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Chris White

Member since: May 22nd, 2006

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3Dconnexion intros SpaceNavigator 3D mouse for laptops (Engadget)

Apr 8th 2008 4:56PM Wwhat, I know, I was trying to make it more easily understood for those who haven't used 3D applications, games are the closest analogy. But you're right, I tried to address that by mentioning that it doesn't suppor games, but I should have been more clear about it.

3Dconnexion intros SpaceNavigator 3D mouse for laptops (Engadget)

Apr 8th 2008 2:38PM Think you guys are missing something here, this isn't a replacement for your mouse, you still need to have one. You use this in your left hand (for right handed) and it effectively replaces what might be your ASWD (keys if they supported games) or your 3D navigation in a 3D app.

Dear Aunt TUAW: Help me buy a Mac Pro (

Mar 28th 2008 4:29PM I work for the University of Colorado, Boulder's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics so it's probably the right type of place to reference. I'm not in engineering, but the lab as a whole has a lot of Macs, I really don't know what the count is, but probably 40-50%.

Why the Mac is better than the PC: Crapware (

Mar 24th 2008 12:44PM *cough* Safari via Apple Update *cough*

Sarcasm aside, having never bought a turnkey Windows system and always built my own I've installed Windows myself and only added the software I want to my machine. Drives me nuts when I'm working on someone else's machine and they've got this kind of crapware, especially the internet ones that take over your system (MSN, AOL and Earthlink). To be fair though, this really isn't the fault of Microsoft, it's a problem with the hardware vendors putting their hooks into everything and customers not knowing any better than to use this junk.

LaCie silently launches Mobile Disk, Desktop Hard Disk (Engadget)

Mar 10th 2008 6:22PM That's pretty funny, in my experience they've been the most stable externals I've had. I've been through a number of Western Digitals and a couple of friends have had bad luck with Seagates, but my Lacie has been rock solid despite traveling to work and school every day with me. In fact, I just bought (newer and smaller) one.

iTunes Alternatives (Download Squad)

Nov 8th 2007 11:55PM Where's the Zune Marketplace and Windows Media Player 11 love? Yeah yeah, I know, WMP has sucked since it's invention, but 11 is really good. Zune Marketplace scores by default then as well—at least until 2.0 comes out soon.

I tried and loved MusikCube before I jumped on the music subscription bandwagon (URGE and now Zune) but it would always crash whenever I loaded my full library. Never did figure out why, probably a bad file somewhere.

Nevertheless, iTunes is still an amazing music player and it took a long time before I started trying alternatives. It's great interface if you like a spreadsheet with songs attached, but MusikCube is faster and Zune is much prettier.

iPaq 210 shipping on Friday? (Engadget)

Oct 25th 2007 10:45AM Pretty good actually ;-) I needed to write that up and it's not like that many people read all of these, nevertheless my comment. Thanks for your response though.

iPaq 210 shipping on Friday? (Engadget)

Oct 24th 2007 10:46PM No way would I buy this, I used to be a very happy iPaq user until I had to deal with their support—it's frankly very dismal. I doubt I'll every get another HP PDA again and it's made me consider not buying any HP product ever again.

So here's the 30 second version. The CF card reader on my hx2795 stopped working about 90% of the time (I checked multiple quality SanDisk Ultra II/III cards and they all work everywhere else) and I was experiencing a lot of instability, especially with audio players. I talked with support and they were great, walked me through the firmware updates (which I had already done) and then asked me to send it in. I got a email and a phone message a couple of days later that they couldn't find anything wrong with it and sent it back.

When I called them they told me they hadn't found any problem with the CF card reader. I asked them about the stability issue and the tech support person I had talked to didn't even pass this complaint on to them.

Got it back and sure enough, still had problems with it.

I waited a while because I'm so dependent on this device but I just sent it back to them again. I gave them detailed instructions to test it before wiping the device and to call me before they shipped it back again. Sure enough they called, but they had wiped the device because they automatically do that if there's a single 3rd party program on it. Now in the past I've noticed that it works most of the time after a reset and then starts to fail after a week or two (even without adding applications). Sure enough they couldn't find anything wrong and wanted to send it back. I talked with a manager and explained the problem to him and he said he'd recommend that they send me a replacement. A day later I get an email saying it's on the way back. I'm currently waiting for the problem to come back up without changing any of the settings or adding any apps to it but I'm not going to be happy sending it in a third time.

Here's what really ticked me off though.

First, I learned that they pretty much don't give a crap about you if you install anything on the device, it's a phone right, it's not a Pocket PC or a Windows Mobile device right? Oh wait, that's Apple's line.

Second, they don't support CF cards over 1GB, this didn't actually apply to me as my primary card is only 1GB but nowhere on their site does it mention this limit and when I spoke to sales they told me they didn't know of a limit and had to direct me to support to get an answer. Nice, you wouldn't want to mention that to people before they buy now would you?

Finally, their support sucks.

I don't mean to go on a flame war here to much, I love my iPaq when it works, it's a wonderful device. But because it's so good it's very hard for me to give it up for a week and a half to send it to support, to have them do this two me twice with no fix is crazy. I really wish I'd been treated better because I'd be a very happy customer right now, but at this point I can't recommend them to anyone else.

How To: Use Gmail over IMAP and tag your mail, too (Download Squad)

Jul 11th 2007 5:08PM Amazing work David, thanks to you I've been doing this for a bit now and I love it! I still haven't gotten all my old mail copied to the IMAP account but what I have so far works wonderfully.

If anyone comes up with any good tag solutions for Outlook I'd love to hear about them. I'll hopefully be testing Taglocity next week.