Month: July 2008

EyeTV DTT Deluxe Micro Stick

The EyeTV DTT Deluxe is a particularly small USB stick TV tuner. It is especially well suited for portable Macs where Elgato's normal sticks would sit in the way of other USB connectors.The EyeTV DTT Deluxe comes in a black box. Being a packaging freak myself, I like black boxes only if they’re not vulnerable to scratches or other blemishes. My test unit’s box was blemished indeed—it had scratches on it and lots of them. A pity, as the packaging design is great. Inside the box I found the stick, a tiny telescopic antenna, a special connector-with-cable so you can connect the stick to a regular portable antenna, a portable antenna and a USB extension cable. I was quite stunned by the size of the EyeTV DTT Deluxe. The “ordinary” Elgato sticks are all firm USB sticks that block USB ports next to them. This stick was so small, I couldn’t but wonder whether the signal quality would be as good as with the others. I also had the chance of comparing it to Miglia’s …

1Password Turns Your Keychain into a Security Powerhouse

Developers team's enthusiasm results in great product.Password managers and generators have been around for a long time. Some of them are plain useless, others look OK but you can’t help wonder how secure your data really is with them. And then there’s that third category: applications that just work well and really secure your data. 1Password belongs to that category. It stores your passwords and secure data in Apple’s own keychain file. That file uses TripleDES to encrypt the password field of every keychain entry. TDES still is considered a highly secure algorithm, and Apple’s weight behind it means that if you decide to stop upgrading 1Password, you won’t lose any data. 1Password tries to make it impossible for phishing sites to steal your data, for keyloggers to steal your online account passwords, and it makes it easy to create and fill in strong passwords. It has an interface that lets you easily store identity information (Wallet), Web data (for forms and accounts), serial numbers (like in software registrations), and identities. It has secure notes, …