Targus TCG350AP versatile bag review: Mobile01

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I’ve never regretted my Booq bag purchase for a second, but this review of the Targus TCG350AP bag was very favorable. My bag is really a backpack with a small loop on the top so I can carry for brief periods to give my shoulders a break. You know how tiresome it gets to carry a two-pound UMPC and folding Bluetooth keyboard….oh and an extra stylus too; that’s the back-breaker right there. 😉

This Targus bag is geared for notebooks in the 14-inch range, so maybe James could use it if he decides to drop his P1610 for an X61. I really liked the different carry configurations: backpack, messenger bag for shoulder, or briefcase style in one hand. Add a multitude of pockets for different gadgets and some heat dispersion material on the back and you’ve got a compelling bag. This may be a bag that’s available in Japan only; I was unable to find it on the Targus store for the U.S., but check for your country if interested.

Be safe- don’t listen and walk

That’s the message coming from NYC Senator Carl Kruger who is supposedly readying legislature to ban the use of electronic devices like cell phones and MP3 players while crossing the street in NYC and other big cities in New York.  The proposed legislature is in response to a couple of pedestrian fatalities and no doubt would provide fodder for the family lawsuits against Apple as one of them was listening to an iPod at the time of the accident.

Listening to music in NYC– just say no.

(via engadget)

English Standard Version Bible for the Tablet PC is out

Rob Bushway reports that his English Standard Version (ESV) for the Tablet PC is now available. The program requires either GoBinder 2005 or Plan Plus for Windows XP but Rob reports he is working on a stand-alone version. The program is formatted with wide margins and double spacing for easy note-taking on a Tablet PC and includes footnotes and red letter formatting common to the ESV. The program is available as a free download but donations are welcome, and if you use this great tool you certainly should make one.

The Hidden Cost of Tiger OS

Like countless other mac addicts, I am patiently waiting for Apple to release their Tiger OS-X on April 29, 2005. Going through the publicly available information on their website, the feature that has me most excited about is the enhanced iSync feature. Thus far we have been able to synchronize our Bookmarks, Calendars and Address Book with a certain limited set of phones and between Macs using the dotMac service. (I have in the past criticized Apple for being slow in supporting the newer phones and basically making phones like my lovely Nokia 6620 redundant for most part.) However the new upgrade will allow us now to sync Mail, Mail folders and Password Key Chains. This is a fantastic idea – and basically makes answering and syncing emails easy.

dot mac syncThere is a hidden cost to this. I pay around $100 a year for the dotMac service, which gets me a puny 250 MB of storage, for email and iDisk. For most of us heavy email users, the syncing and all is going to need a lot more storage that currently being offered. I get about a gigabyte worth of email in a week, and this includes PDF files, photos, and of course the all important “tips.” If I have to sync these between my two PowerBooks, well I would need four times the storage, just for email alone. In other words, another $50 a year (according to current Mac prices!) In recent days, Apple has been pushing its dot Mac service hard, and is trying to sign-up as many as possible … perhaps in preparation of the Tiger launch. Storage should not cost this much, as Yahoo and Google have shown us.

Stephen Castellano in his post about the Moore’s Law and Storage points out that with Google trying to replace our hard drives with online storage, there will be disruptive implications far “beyond the technology sector.” $129 for the OS, $150 for this … well no wonder Steve’s company is in dollars! Atleast this will ensure that I don’t have to use Windows!

Cingular, AT&T Wireless: Uncertain Future

The New York Times, has a piece about the challenges facing the combined Cingular & AT&T Wireless. Nothing new, except, now that the Times has published this story, it must be important. Its really a nothing new piece. And the real good stuff is at the end of the piece. Andrew Cole, a vice president in the wireless practice at A. T. Kearney, tells the Times “Give Cingular two years and they’ll come out a strong company. But it’s going to be a headache. And in the meantime, Verizon Wireless comes out the winner.” Yup they will pick up customers, lock them into long term plans … and well you know the drill!

Glocalizing your phone

Hey all of us were clammoring for 212-area code numbers, thinking how cool it would be that if we could all virtually live in Manhattan. Primus is going one step further, and now offering glocalized numbers. For ten bucks a month, you could be virtually living in Rome, London or Paris. Thanks to the magic of VoIP. “The number, which costs $9.95 a month, can be used only for incoming calls as a second line to basic Lingo service. At $19.95 a month, Lingo users already get unlimited local and long-distance calls, including unlimited calls to Canada and Western Europe,” USA Today adds. Andy points to another option, Libretel.