Month: September 2009

Plantronics Voyager Pro does not win on elegance but on sound

Plantronics has released better looking headsets than the Voyager Pro in the past --especially the range of smaller Bluetooth headsets included some really nice designs. Unfortunately, when it's small, I tend to lose the little buggers because I don't feel them. That's a compliment from an ergonomic point of view, but it's no less a pain. That won't happen any time soon with the rather bulky Voyager Pro, which excels in the one domain that really matters: sound quality, also when there's wind --I've never experienced more clear sound from a headset.The Voyager Pro looks like “old design”, with a bulky battery compartment that sits behind your ear and a fat boom microphone that is visible from a mile’s distance. Its design is in stark contrast with, for example, Zivio Boom. But its sound is as well. You can wear the Voyager Pro on your left or right ear by simply pivoting the microphone stem out from the battery compartment and rotating it along its horizontal axis. The battery compartment itself is soft and extends …

Style Master 5.0 CSS Editor

Style Master used to be the most powerful, feature rich and standards abiding CSS editor available. Then came CSSEdit and it more or less blew Style Master away. CSSEdit had a refreshingly simple approach, and a slew of features that made Style Master look like old cake. Earlier this year, WestCiv released Style Master 5 and it looks like CSSEdit is biting the dust this time around.

Verbatim Quad Interface External Hard Drive Test

Verbatim is positioning itself as a hard drive vendor. Its latest acquisition of Freecom again makes that crystal clear. But even without Freecom's award-winning external hard drive designs, Verbatim external disks are good quality-wise. The Quad-Interface external hard drive even looks good.Verbatim has two versions of the Quad Interface offering: one formatted for Windows and one formatted for Mac OS X. The software included with both versions is the same, though: it will only work on Windows systems, or on virtual Windows machines on an Intel Mac. The drive itself sits in a nice dark grey, almost black metal enclosure with the Verbatim logo discretely painted on each side. The front is a mirror with an activity button that glows blue when the disk is working. The rear side has two FireWire 800 connectors, one FireWire 400, one USB 2.0, and one eSATA connector. On my disk, one of the FireWire 800 connectors was seated too close to the metal cover, which made it unusable until I pulled it out from its awkward position using …

Yojimbo 2.0: more tags, more functionality to add and find relevant information on your system

A Personal Information Manager (PIM) is the desktop equivalent of a knowledge management or enterprise content management (ECM) system. A PIM that has many rich and relevant items can help you with writing a report, or preparing a presentation. PIMs --as do their enterprise counterparts-- have major problems: how easy is it to add content, and once it's in there, how easy is it to retrieve that content. Bare Bones Software's Yojimbo 2.0 concentrates on exactly those two areas.From the day Bare Bones released the application, I found Yojimbo a charm to use, and I tested many PIMs for the Mac, ranging from Together to EagleFiler. Each of these applications has its own appeal, but I still find Yojimbo an elegant solution for saving content that I think I might need to search for in the future. The appeal of Yojimbo 1.0 was in its fast launch time and its elegant and efficient interface. Its most important shortcoming in my opinion was that I could not use it to archive e-mail. If I wanted that, …