Omar Shahine

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  • Blog Post: I'm not alone with my Comcast DVR woes

    I'm not the only one who thinks the Comcast DVR with TV Guide software is buggy . I should call Comcast and ask for a refund. That will surely get them to notice the issues. Money talks...
  • Blog Post: So long MPx

    Motorola finally cancelled the MPx [via Steve Makofsky ]. I just pulled up this post I wrote last year on the subject: I remember when I used to see announcements or rumors of Pocket PC and Smartphone devices and I would get so excited. I'm at the point now where I just don't care any more. ...
  • Blog Post: Greg on PDA/Phone devices

    Greg Hughes has a great write up on a bunch of "smartphone" PDA type devices. I have never used a Blackberry, and probably never will because it requires that middleware be installed, and Microsoft just isn't going to do that. So I am stuck to chose between Windows based Mobile devices and devices that...
  • Blog Post: PSP

    Nooooo!!! I could not resist (sorry Steve ). I had to have one. Must purchase. Well, I was walking back from a Dr. Appt near Union Square 1 hour ago, and I figured I would stop by the Sony Store at the Metreon. If you are in need of a PSP and you live in San Francisco, the Sony Store got a shipment yesterday...
  • Blog Post: Uh oh

    I just played with a friend's PSP . OMG it rocks. I have an Xbox and I play it like once a month. I have a feeling I would use a PSP a lot more. I could play in bed, on the plane or on the train. The last portable game device I used was an Atari Lynx . Great device but horrible battery life. I was also...
  • Blog Post: Get Perpendicular

    From a co-worker: http://www.hitachigst.com/hdd/research/recording_head/pr/PerpendicularAnimation.html A funny flash video of Hitachi's new Perpendicular drive technology. Very funny. I can't wait till I can purchase a 1 TB drive.
  • Blog Post: Treo 650 Review Part 2

    It's been a month now since I received my Treo 650, and I couldn't be more happy. There are some minor warts on this device, but I firmly believe this is the best and most usable PDA/Phone device I have used. It easily meets my needs better than any of my previous Windows Mobile devices, and while it...
  • Blog Post: Dear Comcast

    Dear Comcast, I have been using your new fangled High Definition PVR with two tunes for a few months now. Let me tell you, this is the buggiest piece of consumer electronics I have ever used (note: this is the version with the TV Guide Software, not the Microsoft Foundation). I can't believe that...
  • Blog Post: Wither the Audiovox 5600

    Now I understand why Cingular hasn't launched the Audiovox 5600 Smartphone that AT&T was selling. Audiovox i s exiting the mobile phone business and selling to UTStarcom, Inc. Now I've never heard of UTStarcom, and I'm not sure this helps our effort to increase sales of MS Smartphones as consumers...
  • Blog Post: Think Outside Bluetooth Stowaway Travel Mouse

    I picked up this little gem from amazon a few days ago and love it. Since my laptop has built in bluetooth, I was looking for a small travel mouse that also had a little switch so that I could turn it off when not in use (something that the Microsoft mice don't currently have). The device was painless...
  • Blog Post: The device does not appear to work consistently as a phone

    That title is one of the main reasons I seriously considered a Treo 650 (and ultimately got one). If you wish to purchase a Pocket PC Phone in the US, you have four choices (that I am aware of). HP H6315 (T-Mobile) Audiovox 4100 (AT&T) Audiovox 6601/XV6600 (Sprint/Verizon) & Siemens...
  • Blog Post: Treo 650 Review Part 1

    I've been thinking how to best structure my experiences with the Treo 650. I have a lot to say on the topic, too much to write in one sitting and too much for a single blog post. As such I'm just going to start now. Expect a Part 2 later this week, and a Windows Mobile vs Treo at some point. I'll also...
  • Blog Post: Got my Treo 650

    Yesterday I received my Treo 650. I'll post a full review later on (compare it from the perspective of some one who has used Pocket PC from 1.0 to 2003 SE and SmartPhone 2002/3). The last Palm I used was a Palm V many years ago. And before that I used the US Robotics Palm Pilot 1000 (upgraded), a Palm...
  • Blog Post: Treo 650

    The last time I owned a Palm device was in 2000. Since then I have used a variety of Pocket PC devices, and for the last few years I've tried one Pocket PC Phone and owned two Smartphones. My friends laugh at me cause the most important function of my phone is not to make calls, but to do email and sms...
  • Blog Post: Etymotic ER6 vs. Bose QuietComfort II

    I’m sitting on an Alaska Airlines flight up to Seattle right now and figure it’s a good time to put my two headphones to the test. I’ve owned both the QuietComfort I and II headphones for the past few years. Recently I purchased the Etymotic ER6’s and love them but I have not had a chance to test out...
  • Blog Post: Creative Zen Micro Out of Box Experience

    I just received my Creative Zen Micro . I am preparing to put together a Zen Micro vs iPod review as I have done for the Rio Carbon and the iRiver H320. For those of you that don't know, I have been evaluating various devices in the pursuit to find something as good as or better than my iPod. I outline...
  • Blog Post: Technology Camps, iPod, and the End to End Experience

    In life there are always at least two camps. When I was a kid it was Nike vs Reebok. For some people it's Audi vs BMW, for others it's iPod vs everything else. I feel that I am in many camps, but when it comes to Apple vs Microsoft, MCE vs TiVo, iPod vs Everything else I feel that I have as an objective...
  • Blog Post: iPAQ Mobile Messenger

    If this thing is real... I want I want
  • Blog Post: My New Etymotic Headphones

    I have owned the Bose Noise QuietComfort I and II for a while now. A few weeks ago (at Macworld) I purchased the Etymotic ER 6 isolator earphones for $99. I seriously love these headphones. I did not get the white ones ( ER 6i ) because they were designed to compensate for deficiencies in the iPod (from...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft DigitalPersona (Biometric Fingerprint Reader)

    Who ever said Microsoft doesn't innovate is just full of it. I just picked up the Microsoft Fingerprint Reader . This thing is so utterly cool. The software it comes with is awesome. Basically it works like this. You install some software, reboot, plug in the reader and train it on any of your...
  • Blog Post: Rio Carbon vs iPod

    The Rio Carbon was a device I didn't want to like. My main reason for not considering it was that it's only 5GB and I was looking for an iPod replacement. However, as I've used this device it's really grown on me. I was able to transcoded all my WMA lossless audio down to 11 GB so I can get almost half...
  • Blog Post: iRiver H320 vs iPod

    I was really excited to see a device like the iRiver H320 . However, upon opening the device the experience turned out to be an extreme disappointment. I believe that iRiver built the Kitchen sink here. This device tries to be too many things to too many people. A hard disk, a USB Host device (International...
  • Blog Post: iPod Replacement Criteria

    In my quest to find a suitable replacement for my iPod I plan on reviewing any device I purchase till I find a device that meets my needs 100%. My needs are defined below, but basically map to what I get today with my iPod plus some things I think I deserve. In order to help you keep informed of my...
  • Blog Post: Mouse goodies

    This past weekend I picked up the new Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse . This thing is very cool. Has a little wireless transceiver that attaches to the mouse and turns off the optical part so you can transport it. Another recent discovery is that IntelliPoint 5.2 added back functionality that shipped...
  • Blog Post: Audiovox 4100 PocketPC Phone

    Well, it's been a year now since I've purchased a new phone, and well, I've been getting gear anxiety. A few co-workers in the office have the new iPaq h6315 and the Samsung SPH-i700 device. However, they are both to large for my tastes. AT&T has been selling the Audiovox 4100 for a while, and I...
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