Month: March 2009

DVDs for archiving. The Kodak and Verbatim fight out.

Kodak media are said to be the media with the best longevity of all disc media in the market. Claims of 100 years are normal for Kodak, and since you can’t really test it as an individual user except by exposing these media to direct sun light and by abusing them in every conceivable way, it’s very hard to check if the claims are true. Perhaps more to the point is if a Kodak disc — which is a good deal more expensive than a Verbatim “Archive Media” — behaves better than the latter.

Plantronics Discovery 925, the Bluetooth Designer’s Headset

Plantronics is probably the best known vendor of VoIP audio products, and it is a market leader in the headsets for gamers and computer users markets. It also makes nice Bluetooth earphone based headsets for mobile phone applications and computer use. The Plantronics Discovery 925 is one of the nicest in this category I have seen so far.The earlier Plantronics headsets I discussed were either full headphone based or were variants on a theme: a small in-ear plug with a rounded short plastic piece that served as microphone boom. All these earlier models were nice, but not exciting and their design wasn’t special. The Plantronics Discovery 925 apparently breaks with the past in these respects. Its sound and connection quality remain as excellent as earlier Plantronics models, but the design and the accessories turn this little piece of technology into something special. For example, the Discovery 925 doesn’t come with an ordinary charger. It comes with a battery slightly larger than the earpiece itself, which accepts a tiny USB connector that charges the battery. You …