Gadget Bugg: December 2009

Friday, December 18, 2009

Update: Vintage Gamers Paradise


What'd you do today? Oh, nothing, just got about 200+ vintage PC games from about 1987-2004. A very nice old man by the name of Dan who has been playing video games since before I was born (strictly PC, none of that darn-tootin' console garbage) has graciously given me just about his entire collection (he hung on to the more valuable/fun ones) but nonetheless, it's still a killer haul. Merry Christmas indeed. Let us know what you think of the collection! While most of these suckers will end up on eBay, there are a handful that I really want to hang on to, for nostalgia if nothing else. And who knows, maybe there will be some giveaways in the future? *wink*,*wink* *nudge*,*nudge*

A few rare beauties in the collection:

-The original Collectors First Edition of Starcraft

-Star Trek 25th Anniversary edition

-The original Half-life & Half-Life Opposing Force

-Sid Meier's Civilization I & II

-Warcraft II Tides of Darkness

SO if I am slow to respond to wave invites and emails etc., you know why!

~Pete


Thursday, December 17, 2009

Tech News: Dear Steve Jobs

How far would you go to get your app published in the iTunes store? Ever since the whole Google vs. Apple debate about Google Voice being rejected, many institutions have wondered what criteria Apple uses to reject apps from their online store. One such institution is taking a stand. Fashioned with iPhone costumes and a plethera of Youtube videos, SVT (sort of like the Swedish version of the BBC) is standing outside an Apple headquarters in Sweden in an attempt to make a difference. Their request: approve the SVT Play application. Oh yeah, did I mention they are broadcasting all of this live on their website? They may be making a fool of themselves, but they are even starting to gain the support of this American. So do us all a favor Steve, and "say Ja"!

Click the pic for a link to their site

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Review: Adesso AKB-220 Flexible Keyboard

We've all had this experience:

You are talking to your friend and he brings up a movie that he recently saw.

"It's the most amazing movie in the world; it'll blow your mind"!

"It sounds really cool", you reply. "I guess I'll have to go see it".

He continues to build it up and then when you finally go and see it, it barely even meets the expectations you had yourself. In fact, it downright sucks. That was the experience I had with the Adesso AKB-220 keyboard. I was so excited to get this and play with it, but when I actually tried to type with it I was quickly disappointed.

What?

This keyboard is not the only waterproof, abuse proof, and flexible keyboard on the market, but it is one of the most widely known and written about ones. This keyboards claim to fame is that it can be beaten and brutalized and still come out fighting strong. The keyboard's tamperproof and waterproof characteristics check out, but it has one main drawback:

You can barely type with it.

Why?

I was shipped this keyboard from Intel through a program that they have for employees of retail industries (which I am) so they sent it to me for free after I received some Intel training. I was really excited to replace my current keyboard because it is an old dell keyboard that I snagged from an old Inspiron that has bitten the dust and it is currently to oldest part of my new computer I recently built. However, after using (well, attempting to use) the Adesso, I was thankful to bring out my old Dell keyboard again, and my typing speed increased about 400%.

How?

So how is this possibly the worst keyboard I've ever used? I'm glad you asked. The keyboard has some really terrible characteristics including the fact that when one types on it the shift key (if you use the left shift key primarily like I do) is in a terrible location. I repeatedly found myself typing "zzzz" as I was trying to hold down the shift key, which isn't even that much longer on my Dell keyboard. Also, the rubber keys make it hard to touch type. I type very fast, and I was unable to simply lightly tape the keys in order to get response from them. I literally had to bang on each one before it would register what I was typing. Not cool. What's more, the delete key is tiny and in an awkward position, which is aggravating because you are usually going for the backspace to fix some problem that was caused by the keyboard itself, not because you made the error.

Who?

Don't get me wrong (I don't want a thousand hate emails): the Adesso definitely has its place in the tech world. Those who can use it are people who work in a hazardous area or an area where you are getting your hands dirty a lot. Also it is super portable. It can be rolled up and stashed in a laptop bag for easy storage.

The Verdict:

I do not feel as though the benefits and the general overall "geeky" factor of this keyboard make up for its short comings in ability and response to typing. Afterall, a keyboards first job is to allow you to type, and after that any cool add-ons can come into play. Let me put it this way: I tried to type this review with the Adesso, but I gave up after the first few sentences and relished in the return of my beat-up old Dell keyboard. However, if you are one of the people mentioned above, or are O.C.D. about cleaning your keyboard and want a keyboard that is easy to clean, the Adesso AKB-220 is right for you… Just don't plan on typing with it.

Rating: 2.5/10


Sunday, December 13, 2009

Tech News: Batman Arkham Asylum 2 Announced, Teaser Trailer

Just when you thought that Batman couldn't get any cooler, he did. The new sequel looks like it will not disappoint. Don't believe me? Check out the trailer for yourself. Oh, and head on over to "Arkham Has Moved" for some very not much more information.


Thursday, December 10, 2009

Tech News: How Does the iPhone Make Money?

Our friends over at Gigaom recently posted this interesting little number on their blog. For the most part the title says it all, and the layout is easy to read. Comment bellow and let me know what you think.


Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Update: h2rtn Invites You to Google Wave

Dear Readers:

We have recently seen our site traffic skyrocket due to the Google Wave invites and we couldn't be more pleased. As many of you have noticed, our posts have come to a screeching halt as a result to keep up with the demand, not to mention the host of side projects and hope to get them posted very shortly. However, as you continue to spread the word around our blog continues to grow! So thanks and keep it up! What's more, Google just gave h2rtn an additional dish of invites that we are more than happy to use up on all of you, so keep the requests coming!

Here's what to expect from How To's, Reviews, and Tech News in the coming months (not necessarily in this order):

-Google Wave Review-

-How To Build a Computer-

-Batman: Arkham Asylum Review-

-Dragon Age Origins Review-

-Pure for Xbox 360 Review-

We will be getting these posted on the site and youtube.com/h2rtn as soon as they are finished. In the meantime, I encourage those of you who have gotten invites to invite others who have commented on the blog if you have extras. It would just keep all of our jobs a bit easier and get our content onto the site faster! If you decide to do so, just shoot us a wave or an email with the persons email you invited and let us know. Sound cool to everyone?

Also, we are trying to get together a user run portion of the review for Google Wave. I have already contacted some of the users who have "waved" h2rtn to see if they are interested, and there are still some spots open. So, if you are interested in being a part of the Google Wave blog experience shoot us an email at pete.h2rtn@gmail.com.

You can also send requests there or comment below for a Google Wave invite. All that we ask is that you let us know how you fond the site and let us know of any improvements that you think that we can make to make your experience better. Let us know if you like the fonts, colors, the design, or even let us know of any requests for reviews or news that you think we should be covering. You can also become a follower of the blog, follow us on Twitter or Facebook, subscribe to our Youtube Channel, friend us on Xbox live (gamertag: h2rtn) or give us a call on our voicemail.

Thanks for reading!


~Pete