the playstation 3 cordless precision controller |

The Playstation 3 is usually packaged with one controller. If you’re on a budget, then a controller compatible with PS3 will suffice to enable competitive or cooperative two-player action. Many video games are designed for one-player, but many others including classic remakes like Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix and Bomberman Ultra are best not played alone.

I decided to purchase one of these controllers when I first received my PS3. The feel of the controller in your hands is much more comfortable than the regular controller from the rounder design. It’s on sale for $18 right now. The D-pad, buttons, and joysticks feel like the standard controller, so it’s all good for this price.

Some honesty: The Logitech Precision controller does not have vibration capability. It’s not really necessary, but it enhances the experience of some games. The controller requires 2 AA batteries, so invest in some rechargeables even though it doesn’t drink them up too quick but your Game Boy does. The USB key that communicates with the controller has an annoying green light. The ‘PS’ button is the upper-right button, and you’ll press the middle where the logo is like a purist until you learn where it is on this controller.

Other than that, it’s only $18 while supplies last, so if you need a couple extra controllers to fulfill your four-player lemon party dot org, then these are the party favors to pick up. You can get two at this price for less than one Sony DualShock 3 controller. Deal!

the 16 gigs in your pocket

Storing large files can be a task if you have a mountain of information to organize, but transporting them by portable means can be an even bigger task. Those 4GB flash drives just aren’t cutting it these days. You need more disk space for less in the form of a flash drive. How about 16GB for $25? Act quick. They might already be sold out for this price by the time you read this.

Kingston is a leader in memory technology and have been trusted with manufacturing quality flash drives by many enthusiasts including myself for over a decade. When their USB flash drives go on sale, they’re sure to be bought up quickly. USB flash drives are the most durable and portable methods of carrying out files to quickly access, share, and distribute.

With this 16GB flash drive, you probably won’t be needing anything similar for a long while. Think of all the audio, video, pics, ISOs, and other assorted files you can store on this small device. Copying files back and forth with drive is quick and painless using the super popular USB 2.0 interface.

Does your buddy have a bunch of DVD ISOs that you want to borrow? Instead of spending all the time burning the data onto discs or spending a hundred or so bucks on an external hard drive, you can have a much affordable solution with a memory key. Just plug it into a USB port on his PS3 and easily copy files with the XMB. Praise the miracles in technology.

the expected personalized interlude

Here’s another obligatory update. I’ve been keeping these rants short, because I have bigger fish to fry. If you’re into pattern detection, then you know exactly why I still sprinkle this collection with first-person prose that reflects something or another that might be relevant to the big picture or not. June flew by. To 100-degree heat: Please do your best to stay out of the beautiful city of Austin.

My summer session ends at the end of this month. I slacked a bit this semester, but I’m doing A-OK. The Fall semester is probably going to eat me alive. I amuse myself with the anxiety I gather before I have to do anything learning-related and absolutely love the feeling I get after I’m done with a learning-related task. Installing wrinkles in my brain keeps the necessary stress of life at a normal level and sure beats boredom and feeling like a robot.

Half of the year has already passed us. I’ve been focused on new and more interesting ventures which are becoming more and more rewarding slowly but surely. At this day and age, I’m no longer surprised how years go by before goals are met. I do feel disheartened by the displacement of energy upon completion of projects, because the routine can be comforting. I realize that’s just the torch being passed on to the next accomplishment. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. This isn’t rocket science.

the 375gb of storage for only $20

Your data collection is stacking high. The DVD+R spindles and disc wallets have been cluttering for years. Consider a modern, inexpensive and more portable solution to storing your most important files. Blu-ray is the new mainstream form of storage which have garnered popularity as the replacement for DVD’s.

The usual cheap DVD recordable discs store a 4.7GB. The usual standard BD-R media store 25GB. The surfaces of DVDs have a tendency to scratch. Blu-ray discs have a protective coating to prevent scratching. 100 DVDs take up more physical space that 19 Blu-ray discs. That’s more than 5x more space for a similar amount of storage.

Sure, 25 Blu-rays will get only get you 375GB and TB hard drives are becoming more and more affordable. Quality 1TB hard drives hover in the $100 price range. 1TB worth of BD-R media will only cost less than a third. That means 3x the space for the sale price.

Blu-rays can hold multiple DVD ISO files and other gigantic files. BD-R media can also be easily sent in envelopes whereas hard drives are usually packaged in larger boxes. 1 BD-R transports a little more than the space of 5 DVD+R’s.

Time to upgrade your optical drive hardware. You need a BD-R media writer. It’s time to consolidate. It’s time to enjoy larger storage solutions. A more durable, portable backup solution awaits its acceptance.

the neon tsetse fly

Howdy, Summer. Your UV rays and unbearable heat have returned. grrr.

My summer learning session is halfway over. These weeks go by fast, and the weekends only go by faster. All I do is sleep, work, learn, think, view, brainstorm, plan, participate, design, and respect these days. That’s A-OK. I’m sure that’s not all I do, but I’d say it’s my Bloom’s Taxonomy of My Daily Routine.

You have to do what you have to do to make that bread.

the necessary road trip companion

Whenever we take a road trip, we make sure that an FM radio transmitter is in our vehicle. Shuffling around CDs is an outdated form of listening to music quickly on the way to joining cassettes and 8-tracks.

Almost every music connoisseur that walks the planet owns an MP3 player whether its a pocket-sized device like an iPod, a mobile computer, a smartphone, or a media center. Not every car has an auxiliary port. This is where the FM radio transmitter bridges today’s electronics with the tried and true functionality of a car stereo system.

This useful device powers on with two AAA batteries or the included  cigarette lighter with an adapter. The stereo jack plugs into your MP3 player where your headphones usually go. Turn on the radio in your car. Tune the radio to the station set on the transmitter. Press play on your MP3 player, and your custom radio station fills the airwaves around you.

Is an actual radio station interrupting your better music? Press the button on the transmitter and select an open frequency. Your CD player now exists only to collect dust. Your entire music collection can be digitized and downloaded to your super cool MP3 player and you can beam the superior sounds through your car stereo with a transmitter.

A must-have toy like this might cost somewhere around $10-$20 since that seems to be the asking price these days for add-on gadgets of this magnitude. Try the marvelous sale price of $4.99. Not only that, it’ll be shipped directly to you for no extra charge.

If you own an automobile and an MP3 player, then you must own an FM radio transmitter. Not having one in your G-ride is the only shortcoming keeping you from being able to enjoy every MP3 you own while you’re behind the wheel or riding along.

the elimination of standby power

The old saying goes, “A penny saved is a penny earned.” An easy way to save money is to optimize your use of electricity. With the country thinking “greener,” energy conservation has been an ongoing trend lately.

Eliminating standby power using a surge protector with remote switch is a simple solution that will help reduce your electricity bill. With an attractive sale price of $30, the opportunity has arrived to get a current surge protector with denting your wallet too bad. Belkin includes six remotely switched outlets and two always on outlets with this surge protector. You won’t have to worry about disconnecting your router.

The slim design is a space saver, and the sliding covers help prevent accidents from occurring with the outlets. Surge protectors keep your electronics working in case an electrical surge runs through your home’s wiring, so owning one is a wise investment.

The remote switch is a new addition. Instead of having to access a tight space the surge protector might be located in, a simple push of a button on the remote will switch off the unused outlets. Think of the plugs you might keep inserted into outlets that you may only use once a day or even once a week. Most chargers close the circuit and consume electricity. LCD monitors, HDTVs, Blu-ray players, and even your desktop computer use electricity on standby.

Simply remember to switch off a surge protector when the connected devices are not being used is a great contribution to energy conservation that will eventually pay for itself.