Thursday, October 27, 2011

Good Travel Mug for Infiniti G37 or Infiniti G35

I was looking for a good travel coffee mug that did not have a handle that would fit comfortably in my Infiniti G37.  I was lucky to find a coffee mug from Thermos that fit in the G37  on the first attempt and happy to report it is working out great.
The Thermos Stainless King Travel Mug SK1005MB4 has turned out to be the perfect fit for the cupholder in my 2009 Infiniti G37xs, which means it should also fit later model Infiniti G35 cup holders.

The coffee cup/mug is virtually leak proof, with a lid that slides open and close in any direction (you can drink from either side of the mug).  It has a tapered bottom that fits well in the inifiniti cup holders and tapers out right at the flap for the coffee cups.    At $20, it is a bit steep, but well worth the price in my opinion. 

Read about a great high back booster seat for a 2009 G37

Get it from Amazon here:

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Amazon Kindle fire vs. Archos 70IT

As I have posted before, I already have the Archos 7" Internet Tablet, and while it does a really good job of watching movies, it is pretty limited beyond that. I probably should have came back to update this blog earlier, but the reality is, I just do not get as much enjoyment, and therefore use, out of the Archos 7" tablet that I expected.  Although it can play Angry Birds and a few other simple games, the web browsing experience and general feel of the operating system is slow, laggy and unresponsive.  I feel, that with every update from Archos, it gets worse, even after doing a complete wipe and install and formatting the device the the recommended partition types (all stuff I should not have to deal with).  I have since moved on to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, after making a really hard decision between it, the Xoom and the iPad2. And although the Samsung is a way more capable device (especially with gaming), I can't help but occasionally miss the form factor of the 7" tablet.  That being said, I am not willing to shell out another $350 for a Galaxy Tab 7.  I will continue to make due with my Archos for traveling purposes.

That being said, Amazon recently announced the kindle fire.  At only $199, it is a really compelling price point, even approaching impulse buying or Christmas gift buying territory.  It comes in $100 less than the original Archos price, and even beats the current sale price on Amazon.  So how do the Archos 70 Internet Tablet and Kindle fire compare?

Unfortunately, I don't have a Kindle fire handy to test one out, so I will rely solely on specs (which never tell the whole truth).

The reported dimensions of the Archos 70 IT are:
  • 7.91” tall x 4.49” wide x .43 thick at 11 oz
and the Amazon Kindle fire:
  • 7.5" x 4.7" x .45" thick at 14.6 ounces
Winner: Tie with a slight edge to the Archos.  Keep in mind, the Samsung Tab 10.1" model is only 5 ounces heavier than the Kindle.

Archos: 1 Ghz ARM Single Core
Kindle fire: Texas Instruments Dual Core
Winner: Kindle fire

Archos:  front facing low resolution camera
Kindle fire: none
Winner: Archos 70

Operating System:
Archos: Relatively stock Android 2.2 Froyo
Kindle fire: Android 2.3 Gingerbread with heavy customization
Winner: Purely a guess, but I think the Kindle fire is going to win this hands down, especially with a dual core processor pushing things behind the scenes.

Archos: Based off of real experience, I am lucky to get about 3.5 hours of video time
Kindle fire: Claims 7.5 hours.  (based on prior experience with the standard Kindle, vs Amazon's claims, I would say that they are probably going to be pretty accurate)
Winner: Another guess, but I think the Kindle fire will win with battery life.

Archos: MicroSD slot
Kindle fire: none, but has cloud storage
Winner: Archos, I just don't see "cloud storage" as counting, since you can do it already with various apps or ftp anyhow with other devices, and you are completely dependent on having internet available, (not good for flyers).

Archos: Yes
Amazon Kindle fire: No
Winner: Archos

Archos: No
Kindle fire: No 
Winner: Tie

If this were simply up to specs, I would say this is a very close battle with the Archos possibly taking the win.  However, my experience with the Archos is that it is a bit too laggy for the everyday user, and that the non-modified Android 2.2 interface is just not a pleasant experience on a tablet of any size.   As a technical person who likes to mod gadgets, I think the kindle fire has more potential, if and when it gets rooted, but the Archos already has a year's worth of hackery behind it.  As a gift to a non-technical person, I think the choice would definitely be the Amazon Kindle fire.


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Using VLC with TrendNet TV-IP121W

I recently acquired the Trendnet TV-IP121W Security Camera and the SecurView TV-IP422W higher-end model wireless security cameras.   Overall, I experienced a couple of minor headaches while setting them up, particularly setting up the wireless component, but after firmware updates and multiple reboots of both the cameras and my router, everything finally settled in nicely and is operating as good as could be expected.

With both TRENDnet security cameras, you are able to access the live feed directly by accessing their url with Internet Explorer and Active X.  However, you can also access them via Firefox if you have a java applet installed and the VLC plugin for Mozilla.   As nice as the web interface is, I really was looking for a way to minimize the camera video feeds and put them in the corner of one of my monitors while I continued to work, but a web browser is not really supportive of that idea.

So, I downloaded VLC and set to work trying to get my Trendnet Securview cameras to connect to VLC directly.  I found that the TV-IP422W was way easier than expected, because it supports RTSP (real-time streaming protocol).  With the TV-IP422W, simply launch VLC, go to Media-> Open Network Stream -> Click the Network Tab -> and in the URL enter "rtsp://youripnumber:554/mpeg4".  Don't use the quotes, and change out the youripnumber for the actual ip number of the camera or dydns name setting that you are using.  The 554 is the port number, 554 is default, but change it if you are using something else.  Hit Play, and you are done! If you password protected your camera, don't worry, it will prompt you for your username and password.

Now, the hard part.  The TRENDnet TV-IP121 does NOT support RTSP.  The good news is the VLC supports http protocol as well.  The bad news is, trying every combination that I could think of in the url string would not work.  I read the manual, hit different forums, and could not find a single answer as to how to use VLC to watch a video stream from the TrendNet SecurView TV-IP121.   However, I did find people that made some progress with motion capture software and looked into how they did it.  Long story short, I found that you can in fact use VLC to watch the IP121 video stream using http, you just need to use the correct syntax (url).  So, follow the same instructions that I outlined above, but instead of the RTSP string, use this "http://youripnumber/cgi/mjpg/mjpg.cgi" .  Don't use the quotes and remember to change the youripnumber to reflect the ip address of your camera or its name if you are using a dynamic dns service.   You MAY need to also specify the port if you are accessing it from outside your firewall.  The default would be 80.  So your string would look like this: "http://youripnumber:80/cgi/mjpg/mjpg.cgi"


By the way, I believe VLC will also work with the TRENDnet TV-IP110 camera as I think the firmwares are practically identical to the TV-IP121 model.

TrendNet TV-IP110 and VLC
Using HTTP and VLC with TrendNet TV-IP121W
Using VLC to connect via HTTP to TrendNet TV-IP121 Securview camera
How to use VLC to connect to live video feed form TrendNet Tv-ip security web camera
How Can I watch live stream of TrendNet Securview TV-ip121W without a web browser

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Dell Customer Care Sucks - Do Not Buy From Dell Outlet!

Wow, the Consumerist picked up my story!  Thanks!
Update Down Below - Just heard from Dell!

Do Not Buy from the Dell Outlet! 

I am going to share with you some of the worst customer "service" I have every experienced as a CORPORATE ACCOUNT holder.

I used to happily recommend to friends/family and businesses to purchase their computer equipment and laptops from the Dell outlet. I would use the same reasoning that Dell uses to sell their products in the Dell outlet - that the warranty is the same as a new piece of equipment.

Well, I just found that out to be untrue. As a matter of fact, I am so unhappy with Dell at this point that our business may in fact stop using them as a vendor at all moving forward.

Here is where it started. Three weeks ago, I ordered a Dell Latitude E6410 from the outlet. It costs around $1,200 - so even as a "refurb" it still was not a cheap machine. I usually only purchase new equipment for my business, but in this instance, Dell recently discountinued the E6410 series to replace with the E6420, and I still need some of the E6410s to keep my staff all using the same equipment. I received the laptop, and after a couple of days went to configure it, along with the other 4 similar E6410 machines I purchased at the same time.

Low and behold, this particular laptop was completely dead on arrival. No big deal, or so I thought.

And just so everyone knows that I am not embelishing, I actually have a call accounting system installed on my phone so was able to log every single call (and the length of each call). This is to the 800-456-3355 phone number as well as the 800-www-dell number.

So Let's Go Through It All:

Wed May 18th - 1 Hour 15 Minutes (Computer troubleshooting)
Tried to troubleshoot battery, powercords, monitor, hard drive, etc to get the laptop to turn on.

Thursday, May 19th - 36 Minutes (Call #1)
Total hold time 32 minutes
Total time speaking with person 4 minutes
I call into Dell "Small and Medium Business" support. After a very long wait, I am greeted by "Mr.Tom" (from India) I am told that their systems are down due to an upgrade and that they cannot help me. Please call back later today. ..... This is just sad, a COMPUTER COMPANY that is doing an upgrade in the middle of the day!

Thursday, May 19th - 52 Minutes (Call #2)
Total hold time 28 minutes round one
Total time speaking with person 14 minutes
Total hold time round 2, 10 minutes
I am told by "Mike" (from India) that the systems are still down, but he will attempt to help me anyhow. He then attempts to find my system's "service tag" - which is a Dell unique identifier for each system" However, he comes back on the phone and says that because my system is so new (it had shipped over a week before), that it still was not in their tech support system. He could see it in his sales system, and validate that I purchased it, but was unable to help me until his system was updated. He then told me that the only immediate course of action would be to contact customer care and ask them to send it back. He then transfers me into another queue. I sit in this queue for another 10 minutes and decide to hang up for the day, since it is now almost 6:30 PM.

Friday, May 20th - 24 Minutes (Call #1)
Total hold time 8 minutes
Total talking time 16 Minutes
I call in again. Don't remember this Indian's name, but I think it was "Rachel" in tech support. I ask immediately to speak with a manager and she tells me that she cannot do that. I go through the process of giving her a service tag, and am again told to call back later as their systems were still down.

Friday, May 20th - 18 Minutes (Call #2)
Total hold time 11 minutes
Total talking time 7 Minutes
I wait till the afternoon and call customer care small and medium business directly. I am greeted by another Indian, don't remember which American sounding name he game himself. I attempt to explain to him the situation, and he literally starts to raise his voice and tells me that I have to call tech support. I explain that I called them and they told me that I had to call customer care. I then ask to speak to a manager. He says "NO". Then he says, he has to follow procedure, I have to talk to tech support. I say again, "I want to speak to a manager immediately". He screams "NO" and hangs up the call.

Friday, May 20th - 13 Minutes (Call #3)
Total hold time 13 minutes
Was on hold the entire time and decided to hang up.

Friday, May 20th - 16 Minutes (Web and Email)
I stumbled around Dell's horribly unorganized support site for a while and finally found an email address to send my issue to. I drafted an email with my issues, and received an auto-receipt telling me they would call me back within 24 - 48 business hours.

Monday, May 23rd - 18 Minutes (Call)
Total Hold Time 7 Minutes
Was on hold, then finally reached a representative. They told me the system was still down. I hung up.

Tuesday, May 24th - 6 Minutes Call
Total Hold Time 4 Minutes
Finally got through to India! Systems are up! - But, they inform me that since I submitted a request for resolution via email that there was nothing they could do, and someone would be in touch for instructions to return the system.

Wed, May 25th - 1 Minute (Email)
I get a phone call prompty at 12:10 PM EDT - while I am at lunch. Good thing I wrote in that email the best times to call, since they just ignored it anyhow. So, they don't leave a message and then call my cell, which I did not answer either - and they left no message again.

Then they send me an email telling me they tried to call, and they tell me to call back to Joy-Anne or "Jat" in customer care.

Wed, May 25th - 3 Minutes (Call #1)
I call "Jat" and leave a message.

Wed, May 25th - 7 Minutes (Call #2 & an Email)
After an hour and a half I call again and send an email. I also send an email to "Karen" who is listed as Jat's manager.

Wed, May 25th - 20 Minutes (Call #3)
Jat finally calls me back. She really doesn't even want to hear the story, she just processes the claim as a return, and never offers me a replacement laptop. She sends me an email with an RMA number in it and explains to me on the phone that I have to follow the instructions she will send and print out a shipping label. I have 10 days to return the laptop and then it can take up to 30 days for them to refund my money. Even though I am not happy about it, I agree to give her my email address.

Wed, May 25th - 2 Minutes (Shipping Label Email)
After the call is complete, I get an label via email from Jat. It does not have much information on it, other than a ship to address with the name "Spore" and the phone number "999-999-9999" and Dell Nashville. as well as an RMA number and my senders address.

Wed, May 25th - 2 Minutes (Issue Resolved Email)
Four minutes, yes FOUR MINUTES after she sent the shipping label, she sent another email asking if I got the shipping label. Additionally, the email said the case was closed and "I am glad to know that you were satisfied with the level of service I provided to you." -funny, I don't remember saying that...

Wed, May 25th - 2 Minutes (I emailed Jat's boss Karen)
As a matter of principle, I emailed Karen and said that I was NOT satisfied with the service and would like to speak to someone about the incident. I never heard anything back..

Tuesday, May 31st - 10 Minutes (Packaging)
I package up the laptop, print off the labels, and write the RMA number on the box. - Oh, I also took a photo of it for good measure.

Tuesday, May 31st - 25 Minutes (Shipping)
I send my assistant to the FedEx store to drop off the box. FedEx looks up the RMA number in the system, and says that Dell has not authorized the payment, and my assistant has to pay $35 with his own credit card.

Tuesday, May 31st - 10 Minutes
I email Jat and Karen and ask about a refund. 1 hour goes by and I have no response from either of them.

Tuesday, May 31st - (1 Hour and 4 Minutes)
I call customer care to get a refund for the FedEx expense. I get through after 5 minutes, and immediately ask for a manager. I have to spend 3 more minutes explaining why. I sit on hold for 5 minutes. I then get "Maria Mercel". Where these Indians come up with their names from, I will never know. I explain to her the whole situation and she frantically types away. She comes back and says that I need to dispute the charges with FedEx. At this point, I had F*$king had it! I told her that I would absolutely not be dealing with FedEx, they needed to resolve the issue immediately.

More pounding on a keyboard and then dead silence for a couple minutes until I ask if she is still there; "our procedure 'Mr. William' is that...bla bla bla" Then she tries to offer me a case number. I refuse another case number and demand that she resolve my issue.

She then says it is my fault because I did not follow instructions. When I tell her I have proof she asks me to email it to her, which I do. After another 15 minutes or so, she is dead silent again. I again have to ask if she is still there. I firmly believe that she was just hoping I would hang up. Anyhow, after asking, she comes back on the line and says that she is refunding my Fedex charges but it could take up to 10 days. She then tries to say the issue is resolved and indicates that I am lucky that they could make an exception since I was the one that made a mistake - THIS IS AFTER I SENT HER PROOF OF DELL's MISTAKE!

I tell her I want to speak to a manager, about the whole incident, not this particular issue. She then puts me "on hold" for five minutes of silence. I finally speak up and say "I am not hanging up". She then comes back on the line immediately and says, "Oh, can you hear me now?" I said, I am still waiting for a transfer. She says, oh yes, this is now "Karen", I am a manager.-- yet I am 99% positive that it is the same woman as before! Either way, I go through the entire process with her again, explain my frustation and point out that I am a very large account spender. Her response was that everyone followed procedure, and I should be happy with that, thank you for being a Dell customer. I explain to her that people did not follow procedure. I point out to her that I was hung up on, and the only thing she kept saying was that she would investigate it. When I asked how she would do that, she said that she had every call in the system, and asked what day I was calling about. When I told her the day(s), she had ZERO record of calls, but kept insisting that she would look into it. I pointed out that on the day I was hung up on, I never even provided my account number, and she said "no problem, we can look up your account number" or something to that affect.
Needless to say, it was clear that she either was not listening to me, or she did not understand me. I ran through my problem one more time and explained my frustration with being accused of not following instructions. Then, she asked me to send the proof again. I asked for her email address and she just said "oh, ah, um, please just send it to Maria's email since you have that alread" - yet another indication that I was not speaking to a manager.

At this point, I asked to speak to another supervisor. She told me that she was the top supervisor. I then asked if she worked for Dell or for the call center company. She answered "Customer Care". I asked again, "Dell or a Call Center Company", and after a long pause, she said a call center. So, I ask to speak with a Dell employee in the U.S. She said that no Dell managers were available.

So, here I am. I have a minimum of 404 Minutes - just shy of 7 hours trying to get my issue resolved adequately. Worse yet, I am still missing a laptop and was not ONCE offered a replacement or asked if I wanted to purchase a new laptop.

Dell, you really screwed up on this one. Not only is my company a decent spender, I make recommendations to Fortune 500 companies on a regular basis on the best way to allocate their I.T. expenditures. You cannot possibly expect me to recommend you to anyone in the future -this mistake may in fact cost you millions.

I will update this blog if/when the refunds get processed, as well as any updates on if anyone ever properly addresses this issue.

By the way, I did attempt to contact Dell via various Twitter accounts; such as "@DellListens" and "DellCares"  But guess what, they don't listen to them either.

  1. Having read about executive email carpet bombs in the past, I decided to give it a shot this morning.  I am not interested in making money, nor gaining publicity.  My main interest was to make Dell aware of a serious problem that they had and that they should be addressing.
  2. picked up my story of woe.  Thank you,..... but now I wish I had been a bit more attentive to punctuation and political correctness!
  3. A representative from Dell just called (2:45 PM, Wed Jun 1st).  She seemed genuinely concerned about the incident and assured me that they would be looking into it.  They also offered 20% off of my next purchase.   She also expressed that the call center is made up of Dell employees, it is not outsourced.  We spent a couple of short minutes discussing the fact that it would be difficult for them to even track the event, but I did provide multiple phone numbers that they could use to attempt to track the inbound and outbound to and from their center, and explained that they had a serious problem in their ability to keep accurate records without immediately capturing service tag or account numbers.  She did express that their was a management committee that would be briefed on the situation and they are always looking for was to improve.
  4. Was it enough for me to forgive and forget.  Absolutely not.  I want to see something actionable come out of this before I can preface every mention of "Dell" to be my clients with "Let me tell you about the last experience I had".   When I say actionable, let me elaborate.... I want to see a new method from Dell to escalate issues into a competent response team, not some call center manager who is only interested in if their employees filled the documented paper procedure.
  5. 5:10PM EDT - Another update.  Another U.S. Based Dell Rep (from their Social Media department) called me up and apologized again, ensuring me they are working to correct the issue to my satisfaction.  They also offered an increased discount.

Understandably, several readers of the consumerist doubt that I really do have any buying recommendation authority, nor do they think I am a corporate buyer, because "someone of his level would not waste his time on the phone".
I already mentioned at the start of this post that I ordered a few refurbs for MY company because Dell had just discontinued the E6410 product line, and I needed just a few more for my business.  Out of practice, no, I would not recommend refurbs to my clients.
Although I do not want to draw attention to my company specifically, I decided to take a few snapshots of the equipment that just arrived last week for my small office alone - just to put to doubt that this one a one time purchase from an irate customer.
Above is about $15,000 worth of switches, accessories and a small r210 server.
 Above are three new PowerEdge R610 Servers, loaded to the gills (About $22,000)
And here is an Equal Logic NAS - Another $35,000

So yes, when you have around $75,000 of new equipment that you just ordered still sitting in the boxes; and you experience something like this, you do get angry, you do take it personal, and you do handle the situation yourself.  Its not about a $1,200 laptop, its about the concern you have with poor customer service when you have issues with a big order!

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Don't follow up to a Job Application with This!

Wow, some people are just too stupid to live:

I just received this email in reference to one of many active positions that my company is recruiting for.

"So I sent this mail some time ago and received no response. I would love to hear back from you- at least a "no." I find the recent activities of recruiters I have dealt with to be deplorable. Just because larger numbers of applicants are submitting interests in positions does not mean you can ignore people. A simple stock email will suffice. Don't be rude. I am overqualified for your position anyway. But since you lack the necessary decorum to reply, and obviously the foresight to recognize a perfect fit when you see one, I guess you and your company have missed out on an opportunity to improve your workforce. Good day. "

Wow, just wow. First off "Duffy", are you sure your email ever made it through? (Which it did not). When you include your screenplay writing hobby and talk about time off that you need right in your cover letter, you should recognize that your email can easily get caught in spam filters. Next time (though please don't apply here again), you might try a follow up letter first confirming receipt.

Second, waiting a month is not that uncommon in today's busy grind.

Third, when a company has limited resources to begin with, yes, it sometimes is unreasonable to send even a stock form letter to the over 880 applicants that applied for a position.

None of this matters, you just successfully disqualified yourself.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Verizon Terms of Service Allows them to Change Your Password!!!!

This is one of the most absurd things I have seen come out of a ISP lately. Verizon just sent their customers an update to their terms and conditions of their Verizon Fios product.

Buried in their email about Terms and Services is this gem:
3. Home Router Password Changes. Section 10.4 was updated to clarify that Verizon may in limited instances modify administrative passwords for home routers in order to safeguard Internet security and our network, the security and privacy of subscriber information, to comply with the law, and/or to provide, upgrade and maintain service. The administrative password for your home router is used to access the “administrative” controls for the router and to make changes to your router’s internal settings. We will use reasonable means to notify Subscribers whose home router administrative passwords are changed, which may include email notice to your Primary Email Address and/or an announcement on the My Verizon portal.

The funniest part of this update is that the email to their customers started with:
Good News!

Verizon, how is it good news that you just changed the terms of my service to give you complete access to my home network without my permission.  Ironically, another part of this same Verizon Terms change notifies the customers of a toll free number that was set up for the purpose of "Reporting Security Incidents Involving Lost or Stolen Login Credentials".  - Well we are probably going to need that now that Verizon remote technicians now have the right to change my credentials at will.

Another joke is that they will notify us of any changes via the myverizon portal.  That is the same myverizon portal that is broken over 50% of the time that I try to access it. 

Verizon, get your self together, you are rapidly losing faith from your customers.

I wish Aircards and their monthly service were not expensive, and that 4G would get here quicker, without badwidth limits or caps!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Linkedin Job Posting Sucks - Displays Incorrect Salary Information

I just decided to try's job board for the first time ever.   The price was $98 after a 50% discount for a 30 day posting.   So far, I am not really impressed.  It was extremely basic in what it allowed you to do (like not html code).

However, the part that really pissed me off is; Once you pay to post your job listing, Linkedin displays a graphic/widget by payscale that shows a range of salaries a person should expect when applying for this job.  First off, the data is incorrect, as it uses some crappy technology to attempt to predict what the job actually is, and second, most importantly, it misleads the job seeking candidates that my position is offered within those ranges.

The only way to complain to linkedin that I found was the feedback link at the bottom of the page, that goes to a black hole.  I will update this article if I hear back from them.

One day later, an UPDATE:

Linkedin responded to my email request within 36 hours.  They apologized for the salary widget but explained they are unable to remove it (my guess is that it generates ad revenue for them).  Anyhow, they refunded my money with no questions asked.  Although I still wish that the widget was not there at all, I must admit that every experience I have with Linkedin's customer support has been excellent.

For Search Engines:
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Do not use linkedin jobs as an employer

Friday, March 4, 2011

Cheap Case For Archos 70IT and Amazon Kindle 6"

I recently blogged about just how similar in size the Amazon Kindle 6" is to the Archos 70 Internet Tablet. Read about it here: Amazon Kindle vs. Archos 70 Dimensions

Because of this, there are some good options for a carrying case that fits both units. For instance, this cheap case available on Amazon has had reviews from several Archos 70IT users who that say the device fits perfectly in the case.

For search engines:
Case for Archos 70IT
Cheap case for archos 7" tablet
Kindle case for archos 70 Internet Tablet

Thursday, March 3, 2011

How Long Does Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Take to Install?

I recently installed Windows 7 's service pack one on a few machines.

On a Dell Latitude E6410 with a i7 620m intel processor 4GB ram, 128gb solid state drive Windows 32 bit (86x) using Microsoft Update, it took about 14 minutes.

On a HP Pavilion dv6915nr laptop running a fresh install of Windows 7 32 bit, I was having trouble using the Microsoft update software.  Instead, I downloaded the msi distribution pack for SP1 and ran that.  It took 8 minutes to download, and then 49 minutes to install, so just under the one hour mark that Microsoft said it takes.

-Post your times below in the comments

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Monday, February 28, 2011

Archos 70IT vs. Amazon Kindle 6” Dimensions

A lot of people have asked me how the Archos 7” Internet Tablet compares in size to the latest model of the Amazon Kindle, Graphite 6” .

The reported dimensions of the Archos 70 IT are:
  • 7.91” tall x 4.49” wide x .43 thick at 11 oz

dimensions of the Amazon Kindle Graphite 3:
  • 7.5” tall x 4.8” wide x .335” thick at 8.5 oz
Below you can see a photo gallery comparing the Archos 70IT and Amazon Kindle 6”.  As you can see, the Kindle is actually slightly shorter than the Archos, slightly wider and is less thick.  However, in reality, the Achos feels thinner due to a curved back.  Even though the weight is reportedly within 2.5 oz. of each other, the Archos feels substantially heaver than the Kindle.

Amazon reports a battery of up to 30 days on the Kindle, and I agree with that.  The Archos 70 reports up to 7 hours of video playback, and I am not getting anything close to that.  With Wi-Fi and Bluetooth disabled, I am lucky to get 2 hours out of video playback on the device. After the latest update, I am getting about 5+ hours of video playback in Airplane Mode.

Amazon Kindle vs. Archos 70 internet tablet Photo Gallery:

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 Read this article for a cheap carrying case for the Archos 70 IT

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Opt out of Yellow Pages Delivery

Finally, you can opt out of the Yellow Pages being delivered to your home. This book is so outdated and kills the environment. Thank god you can stop deliveries

I just tried to opt-out, but their server is currently overwhelmed and it crashed.

-Get rid of yellow pages book permanently
-Stop Yellow Page Deliveries
-Stop getting the yellow pages at my house