Archive for March, 2010

SonarPM: The Coolest Way to Accomplish Nothing Since the Magic Mouse

Wow. This looked so good on Lifehacker, but in reality, it’s useless. What it’s supposed to do is use sonar to detect your presence and put the computer to sleep when you’re not there.

I have to admit, it does work, but a timer is just so much more convenient. The first problem is that it’s not terribly accurate. If you lean back in your chair, it will shut your screen off, but if you leave the room and your chair is in front of your computer it won’t do anything. The second problem is that there are virtually no options. It’s either on, or off. You can’t change anything. The third problem is that it won’t wake up when you sit down. It waits for activity and presence.On the bright side, if there’s an earthquake and your mouse moves, it won’t wake up the computer. In the end, it doesn’t accomplish anything a timer can’t.

File this under “cute toys.”


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Fun With Litestep


For those of you who don’t know, Litestep is Windows a shell replacement. It provides a more customizable and intuitive approach to computing than Explorer. This theme has functions such as multiple virtual desktops baked right in! I’m never going back to Explorer. It’s not perfect however… The screenshot above shows me fighting an epic battle to get my volume keys to work.

I wish I could tell you all to go out and try it, but if you screw up you cold be left with no shell. I would say if you know enough MS-DOS to bail yourself out if you mess up, go download it!

Oh, and the latest release doesn’t work well with Vista, so get the RC.

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Sennheiser PMX60 Headphones Review

I was cleaning out my attic when I found these headphones in a box with an old FM transmitter. Out of curiosity, I tried them, and I was amazed with the sound quality. I looked them up on CNET and found they had  4 stars! Pretty impressive. These things converted me from earbuds.

The Good: Great sound quality, sleek & stylish design and thick & durable cord.

The Bad: Slightly lacking in bass.

Annoyances: The way the cord is attatched to the headphones makes me nervous.

Overview: I have to say, these are great headphones. Depending on where you go, you can get these for $19.99 – $49.99, but honestly $49.99 is more of a fair price. I’d feel guilty paying such a low price for these great headphones. They are light, portable and have a nice thick, long cord. The sound quality is superb! The bass can get a little chirpy sometimes, but you wouldn’t have noticed if I hadn’t just told you. If you try to lay down or rest your head while wearing them, you might find it awkward, but all you need to do is turn them to the band touches the top of your head. There’s really not much more to say here, normally I’d complain more, but these are just too perfect!

Go and buy a pair!


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