Dec 14
Without naming the brand (it's the one on TV all the time and at your local Wal-Mart stores and "As Seen on TV" sections in almost every gadget/department store), but you know it if you see a few articles down, we took apart on to see what makes it tick. After our "physical" tests proved inconclusive, we thought our breakdown might shine more light on the..... [ read more ]
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Dec 10
Remember when Mord bet me that I couldn't go veg for a week? Sometime just before we went to Beijing, I got into a bet with Mord. The bet was simple, eat no meat for a week. The prize? A meaty burger from The Bay Area's newest chain: Five Guys. Mord's had these burgers from his time in Virginia, but we Californians are still new to the whole..... [ read more ]
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Dec 10
I have nothing but compliments to Nintendo. Their repair and customer service process is stellar. But, it all comes with a price. An out of warranty Wii repair for noisy disc drive will cost you around $93 (includes taxes and shipping fees). The experience is second to none. Nintendo communicates with you, albeit through robotic e-mails and messages,..... [ read more ]
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Dec 10
We finally got a few iPads and promptly gave them away. Our team, purely for karma, "donated" them to our Beijing based web-team. The line to get one in Beijing is long. There's an industry of "iPad" buyers who charge you a cool USD $1,000 to wait in line and get one for you. Some prices are reported as high as $,1500 USD. You can get on in certain stores for around $700-$800. For the..... [ read more ]
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Dec 01
Nintendo's Wii is a loud bugger of a console, even on its best days. But there's a little plastic part in the Wii, near the disc spinner-head thingy, that sometimes starts to vibrate out of control. And just like that, the Wii gets louder and louder as the part deteriorates over time. The vibration can cause scratches on your Wii game discs or worse. Apparently, some discs cause more noise..... [ read more ]
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Nov 30
Before I left for China, I was greeted with a wonderful surprise at my front door. Besides the cute UPS delivery guy who rang my doorbell (something about those shorts...), it was my school girlish excitement as I signed for my Kindle 3. I've spent 26+ hours with it on a plane, countless hours in the back of a car, bus, train and other means of transpo with just one thought. Kindle 3 is..... [ read more ]
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Nov 30
I'm probably dating myself with this comment. It's going to be one of those "when I was your age..." type things that your grandparents constantly say to you. You know, "...when I was your age, they didn't have fancy cell phones. No, we had to find a phone booth! And they only cost a quarter!!!" ...Or something like that... But way back when, downloading (let's just say "stuff" in case..... [ read more ]
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Nov 23
I love duck. And I love goose. Especially when it's carved by a masterful artist like this guy and cooked in traditional methods that haven't changed in over 200 years in place called Quan Ju De. Whatever "Quan Ju De" means, I don't really care. You can look it up on Wikipedia or Google it. To me, it means delicious duck (that's really a borderline..... [ read more ]
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