Month: December 2006

Review: Creative xMod

A couple of weeks ago, I received a new audio enhancement product from Creative Technologies called the xMod. The ‘X’ in its name comes from “X-Fi”, or eXtreme Fidelity, Creative’s version of ‘high fidelity’ (which is a term that obviously doesn’t sound radical or daring enough). X-Fi is a digital sound processing technology that first appeared in their PC prosumer-level soundcards over a year ago. The xMod signifies the technology’s first attempt at breaking into the living room/consumer electronics space. Well, sorta. You see, the xMod CAN connect to your hi-fi and home entertainment systems, and it can connect to your TV-based game consoles, MP3 players, and so on, but it doesn’t make it easy. It is first and foremost an external USB sound device for your computer (PCs and Macs both, a first for Creative). In order to use it as a passthrough device for any other line-in/line-out supporting audio device, you will need to purchase a power adapter and an audio cable that do not come in the package. At a list price …

DIY Quad Stacker

A couple of weeks back, I started ordering double-double-cheeseburgers at Burger King. I called it the Quad Cheeseburger, with its variants the Mushroom Swiss Quattro and Turkey Bacon Bezerker. It’s not as expensive as you might think. Add $1 for every patty. Every single time, the kitchen assistant would come out from the back and confirm that I wanted four patties in a single burger. I’d say yes, and they’d look at me like a criminal or a very fat man (is there any difference?) I’m training up for a quad Whopper. This is what it typically looks like, without doubling the cheese: This is what it looks like when you’re halfway through: It’s beef quad-tastic. I just thought I’d google “quad cheeseburger” and guess what? Well, this should surprise no one, but I’m way ahead of the curve again and Burger King USA put out a similar PERMANENT menu item called the Quad Stacker back in July. It has 4 beef patties, 4 slices of cheese, and 8 strips of bacon. All at a …

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