5 Cool Computing Tools | Computer TV Tuner | Evernote | Tron Mouse

Keyboard, mouse, monitor.   These are the basics for any computer –but oh, how boring.  Here are 5 components that will bring a little life to your computing environment:

  1. We’ll start off with the lone software offering of the group, Evernote (http://www.evernote.com).  Forget about that messy desk.  This application is like Microsoft OneNote 2010 on steroids.  Evernote gets your data and notes together organizing it either locally or it can be accessed through a web service (Free and Premium Accounts) that’s simple to use. In addition to allowing the user to import notes in all sorts of formats such as keyboard entry, images, web clippings and so forth on their computer or handheld device, it also has the available option to synchronize all this data online so it is available through a simple browser login.  Better than using several clumsy apps to handle a variety of organizing tasks, Evernote keeps you in control and your data accessible from anywhere.
  2. On a much simpler level the  Echo and Pulse pen recorders from Smartpen (http://www.livescribe.com) are built to record your notes and audio (simultaneously if necessary) from lectures, presentations or other occasion.  With the specially provided notepaper, it’s simply a matter of returning later and clicking on your notes to replay any audio recorded from that note taking session.  Storage capacity ranges from 200 – 800 hours of audio and that still includes generous space for additional applications customized for the pen itself.  For those who still prefer the pen and ink approach to note taking over computer entry, this might just be the device that helps bridge that gap.
  3.  Hot on the heels of the hit movie Tron: Legacy, the new Tron Lightcycle Mouse (http://store.razerzone.com/store/razerusa/en_US/pd/productID.223262700)  is definitely a quick conversation starter.  This mouse has cool light and sound effects at startup and shutdown along with a mouse mat resembling the arena surface from the movie.   Adding to the effect is a neat glowing trail as you swipe your mouse across the mat.  Talk about getting immersed in computers!
  4.  Also on the fun side of hardware this next item may keep you in front of your computer for even longer stretches of time, the WinTv-HVr-850  Tv tuner (http://www.hauppauge.com/site/products/data_hvr850.html).  Just plug this in to an available USB port on your computer, plug in the enclosed antenna and soon you’ll be watching TV from the computer.  Instead of getting the signal from the Internet.  This TV tuner will capture over the air HD broadcast available in your area.  With no monthly fees or any other charges, you’re on your way to free TV –just like the old days.
  5.  Now if you want to show you are at the forefront of computing technology, there may be no better way to say it then the new Alienware M17x Notebook.  Whether it’s beaming blue ray movies across the room to your TV or blasting into your favorite game, this notebook is ready for whatever you can throw at it.  Speed and performance are not an issue with an Intel Quad Core CPU, 8BG Ram (expandable t o24 GB) and a 5hr battery life.  As for look’s, while this is totally subjective, some may balk at an alien had on their laptop.  But you’ll spend so much time playing with the fun backlighting for your keyboard, touchpad, grille and more that any reservations soon vanish.  Except maybe one.  This little piece will set you back a cool 3K.  However when you figure that a couple decades ago you could pay that price for a computer with about as much horsepower as one of todays advanced calculators, the price doesn’t seem all that bad. 

Posted on February 25, 2011 at 6:00 am

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