Seagate 500 GB External Hard Drive.
Available at Newegg.com On sale for $149.95

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148172

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Seagate 500 GB External Pushbutton USB 2.0 External Hard Drive 16 MB Cache. Live large, store small. These drives are beautifully engineered, inside and out, with state-of-the-art features and work-of-art design. They’re exceptionally durable, conveniently portable and perfectly stackable. This compact, durable drive is ideal for all your business and personal storage needs. You can easily protect and access everything from multimedia presentations and digital photos to MPEG video and DVDs with back up with the touch of a button. Award-winning BounceBack Express software from CMS backs up faster and easier than any other method.

Model # ST3500642U2-RK

Technical Details:

Push button operation and BounceBack Express software makes it fast and easy to back up data.

High-performance 7200 RPM drive with 16 MB cache and USB 2.0 interface.

On/off button eliminates concerns that your hard drive hasn’t been shut down safely.

Built-in self-monitoring technology continuously checks your hard drive for data safety and drive performance.

Hot-swappable, so you can connect and disconnect without turning off
your computer.

And did I mention its only $149.95. Get one while there still in stock.

 

Kill A Watt Available at Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/P3-International-Kill-Electricity-Monitor/dp/B00009MDBU

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Electric bills can be murder. But now you can cut down on costs and find out which machines are actually worth keeping plugged in. Simply connect your appliances to the Kill-a-Watt electricity usage monitor and it will assess how efficient they really are. The unit’s large LCD display counts consumption by the kilowatt-hour, the same as your local utility. You can calculate your electrical expenses by the day, week, month, or year while also checking the quality of your power by monitoring voltage, line frequency, and power factor. Now you’ll know if it’s time for a new refrigerator or if that old air conditioner is saving you money. Don’t be another casualty. With the amazing Kill-a-Watt, you’ll have wasteful devices pushing up daisies.


What more needs to be said.

 

HDMI switcher

Xtrememac HDMI Switcher

http://www.xtrememac.com/audio/av_cables/switcher/

Simply Connected: 4 to 1 HDMI Switcher

Too many HDMI devices and not enough ports on your HDTV to connect them? We feel your pain. Most displays only offer one or two HDMI ports, which isn’t enough to support all of your devices. Our 4-port HDMI switcher is a simple solution that lets you connect up to four devices to a single HDMI port on your TV.

Simply connect your devices— cable/satellite box, Apple TV, DVD player, gaming console, etc.—to the input ports on the switcher. Then, connect the

switcher to your display using a single HDMI>HDMI cable. It’s that easy.

You can switch between devices using the included infrared remote, your own universal remote, or the button on the front of the unit. An LED on the front of the unit will indicate which source you have selected.

The XtremeHD HDMI 4 to 1 switcher is built with the highest quality components so you get the best quality audio/video signals from all of your devices—up to 1080p resolution. We even have the HDMI cables you need to get it connected—at a fraction of the cost you’d pay elsewhere. Now that’s simple.

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· Connects up to four HDMI sources to one display

· Switches easily between HDMI sources via remote or on-unit button

· Supports 480p, 720p, 1080i and 1080p resolutions

· Connects with HDMI>HDMI or HDMI>DVI cables for input and output

· Compatible with all HDMI and HDCP compliant devices

· Maintains high resolution audio and video signal

· Includes wireless remote and 120/240v power supply

· Fully compatible with Apple TV® and identically sized for stacking

Specifications Video Amplifier Bandwidth1.65Gbps Formats Supportedup to 1080p resolution HDMI Inputs4 (19-pin female) HDMI Output1 (19-pin female) Input Cable Length Supported30 ft Output Cable Length Supported90 ft Power Consumption10W Max Power Supply5V DC, 2A Dimensions7.7’’(L) x 7.7’’ (W) x 1.04’’(H) Product Weight1.08 lbs


 

A review of the Apple TV for the Gadget Crate.

Apple TV front

What it Does:

The apple TV is not a TV, it is a set top box that hooks to your widescreen TV only, (regular TVs need not apply) to display media content stored on your computer and purchased through iTunes. It requires iTunes be installed on your computer. It’s priced at $300.

It is a bit larger than a Mac mini. Just over an inch tall. And 7.7 inches on each side. On the back are the Power, HDMI, USB, Ethernet, Analog Audio, Component Video, and Optical Digital Audio ports. It doesn’t come with any cables except the power one.

Apple TV rear

When you plug in your Ethernet cable into the device’s Ethernet port, it will check this connection first for a viable network connection. If it finds one, it will connect to your network using DHCP. If no Ethernet port is present, it will then search for wireless networks using its built-in 802.11b/g/n capabilities. Continue reading »

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