Category: "Reviews"

Review: SanDisk Sansa e280

01/02/07 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Music, Reviews
Summary: SanDisk's iPod Nano killer. I decided to buy a standalone MP3 player after a recent 9 hour plane trip to the UK. While I normally use my Tungsten T3 with Aeroplayer I came to the conclusion that while it's great for short hops and bus trips,… more »
 

Barenaked Ladies, "Are Me"

12/05/06 | by Adam | Categories: Music, Reviews
The newest Barenaked Ladies album had a tough job ahead of it. "Gordon" at the beginning of their career set the stakes pretty high. The next two albums ("Maybe You Should Drive", "Born On A Pirate Ship") were -- unfortunately -- forgettable. "Stunt" in… more »
 

Anything good on TV tonight(ish)?

12/04/06 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Reviews
Yes. Battlestar Galactica, Heroes, Torchwood, Jericho, Robot Chicken (Ritchie's Review) Yeah, I'm a sucker for SF. I'm a bit disappointed that with the exception of BSG, not one of those is Canadian. more »
 

Review: Philips PET824 Portable DVD Player

12/03/06 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Reviews
Summary: Portable DVD player with an 8.5" LCD screen I picked this one up to be my seven year-old niece's Christmas present this year. As we're still in the pre-Christmas period, I'm hoping that she won't find this blog and read that. Anyway, the… more »
 

Mythos, "Eternity"

12/02/06 | by Adam | Categories: Music, Reviews
"Eternity" from 2002 is a mostly instrumental album from Vancouver's Mythos. Slotted into the vaguaries of the New Age section, it's like a rather more relaxed and less electronic version of Delerium. These are not dance tunes but do borrow a lot of the… more »
 

Delerium, "Nuages Du Monde"

11/30/06 | by Adam | Categories: Music, Reviews
As of this point, "Nuages Du Monde" is the most recent of the Delerium albums. It's also a good one. And, unlike 2003's "Chimera", it's not copy protected. Yay, Nettwerk! If you've heard one Delerium album, fundamentally you've heard them all: gorgeous… more »
 

Review: Griffin RocketFM

11/29/06 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Music, Reviews
Summary: USB powered low-range FM transmitter As probably noticed in other posts, I'm not much of a fan of Calgary radio. This poses a bit of a problem as I like waking up to music and if my first reaction is that I'd like to strangle the DJ, well, it… more »
 

Soundtrack, "Run Lola Run"

11/27/06 | by Adam | Categories: Music, Reviews
I frequently buy soundtracks to films I've never seen, nor have any particular wish to see. A few years ago, a friend from Germany sent me a track called "Wish (Komm Zu Mir)" but no other information. I thought it was great, in a rather German… more »
 

Michael Brook, "Cobalt Blue"

11/26/06 | by Adam | Categories: Music, Reviews
I first came across Michael Brook while listening to the soundtrack to "Heat" which included "Ultramarine", an echoey heavily processed guitar track. A bit later I encountered "Diffusing" which was a very similar piece. more »
 

Aurora, "Aurora"

11/25/06 | by Adam | Categories: Music, Reviews
This 2002 eponymous album from UK band, Aurora, doesn't fit terribly comfortably into the electronica/dance-floor genre that it was released into. It's rather better than most due to a combination of cover tunes and guest vocalists. You get Shakespeares… more »
 

Concrete Blonde, "Recollection"

11/22/06 | by Adam | Categories: Music, Reviews
Concrete Blonde were an alt-rock band who appeared in the early '80s, hit their high point in the early '90s, and for all intents and purposes vanished a little afterwards. It's too bad. When good, they were very good. more »
 

Review: Dock-N-Talk

08/22/06 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Reviews
Summary: the Dock-N-Talk is a gizmo that allows regular telephones to use a cellphone as if it was a landline. Rationale: $500 a year in Telus charges for a landline barely used while paying quite a lot more for a cellphone with lots of any-time… more »
 

Review: Plantronics Pulsar 590A Bluetooth Stereo Headphones

08/21/06 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Reviews
Summary: Bluetooth-based stereo headphones. I like listening to music while taking the bus or working in the garden, but find the corded headsets prone to catching and tugging off. Naturally, I'm less than fond of that so was looking for alternatives.… more »
 

Review: Creative Soundblaster Wireless Music

08/20/06 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Reviews
Summary: The Creative Soundblaster Wireless is a 802.11b MP3 player designed to feed digital music into a stereo from an archive elsewhere. Part 1: History When a review starts "I really wanted this to work well", you know it's not going to be a… more »
 

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