Thursday, April 29, 2010

Yeti USB microphone review

"You have a package...and it's 'heavy'..."

So, I'm thinking I need to warm-up to keep from pulling a muscle...until I saw the box was 10 inches tall, and 5 to 6 inches wide on the sides. It only weighed about 3.5 pounds. (Based on the description by others, maybe we Americans really do need to exercise more...)

"Look,'s a Yeti!"

(in my best Marlin Perkins voice)
"The Yeti...or, 'Abominable Snowman' a mythological creature. An ape-like cryptid said to inhabit the Himalayan region of Nepal and Tibet. The names Yeti and Meh-Teh are commonly used by the people indigenous to the region..." (Thanks, Wikipedia.)

However, the "Yeti" I received from Blue Microphones connects via USB. And, it's got "toys".

"The Yeti is the most advanced and versatile multi-pattern USB microphone available anywhere. Combining three capsules and four different pattern settings...THX Certified..."


"THX certifies products for your entire home entertainment experience."

"THX Certified Multimedia Products are designed and engineered for PC gaming and multimedia on the desktop."

"...A rigid THX testing process ensures the fidelity of the recording always remains true to its source, allowing you to accurately capture voice-overs, interviews and other sound elements with confidence..."

* Ultimate recording and playback fidelity: Superior design, quality and rigorous lab testing by THX affirms the best possible recording and playback fidelity.


On the front of the microphone there is a mute button, and a volume control for the headphone jack which is at the bottom of the microphone.

At the rear is a gain control, and the pattern selector for:
Omnidirectional (picks up sound equally from all directions)...
Stereo mode (left and right)...
Cardioid (for recording sound directly in front of the microphone)...
and Bidirectional (the microphone picks up sound at the front and rear of the microphone).

Omnidirectional and Stereo modes should give better quality, because the other two modes are attempting to "reject" sound.

Available on the bottom is a threaded mic stand mount. (Sweet!) On one side of that is a Mini-USB jack, and the 3.5mm headphone jack on the other.

A ten foot USB cord is included.


When I plugged the microphone into a computer that has Windows Vista as its operating system, the microphone was installed, and it works. End of review.

I mean...that's it. At this time, I have nothing else to report. Other than I've been keeping it very close to me when I sleep. And a baseball bat nearby...

I love it. Get it...use it. I plan on doing will be hearing from the Yeti. And me.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

free software to access HFS/Mac file systems

For a limited time, Paragon Software is giving free licenses for HFS for Windows:

"HFS for Windows enables the use of Mac-formatted partitions in Windows operating systems...

"...Windows cannot read from and write to HFS+ partitions. This limits the ability to exchange or share files between Windows and Mac OS X file systems...

"Paragon HFS for Windows is designed to provide full (read and write) access to HFS+ partitions. It can be installed on all versions of Windows..."


"HFS for Windows, the only software that lets you read Apple iPods, Macs and iPad data from a Windows PC...

"If you have an iPod you may probably know that it contains all your music inside some sly hidden folders. When you attach your iPod (excluding Touch models) to the system it can be seen as a simple Removable Flash Drive..."

Even if you don't need it now, do consider that having this software might be very helpful in the future...

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Stoplight Clock to keep the kids in bed

I have a friend who posted on a social networking service that, as most kids do, his daughter will awaken and get out bed before she should...until he purchased a particular clock.

"...toddlers know their colors and understand that red means stop and green means go...When the red light is on, kids will understand that it is still time to sleep. When the green light turns on, kids will know that it is time to get out of bed. A digital clock and optional beeping alarm function are also included as well as a nightlight feature that can be used separately."

To keep time constant in the clock due to a power outage, it needs two AA batteries (which are not included).

The clocks are also available from Lillian Vernon, Amazon, and One Step Ahead.

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

updates coming for the iPhone (and iPod Touch)

Apple has announced a new operating system...or "update", if you the iPhone and iPod Touch. It will not work with ALL models of iPhones and the iPod Touch.

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the windows are closing on Windows (XP and Vista)

Support is ending for some versions of Windows.

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