Archive for August, 2009

Altec Lansing BackBeat 903 – Updated

Saturday, August 29th, 2009
This is not a formal, spec filled, review. For that there are a ton of options on the net. This is just my opinion of the headset I chose.

One of biggest complaints about the iPhone, from day one, was the lack of A2DP. It just seemed insane to have this great phone, have a great Bluetooth device, and then need a corded set of headphones to listen to a podcast. Well, finally we have wireless Bluetooth!

I figured I would jump in and try it but then the search turned ugly and took a long time. No headset seemed to get the reviews I was looking for. I had tried the Motorola S9-HD but the large piece behind my neck was not comfortable to me. Plus,after years in radio, I am used to good sounding headphones (I am wearing AKG K240 headphones while I write this). I have been underwhelmed by all the buds I have tried. The Apple in-ear buds are ok and it was my go-to until I bought the Altec Lansing BackBeat 903 headset. Since then, no cords – that is unless I need them.

The price of the 903’s was $99.95 at the Apple Store but at the time of this post Amazon has them for about $65. In looking around you may see the 906 listed for about $30 more. The 903 and 906 are the same headset. The difference for the money is the Bluetooth adaptor that lets you stream from any audio device. With the iPhone 3G or 3GS it wasn’t needed.

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CDW Resorts to Spam

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

As an independent network consultant, the real job, many of my clients have accounts setup with my reps at various technology suppliers. One of those is CDW. Yesterday I received an email from a client asking “What is this?”. In looking at the forwarded email there was a PDF attachment. It was a quote from CDW. Since I handle all of the quotes for this client I found it strange. His remote office does buy their own toner from CDW, but those are not quotes.

It turns out the quote was for an HP server for a total of $1108.56. I would have thought he had hired another consultant except that he sent this to me. Wheew! I felt a little better at that point at least, but what was this quote and who requested it? The client thought maybe an employee had tried to get some hardware! A bit more investigation… Ah Ha!

The subject of the email was “CDW-D Quote ######## – PO Ref: CDW SPECIAL SERVER PROMOTION”.

I almost immediately knew this was an ad but the email continued:

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Print Magazines, you’re dead to me.

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

It’s the week of August 9th and the September MacWorld magazine has arrived! Wait, this can’t be right. The cover story is the iPhone 3GS. It’s going to tell me all about the phone I have had for almost two months? Well, there must be some other major info in this thin stack of paper. I mean, they paid for this. I paid for this! Ok, I didn’t. The subscription was a gift from my friend Mark of groundspass.net. Still, it’ll be fine. Reviews, articles and ads await!

…30 minutes later…

Wow. I think I spent the most time on the ad pages. I could draw you the Drive Savers ad from memory.

Google Voice Invites for Military Service Members

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Both Mike and I are Google Voice users. I saw this in the Google Voice Blog RSS feed today and thought it was a great move on Google’s part. They recognize the communication difficulties faced by the men and women in uniform. Transfers causing constant number changes, overseas deployments and limited phone access etc. So, they are now giving priority invites (sent within a day) to active military and reserves with .mil email addresses. If you know of anyone in the military let them know. Google Voice is a perfect fit for the military lifestyle. Great idea Google.

The original post, along with a link for requesting the invites, can be found at the Google Voice Blog.

Hi, I’m Steve. (Crowd responds: “Hi Steve”)

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

My friend Mike would seem to indicate that we have an addiction. I beg to differ with that opinion. I have always been attracted to tech, not addicted. If I am not sure if something qualifies as ‘tech’, I usually error on the side of caution and choose to lust after it just in case. Addiction? I think not. I only want 90% of what I see. That last 10% I am content not having until a birthday. Self-control, that’s the key.

Mike and I often discuss ‘tech’. From a great iPhone app to a new piece of hardware, we simply have opinions. Wrong or right, or a bit of both, we think and discuss tech much like you do. This site is our contribution to the discussion and we’re glad you joined us. Let’s have fun!