Monthly Archives: October 2009

Belkin Mini Surge Protector Review

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If you know a road warrior or are one, you need to consider adding the Belkin Mini Surge Protector to your road gear.  Most of my gadgets recharge with a usb plug.  I’m always trying to cut down on all the AC adapters I bring with me.  With the Belkin Mini Surge Protector, I can just carry it and a usb cable.

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Ever waited at an airport while searching for more than one outlet?  It seems that I always need to charge my laptop and my phone at the same time.  Now I can.  Oh, the surge protection is nice too.  You can’t be too sure what kind of outlets you’ll encounter in the wild.

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The Belkin Mini Surge Protector also makes a good present too.  At around $20, it cost you an arm and a leg to get your geek a present.

Amazon.com currently has the Belkin Mini Surge Protector for a little under $20.  Click here to go to the product page.

Acer Aspire Revo 3610

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Finally, a nettop that I might purchase.  Acer has refreshed the Aspire Revo with more power while keeping the Nvidia ION graphic chip untouched.  The original Revo had mixed reviews.  But the consensus was that it lacked performance for the everyday use.

The Acer Aspire Revo 3610 gets a power boost with the dual-core Atom N330, replacing the single-core Atom N230.  You’re also getting more memory, up to 4GB, and more hard drive space.  You’re also getting 6 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, a memory card slot, and unfortuately, a VGA port.  It’s rumored to ship with Windows 7 Home Premium.  Expect the price to be $300 – $350.  No word on the release date yet.

Japan

On a recent trip to Japan, I learned a few things.

  1. When traveling to Japan, bring a netbook with an RJ-45 cable.  Wifi isn’t as popular.
  2. Electronics cost up to 4x more than the US.  Well, everything is more expensive.
  3. Vending machines are awesome.
  4. Many people had iPods too.

They had the latest and greatest available for purchase.  Surprisingly, big screen TVs are not as popular in Japan.  With space being so scarce, a huge 40 inch LCD TV would take up too much space.  They are really green and care about not producing any unnecessary waste.  Obsolete electronics are not replaced as quickly as they are here.  Many computers were still using Celeron and Pentium 4 CPUs.  They haven’t found a need to move onto the fastest processors.  I’ll post pictures a little later.  Now to get over this jet lag.