
effortlessly through long documents and Web pages,
spinning the scroll wheel freely to move through up
to 10,000 lines of a spreadsheet in seven seconds.
For more efficient searching, the MX Revolution
provides One-Touch™ Search, which allows people to
obtain Internet search results for any word or phrase
on a Web page or in a document. Finally, the thumb
wheel can be set to launch the Windows Vista® Flip
3D feature or to zoom in and out of documents and
photos. And the rapid-charging stand eliminates the
inconvenience of replacing batteries.
With the dynamic keyboard display, people can enjoy
instant access and control of important information.
The 2.95-by-.79 inch (7.5-by-2 cm), built-in LCD
screen shows people the time and date, calculator,
temperature, Web site favorites, a keystroke counter,
e-mail updates and media information, such as band
and song titles. The suggested retail price is $170.
Portus www.portushome.com
Announced the release of its Z-wave enabled Portus
Home™ system today. It gives customers real time
feedback on their home energy consumption, whilst
simultaneously delivering new levels of convenience
through one touch control over their home
environment. Customers stay connected with their
homes and loved ones, from wherever they are, by
providing a real-time window on their home through
either their cell phone or Internet browser. It also
enables parents to keep an eye on a baby in another
room, or see who is at the front gate, from the comfort
of their arm chair.
Home security sensors and camera motion detection
will automatically detect any intrusion and instantly
notify the customer via SMS, email or voicemail.
Wireless cameras will automatically record video of
any unauthorized entry and upload this information to
the customer’s personal online storage where it can be
inspected when needed.
Customers can view current power usage,
consumption history over different periods, and the
cost of the energy consumed. When they exit their
home, an instant ALL OFF feature saves the time and
hassle of having to switch everything off manually.
Available online from April 1st, 2008. The Portus
Home Advanced Starter Kit, including Portus Home
Gateway, Portus Home Wireless Video Camera,
Occupancy Sensor, Door Sensor, and Appliance
Module will be available for purchase at a price of
$249.95. A service fee of $14.95 per month applies.
All Portus Home products will come with a 1-Year
Warranty and 24 hours/7 days a week technical
support, including firmware updates.
NETGEAR www.netgear.com
Launched of a new series of
high-performance Wireless-N
products including RangeMax
Dual Band Wireless-N Router
(WNDR3300), RangeMax
Wireless-N Gigabit Router
(WNR3500), 5 GHz Wireless-N
HD Access Point/Bridge
(WNHDE111), HD/Gaming 5
GHz Wireless-N Networking
Kit (WNHDEB111), and
RangeMax Dual Band
Wireless-N USB Adapter (WNDA3100).
Based on patented antenna structures, but using
conventional and inexpensive manufacturing
techniques, the metamaterial antenna array places
multiple antennas in close proximity, directing signal
energies to targeted wireless devices while avoiding
any signal collision or interference with each other.
This enables them to incorporate six to eight internal
antennas in a compact design to deliver superior
For the most efficient use and sharing of available
bandwidth, the WNDR3300 features automatic QoS
to prioritize network traffic. This enables seamless
performance for a variety of applications such as
Internet browsing and downloading, voice, video and
gaming applications. Retail price in the U.S. is $130.
The NETGEAR RangeMax Wireless-N Gigabit
Router (WNR3500) incorporates an ultra-fast fiveport 10/100/1000 Mbps switch (one Gigabit Ethernet
WAN and four Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports), to
deliver the fastest possible wireless-to-wired network
performance, and an array of eight internal Antennas
to reduce the effects of RF interference and maximize
wireless performance and range. It provides a double
firewall to protect the network from external hacker
attacks, automatically upgrades itself to the latest
firmware version and is configurable as a wireless
repeater for use as a range extender. Retail price in the
U.S. is $160.
For high-performance network gaming and
simultaneous streaming of multiple high-definition
videos, the HD/Gaming 5 GHz Wireless-N
Networking Kit (WNHDEB111) packages together
two WNHDE111 units to provide complete,
reliable high performance wireless connectivity
between the home network and consumer media
devices like Xbox™, PlayStation®, Wii™, TiVo®
HD, Slingbox™, digital and IPTV set-top boxes,
NETGEAR’s Digital Entertainer HD,
Apple® TV, etc.
Their Powerline AV Ethernet Kit
(XAVB101) and Powerline HD Plus
Ethernet Adapter Kit (HDXB111)
provide a reliable, high-speed 200
Mbps network connection to the
home network and Internet over
existing electrical wires to devices
such as digital media receivers, set
top boxes, game consoles, PCs, or
storage devices. Both feature built-in
power sockets to save power outlet
space, provide built-in quality-ofservice (QoS), to ensure high-quality connectivity for
high-definition video streaming, online gaming and
Voice-over-IP (VoIP) applications, and easy operation
based on a plug-in design and push-button security
The RangeMax Wireless Signal Extender
(WPN824EXT) connects into an existing wireless
router or gateway to upgrade and extend the
performance and range of an existing network. The
Signal Extender dynamically selects from an array
of hundreds of antenna combinations to find the
optimal, interference-free path to each wireless client,
delivering a fast, stable wireless connection.
Newell Rubbermaid Technology
DYMO File™ www.dymo.com
DYMO File™ software is designed to reduce the
pain of paper by streamlining the process of scanning
documents. It creates and prints a unique barcode for
each paper document from user-specified information.
A stack of bar-coded documents can then be scanned
in one batch with the user’s scanner or all-in-one
printer, eliminating the need to scan one document at
a time. DYMO File’s technology reads each barcode
and automatically files each document on the user’s
PC or network. Ideal for paper-heavy small- to midsized businesses (SMB).
DYMO® DiscPainter™
DYMO DiscPainter
offers the first
dedicated CD/DVD
printer under $300
to print full-color,
600 DPI graphics
in about a minute.
At it’s heart is
RadialPrint™ – or
“spin” – technology.
This allows it to print directly onto the disc as it spins,
creating professional quality images quickly. They
include software so users can incorporate as many
as 16 photos in their designs. DiscPainter also works
with design programs such as Adobe Photoshop®,
Illustrator®, In Design®, QuarkXpress® and
DYMO Stamps™ on-demand postage, and a
Pelouze® USB-enabled scale. Both Desktop Mailing
Solution and DYMO Stamps, which let users purchase
and print precise amounts of USPS-approved postage
with no monthly service charge.
Endicia® www.endicia.com
Endicia® is a leading supplier of Internet mailing and
shipping solutions used by small offices and home
offices. Users can print postage from their computers,
track packages and create customized postage through
Endicia’s PictureItPostage™ offering.
CardScan® Contact Management Systems www.
Captures, organizes, manages and shares contact data.
Integrating hardware (business card scanners) with
software, CardScan®
systems consolidate
contacts from emails
and electronic files as
well as from business
cards. Categorize, dedupe and synchronize
contact data to all your devices.
mimio® Interactive www.mimio.com
Offers technology that enables educators to digitally
capture, manipulate and interact with information
in the classroom. The mimio portable device easily
attaches to any whiteboard and connects to a computer
to electronically capture and share everything that is
written or drawn.
Planetwide Media www.MyComicbookCreator.com
Released Vista Compatible Comic Book Creator 2.0,
a personal media creation tool that allows you to
easily create and share your own story utilizing digital
photos, music, sound effects, videos and animation.
Comic Book Creator 2.0 users can also take full
advantage of the superior features and functionality
of Windows Vista in terms
of visual experience, as
well as graphic processing
The recent addition of
embedded software
program Project Dogwaffe
Particles serves as a
comprehensive and selfcontained painting tool
with a focus on Particle
Brushes. Users can easily
create fascinating original
artwork containing shrubbery, foliage, trees, grass
and a variety of other effects based on painting with
particles and bristles, such as magical lighting effects,
hair, fireworks and waterfalls, etc. Another prominent
addition is Audacity, an easy-to-use audio editor and
recorder that offers users the chance to record live
audios and digitize recordings, and then include them
in their comic book creations. Users will also be able
to import sound files, edit and combine them with
other files or new recordings.
Coupled with an easy-to-use drag and drop
technology, participants can utilize more than 1,200
screenshots, caption boxes, clip art, audio clips and
artwork into a selection of 100+ professional layout
and design templates, and combine their creations with
a personalized storyline to make their own comics.
The retail box version is sold for $50.
Pure Networks www.networkmagic.com
Pure Networks and Carbonite, Inc., announced a
partnership to deliver the leading online backup
service, Carbonite Online PCBackup™, to purchasers
of Pure Network’s home networking solution,
Network Magic. Customers will receive a six-month
subscription for up to eight computers with their
purchase. Together the products deliver easy-to-use
solutions for some of the most pressing challenges
faced in home- and small-office computing.
Sandio www.sandiotech.com
A 3D mouse? Yes,
the Sandio 3D mouse
enhances PC users’
total experiences on 3D
applications. Users of
Google Earth and Virtual
Earth, for example, can now use the Sandio 3D mouse
to “fly through” the 3D Internet without dealing with
keyboard or on-screen navigation tabs. In addition,
Second Life residents can use the Sandio 3D mouse
to move forward, backward and sideways, fly, crouch,
and turn right and left using only the Sandio mouse,
leaving their other hand for controlling their avatar’s
gestures or any other options.
Users of CAD software like Google SketchUp,
AutoDesk’s 3D Studio Max can move along and
rotate about the x, y, z axis in both Screen and Camera
modes without switching between 3D objects and
operation menus. It improves 3D game navigation,
makes it possible to effortlessly and intuitively
manipulate camera views, and even provides a
competitive edge with 16 programmable keys.
Available in the U.S., Canada, Japan and China at an
MSRP of $80 (U.S.).
Sony www.sony.com
Their Blu-ray disc player BDP-S300 features highdefinition 1080/24p true cinema video output. DVDs
will upscale to 1080p via HDMI. Comes with multichannel linear PCM and Dolby Digital Plus Decoding.
Their BD-ROM drive for the PC (BDU-X10S) will
play commercial Blu-ray disc movie titles, recorded
Blu-ray disc, DVDs, and CDs. It comes with
CyberLink’s PowerDVD BD Edition software. It is
compatible with Microsoft Vista and XP. It has a
Serial ATA (SATA) interface.
Storage Appliance Corporation www.storage-corp.
Launched ClickFree™ backup products with both
hard drive-based and DVD-based solutions. These
products are designed for absolute convenience and
simplicity, nothing to configure, no software to install,
just plug them in.
The ClickFree™ HD
700 once plugged in via
USB port, the device
automatically launches,
searches and backs up
anything important
without ever having to
push or click a button.
The user simply connects
the device to the
computer and the backup
begins. Subsequent
backups are done in the same manner with new files
copied to the device. Consumers can backup their
information from up to five PCs. The HD 700 with
120 Gigabyte storage capacity is $170.
Targus www.targus.com
Three New Stow-N-Go Mice
The mice feature a tilt-wheel with four-way scrolling
for efficient viewing of
spreadsheets, photos,
images, etc. For
widescreen laptops, users
can simply adjust the
cursor speed with the
convenient one-touch
button and indicator light,
which changes the DPI
(Dots Per Inch) setting
from 1600/1200/800.
Program the scroll button on any of the mice to suit
your needs including zoom, magnify, launch Internet
Explorer, Internet back, cut, paste, copy, double-click,
etc. The Retractable Optical Stow-N-Go (ESP $20),
and the Retractable Laser Stow-N-Go (ESP $30),
laptop mice have a convenient 2.5 ft. retractable cord,
which attaches to the bottom of the mouse for easy
travel. The Retractable Laser Stow-N-Go and Wireless
Laser Stow-N-Go mice (ESP $40), feature laser
sensor technology, offering 20 times more tracking
sensitivity, making it easy to use on shiny surfaces
such as glass or covered surfaces. The new mice will
be available in March 2008.
Lightweight and easy-to-store the Targus
HeatDefense™ cooling system can be placed
underneath the laptop on your lap or desk to assist in
cooling your device and providing heat protection. It
features innovative HeatShift™ Technology, which
uses a crystalline compound to absorb heat emitted
from laptops. As your laptop heats up the pad, the
crystalline compound melts into a gel-like substance,
which absorbs the laptop heat and protects your lap
or workstation from heat damage. Available in April
2008 at an estimated street price of $30.
Travel Power Outlets with Surge Protection
Equipped with 4
outlets, Targus’ new
Travel Power Outlets
with Surge Protection
help protect your
electronics while
providing instant
outlet expansion
whether you’re at
the airport, hotel room, library, or the local coffee
shop. With its innovative design, the Travel Power
Outlets accommodate oversized power adapters while
allowing for easy travel with its ability to fit into hard
to reach places. You can now charge your cell phone,
camera battery and work on your laptop all from
one location. The Travel Power Outlets with Surge
Protection (APS03US) measures 2.80” x 10.75” x
7.70” and only weighs 8 oz. I loved this, once you buy
one for traveling you’ll surely buy another for around
the house. It will be available February 2008 at an
estimated street price of $20.
DEFCON® Privacy Filters
Designed specifically to protect sensitive information
displayed on laptop screens or LCD monitors, privacy
filters safeguard data from prying eyes and provide
an ergonomic benefit by reducing glare to help
prevent eye strain. The new DEFCON Privacy Filter
is designed to fit laptops with display sizes of 12.1”
and 14.1” as well as laptops with widescreen display
sizes of 12.1”, 14.1”, 15.4” and 17”. It also fits LCD
monitors with 17” or 19” displays and 19”, 24” and
30” widescreen displays.
It uses small vertical blinds to shield your personal
and mission critical files from anyone looking at more
than a 45 degree angle from the center of the screen.
By narrowing the viewing angle, anyone attempting
to catch a glimpse of your laptop or LCD monitor
will see nothing more than an obscure dark screen.
The filter can easily be attached to your LCD with
specially designed clear adhesive strips or with the
included tab guides, which are designed to keep the
filter in place and are simple to install and remove as
Great news, while shocking a mugger you can
look fashionable. TASER International, unveiled
the new leopard
print TASER® C2
personal protection
device. In addition
the new TASER
MPH (Music Player
Holster) which is a
combination MP3
player and TASER C2 holster. The 1GB TASER MPH
allows for both personal protection and personal music
for people on the go.
Toshiba www.toshiba.com
Toshiba is working with a direct methanol fuel cell
integrated into one of their gigabeat portable media
players. The DMFC runs on a methanol-oxygen fuel
mix, and generates and supplies power directly to
the device. The prototype DMFC can run video on
the gigabeat for as long as ten hours on a single fuel
charge, and can be refueled on the go for unlimited
device operation.
TRITTON www.trittontechnologies.com
Gaming headphones:
• AX Wireless - for use with Xbox 360, PS3,
PC, DVD players, Audio Receivers; 5.1
channel surround sound, 2.4 GHz operating
RF; digital optic/coaxial interface
• AX Pro - for use with Xbox 360, PS3, PC,
Mac; true 5.1 channel surround sound; rumble
digital optic/
coaxial interface;
digital Dolby
Prologic II
• AX51 - For use
with PC; true 5.1
channel surround
sound; rumble
technology; requires a 5.1 channel soundcard;
inline audio controller
External video cards:
• SEE2 Xtreme - patented technology supports
resolutions up to 1600x1200 DVI and 1920
x 1200 VGA, video playback, widescreen
format; add up to six (6) units to one (1) PC
• SEE2 Xpress - patented technology supports
resolutions up to 1280x1024 VGA; designed
for business applications
Mobile Bluetooth devices:
• AX Visor - OLED Display, omnidirectional
and unidirectional microphone modes; 15
hours of talk and 400 hours of standby on a
three (3) hour charge
• AX Micro - Innovative comfort ear attachment;
over five (5) hours of talk time with 150 hours
of standby; high performance speaker and
microphone; dual color LED indicators
Docking station:
• XDS (Xtreme Docking Station) - supports
resolutions up to 1920 x 1200 VGA,
widescreen, video playback; houses four (4)
USB ports, an Ethernet input, and audio and
video jacks; Windows 2000/XP/Vista
HDMI cables:
The gold-plated, quadruple-shielded cables are made
with hyper oxygen-free copper and come in lengths of
three (3), six (6) and nine (9) feet.
X-Gene www.xgenelive.com
2.4GHz Wireless Media Center Keyboards
The PN-01030 wireless mini or full-sized keyboard
provides the ultimate in convenience for not only
general usage, but also for anyone operating a
Windows Media Center. 2.4GHz wireless technology
is ideal for precise keyboard and trackball commands
at a distance of up to 45 feet from the host computer in
any direction.
Thumbstick Gaming Mouse
They have all types of input mice from biometric to
texturized, but new is ‘Thumbstick’ technology. This
new technology places an easy to use joystick type of
small controller on the left side of the mouse for an
added edge to gaming or for easy Web 2.0 community
navigation. The
Thumbstick mouse also
has five other highly
desired user features as
For the ultimate in
desktop organization
the ‘Hubsucker’ has a
powerful suction cup
that will stick to almost any surface. Stick the four
or seven port USB 2.0 Hubsucker to the side of a
computer or monitor to have fast access to
USB ports or to clean up the messy wires
that can quickly clutter a desktop.
Users can create an unlimited variety
of fun people or animal poses with the
adjustable ‘arms and legs’ of the webcam.
This feature allows the webcam to easily
fit onto almost any monitor or laptop.
They also have an easy-to-use clip on webcam plus
the adjustable height webcam.
Z-Wave Alliance www.z-wave.com
Z-Wave Alliance is an open consortium of leading
global companies dedicated to establishing Z-Wave
as the standard in wireless controls. Here are some of
show highlights from members at the show:
• Hawking unveiled its new HomeRemote System:
The Plug and Play Remote Home Monitoring
• 4HomeMedia unveiled three new innovations:
its home health service solution, new integrated
media + home control solution, and an end-to-end
“Home Control Services” platform
• Universal Electronics introduced the NevoS70
Complete Solution for Audio Visual and Home
• Jasco launched an informational Website for GE
Z-Wave Wireless Lighting Controls: easyzwave.
• Portus demonstrated prototype of its new Z-WaveEnabled home monitoring/home control/energy
management solution
• Intermatic HomeSettings gave a demonstration
on how consumers can go “green” with home
ZyXEL www.us.zyxel.com/homeplug
Announced it has added three new products to its
HomePlug AV Powerline family.
NBG318S Powerline Wireless Router
ZyXEL’s Powerline wireless router, the NBG318S, is
an all-in-one solution that packs Ethernet, Wi-Fi and
Powerline technologies into one box with the latest
QoS technologies designed for gaming, VoIP, video
streaming and Internet access. It features the ability to
be connected directly to a modem and can also act as
a broadband extended wireless gateway by connecting
to a modem via
Powerline. This firstof-its-kind feature
gives users complete
control by allowing
them to position the
router at the most
ideal location in the
home and change
the operation mode
to use the router as a
broadband extension
gateway with a simple mouse click. It can also stream
HD video throughout the home, overcoming most
dead spots and interference. Comes standard with
ZyXEL’s DOS/DDOS SPI Firewall for advanced
encryption and data protection. (MSRP $135.00)
PLA450 Powerline Wireless Access Point
ZyXEL’s PLA450 Powerline Wireless Access Point
is an 802.11g access point with built-in HomePlug
AV capability and one Ethernet port. Targeted to
customers who need to extend the wireless coverage
in their home, small office or in a warehouse type
of environment, the PLA450 does not require the
installation of additional Ethernet cabling. (MSRP
PLA470 Powerline Wireless Switch
ZyXEL’s PLA470 is a
HomePlug AV adapter
with a built-in 4-port
fast Ethernet switch.
Powered by HomePlug
AV technology, the switch
is rated at speeds of up to
200 Mbps over existing
power lines. With a built-in
10/100 Mbps fast Ethernet
switch it enables users to share Internet, printer and
central storage over the Powerline network without
the need to purchase an additional Powerline adapter.
(MSRP $108.00)
Belkin www.belkin.com
Laptop Hideaway (F8N060
- $50) is stylish storage
that keeps your laptop and
accessories accessible,
organized, protected and out
of the way. Its large handle
allows you to easily carry
your laptop, power cord, and
magazines from room to room.
Works with 15.4-inch laptops-both widescreen and standard.
Available in colors: chocolate/tourmaline, khaki/
Case Logic www.caselogic.com
A full-size briefcase (SKU-PNC-15F) holds most
15.4” laptops. Features:
• Expandable file
compartment stores
all your folders and
loose papers.
• SecureFit™
adjustable internal
compartment with
moveable padded divider accommodates a
variety of laptop sizes, always ensuring a
perfect fit
• Quick-access cell phone/MP3 pocket keeps
your portable electronics within reach
• Smart Organization™ panel provides a place
for your gadgets and accessories
• Thick foam padding and durable material
provides superior protection for computer
• Built in Fast-File® storage for 3 CDs or DVDs
• Fabric: Nylon
The Classic Madison
• Extra roomy Laptop
Tote designed for
• Padded, removable
laptop sleeve holds
most 14” laptops
• Internal organizer
panel holds 6 CDs,
business cards/IDs,
pens and a cell phone
• Secure, zippered
compartment organizes your files and loose
Includes matching, removable cosmetic bag
and key fob
Fabric: Smooth PVC
Weight: 2 lbs, 14 oz
Warranty: 2 Years
Golla www.golla.com
A Finnish company
that specialized in
fashionable bags for
portable electronics.
Coming into the U.S.
market the collection
includes a total of 6
categories: mobile
bags, music bags,
digi bags, laptop
bags, laptop sleeves
and laptop backpacks. In addition, laptop bags will be
available in 2 sizes – both for 13” and 15, 4” laptops.
Kensington www.kensington.com
Contour Balance Notebook Backpack (62534)
Finally a notebook backpack that’s made for a woman
both in fit and style. The Contour Balance Notebook
Backpack is ergonomically designed to fit the unique
contours of a woman’s body
for greater comfort. Air-Flo
Contour™ Panel dissipates heat
and hugs the body for greater
comfort and carrying ease.
Non-slip shoulder straps are
ergonomically designed to fit a
woman’s body. Deep-quilted,
impact-resistant notebook
compartment with AirBrake™ bottom cushion
protects your computer. Unique organization system
separates smaller personal items from bulkier items,
so they’re easier to manage. Water-resistant materials
keep the contents of your bag safe and dry. Suggested
Street Price $70
Contour Balance Notebook
Case (62536)
The Contour Balance
Notebook Case is recognized
by the American Chiropractic
Association for maximizing
comfort while minimizing
muscle strain. Air-Flo Contour™ Panel, with
AirBrake™ bottom cushion. Sleek and comfortable
handles stay together with a magnetic clasp for grab
and go convenience. Detachable shoulder strap tucks
away neatly on the side when not in use. External
ticket pocket keeps important documents organized
and accessible. Water-resistant materials keep the
contents of your bag safe and dry. Suggested Street
Price $80
Samsonite www.samsonite.com
The Proteo Formal Wheeled
Toploader Notebook Case
(17916-1041) is the perfect
solution for the mobile user
on the go. It fits up to a 15.4
inch notebook, with foam that
surrounds your laptop and offer
better protection. Inspired by a
car’s suspension system, the spring
strips that hug and protect the laptop. Features:
• Shoulder strap with comfort padding.
• Easy Roll Luggage Wheels
• Luggage secure tote loop
• Essentials Organizer Compartment.
• Zippered front pockets for small items.
• Warranty Limited 3 Years
The Verana collection is designed for women. With
Verana it’s not business
as usual. Vibrant colors
and smart detailing make
transporting everything,
including a laptop, more
elegant. Comes in Nappa
leather, Corduroy, and
Canvas styles construction.
• Available in Black
and Red
• Lined interior
• Multiple compartments to keep all your
essentials organized
• Smart sleeve attaches to upright handle for
carrying convenience
• Laptop compartment 10.25” H x 14.5” W x
1.75” D
Targus www.targus.com
The new SonicPak speaker backpack (TSB116US)
provide way to listen to music while on-the-go. With
removable front panel speakers,
which are protected from the
Earth’s elements by a shock
resistant EVA panel and water
resistant zippers, consumers
can listen to their favorite music
anywhere. Comes in stylish
silver tones and features a padded
compartment for protection of
laptop of up to 15.4”. Bring your
favorite music along by sliding
your iPod, MP3 Player or any other digital device
with headset capability into the secure, custom-made
back pocket. The front panel is a lightweight amplifier,
which includes NXT “exciters”, giving users quality
sound at an impressive volume. The backpack also
includes side mesh water bottle holders, adjustable,
padded shoulder straps, molded carrying handle,
oversized zipper pulls for easy gripping, and a fully
equipped interior workstation that includes plenty
of pockets for your accessories. The SonicPak has
a battery compartment with an on/off switch and a
power-indicator LED light. The SonicPak measures
13.98” x 7.48” x 18.11” and only weighs 3.95 lbs.
Backed by a limited lifetime warranty, Targus it will
be available in March 2008 for a suggested retail price
of $100 at Targus.com.
The Velos Messengers are
available in three color
combinations – chocolate with
a chocolate and aqua strap
(TSM063US), charcoal with
black and lime green strap
(TSM06301US) and wheat
with mushroom and orange
strap (TSM06302US). Each
case comes with two different
colored straps, which run along
the sides and wrap around the
bottom of the case, allowing users
to interchange the straps for a
unique new look that can fit any
style. The laptop compartment
has dual cushioning with a
neoprene sleeve to protect laptops with up to 15.4”
screens. For added convenience, the bags have a
removable shoulder strap pad and feature a back slip
pocket for business documents, folders or magazines.
The bags measure 14.3” x 11” x 1.7”. Available May
2008 at an estimated street price of $70 at Targus.com
as well as through leading retailers.
Voltaic Systems www.voltaicsystems.com
Announced the introduction of a new laptop bag
which generates enough solar power to charge
laptops. They expect it to be shipping Spring ‘08. It
uses a single solar panel to produce up to 14.7 watts
of power. This is enough to fully
charge a typical laptop from a full
day of sunlight. The bag also charges
virtually all other handheld electronics.
The bag includes a battery pack
custom designed to efficiently capture
and store solar power so it is available
whether the sun is up or not. Adaptors are included
for easy connection to common laptops, phones and
universal plugs. Devices can also be connected via a
car charger or the USB plug built into the battery.
The bag is stylishly constructed from fabrics made
with recycled soda bottles (PET) which are tough,
waterproof and UV resistant. It includes a protective
frame and padded laptop sleeve with ample room
for other electronics, notebooks etc. The solar panels
come in four color options: a distinctive orange, silver,
green and a more discrete charcoal. The MSRP for the
Generator is $599. Other bags in the Voltaic line are
priced as low as $199.
Kodak www.kodak.com
The KODAK EASYSHARE 5300 AiO Printer ($200
US MSRP) uses Kodak’s premium, pigment-based
ink, priced at $10 for a cartridge of black ink and $15
for a five-ink color cartridge (US MSRP), and can
save consumers up to 50
percent on everything
they print compared to
similar consumer inkjet
printers. The All-in-One
Printer offers a 3-inch
color LCD display that
enables photo viewing
and cropping directly
from the printer. Memory
card slots provide an additional quick and simple way
to print digital pictures without a PC. Featuring print,
scan and copy capabilities it delivers high-quality
documents and photos for users who enjoy printing
without limitations. The 5300 can print and copy up to
32 pages per minute in black and 30 pages per minute
in color, and print photos from PICTBRIDGE enabled
cameras without involving a PC.
PlanOn www.planon.com
For those
that travel
and always
looking to
borrow a printer, here is the answer. The PRINTSTIK.
It’s the only truly mobile printer which can print
directly through a USB connection or through various
Bluetooth® enabled devices.
• With Bluetooth connectivity, print from your
laptop, smart phone or PDA
• Prints characters and graphics clearly (no
smudging) - and no leaking ink
• Printing speed up to three pages per minute
• Pocket size - including a cartridge roll of 20
pages and battery
• Minimal moving parts for printing, designed
ruggedly for portable reliability
• Weight
1.5 lbs with
battery & paper
• Size = Height Width Depth 1”x10.75” x 1.9”
• Print Method
Direct Thermal
• Print Resolution
200 DPI
• Battery Type
RechargeableLithium Ion
• Pages per Battery Charge
• Works with Computers - XP, Vista,
Blackberry®, many Java Phones
Imagine taking images from your Smartphone and
printing them out while on-the-go without needing to
be near a computer. The MSRP for the PRINTSTIK is
Ricoh www.ricoh-usa.com
Ricoh Americas Corporation, introduced a new series
of color laser printers – the Aficio® SP C222DN
Series – and color laser multifunction products (MFPs)
– the Aficio® SP C222SF Series.
Managing the Aficio SP C222DN Series is made
simple with Status Image Monitor software, which
enables users to check supply levels and change
settings via the Web. Furthermore, the printers control
panel uses an alert light for error notifications and
LED indicators that tell users when supplies need to
be replenished. Ricoh equipped this series with All-inOne Cartridges that can be replaced with one hand and
a top-loading design on the printers for easy access
and less mess. Users can also print photos via the color
printers’ PictBridge™ support that can be connected to
a compliant digital camera.
The SP C220S is equipped with copy, print and scan
capabilities. The Aficio SP C221SF and SP C222SF
print and copy at 21 ppm. The Aficio SP C221SF
and SP C222SF also offer facsimile features that
include a G3 transmission speed of 3 seconds per
page, a 100-page memory capacity and 20 One-Touch
numbers and 50 Speed Dials, which provide increased
speed and convenience.
The Aficio SP C221SF and SP C222SF offer
automatic duplex printing and all models feature
Scan-to technologies and TWAIN drivers, making
it possible to reduce paper usage and supply costs.
The PageManager utility, enables automated file
management, OCR scanning, and other time-saving
Ricoh Aficio SP C222DN and SP C222DSF Series
Resolution (dpi)
• 600 x 600 dpi (Speed Mode)
• 1200 x 600 dpi (Standard Mode)
• 2400 x 600 dpi (Fine Mode)
Printing Speed
• SP C220DN: 16 ppm B&W and Full-Color
• SP C221DN / SP C222DN: 21 ppm B&W and
• First Print Speed: B&W/ Full-Color 14
seconds or less
Standard Interface: SP C220DN / SP C221DN: USB
2.0, Ethernet 10/100Base-TX
Optional Interface: IEEE 802.11b/g Wireless Bridge
SX 2500CG
Samsung Electronics www.samsung.com
Launched the CLP – 610ND color laser printer
which includes one pass, dual side printing feature
(auto duplex). It integrates the power of a 360MHz
processor and speed of an embedded 64MB RAM
that is expandable to 384MB. Print with resolutions of
2400 x 600 and at speeds of up to 21ppm at a fraction
of what it costs to send the job to a local copy store.
The an average monthly duty cycle is 65,000 pages.
MSRP is $400.
Two new laser
printers monochrome
single function (the
ML – 1630) and
multifunction laser
printer (the SCX –
4500) are designed for
high performance, with
fast print speeds of up
to 17 pages per minute.
, 5K monthly duty
cycle and industryrecognized printer
reliability. They are also designed to address common
user concerns with button-less touch-sensor panels
that reduce the user interface, a semi-automatic paper
tray for easy paper replacement, guided toner path to
ensure easy toner replacement plus easily recognizable
warning lights, all to ensure the devices are extremely
easy to use and maintain. MSRP for the SCX – 4500 is
$299 and $199 for the ML – 1630.
LCD Monitors
ASUS www.asus.com
The 22.0” Wide Screen PG221U is designed for
gaming, comes with subwoofer
and has a 2 ms Response
Time. Built-in 2.1 channel
speakers, 1.3 Mega Pixel
rotatable webcam and earphone/
microphone jacks for realtime online communications
during games. True Resolution:
WSXGA+ 1680x1050, Contrast
Ratio(Max.): 2000:1.
Their 20” LS201 Monitor is a slim form-factor
monitor with 9H protective glass. Native resolution
is 1440 x 900, and comes with built-in 2.1 channel
speakers, 1.3 Mega Pixel rotatable webcam and
earphone/ microphone jacks.
Dell www.dell.com/monitors
Showcased the UltraSharp™ 3008WFP 30-inch
widescreen flat panel monitor with DisplayPort.
The TrueColor WQXGA display with 2560 x 1600
resolution is
now available to
customers direct
starting at $1,999. It
includes a USB-sized
connector, double the
scalable performance
of DVI. Response
time is 8ms, with
a dynamic contrast
ratio of 3000:1.
Extensive connectivity with DisplayPort, HDMI,
DVI-D with HDCP, VGA, S-Video, Component and
Composite connectors.
Gateway www.gateway.com
The world’s first “Quad-HD” display, the 30-inch
XHD3000 delivers more than four times the
resolution of standard 720p high-definition along with
advanced display technology. It features a 2560x1600
widescreen ultra-high resolution and uses the Silicon
Optix Realta® HQV® video processor for incredibly
detailed images. In addition, the display’s advanced
upconversion makes standard-definition video look
and will even
upscale 1080p highdefinition video to an
astonishing 1600p.
Comes with highperformance DXP™
powered speaker
system using eight
high-powered, lowprofile neodymium
The 24-inch High Definition Widescreen LCD
(FHD2400) features include soft touch controls,
ultrabright glare panels with fast response times,
high definition resolutions, and DCDi by Faroudja
enhanced video processing. 1080p HD support and
1920x1200 resolution, with an auto-rotation capability
allows the display to be viewed in both landscape and
portrait modes, providing a 160-degree viewing angle.
The touch-sensitive controls provide access to onscreen menus for tuning the brightness, contrast and
other features of the displays.
LG.Philips LCD www.lgphilips-lcd.com
Announced a 14.3-inch E-paper display, which is
equivalent in size
to an A4 sheet of
paper, represents
a significant
improvement over
its predecessors with
a never before seen
resolution of 1280
by 800 pixels, and
the ability to display
16.7 million colors,
making it perfect for use in high end multimedia
applications. These displays are extremely energy
efficient, only using power when the image changes.
Additionally, the displays are extremely thin, at less
than 300 micrometers. The use of metal foil and
plastic substrates, rather than glass substrate makes
the flexible color E-paper display bendable and
durable, while maintaining display qualities. Like its
predecessors, this 14.3-inch display uses a substrate
that arranges thin-film transistors (TFT) on metal foil
rather than glass, allowing it to recover its original
shape after being bent. Furthermore, it can also be
viewed from a full 180 degrees, so that images always
appear crisp, even when the display is bent.
They showed its 52-inch full HD multi-touch screen
for public displays. The company also showcased
its 47-inch ultra-slim LCD panel for TVs that is
substantially thinner than conventional panels – only
19.8 mm – and also boasts the thinnest available
bezel, just 14 mm wide. The panel also features
LG.Philips LCD’s cutting edge 120Hz technology,
eliminating motion blur, and Full HD resolution. They
also showed the benefits of IPS technology at 120Hz,
including viewing angle, motion picture response time
(MPRT), power consumption and frame doubling to
At its Green Technology Zone they demonstrated:
• Low power 42-inch LCD panel for full HD
LCD TVs with adaptive backlight dimming
control to reduce power consumption by 50
• 42-inch LCD panel for full HD LCD TVs with
LCD Picture Improvement Solution (LPiS)
technology, which offers reduced power
• 13.3-inch wide XGA LCD for notebook
computers with the world’s lowest circuit
driving power
• 15.4-inch LCD panel for notebook computers,
offering reduced power consumption and
enhanced portability through the spotlight
function in the backlight unit
In the IT Technology Zone:
• 17-inch LCD with electronically driven LCD
lens that switches to a 3D display
• 22-inch LCD and 15.4-inch Wide LCDs for
IT applications, featuring LG.Philips LCD’s
proprietary Anti-Pollution Polarizer (APP)
technology that resists fingerprints and other
• 14.1-inch Wide LCD with Viewing Angle
Image Control, which protects users from
exposing personal information while using the
Advanced LCD Monitors
• The W52 series, 19, 20, 22, and 24-inch
monitors feature a high-gloss, piano black
cabinet with a curved bezel accent. Digital
Fine Contrast Technology boosts the contrast
ratio to 10,000:1. The 19, 20 and 22-inch
models’ feature a 2ms response time. LG’s
“ez Zooming” technology helps users quickly
change the image size and resolution with the
click of a button, an ideal tool for smaller fonts
or images that need to be magnified.
• W00 Series (W3000, W2600) - Features
support for “Full HD” 1080p resolution and
incorporates LG’s slim and narrow design. The
unit has a 2ms response time, high resolutions
(2,560 x 1,600 resolution, W3000; 1,920 x
1,200 resolution, W2600), and a 10,000:1
contrast ratio. It is available in 26- and 30-inch
• L7W Series
(L227WT) – The
unit incorporates
an anti-glare
screen which
minimizes glare
often caused by
fluorescent or
harsh lighting.
It has 2ms
response time, 10,000:1 contrast ratio, 300cd/
m2 brightness, 1,680 x 1,050 resolution and an
wide viewing angle of 170 x 170 degrees. It is
available in a 22-inch model.
Samsung Electronics www.samsung.com
Unveiled the new SyncMaster 220TN monitor, the
company’s first VoIP-enabled network monitor.
Featuring a built-in camera, microphone and
speaker the monitor
facilitates true-to-life
web conferencing, which
can reduce long-distance
phone costs and the need
for frequent business
travel. With a 22” wide
screen and a 2.0M pixel
webcam, the 220TN
monitor is enabled to
support multiple work
applications, therefore
enhancing productivity in a range of professional
settings. Resolution is 1680 x 1050, coupled with
a wide 16:10 aspect ratio, a 5 ms GTG response
time, 700:1 contrast ratio and 300cd/m2 brightness,
the model is equipped to produce crisp, true-to-life
images. The wide 170/160 viewing angle further
enhances the overall viewing experience. The monitor
also incorporates dual inputs for DVI-D and analog.
Another 22-inch monitor the SyncMaster 2263DX
is capable of connecting to a computer via USB,
without the need of any additional video hardware.
The monitor creates a more productive, flexible work
environment for users who require multiple screens. It
features an additional seven-inch monitor connected
to the display. The extra screen enables users to
create and edit documents on the 22-inch screen
while using the additional screen to simultaneously
Instant Message
or read emails.
Resolution is 1680
x 1050, while the
viewing angle
is 160/160, the
contrast ratio is an
outstanding 8,000:1,
complimented by a
2 ms GTG response
The new SyncMaster XL30 is a 30-inch Light
Emitting Diode (LED) Back Light Unit (BLU)
monitor that features up to 123 percent of the National
Television System Committee (NTSC) color gamut.
Traditional LCD screens typically cover only 82
percent of the NTSC standard color gamut. It is
further enhanced by a Color Management System
(CMS) that helps provide vivid and precise color.
The CMS includes color calibration, which enables
more accurate quality control, and Image Viewer, an
intuitive tool that corrects color differences between
monitors and printers. Furthermore, it features Natural
Color Expert software which allows users to calibrate
the monitor’s color profile to fit their specific color
requirements. Resolution is 2560 x 1600, combined
with an impressive 1000:1 contrast ratio.
All Samsung displays are backed by a three-year
limited warranty on labor and parts, including the
backlight, as well as toll-free technical support for the
life of the display.
TV cards
AverMedia www.aver.com
AVerTV Hybrid VolarMax is an external, flash drive
size USB TV tuner with the ability to receive both
Analog or HDTV
on a Windows XP
or Vista desktop or
laptop. HDTV can
be viewed either
over the air ATSC, or via Unencrypted “Clear” QAM
support which enables user to watch HDTV through
their cable provider. Advanced H.264 recording
compression significantly reduces the amount of hard
disk needed for recording. The optional 320x240
resolution enables users to save video to an iPod
video. MSRP is $90.
The AVerTV Hybrid NanoExpress is a 54mm
ExpressCard TV Tuner allowing users to view both
Analog and HDTV on their ExpressCard compatible
Laptop. The Slim-Fit design easily inserts completely
into the ExpressCard
slot, leaving no
protrusion of the unit
outside of the laptop.
HDTV can be viewed
either over-the-air or
via the Unencrypted
“Clear” QAM support which enables user to watch
HDTV through their cable provider. Advanced
H.264 recording compression significantly reduces
the amount of hard disk needed for recording. The
optional 320x240 resolution enables users to save
video to an iPod video. MSRP is $130.
AVerTV Hybrid ExpressCard is a Hybrid Analog
Worldwide standard TV and ATSC receiver card
certified with Express Card 54mm Interface solution.
It is Windows Vista (32/64 bit) Premium Certified
and Windows XP Certified Solution. With it and the
supplied antenna laptop users can watch Over-the-Air
Digital TV (ATSC) shows or Analog TV programs
anywhere. In addition, with MPEG-2 hardware
encoder built-in, this device lowers the consumption
of CPU process and guarantees customers high-quality
video content editing, such as instant recording,
playback, and TimeShift functionalities.
Hauppauge www.hauppauge.com
• Dual format
TV receiver
for your PC.
Watch ATSC
digital TV
or analog
cable TV, in a
window or full screen.
• Watch and record all ATSC formats, including
the highest definition 1080i format.
• Includes TV scheduler, remote control and IR
blaster to control satellite and cable TV set top
• Bundled software includes a TV scheduler
with link to TitanTV™ plus Ulead’s® DVD
MovieFactory™ authoring and burning
• 125 channel cable ready TV receiver built-in.
With dbx-TV stereo decoder, for great TV
• Composite/S-Video and audio inputs, for cable
or satellite set top boxes or VCRs.
• Record TV shows to your PC’s hard disk
using the built-in high quality hardware
MPEG-2 encoder. While recording, the
hardware encoder does all the work so your PC
continues to run at full speed.
• If you are using digital cable which broadcasts
digital cable channels “in the clear” (clear
QAM), you can receive these QAM channels
with the new WinTV v6 application.
• Watch and listen to PC music, videos or
pictures on your
TV set.
• Connects to
Ethernet (wired)
local area
network, or it
can connect over
802.11G wireless
• Listen to Internet
radio stations on
your TV set.
• Remote control for easy access to your PC
media from your TV set. MediaMVPs remote
control allows you to navigate through your
PCs disk drives, and displays media names,
directories and other information on the TV
• Up to 24 wired MediaMVPs can be connected
on a home network, or add up to four wireless
MediaMVPs. Listen to PC music on one
TV set while watching an MPEG movie on
Play MPEG movies on your TV set. Create MPEG
videos on your PC with Hauppauge’s WinTV
(optional), then play those videos on your TV set. The
remote control gives you complete control over your
PC multimedia. Pause, fast forward, rewind, skip or
fast skip through videos. Play and pause music and
digital picture shows. You can adjust the audio volume
from MediaMVPs remote control, so you won’t need
to use your TV’s remote control.
Technically speaking MediaMVP is a Linux based
digital media receiver. Inside is a high performance
IBM PowerPC processor and a hardware MPEG
audio/video decoder for MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 videos
and MP3 music.
WinTV-HVR-950 hybrid TV stick
• Watch and record cable TV, or over-the-air
ATSC high definition digital TV. programs, in
a window or full screen on your PC or laptop
• Schedule
your TV
using the
high quality
• Pocket size, easy to install on USB2. The
perfect traveling companion for desktop or
• Media Center compatible. Watch and recording
TV with Microsoft’s Windows Media Center.
• Includes Hauppauge’s WinTV application
to watch and record TV in a window or full
screen. With WinTV-Scheduler, so you can
record your favorite TV programs daily,
weekly or once only.
• Analog cable TV receiver built-in. Will also
work with TV antenna.
Pinnacle www.pinnaclesys.com
PCTV HD Card ($80)
Pinnacle PCTV™
HD Card brings SD
and HD TV with
full personal video
recorder (PVR)
functionality to
your PC – with no
desktop clutter.
Watch, time shift and
even automatically
record all of your
favorite HD and SD
TV shows with no
service fees.
• 3-in-1 TV tuner card for digital TV (ATSC),
analog TV (NTSC) and FM radio
• Watch SD and free HD TV on your PC - no
service fees
• Includes remote control and FM radio antenna
• Hardware ready for ClearQAM (unencrypted
digital cable) reception
• Automatically record shows to your hard drive
in the destination file format of choice (i.e.
MPEG-2, DivX, etc.), or even direct-to-DVD
• Capture from your cable/satellite set-top box or
camcorder with the included A/V adapter cable
• Turns your PC into a personal video recorder
(PVR) with time shifting: pause, rewind TV
• Trim you videos with Pinnacle Studio™
TVCenter Pro beta version with ClearQAM support
now available as free download
PCTV HD Stick ($80)
Bring digital and analog TV with full PVR
functionality to your PC
and enjoy all of your
favorite shows on your PC
in high quality anytime and
• Instantly turn your PC
into a personal digital video recorder
• Fully compatible with Windows Vista™ and
XP Media Center Edition
• Ultra-portable USB 2.0 TV tuner
• Watch SD and free HD TV on your PC - no
service fees
• Instantly transform your PC into a personal
digital video recorder (PVR)
• Mini antenna included (for digital TV
reception in good signal areas; rooftop aerial is
recommended for optimum reception)
• Supports both analog (NTSC) and digital
(ATSC) TV signals
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by Linda Gonse, Editor &
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Obtained from APCUG with the
author’s permission for publication
by APCUG member groups.
Sticky note programs for your pc,
as you might imagine, are a utility
that takes the place of paper PostIt notes that we all stick to our
But, sticky note programs I’ve
researched this year discouraged
me from even trying them out.
Sometimes they didn’t have
enough features, or if they did, they
were expensive.
Then, someone recommended
a program called Stickies,
created by Tom Revell, at www.
zhornsoftware.co.uk/. So, I looked
at Stickies on the web page, liked
what I saw, and downloaded the
features and options. From this
dropdown list you can manage
your Stickies notes, configure
them, get help, and download new
skins. When you do make a Sticky,
it won’t disappear unless you tell it
to, and it stays where it is placed.
You can edit, format, and print
them. Make as many as you want,
or as many as your screen space
will permit. But, to save room
and keep Stickies organized, they
will snap to each other and to the
sides of the screen where they can
be neatly lined up. You can even
“hide” them from view.
What’s fun is being able to
customize the notes with various
fonts, colors and buttons. You can
even download customized skins
from a big selection to change the
outward appearance of the notes
— plain, borderless, simple border,
etc. The notes can be resized, just
like the sticky notes in Acrobat.
Besides viewing Stickies on your
screen, you can attach them to a
website, a document, or a folder, so
they only appear when the objects
they are attached to are on the
Stickies are located in five
categories within the application
so you can see and manage them.
You can search for information in
Stickies, wake sleeping Stickies,
restore closed Stickies and detach
Stickies are portable, too. You
can transfer Stickies from one
computer to another over your
TCP/IP network connection, to
your PDA and back again, or send
to friends in email.
What else? Oh, yes! Another
attractive feature of Stickies is...the
program is free!
What are you waiting for? Try it
out and see if you like this little
program as much as I do!
My first discovery a bout the
program is that it is small, 953Kb,
and doesn’t interfere with system
files and doesn’t write to the
registry. In fact, Stickies stores all
its information in a single textbased ini file. When was the last
time you had a program on your
computer as well-mannered as this
An icon in your system tray will
allow you quick access to Stickies’
They can be set to “sleep” and
appear on a specified date and time,
They can even play a sound alarm
so they get your attention when
they “awaken”!
as announcements or reminders.
The History of St. Valentine’s Day
Every February, across the country, candy, flowers,
and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the
name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint
and why do we celebrate this holiday? The history of
Valentine‘s Day - and its patron saint - is shrouded
in mystery. But we do know that February has long
been a month of romance. St. Valentine‘s Day, as we
know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and
ancient Roman tradition. So, who was Saint Valentine
and how did he become associated with this ancient
rite? Today, the Catholic Church recognizes at least
three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus,
all of whom were martyred.
One legend contends that Valentine was a priest
who served during the third century in Rome. When
Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made
better soldiers than those with wives and families,
he outlawed marriage for young men, his crop of
potential soldiers. Valentine, realizing the injustice of
the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform
marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine‘s
actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be
put to death.
Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been
killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh
Roman prisons where they were often beaten and
According to one legend, Valentine actually sent the
first valentine greeting himself. While in prison, it is
believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl
who may have been his jailor‘s daughter, who visited
him during his confinement. Before his death, it is
alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed From your Valentine, an expression that is still in use
today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends
is murky, the stories certainly emphasize his appeal as
a sympathetic, and, most importantly, romantic figure.
It‘s no surprise that by the Middle Ages, Valentine was
one of the most popular saints in England and France.
There are varying ideas about what actually became of
Valentime. In 1835 the remains -- or what are believed
to be the remains of St. Valentine were given to a Irish
priest named Father John Spratt by Pope Gregory
XVI, after Spratt impressed the Pope with his passionate preaching during a visit to Rome. The gift, in a
black and gold casket, can still be viewed every Valentine's Day at the Whitefrair Street Church in Dublin,
On the WINNERS Computer book excerpts webpage
(http://www.windowsusers.org/books.html) book
companies that have user group programs send
information about their latest books. They also include
discount information for the purchase of the books.
To get the discount code check with your user group
officers. Some example of what is on this page:
The Creative Digital Darkroom
By Katrin Eismann, Sean Duggan $44.99
Takes photographers beyond the quick tips and
gimmicky effects of many digital photography books.
Windows Vista Annoyances
Tips, Secrets, and Hacks for the Cranky Consumer
By David A. Karp $34.99
Windows Vista may be the next big thing, but it still
contains enough quirks and unaccountable behaviors
to vex anyone.
There are links to some great tips from O’Reilly Press
• Two Slick QuickTime Tricks - Turn your video
on its ear! Our hands-on tutorial shows you
how to work with vertical movies and then
embed them in a web page.
• Web Domination Using Photoshop - The time
has come for designers to execute their plans to
dominate the Internet with stunning graphics.
• Your New iTunes Movies to DVD (and Protect
Your Other iTunes Purchases)
• Better Registry Searching
• Windows Mobile Weekly Roundup
Real World Adobe Photoshop CS3
By David Blatner, Conrad Chavez and Bruce Fraser
In this copiously illustrated book, he shows you how
to sharpen your Photoshop production techniques and
provides clear explanations of the concepts that drive
The Digital Photography Book, Volume 2
By Scott Kelby $24.99
In Plain English he gives tips on using flash, shooting
close up photography, travel photography, shooting
people, and even how to build a studio from scratch.
Look at Online Sample Chapters for:
Designing Webbed Environments
Creating Web Pages for Screen, Print, and Email
Edgy Edge Effects in Photoshop
meets at
The Fountain Valley Branch Library
17635 Los Alamos
Fountain Valley
meetings on 3rd Saturday
10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Be sure to check out our three most popular pages
Clip Art - A listing of web sites that have free clip art
Medical Websites - Here is a list of suggested sites to
get health news and information
Computer book excerpts from companies that have user
group programs and send user groups information about
their latest books. They also include discount information for the purchase of the books. To get the discount
code check with your user group officers.
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