Posts about Gadgets

In search of an MP3 recorder

I’ve asked this before but I’ll bet things have changed since. I need recommendations for an MP3 recorder that will record in the MP3 format and not require reformatting, that allows me to monitor levels and to use two mics for portable podcasting. As I remember, the Sony minidisk recorders don’t do their voodoo in MP3. An iPod will record in MP3 but (a) you can’t check levels and (b) I have a mini and it doesn’t work there. Oh, and I need it to be very portable and small. Recommendations?

Take the leash off Mighty Mouse

Why the hell didn’t Apple make a Bluetooth version of its Mighty Mouse?

Can you hear me now? Can you dig me now?

Well now there’s a study that says drivers who sing are safer than drivers who don’t. Add this to the study that says drivers who talk on the phone are less safe than drivers who don’t and you up with a simple solution: Sing to the phone.

Cell-phone terrorists

Listening to SkyNews via Fox via Sirius this morning I twice heard correspondents say that had just been ordered by the police to get off their cell phones because they feared the radio signals could detonate a bomb.

Today the Wall Street Journal reports (free link) about cell phones being used to wage terrorism in Iraq.

Saddam Hussein outlawed cellphones, determined to maintain an iron grip on his subjects. But as Iraq catches up with the world’s information revolution, cellphones have become as commonplace here as they are almost everywhere else in the world. Now, they are increasingly being used as battle tools — to set off bombs from afar, to target fire and to provide insurgents with instant communications.

Meanwhile, the cells in some New York tunnels were turned off after 7/7 out of fear they could be used by terrorists but they were just turned back on because, rightly, authorities say that they are needed for communication in an emergency.

Meanwhile, a study says that hands-free phones don’t reduce the dangers of driving and calling.

Cell phones are getting cultural cooties.

Just in time for Harry Potter

Know how the papers they read in Harry Potter movies have moving images. Well, now Fujitsu introduces electronic paper that can show moving images even while bent. [via B&C]

Mac question

OK, Mac heads, now that you’ve talked me into this, answer me this:

How do I change the function of say, the F12 key on my Powerbook to turn it into a normal old forward delete key (FN-DELETE in Macese)? I’m being driven nuts by having to do two-handed deletes. I just want a simple delete key. And I can’t believe that Apple devoted entire keys to eject and to bringing up the dashboard (when they have all those pretty icons to do the task for us).

Video jockeys: Help, please

Can you video experts tell me what the quality issues are with video recorded onto SD cards et al instead of onto tape and discs. What’s the maximum quality of such digital cameras? I’m asking for a project that would involve a lot of people carrying cameras all the time and so smaller is better, and so is easier. Appreciate the advice.

APB: Robot on the loose

Tom Evslin can’t find his robot.

UPDATE: Tom found the prodigal Roomba. Newsflash in the archived comments here.