Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Sober Worm

Is anyone else just fed up with this crap. I spent 3-4 days removing this darn thing from 12 computers at work and thought I had done a pretty good job of explaining the seriousness of opening e-mail that you are unfamiliar with...Obviously not!!!!!We seemed to have gotten it again. What's even more enticing is that this worm is fixing to make a comeback next week. Now, we have been preaching to all end-users about this, but I can guarantee that someone will get it and infect the masses. This is a nightmare. Don't this punks have anything better to do with their time than create these worms. Hell, if you like worms so much, dig'em up in the backyard and play with them all you want. Leave them off of my computers.......

Monday, December 26, 2005

Christmas Gifts

Being a self-proclaimed gadget nut, (and my wife can verify this), I got plenty of toys for Christmas. I shall list the goodies below. I would also like to know what you all received for Christmas.

1. Nextel Blackberry 7520
2. Creative Micro Zen 5GB MP3 player
3. Acer Aspire 3003 Laptop; 512 MB Ram, 80 GB HDD, CD-RW/DVD, Wi-Fi, etc.
4. Call of Duty - The Big Red One (PS2)
5. Brothers in Arms (PS2)
6. Pinnacle Studios DVD Editing Software

I think that is it. I sure hope that I didn't forget anything. I had a very excellent Christmas this year, and I hope that you all did too. The day was spent with family and good times were had by all. I will post some pics to FLICKR as soon as I can. Happy New Year!

Friday, December 23, 2005

MERRY CHRISTMAS




I am taking a vacation for the next couple of days, so this will be the last post for a little bit. I hope that everyone has a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Monday, December 19, 2005

FIREFLY


Firefly's kid-friendly cellphone is proving to be a must have for children that are always on the move. Let's face it, we can't be everywhere we would like to be with our kids. Firefly has come up with a great solution for those parent's wanting to keep in touch with their children. This phone comes in multiple colors, has a 20-number customizable (by parents only) phone book, 1-touch buttons to call mom and dad, and a button for "911". You purchase airtime in 30 minute chunks (about 25 cents/minute.) The thing that intrigues me about this phone is that I can control who my kids call and who calls them. It is a great tool to have piece of mind when your kids are out and about and you aren't with them. THe phone retails on Firefly's website for $99. Check it out here!

THEY'RE OUT!!!


It sure is a Merry Christmas for Apple this year. The company reports that they are sold out of the 1GB IPOD Shuffle. Next available date? Sometime around mid-January. If you need one for the holidays, you might try a retailer like Best Buy, Target, etc. and you may get lucky. The expected availability of the next batch of Shuffles comes at the time of the release of the newly designed shuffle and the intel based apple. That is perfect timing in Apple's book. The 512 MB version of the shuffle is still available, so if you are getting into panic mode, that offers an alternative.

Friday, December 16, 2005

G-MAIL ON YOUR MOBILE DEVICE

Google has announced the release of mobile gmail. http://www.google.com/glm/gmail. I tried it on my Blackberry and it seems to be pretty smooth. I haven't played with it much, but it seems to work very good and gives you, pretty much, full control of your G-Mail account. If you have g-mail, go and check it out.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Creative Vision


Want to buck the trend this holiday season and carry around a Creative Vision:M PMP instead of a video iPod? Here’s your chance. Amazon.com is offering the 30GB portable multimedia player at $330 for pre-order, bundled with an AC adapter. Not sure why Creative would reach for a higher price point than the video iPod, but maybe they’re hoping that when you see that the Apple product has sold out you’ll spend the extra $30 just to get something similar. We’ll see. The Creative Vision:M comes in 5 colors.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

1st Podcast

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O.K. I did it. The first ever edition of TigerTalksTech.com podcasting. Please have patience with me as I get used to talking for extended periods of time and creating useful and interesting content. In this edition, I just wanted to get used to the whole podcasting thing, so this is very boring.
I want to discuss computer related topics in future shows. If you have a question or comment please leave a comment on this post or send me an e-mail. I'll also try to start a "Tiger Tech Tip of the Week", so be looking for that. I have a lot of ideas for this site and this podcast. I hope that you will come along for the ride.

MICROSOFT & MTV TO JOIN FORCES.....

An anonymous reader writes "According to ZDNet Microsoft and MTV have joined forces to form Urge, a new online music service. From the article: 'The company said Urge would include a subscription component, as well as allowing individual song sales. A spokesman declined to discuss pricing, saying full details would be announced next month. The company gave no specifics on launch date beyond saying it would be sometime in 2006."

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

PODCASTING

I have decided to start podcasting on a very simplified basis (for now). I need to "get my feet wet" to this new technology. I listen to many podcast during a typical day, and I have a general idea of where I want to take it. I will use Audioblogger for now, to get used to the whole idea of talking for an extended period of time and making a script to follow. I think that, in the beginning, I will talk about the latest gadget news and technology, and possibly give out a tech tip or two. In my first podcast, I will talk about some great holiday gift ideas. I have been approached by many people inquiring about the best camera, or the best mp3 player, laptop, printer, etc. So, I will gather my list of what I believe could be a "Top 5" gift list and talk about them. Keep an ear out for my first attempt at PODCASTING.

Friday, December 09, 2005

Blackberry 7520


I am the proud owner of a Blackberry 7520 from Nextel. First off, let me say that no one does e-mail like Blackberry. I am receiving my gmail and exchange e-mail off of our server seemlessly. It pulls it real-time and has no hickups in delievery. I also like the web browser function. Sure, it has it's flaws, but you can't expect desktop performance, it is a handheld. This one device allows me to stay connected to my customers, contacts, and family and not have to worry about missing something important. The direct connect feature is also nice, as all of my family and friends carry Nextel phones. The data plan is also reasonable at $49.99/month for unlimited e-mail and web browsing. All in all, this device is what I have been looking for to meet my communication needs. I know, I didn't post any of the technical jargon that others post. I figure that you don't need to hear it from me, I just wanted to let everyone know that if you are looking for an all around stable communications device, Blackberry is the way to go.

Sony PS 3 Release

Well, the rumors are flying around about the release of the new Playstation 3 console. Sony is still promising it's release in the Spring. A Sony spokesman confirms that the early release is needed to keep up with the release of the XBox 360. I hope to get more reviews on the console and post them here. I don't know about you, but I am kinda diggin the boomerang shape.

Tivo adds Video Podcasting

Tivo To Go has announced the edition of Video Podcasting to it's lineup. If you have a networked series 2 unit, you are capable of downloading these podcasts. Go to tivo.com and download the required software to get this going. Apparently, Tivo is looking for volunteers to submit content to help this along.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Podcasting

I am seriously considering getting into Podcasting. If anyone has any pointers on getting started in podcasting, please drop me an e-mail. I have been listening to many shows and have been doing numerous hours of research. I would love to hear from experienced podcasters though. I think to get my feet wet, I would love to do a show about the goings on here in South Louisiana. I think this would really be a great place to go with my show. After I am comfortable with creating and editing these shows, then I would like to start a technology based podcast. I run a computer consulting business and I am a gadget freak. I would love to bring that passion to listeners. So, if you have any advice, please drop me an e-mail at mattlouviere@gmail.com

New Device

I recently acquired the Dell Axim X-50. I have owned many PDA's in the past, but I can already tell that this Axim is far above the rest. I have religiously bought PALM products for the past few years. I was more comfortable with the PALM OS platform rather that Windows Mobile. I must say that since I received this PDA, I love Windows Mobile. Yes, I know that it has it's share of the typical MS flaws, but being a "geek", I am willing to put up with it. The VGA screen that enables me to either use landscape or portrait mode is awesome. I love to use landscape mode when using the internet and then switch back to portrait to do daily activities. This PDA also has bluetooth and WI-FI, which is great. I am not much of a bluetooth user (yet), but I love the WI-FI feature. I haven't had a chance to run test on this device yet, but I will. I will also blog about this device later and post my reviews then.