August 23, 2007

New Gadget.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 8:23 pm

I have a new gadget. I thought I’d share.

One of the side benefits that came along with getting my new computer (Mr. Raptor) and my newfound Geekage was that I could actually take my fancy-schmancy 80 Gig iPod out of the box (It was an October giftie) and begin the process of loading in a gazillion CDs (Mr. Steam-Driven Computer didn’t have the horsepower to do iPod).

Seeing as how I’m afraid to use Mr. iPod while walking in the morning (I have to be alert for the sounds of killer cars), I wasn’t quite sure what to do with it. I figure that driving with the “ear buds” (God, I’m so farookin’ hip now) stuck in my ears might well turn the Big, Fat, Black Capitalist Car into a Killer Car, which would be a bad thing.

It occurred to me that it would be really neat to have one of those docking things, particularly one that I would be able to take outside on the deck. I could also use it in the rooms where the bigass stereo isn’t.

I decided on this unit. There were lots to choose from, but the thing that caught my eye about this one was that it was heavy (approximately 14 pounds). To me, after having spent decades lugging bigass sound system speakers around, I’ve come to learn that real speakers = heavy.

My review of the gadget is quite simple. I like it a lot. I am more than a bit of a pain in the ass when it comes to fidelity, and I know that this widget can never sound like a serious sound system, but given its size, weight, portability and ease of operation, this one is a winner. It has two controls on the box – a plus and a minus, which serve as the volume control. There is also a teensy weensy remote that allows you to fool with more of its functions.

In sum, if you want something that sounds good and is a piece of cake for a techno-doofus, I highly recommend it.


  1. Didn’t they tell you Jimbo… when you stick those earbuds in your ears, you become indestructible. Yes, it’s true! Just watch all the people walking around with them and yet they never die. It’s magic. *grin*

    Comment by Teresa — August 23, 2007 @ 8:57 pm

  2. Do you know that if you enter the term “technodoofus” (sans hyphen) in the Google Blogs search box, your site is the third hit to be generated? That’s so cool.

    On a more serious note, I don’t possess an iPod, so I could be talking out my ass, but is there not a way for you to listen to it, in your BFBCC, by hooking it up to something speaker-like, aside from “ear buds?”

    I’m almost positive you can do this…like your schlepping around docking whatnot, but just for inside the car.

    Comment by Erica — August 23, 2007 @ 10:14 pm

  3. Ah yes, Erica is correct. I’m pretty sure my daughter has one for in her car – it plays your tunes through the stereo. You might want to look in to that – depending on the length of time you spend driving. If you aren’t in the car long, it might not be worth it.

    Still, remember those earbuds with the magical powers…

    Comment by Teresa — August 23, 2007 @ 11:22 pm

  4. Oh, thanks T. I appreciate those kind words backing me up, especially since Jimbo is under the impression that I’m always wrong about everything.

    Brooklyn rules, Jersey drools…heheh.

    Comment by Erica — August 24, 2007 @ 5:31 am

  5. Belkin makes good products for hooking into to a car’s system- we have a wireless one that you tune to a radio station, and one that slides into the cassette player.

    Comment by holder — August 24, 2007 @ 6:26 am

  6. Jimbo,
    I just bought a stereo for my car. The factory model had a cassette-only. The new SONY stereo ($99 at Best Buy) has an input jack for an iPod. Being the techno-doofus that I am, I haven’t bought an iPod yet.

    Have fun with the new tune-age.

    Comment by Jerry — August 24, 2007 @ 8:42 am

  7. I have an iPod and a hook up for my car. I got it at the Apple store. I program it (it was not hard and the directions were clear) for a channel on my radio and set my radio to that channel and it will play my music. I find it easier then CDs… as its endless on what I can play, as opposed to being limited to 6 CDs in my car.

    Comment by Bou — August 25, 2007 @ 2:39 pm

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