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And The Winner Of Our CES Swag Giveaway Is…


By David Ponce

Zedd Zero, with the comment “Tri-Spec girl”. Congrats Mr. Zero! And also congrats to the Tri-Spec girl. We’re pretty sure she won by what looks like an overwhelming margin. We didn’t actually tally the votes because, to be honest, she doesn’t get anything for winning so… what’s the point? If any of you enterprising lads has an hour to kill, the article is right here.

That said, Tri-Spec girl does have a website, in case you’re curious, and it’s Why the suicide? Seems she’s also a Suicide Girl (somewhat NSFW-y).

Thank you all for participating, and our apologies on the behalf of the atmospheric noise Gods that it wasn’t you who won. Unless of course you’re Mr. Zero.

CES Around The Corner – Grab Our Twitter Feed

By David Ponce

Something’s got to be said about Twitter’s traction these days. Despite y’alls having RSS feeds, there’s really no point if you aren’t really reading them. So… for constant updates of our whereabouts at CES, and to get an opportunity to guide us live in our hunt for the perfect gadget, follow us on our Twitter feed. We’ll be updating with behind the scenes stuff that wouldn’t make an interesting or complete article.

[ OhGizmo's Twitter Feed ]

We’re Going To CES – We Need You

By David Ponce

So guys, we’re going to CES (Jan 8th to the 11th) this year again, but this time we’re bringing the cavalry… otherwise known as three of us (sadly, Luke cannot make it). We’re going to dive head first into a gigantic, breathing, pulsating smorgasboard of digital paraphernalia. It’ll be an electric technobrothel where 2,700 manufacturers will trip over themselves to whore their wares to the jonesing press. And it’ll be our job to be discerning Johns.

We need your help.

What do you want to read about? Mainstream consumer electronics? Big honking TVs? More esoteric gadgets? Audio equipment? Video? The hunt for the elusive CES gnomes?

Please make your requests in the comments, and we’ll do our best to accommodate you.

The 2008 OhGizmo! Christmas Countdown

The 2008 OhGizmo! Christmas Countdown (Image property of OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

Well boys and girls, it’s November 30, and you know what that means. It’s just one day away from the 3rd annual OhGizmo! Christmas Countdown. Yep, it’s that time of year when electronics manufacturers break out the Santa Clause shaped plastic injection molds and holiday-themed decals to make their boring flash drives and USB powered crap seem a bit more festive. Of course the OGCC will try to avoid that kind of stuff as much as possible, but one or two might slip through the cracks, since it just wouldn’t be the holidays without them.

And to re-emphasize (like I do every year) the OGCC is not intended as a gift giving guide, unless you relish the sight of disappointment on your friend’s faces when they unwrap your present. If you are having trouble finding the perfect gift for someone this year, might I direct your attention to the OhGizmo! archives which already features thousands of great ideas.

So check back tomorrow morning when we officially get the 2008 OGCC rolling…

Jeff Bezos! And OhGizmo! On Oprah!! Oh My!

By David Ponce

It’s official: we’ve made it! We have appeared on Oprah!! I can’t quite believe it yet, but I saw it with my own eyes, so it’s not some sort of prank. On Friday, October 24th’s episode, Jeff Bezos appeared on Oprah to talk about the Kindle. She loooves the thing. And around minute 25 of the show, Jeff was asked to show what he reads.

Guess who was at the top of the list?

The only other tech-y blog was giant BoingBoing!

So, I guess Jeff Bezos reads us. Thanks Jeff! Please keep reading, and thank you so much for putting us up on Oprah.

[ OhGizmo's Kindle Page ]

[ Thanks for everyone who sent this in. ]

I’m Making a Home Office PC. Help?

By David Ponce

[ This article concerns a paid campaign currently running on the site. ]

So here’s the deal. Symantec’s been working on Norton. They know many people find it a slow resource hog and sometimes annoying. They’re trying to change that perception (and the product itself, from what I hear). As part of this process, they’re asking four Federated Media Authors to build PCs, test them and document the process. While there was an HTPC and a gaming PC to build… I was not so lucky. I got the Home Office PC. But that’s ok, Home Officing can be exciting… right?

They’re giving us a $1,000 budget, and free rein on just how we do this. They’re not asking us to say anything nice about Norton. Heck, if it’s still slow, I’ll be the first to say it. But before I get there, I have to build this PC. And this is where you guys can maybe help.

Pasted below is a passage of the first article in the series. (The whole thing is here.) Since there’s no PC yet, this article is about the setup I’ve got now, and the direction I’m planning to take with the new one.

Now, you have to understand that I’m 27. While I enjoy getting work done, I’m not one to poo poo a good game of UT4 now and then. So not only is this PC good enough for Home Offic-ing, it happens to have a couple of components that could be considered extravagant for the more restrained home office worker. Like the Ultra case with see-through side panel. Or the XFX GeForce 8600GT video card with two DVI outputs. Or the 4GB of RAM. Or the massive 700W power supply. Or even the 1.5TB of storage over four hard drives. Oh, and the 250GB WD MyBook extrnal drive sitting on top. Heck, even the Acer 22-inch LCD could be considered a bit of overkill for the typical home office.

Where do you come in? Well, heck, what would you want in a Home Office PC? I want suggestions, guys. Ideas.

[ Old Vs. New PC ]

Become An Expert, Help Us Help You Help Others… Or Something Like That

By David Ponce

[ Disclosure: This post concerns a paid campaign currently running on the site. ]

Toshiba’s been running a campaign called Laptop Experts (which we’ve talked before), that’s been gaining some decent traction. It’s not a simple “Look at my banner; come buy my product” deal. Instead, they’ve built a site where users can ask questions about their computer problems (any computers, not just Toshiba’s) and a small team of experts has been given the task of answering them. While anyone can answer questions, those tackled by the experts get labeled as such. And believe me, there’s no lack of questions.

Now you too can become an expert… if you’ve got what it takes. Visit this page and submit your application. If accepted, you will be granted expert status and will be able to contribute to the growing community.

[ Become An Expert ]

Got Questions? Some Experts May Have Answers

By David Ponce

I want to take a second to talk to you about something you may find useful. But let me make it clear it concerns a paid campaign currently running on the site.

Some of you may know we have been partners with Federated Media for all graphical ads on OhGizmo! for quite some time. We love them not only for making it possible to make a living without showing you ads about punching a monkey to get a free iPod, but also because the FM team really likes to think outside the box.

Case in point, the Toshiba “Laptop Experts” campaign. On this site, readers can ask about their computer problems (not restricted to Toshiba products, by the way) and may get their questions answered by one of the several bloggers participating. Up until recently, the only way to get a question answered was by visiting the site and posting your question. But now there’s a little widget you can download (pictured above), allowing you to ask anything you like right from your desktop, without ever needing to even open a browser window. Your question will then be submitted to the team and you’ll be notified if and when it gets answered.

The download link is below. You should be aware that you’ll need to install Adobe AIR to get it working, but it is pretty slick.

[ Laptop Experts Widget ]

Microsoft’s “I’m” Initiative, And Our Involvement

By David Ponce

Hey guys. Over the coming days, some of you will notice ads running that talk about the “I’m Talkathon”. This is an initiative from Microsoft to support a select group of charities (pictured above). The link below will take you to the I’m Talkathon blog, where you can find out more about all this. Make no mistake, this is a blog maintained by MS (this is clearly stated in their rather large disclaimer at the bottom), but the entire campaign seems to have a conversational, social element to it which we find interesting.

And aside from running ads for the initiative, we’re participating in our own way. As some of you may remember, we now have a super-awesome (*cough cough*) T-Shirt. And while we initially pledged $1 for every shirt sold, we’ve decided to up that, and donate all proceeds to UNICEF (one of the charities involved). And finally, to make things a little more interesting for you guys, if you purchase a shirt in the next 30 days, you’ll automatically be entered to win $100.

We’re not thinking we’ll change the world with this, but ever little bit helps.

[ I'm Talkathon Blog ]

[ T-Shirt Product Page (Remember: all proceeds go to UNICEF) ]