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Merry Christmas Everyone!

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Merry Merry Christmas, from all of us here at OhGizmo!

We’re taking a day off here, because well, why not? But tune in tomorrow for your regularly scheduled entertainment.

On A Personal Note, There’s This Restaurant I Want To Tell You All About

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So this is completely outside of anything I’d ever put on this site. However I’d like to take a second to tell you guys about this restaurant I went to last weekend. It’s called Icone, and sits in prime real estate on St-Laurent blvd. It belongs to a friend, and if you’re ever in the Montreal area, you might want to stop by. The food is fantastic, the decor top notch and the ambiance just right. The food in particular was something else, with highlights featuring Seared Scallops with sea urchin and cauliflower risotto, mascarpone, arugula and aged balsamic, or a Roasted Lamb Shoulder that fell off the bone. Prices are decent for both the food and drinks. Definitely a thumbs up.

And that, my friends, concludes my public service announcement.

[ Restaurant Icone ]

We’re Experiencing Technical Difficulties

Regular readers will notice the site doesn’t look normal at the moment. That’s because I had to activate the default WordPress theme until we figure out why our normal one is broken. I’ll have my tech guy look at things in the morning, but it’s 4am in the Eastern time zone, and things will look this way until at least 7am or 8am Pacific, when he wakes up (if he’s even home! Woe me if he isn’t!).

Not that I think any of you really cares what the site looks like, to be honest. But I figured I’d tell you anyway, in case you were wondering. It’s also the reason why there are barely any new posts up today. I’ve been trying to troubleshoot this for the last four hours. And I suck at this kind of stuff, so I’m out of my depth.

Patience, please.

Merry Christmas!

And Happy Holidays! And Happy Whatever Doesn’t Offend You! We’re taking a day off, here at OhGizmo!, but we’ll be back to our regular schedule on Wednesday. Until then, unwrap presents, drink wine, drink plenty of water the morning after, and enjoy the time with your loved ones. From all of us here at OhGizmo!, to all of you out there, wherever you are, remember: buying stuff you like is less important than spending time with those you love.

What Do Y’All Think Of A New Tagline: When Deciding On A New Editorial Focus Gets Complicated As Hell

Guys, this post is going to be a little lengthy, but I think super important. I’d like to seek your opinion on something really important. The gist of it is that I’m thinking (after 8 years, 13,000+ posts, and around 50 million views) of officially cementing a new editorial direction for the site. And with that, creating a new tagline. I’m thinking of “The Alternative Gadget Blog.” And I want to explain why.

I got the inspiration for the name OhGizmo! back in December of 2004 by looking at a OhHenry! bar. I know, right? Anyway, I knew I wanted to start a gadget blog, and was looking for a name and I thought “Hey, why not OhGizmo! Like, you know, OhHenry?! And let’s make the tagline Deliciously Geeky!! Because, well, chocolate is delicious and stuff…” So that was it. And for those of you who don’t know it yet, that’s been the tagline since then, although you could be forgiven for not having noticed since it’s buried in our heading only (check the browser bar at the top). But when you think about it, what does this tagline mean? What does it say about what this website is about? Come to think of it, what is this site about?

I think it’s a really important question to answer. It’s branding. It’s what people think of when they think of us, and it’s what they remember us by. “Oh yeah, dude, you should check out this site, OhGizmo, it’s about…” For the longest time, I’ve thought of the site as a gadget blog. In a sense, it is. But we’re not Engadget, Gizmodo, or even The Verge, nor could we be, and at this point even really… want to be. In the last few months we’ve been getting more and more interest in our quirkier articles. Some of our old timers would argue that this has been our strongpoint all along, but I’ve always tried to steer things back somewhat along a more mainstream consumer electronics angle out of a feeling that we should stick to “what we’re about.” My original angle, aside from the generic “gadget blog” was to focus on design and innovation… but still within the realm of mainstream consumer electronics. But it’s getting increasingly difficult to justify that position considering that, for one, we can’t compete with Engadget/Gizmodo/The Verge in terms of coverage, and two, there seems to be a thriving demand for just the kind of stuff that we’ve been covering more heavily of late.

So… what do you guys think? What do you think of the tagline “The Alternative Gadget Blog”? Or even “The Alternative Gadget Lifestyle”? And how do you feel about making this website specifically about that: the kind of gadgets that are, you know… off? Stuff that’s either weird, wtf-worthy, or really innovative in a way that isn’t just incremental, marginal. And how do you feel about including geek and Internet culture, and pretty much anything that I feel would interest our core audience? A place where the guys who are already reading everything about every single new fancy gadget can come to and get a taste of the… odder places of the tech universe, while at the same time keeping a finger in the CE pie when the product is really worthy of it. A place a little bit like BoingBoing but with less of the policital/activist stuff.

No decisions have been made, but I’d really like to hear what any of you has to say about this. If your comment doesn’t appear right away, the spam filter is working overtime and your comment will eventually be green flagged by me, so please don’t fret.

And, as always, thanks for reading!

Check Out My New Post About Home Automation That I Wrote For HP

So I didn’t get fired from my gig at HP. This makes me happy, but it also means that whenever I have an article up, I get to tell you guys about it. Those articles are longer, more researched and generally fun to read if you’re into the more intellectual sounding stuff. This time around it was about home automation, and to find out what I came up with, you just have to click below.

[ Home Automation Article With HP ]

Please Forgive The Uneven Coverage: A New Design Is Coming

By David Ponce

Hey guys, we’re quite aware that coverage has been kind of spotty lately. This is due to a bunch of reasons, the main one of which is that we’ve been working hard on a new design. Above is a screenshot. It should go live this week, and we hope you like it. And no, despite the look of the image, it’s not all black. Matter of fact, the main text column is white, and the text will still be black. But we don’t want to show too much just yet.

Below is a quick bullet point of what changes we’re bringing, but once it’s launched we’re going to go over things in detail.

    Much wider main text column and images
    Less ads
    Improved navigation
    Faster loading and smaller footprint

It should be live later today (Monday) if all goes well. We’re going to need your help with bugs, missing pieces, etc. And feedback. We always want to hear from you guys, good or bad.

Once that’s done, I’m bringing another person on board to help with editorial and I’ll do my best to dust off OhGizmo and make it look as shiny as it was… almost 8 years ago.

Take Nice Instagram Pics? Energizer Has A Contest Where You Could Win $2,000, A Nikon S6300 Camera And Some Batteries

By David Ponce

We’d like to inform you guys that our longtime partner Energizer is sponsoring a contest for anyone that likes to take pictures with Instagram. After its acquisition by Facebook, the Instagram ranks swelled from 30 million users to 50 million, so there’s a good chance some of you are part of that group. You get to potentially win $2,000 in cold hard cash, a Nikon S6300 camera and some lithium batteries. Even if you don’t win, the next 9 runners-up still get a camera, while the next 99 will get a set of batteries. Here’s how it works:

1) It’s open to legal US residents, 18 and over, only.
2) You have to visit this Facebook page and enter the contest.
3) You can submit your pictures there and starting June 4th, people can vote for the best submissions.
4) Voting is allowed once per day on up to 5 photos.

Detailed instructions are available on that Facebook page, so if you want your chance at a cool two large, a camera and some batteries, hit the link below.

[ Energizer Instagram Facebook Contest Page ]

[CES 2012]: An Infographic And Some Words On The Show

By David Ponce

Infographics are like bite-sized food: they beg to be consumed. So I’m putting a long-ass one after the break that details a bunch of interesting stuff about the largest consumer electronics’ show on the planet. I’m going this Sunday and I’ll be bringing you guys as much coverage as is humanely possible… or at least as much as is possible for me. Also, I’d like to take this opportunity to let you all know that Energizer is sponsoring my way there this year. The only part of this sponsorship that will affect you guys is you will see two articles about them. That’s two out of the couple dozen that will come out, so rest assured the floor is yours. Tell me what you want to see, or even better, how you’d rather have me cover this. I’m thinking live Tweeting from the show floor and having the tweets appear here as a short series of posts, in conjunction with 5 regular articles. What do you think? Any interest in livecasts?

In any case, hit the jump for some data on the show.
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