LOS ANGELES -- Gadget Grrl has made this installment extra special, packed with four -- count 'em -- four wonderful gadgets. That's because this is Gadget Grrl's last article for
. I have enjoyed the ride, and who knows, I may be back one day. Meanwhile, you can always reach me on my Web site:
Now, check out the goods:
DIGITAL VIDEO SECURITY SYSTEM
Security for your home or home office can be costly and often times quite complicated to set up. This system from
is not only easy to install but can be upgraded with additional cameras.
To set up the system, which is PC based, you download the software, which then creates a master control grid where you can watch and/or record up to six live video cameras. The system comes with one camera.
Next, you plug in the USB receiver to an electrical outlet and connect it to your PC.
Finally, you place the camera indoors (there are also outdoor cameras, which can be purchased separately) and plug it into the nearest available outlet, and that's all that is involved in the set-up.
Once installed, the WiLife Command Center on your PC monitors everything the camera sees and can record actions triggered by motion directly to your hard drive.
What I also liked about this system is that you can view the location you are monitoring from any Windows mobile phone from anywhere in the world.
Belkin's Desktop Internet Phone for Skype allows you to make unlimited free phone calls to other Skype users without a computer. Unlike some other Skype phones, it also allows you to call people who use traditional phone systems, by purchasing one of its SkypeOut plans.
These SkypeOut plans are generally much less than most phone carriers.I also like that you can see at-a-glance who is calling.
SEE THRU CASE FOR
Here is a way to spark up your MacBook Air without bogging it down by any extra weight. These See Thru cases snap onto the outside of your MacBook Air and come in some bright colors including pink, smoke, cranberry and purple. And for those of you who would like to remain devoid of color, there is also a clear case.
If work takes you aboard, you might consider packing this Entourage 7, pocket translator.
Along with some of the most commonly used languages, English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and Mandarin, it contains more than 4,900 phrases.And the languages are spoken so you can mimic the correct pronunciation while seeing the correct spelling of the word in the language you need to translate.
I like the feel of the device. It's about the size of a
( RIMM) Blackberry and if you're good atmaneuvering on your Blackberry, the Entourage 7 will be a breeze.
Site to see
The name says it all. If you need a slick, smooth, Web-based, multi-functioningcalculator, go to this site. That's all there is, no banners, ads, or pop ups, just the calculator.
That's all, folks. Let's stay in touch.
Diana Forbes is a Los Angeles-based writer and media personality. Her "Gadget Grrl" reviews appear in various national print and online publications, and she demonstrates consumer products on national and local television shows. Click
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