Dave's Download


March 2008


Why Wireless and Powerline Networks Fail

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Many of us have noticed that the microwave oven can interfere with our wireless home networks. It happens to me on the weekend, when I'm casually surfing the Web or uploading photos while sitting in the kitchen with a laptop. I'll stick in some microwave popcorn and—poof!—no Internet connection.

So ...

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internet
Wi-Fi

New Canon Cameras Seem to Be a Yawn

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I'm a fan of Canon's digital cameras. We now own our second digital ELPH, which is Canon's line of subcompact cameras. So I watch with interest as Canon introduces new models, including three this week.

I'm relieved. I feel no compelling urge to upgrade.

Basically, they look like more of the same.

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cameras

Hulu Goes Live With Free Movies and TV

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Hulu has arrived. Starting today, the video-streaming site offers a selection of free Hollywood entertainment, starting with about 250 TV episodes and 100 movies. Good choices, too, including The Big Lebowski and 30 Rock.

You pay by watching ads that won't fast-forward. The commercials are ...

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movies

Sprint Phone Gets Boost in Data Rates

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Finally, a cellphone at true broadband speeds. Sprint says a software update for its HTC Mogul smart phone will enable the device to connect at the system's top data speeds.

Until now, cell carriers have made those fast bits available only to their wireless modems, which are used primarily in ...

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Sprint
cellphones

Circuit City's Offer to Take My HD DVD Drive

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I'm not biting. Circuit City is quietly offering to let customers return their HD DVD players and apply the cost toward one that plays the Blu-ray format, which recently won a two-year format war. The offer covers any HD DVD drive bought in the past 90 days. It's a nice gesture by Circuit City.

But ...

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movies

Yes, It’s a Tool for Clamshells

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Here's one of the more outrageous products that I've seen at tech shows: the Open It ($11) package opener. It isn't the product itself but the need for it that's contemptible: that we'd need a gadget to protect us from the packaging on other products.

Way too much electronic gear comes in those ...

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Olympus Shrinks Its Digital SLR

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Serious digital photographers love their single-lens-reflex models, partly because they can switch out lenses—and partly for the cameras' more sophisticated electronics. Shutter lag, for example, all but disappears with most SLRs.

But the cameras also come with more heft. So it's promising to see ...

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cameras

Books Yearn to Be Free of Copy Protection

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Random House and Penguin have said they'll soon start selling audiobooks without copy protection, making it easier to play their books on the same hand-helds that play our music. The publishers seem worried that their audiobooks with digital rights management aren't selling.

I can only hope the same ...

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books
technology

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