Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Portable UV water sterilizer

Number 25 of a TIME "25 Gotta Have Travel Gadgets" was the

SteriPen Ultraviolet Bacteria and Pathogen Killing Water Wand

which was stated to be particularly good at killing Cryptosporidium.

Number 22 was the "clear card" described as follows:

The Clear Card ain't perfect, but at 20 airports around the United States flashing one allows you to cruise past most of the queued up suckers. Clear holders apply online, then go to an enrollment center and present two forms of government issued I.D. and submit their biometric data, which is loaded onto a card. At the airport, you walk to the Clear kiosk, input your card and, in most cases, move right through the X-ray and metal detectors. The upsides are obvious: speed, and a well vetted privacy assurance program that keeps your bio-metric information safe.

Number 8 was the Kensington Mini Battery Pack which included the line:

Where Apple creates a problem, however, third party vendors rush in to sell solutions. There are at least half-a-dozen iPod/iPhone battery extenders on the market. Energizer's iPodPower2 ($32) runs — not surprisingly — on a pair of AA batteries. IPBiz notes a defect in iPhone software when one tries to poll email every x (eg 15) minutes: the thing stays on and drains the battery REAL fast.

Number 2 was the Canon Powershot SD1100 IS Digital Elph. [Query: what batteries here?]

Number 1 was Apple's Airport Express with text:

Originally marketed as a device for extending the range of an existing Wi-Fi network or for beaming music from a computer to a home stereo system, Apple's Airport Express also functions as a wireless base station in its own right. Just plug that Ethernet cable into the box and the box into an unoccupied outlet. When you fire up your computer, the transmitter shows up, ready to be configured into your own private Wi-Fi domain.

Some comments:

Plug the MacBook into the Ethernet jack and establish the hotel’s connection. In the case of the Disney hotel this involved agreeing to their fee, and then calling the front desk to get the login code required. At this point I have high-speed Internet access, but it’s strictly terrestrial.
Plug the MacBook into the AE and use Airport Utility to find it (via Ethernet) and configure it as a Bridge. You’re establishing a wireless network to the AE whose sole purpose is to “bridge” wirelessly whatever terrestrial network you’ll plug into it. You name the wireless network (I called it “Disney”) and establish a password, but as a Bridge it doesn’t really need any other information than that.
Plug the AE into the Ethernet jack and use Airport Utility to find it again (this time via airport and the “Disney” network). In my case it was flashing yellow and prompted me to either create a new network or use it as a Bridge. I chose the latter and the light went green. I was in business!

iphone 3g wifi 802.11g problem

Apple’s new Airport Express

IPBiz leaves as an exercise to the reader "which" of the 25 are patent-protected.

Separately, of "best-buy" laptops, note CNET on the Gateway T-6836:

The retail-only Gateway T-6836's fixed configuration is built around a 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T5750 CPU, which is typical for a mainstream budget system (and also found in the Dell Inspiron 1420-123B). What's not typical for a mainstream budget system is the Gateway's 4GB of 667MHz RAM, plus the 64-bit version of Vista to take advantage of the full RAM allotment. Those features were enough to carry the Gateway T-6836 to the head of the class on all of CNET Labs' performance benchmarks, making it the highest performer among back-to-school laptops in the $730 to $800 price range.

The Gateway T-6836's included six-cell battery ran for 2 hours and 58 minutes on our video playback battery drain test. That's an impressive score for a mainstream system, especially one priced this low. Among similar back-to-school laptops you'll find at Best Buy this season, only the Dell Inspiron 1420-123B outlasted the Gateway, while the rest of the systems failed to make it past the 2.5-hour mark. Our battery drain test is especially grueling, so you can expect longer life from casual Web surfing and office use.


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