Saturday, October 14, 2006

Computer Shopper's Best Tech of 2006

I seldom read computer shopper - it's been a few years, but I had the opportunity recently and was impressed with the change in format.

Here were a few interesting things from the November 2006 issue:

  1. is a media file e-mailing service designed to send large gigabyte e-mail messages to your friends / colleagues for free.
  2. OpenDNS is a free DNS service that will blacklist known fishing addresses
    True high end gaming systems go for $5k and more - far too much for me to spend - what can I buy for $1800?
  3. The ATI RAdeon x1950 xtx is the new single-chip leader in 3d graphics cards. $450. It will be outdated very soon - better to wait a few months.
  4. Intel's Core 2 Duo beats the AMD dual core product. It's also better for laptops.
  5. The Morpheus Photo Animation Suite is a very exciting photo morphing package $59.95 - imagine blending a friend's face with a cow's!
  6. The best designed PC is the alienware area-51 7500 (base is $1,799).
  7. The best processor is the Intel Core 2 Extreme x6800 at $999.00.
  8. The best motherboard is the Asus P5N32-SLI Deluxe at $195.00.
  9. The best PC Case is the Asus Vento 3600 at $159.00.
  10. The best mainstream graphics card is the nVidia GeForce 7600 GT at $199.99.
  11. The best gaming graphics card is the nVidia GeForce 7900 GTX at $499.99.
  12. The best headphones are the Shure E4g at a wopping $319.00.
  13. The best USB memory device is the Transcend JetFlash 210 - I really like this one - it has an embedded fingerprint reader that encrypts your data. 1 GB $49.60, 2 GB $75.40.
  14. The best LCD HDTV is the37" Sharp LC-37D9ou at $3,499.
  15. The best Plasma HDTV is the Pioneer PDP-5060HD, replaced by the Pioneer PDP-5070HD at $4,499.
  16. The best antispyware software is spyware doctor 4 at $29.95.
  17. The best RSS REader is FeedDemon 2.0 by newsgator at $29.95.
  18. The best PC Game is The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion by Bethesda Softworks at $49.99.
  19. The best on-line photo finisher is snapfish at $0.12 for a 4x6" photo. I believe costco rebrands snapfish for the costco photocenter and doesn't charge shipping - you might check there first.
  20. The best free online service is pandora - a free music streaming service.
  21. The best paid online service is audible - due to it's huge book library.
  22. The best price comparison engine is Shopzilla. Consumer reports favored and Froogle did not fair well. was number 2 for computer shopper.
  23. The best blogging service is wordpress for free. I might check them out. I find blogger's unavailability and unreliability frustrating.
  24. has more than 100,000 downloadable drivers. very handy if you're missing original hardware disks.
  25. is a an archive of software updates - this can be very helpful.
  26. and are software bargain bins. They often have odler produts or from companies out of business. Slightly older games can be found here.

Have a great weekend,


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