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The quest for a cooler lap

7:10 PM Wed, Sep 30, 2009 |
Posted by: Walt Zwirko

If you have occasion to use a modern full-size laptop computer — on your lap — you already know that extended use can make said lap feel a little toasty.

The processor chip that gives the computer its smarts is called on to do a lot of thinking in a very short time, and that generates an ample supply of heat.

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Review: Scanner digitizes memories from slides, film

5:09 PM Wed, Aug 19, 2009 |
Posted by: Walt Zwirko

On a swing through …



Review: USB device lets you listen to worldwide radio

2:45 PM Wed, Jul 22, 2009 |
Posted by: Walt Zwirko

It’s all but impossible to get good radio reception in an office building. Steel, metal and concrete conspire to do everything they can to seal your receiver off from AM and FM radio waves.

So if you’re consigned to a cubicle for eight hours every day, it can be difficult to keep up with your favorite news, sports or music.

Hundreds of enlightened radio stations, understanding this listener dilemma, are sending out their audio …



Review: Flip UltraHD camcorder

9:14 PM Tue, Jun 30, 2009 |
Posted by: Walt Zwirko

If you haven’t looked recently, camcorders have changed.

A lot.

Seems like it was just a couple of years ago that all portable video cameras used either 8mm (analog) or DV (digital) tapes for storing your moving pictures. This necessity made them both bulky (for the motorized tape-handling mechanisms) and power-hungry (for the same reason).

For a short time, DVD-based camcorders flowered. These used smaller discs than t…



Pocket-size help at D/FW Airport

3:23 PM Mon, May 18, 2009 |
Posted by: Walt Zwirko

 It’s an hour before your flight is scheduled to depart. You got stuck in traffic on the way to D/FW and now you’re on the shuttle bus schlepping you to Terminal …



Review: Kodak Zx1 pocket-size camcorder

8:28 PM Tue, Apr 21, 2009 |
Posted by: Walt Zwirko

Let’s give credit where it’s due: The pocket-size digital camcorder craze started a couple of years ago with The Flip, a video recorder about the size of an ice cream bar (minus the stick). It wasn’t made by a Sony or a Samsung; it was from a small Silicon Valley firm, Pure Digital Technologies, that stumbled upon just th…



Countdown to tax time

11:47 AM Mon, Apr 13, 2009 |
Posted by: Walt Zwirko

 Attention, procrastinators: your taxes are due this week. That means it’s time to throw it into high gear sometime before midnight Wednesday if your Form 1040 is still a b…



USB gizmo improves the sound of your PC

7:42 PM Sun, Apr 05, 2009 |
Posted by: Walt Zwirko

I’ve got a PC hooked up to the TV set in my living room. It’s handy for looking at Web sites on a big screen, adding to the Computer Blog (as I’m doing right now!) and especially for watching video clips on the Internet.

One problem, though: The audio output of my Asus Aspire L100 PC is a little low for the input of my TV set, and cranking up the TV audio introduces unwanted noise into the listening experience.

While that’s …