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Remembering Steve Jobs and the Mac

We're coming up on the 30th anniversary of the Macintosh computer and a writer from Rolling Stone has uncovered the full transcript of an two months before the release of the computer. It's classic Steve Jobs with some incredible quotes. Check it out.

The best gadget gifts for Christmas 2012

They Still Haven't Built a Better Mousetrap, But Logitech Has Built a Better Mouse

I remember my old computer science teacher telling me that the computer mouse is a handicap. Her theory was that since so many features can be accomplished quicker using keyboard hotkeys, relying on a mouse to navigate your digital world was only for technologically illiterate people who don’t have a working knowledge of keyboard shortcuts. Now while she was clearly pretty hardcore in her beliefs, I’ve got to admit that I do find myself thinking back to that theory when I use a computer, as I catch myself more and more often not relying on the mouse as a default.

There is, of course, one notable exception. As well designed as Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo have made their controllers over the years, there is still no gaming controller that can compete with the mouse and keyboard set up. It’s the perfect marriage. The keyboard’s comfortable and familiar array of buttons allows for a wide range of features literally at your fingertips, while the mouse provides a level of fluidity and pixel perfect accuracy that no console controller could ever hope to match.

Now accessory mainstay Logitech may have made the mouse even more useful to gaming. That’s because their new G600 gaming mouse takes some of the functionality away from the keyboard, and gives it back to the mouse, just where my old teacher always said it belonged. Equipped with 20 buttons (and a "G switch" that can double button functionality) this mouse was specifically designed to allow MMO gamers to easily access hot key features. Generally though, this little gadget is useful for all types of genres, especially RPGs and RTS games that also rely heavily on quick key access. Not to mention it boasts the extreme durability, rapid movement speed, and pinpoint accuracy you would expect from a gaming mouse, as well as vanity features like customizable color LED color schemes for the buttons and tracking.

Now, this mouse hardly breaks new ground in the field of gaming mice, as various models over the years have featured available buttons before. What I do love about this one, though, is the overall design Logitech has implemented. Not only does it look slick and smooth, and boasts stats that compete with some of best mice available, but unlike some other, , this one actually looks like it was designed for human hands. Plus considering how I just cleaned house during the , I’m starting to consider the G600s somewhat hefty $79.99 price tag an investment.

Predicting PCs and the Internet . . .

CES kicks off

The biggest technology and gadget show, CES, just kicked off in Las Vegas, and as usual surrounds Apple:

Microsoft made news earlier by saying this was the last year they would attend CES/ Why attend if Apple gets all the buzz anyways? Maybe Microsoft should focus on new products instead of protecting its Windows/Office cash cow? Or maybe not . . .

Gadgets for the holidays

Saving Money on Inkjet Cartridges

Whether you have a business or just do your printing at home, can be very expensive. This is where the printer manufacturers make their money, and you can burn through a lot of money if you do a lot of printing.

The tips for saving money all involve common sense. The first has to do with your printing habits and your printing policies in the office. When possible, print in black at lower quality as opposed to using color at maximum quality. This alone will save you a ton in inkjet fees.

Next, you have to shop around. If you just spend some time online, you can find the lowest price for your cartridges, even the brand name cartridges. One problem is that people wait till they run out if ink to get new cartridges. Then you're in a hurry and it's easier to just go to the local store and pick one up. If you plan ahead, you'll save a ton of money and get in the habit of always keeping a supply.

If you need one right away, look for stores like . They have deep discounts and you can punch in your zip code on their web site to find a store near you.

Another option includes refilling your ink or purchasing off-brand cartridges. This is a matter o preference based upon quality issues. It's not a bad option, but you can save on the brand cartridges if you follow the steps above.

Samsung announces the $1,000 luxury Galaxy tablet

Bullz-Eye's Holiday Gift Guide is out

If you're having trouble coming up with the perfect holiday gift this year, we have something that could help you out. Our annual is out, including a section (written by yours truly) specifically devoted to gadgets.

Of course, you can also check out the , which includes games, movies, and virtually any other category of gift you might need help with. Happy shopping!

Eric Schmidt: No Chrome OS netbooks for the holidays

Forget desktops, how about wall...tops

This is seriously cool. All you wannabe home computer builders can feast your eyes on this feat of human engineering. That's right. Your desktop isn't as cool as you thought. You want a cool computer? Dump the LED fans and build that bitch on your .

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Browser update rate is surprisingly high

New Macbook Air heralds the death of the disc

Well, it looks like MG Siegler over at TechCrunch called it. Yesterday, Apple announced the new line of Macbook Air laptops and they'll ship with the little number you see in the picture. That's right, .

It's a miniature USB stick, packed with the data that would normally come on an recovery disc. This isn't a huge surprise - more like the natural evolution of data storage. DVDs replaced CDs a while back for their superior storage. Flash drives have long since surpassed DVD storage, but they're still more expensive to make. By stripping away a lot of the plastic and limiting storage, I'd imagine the cost will come down enough that we'll see this option more and more often.

Aside from the new recovery method, the new Air line is looking pretty good. It comes in 11-inch and 13-inch models and is ridiculously thin. Both models have the unibody design and now sport the multi-touch trackpad present on the Macbook line. For me, 11-inches is way too small, especially if it's widescreen. My current 13-inch MB Pro often feels too small, if only because of resolution.

Will optical drives soon die?

Laptop thief doesn't steal data

If you've ever had a laptop stolen or watched a hard drive melt, you know how devastating a data loss can be. A Swedish professor almost had the displeasure of discovering that feeling when his laptop was stolen. Then, a week later, .

Yes, the laptop thief loaded all of the stolen data onto a drive and sent it to the victim. On the day of the theft, the thief also left behind the professor's credit cards and some cash, all of which was in the laptop bag from which the computer was taken.

When asked about the incident, the professor simply told Swedish press, "this story makes me feel hope for humanity."

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