Archive for November 2009

TECHNOLOGY REVIEW: LaCie Golden Disk external hard drive

November 25, 2009

Armed with USB 2.0 connectivity, the GOLDEN DISK external hard drive from LaCie is a smooth, stylish drive that adds a touch of artistic flash to the desktop. Storage capaicity of 1TB makes the Golden Disk a powerful workhorse. Engineered to allow easy backup, exchange, and transfer of files. Fanless design. Plug-and-play. MSRP $130. 4.5 Stars.

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DVD REVIEW: Superhero Movie

November 25, 2009

SUPERHERO MOVIE, from the creators of Scary Movie, aims to spoof the comic book superhero film genre. The movie ties itself too closely to the Spider-Man storyline rather than branch out to encompass superhero films in general. The result is occasionally funny, but lacks laugh-out-loud comedy despite an appearance by spoof veteran Leslie Nielsen. 1.5 Stars.

TECHNOLOGY REVIEW: Western Digital My Book Mirror USB 2.0 external hard drive

November 23, 2009

The Western Digital MY BOOK MIRROR EDITION is a USB 2.0, two-drive external hard drive storage device. Drive can be configured as either RAID 1 (for duel data backup) or RAID 0 (for full 2-drive storage capacity). The My Book Mirror comes preconfigured for RAID 1 in capacities up to 2TB. It is designed with user replaceable hard drives, but it should be noted the My Book Mirror only supports Western Digital brand drives. Overall good performance. Comes with a three-year warranty and useful bundled backup software. 3 Stars.

TECHNOLOGY REVIEW: Seagate FreeAgent Xtreme hard drive

November 23, 2009

From Seagate, the FREEAGENT XTREME is a dependable external storage drive. Equipped with USB 2.0, FireWire 400, and eSata connections, the FreeAgent Xtreme keeps its price-per-gigabyte (up to 2TB) within range of competing brand models with fewer connection options. Overall very dependable, with quiet operation and professional appearance. 3 Stars.

DVD Review: Star Trek

November 21, 2009

From director J. J. Abrams, STAR TREK reinvents the origins of Captain James T. Kirk and his crew. Chris Pine is delightfully realistic as young cadet Kirk embarking on his first Star Fleet mission. Zachary Quinto is perfectly cast as young Commander Spock. Stealing every scene he’s in, Karl Urban is outstanding as Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy. Rounding out the crew are Anton Yelchin as Chekov, Zoe Saldana as Uhura, Simon Pegg as Scotty, and John Cho as Sulu. The elements of history are exciting – learning the origins of Kirk’s birth, seeing Spock battle his human versus Vulcan genetics, why a space-fearing McCoy is in Star Fleet to begin with (he lost everything to his ex-wife in their divorce and had no other options but Star Fleet), and how Kirk comes to be in command of the U.S.S. Enterprise. The story gets a bit muddy in places but the overall story is solid and it makes for an enjoyable escape. Eric Bana co-stars as the villain and Leonard Nimoy (who played Spock in the original series and subsequent films) appears as an older, time-traveling version of Spock. 4 Stars.

MUSIC PRODUCT: Jackson Mark Morton Signature D2 Dominion

November 21, 2009

An affordable alternative to the Jackson Pro Series Mark Morton, the Signature D2 Dominion from Jackson Guitars comes in a sleek looking trans black finish over a quilted maple veneer top or in a standard black finish. Featuring a bold-on neck and a solid body, the Signature D2 Dominion is equipped with Deisn HB-101 pickups. Described as a well-made guitar with a fast-playing neck, the D2 has polished frets and low-action setup. The axe plays without any excess string buzz and the intonation is musically solid. Thanks to having dual sets of Volume and Tone controls, the D2 delivers a wide range of sounds with lots of pickup blending possibilities. MSRP $500.

MUSIC PRODUCT: Matchless Avalon 30 Reverb

November 21, 2009

Now available from Matchless is the Avalon 30 Reverb amplifier. The design uses a marriage of point-to-point, turret board, and heavy-duty printed circuit board (PCB) construction. The Avalon is entirely hand made and comes with controls for Volume, Bass, Treble, Cut, Master (bypassable), and Reverb, a 4xEL84 output stage with half-power switch, series effect loop, and several other features. MSRP starting at $1,000.