Posts filed under “Technology”

Freefall in LCD Prices

So the old 27″ Sony TV — a 32″ CRT in the bedroom is — finally dying. Turn it on, and the screen goes on and off until its warmed up. I want to replace it with a bigger flat panel — I want 37″, the wife insists on smaller. Looks like 32″ will be the compromise.

I am torn between getting something really nice or a something that’s a really good deal. I am leaning towards the latter.  The TV in the den is kickass — and I really don’t want to be tempted to watch anything other than late night TV before bedtime.

I started looking around for a replacement, and I was stunned at how much prices have freefallen. The NYT runs full page J&R ads most days, and the discounts have been pretty deep.

Here’s what I scared up:

Good (720p)

• Panasonic VIERA X1 Series TC-L32X1 LCD HDTV ($400) (More info at Panasonic)

• Sony KDL-32L5000 BRAVIA L-Series LCD Flat Panel HDTV ($449) (More info at Sony)

Better (1080p):

• LG 32LH30 LCD HDTV ($449)  (More info at LH)

• Sony KDL-32XBR9 Class BRAVIA XBR9 Series LCD HDTV ($599) (More info at Sony)

Are there any better suggestions?

I’m leaning towards the cheap Panasonic VIERA X1 Series TC-L32X1 — a 2009 model that comes with an iPod doc — it turns the tv set into a audio system.

And since the Beatles box set forced me to upgrade to a nicer pair of front bookshelf speakers in the den, I have two pretty good satellite speakers to use with this in the bedroom.

Any preferences/suggestions/ideas?

Category: Economy, Technology, Television

You’ve Been Binged

Alt headline: WTF Is This Bing Icon Doing on My BlackBerry ? I haven’t seen much on this anywhere in the media: Most of my office suddenly noticed today that these damn Bing icons things on their BlackBerrys. And, you cannot delete the sticky little buggers (but you can hide it). If you want to…Read More

Category: Technology, Web/Tech

How Google Can Better Fulfill “Don’t Be Evil”

I’m a longtime fanboy of Google, an early beta tester of their search product, and one of the few on Wall Street who was allowed to speak about their IPO, as my firm was not an underwriter (I said it was “well worth buying at the IPO price”). Color me unimpressed with their latest variant…Read More

Category: Intellectual Property, Technology, Weblogs

Microsoft the Innovator to Open Retail Store

How much more can anyone say about this? Microsoft Retail Stores They ARE innovators! > Previously: Microsoft the Innovator (part II) (November 2005)

Category: Retail, Technology, Venture Capital

Microsoft’s grinning robots vs the Brotherhood of the Mac

I am a Mac guy, and even I found this terribly amusing: “I know Windows is awful. Everyone knows Windows is awful. Windows is like the faint smell of piss in a subway: it’s there, and there’s nothing you can do about it. OK, OK: I know other operating systems are available. But their advocates…Read More

Category: Technology

Honda’s U3-X Unicycle

Looks like a single wheel segway: Honda has developed a new personal mobility technology, U3-X. It is a compact experimental device that fits comfortably between the riders legs, to provide free movement in all directions just as in human walking forward, backward, side-to-side, and diagonally. Honda will continue research and development of the device including…Read More

Category: Technology, Weekend

StockTwits and the Power of Social Leverage

“The Human Ticker”


“The Human Ticker”: StockTwits and the Power of Social Leverage
Aaron Task
Aug 26, 2009 04:13pm”The-Human-Ticker”-StockTwits-and-the-Power-of-Social-Leverage

Category: Finance, Technology, Video

What’s New?

Its not that often that I go to, see or hear about a fascinating new technology or business model. Today was one of those days. What have you seen recently that was ground-breaking, game-changing, so out right brand effen fresh that it turned your world upside down? Any new technology will do!

Category: Technology

Summer Vail is Lovely

I am at the Pacific Crest technology conference in Vail — which is delightful in the Summer. Very interesting group of people — small and large Tech firms, hedge funds, private investors, VCs. I am the noon Keynote Presentation. My take is that while the Recession has impacted their business, it is nothing like what…Read More

Category: Technology, Valuation

Sam Altman, Founder and CEO of Loopt

Category: Technology, Video