Thoughts & news on technology…well, mostly


Koolio is written and edited by Calvin Koo. I’ve always had a passion for technology and truly enjoy helping others. So, the goal of this blog is to post about things of interest and, hopefully, pass some knowledge on to my readers so that you can be better informed about tech-related things.

More specifically, you will read about my thoughts and news on technology as well as my hands-on experiences/reviews with specific products. In this day and age it is difficult to find objective reviews about gadgets from people who are not financially motivated to write a “good” review. That’s why all of my reviews will be my honest opinion on those that I have first-hand experience with – i.e., products that I own or have owned. If I post anything about a product that I do not own, I will disclose that in the post. Occasionally, I may rant about things I find annoying, stupid, or idiotic but I promise to keep those to a minimum. 🙂

To give you an idea, here are some of the gadgets I own:

  • Apple PowerBook G4 (1Ghz and 512MB RAM) running Mac OS 10.3.9 (I switched to a Mac in 2003 and have been an Apple/Mac fanatic ever since)
  • Apple MacBook Pro (2.5Ghz & 4GB RAM) running Mac OS 10.6.1 (Snow Leopard)
  • [retired] Custom-built PC (Pentium 4 3.0Ghz, 1GB Corsair RAM, ATI 9800Pro 256MB) running Windows Vista Ultimate
  • Dell 20″ Widescreen LCD (2007WFP)
  • Apple iPhone 3G (16GB)
  • Apple TV
  • Amazon Kindle (1st gen)
  • Xbox 360
  • Home Theater consisting of:
    • Panasonic 50″plasma (TH-50PX60U)
    • Denon AVR-2807 receiver
    • Definitive Technology speakers in a 5.1 setup (BP 7006, CLR 2300, BP1.2x)
    • Toshiba HD-DVD player (HD-A1)
    • Sony PS3 (40GB) – for Blu-ray movie playback
    • RCN HD Cable w/the Motorola HD DVR (DCT 6412 III)
    • Logitech Harmony Remote 880

Thanks for visiting Koolio. I hope you enjoy it and come back often.

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You can also reach me via email: koolioblog [at] gmail [dot] com.


Calvin Koo

January 27, 2007 [edited Oct 12, 2009]


15 Responses

  1. Hi there.

    I figure the girls have gone off and had a weekend. We should at least be able to get together for a beer sometime.

    What do you think of the iDrive by Palm. With 4 gb of memory it’s much better than all the other palm devices and like devices as far as memory. I’m not looking to replace a phone, but to somewhat replace a laptop when traveling. Also I want to be able to download images to backup cards without bringing a laptop. It has bluetooth and wireless. I’m thinking that the iPhone will be good, but my company won’t pay for it and probably will also not activate it, so I’ll use my phone from work, but want something to travel with that’s smaller and opens faster than my laptops.

    Hope all is well,
    Michael Tamulaites

    PS. when the heck do you have the time to do this blog.

  2. koolio says:

    Hey Michael,

    Good to hear from you! We should definitely have a beer the next time the girls do their “thing.” 😉

    IMHO, it’s tough to find a one-device solution for what you’re looking to do. That being said, personally, I’m not really intrigued by the Palm LifeDrive for a couple of reasons: the price/feature ratio is not very good and the Palm OS has never been very good as a multimedia device.

    I’d need to know more about what you’re looking for because if you’re really looking to replace a laptop then I’d say your best option would be to get a PDA with Windows Mobile 6 (WM6) Professional Edition or a Windows-powered Palm Treo (but this also replaces your cell phone). I don’t think any of these devices are a good alternative to a laptop but if I were forced to pick it would be a WM6 PDA. However, I’m not sure if you can directly connect your digital camera to a WM6 PDA to backup pics.

    On the other hand, if you’re willing to forgo the ‘laptop replacement’ you could also look at a personal media player (PMP), which would be a good device to backup your digital pics. A PMP would also give you a slew of audio/video capabilities, too. For PMPs, I’d recommend taking a look at the Archos 504 or 604 (the 604 comes with WiFi, too).

    So, all that being said, here are my thoughts on the various portable devices:
    – If you just want to read and respond to emails, I would recommend a smartphone/pda.
    – If you want portable multimedia, take a look at PMPs.
    – If you want to be able to surf the web, work with Office apps, etc., then the laptop would be the best bet. In fact, a 12″ PowerBook would be perfect for this (hopefully, we’ll see a 12″ MacBook Pro this June).

    Archos 504/604: http://www.archos.com/products/video/index.html?country=global&lang=en

    I hope this was helpful. 🙂

  3. The Archos units look really great, especially the 604 wi-fi. What I couldn’t learn is if they event have a simple calendar, address book function that syncs with anything out there like outlook, but anything. Doesn’t seem so. If they did, that’d be the thing.

    What I’ve found is the iPaq 5915. It’s pricey, but has a GPS with TOM TOM Software that will give you directions from outlook addresses. That’s a sick feature for my job. I’m sure the image playback and websurfing aren’t as nice as the 604, but seems like a decent travel companion. What do you think my techno guru?


  4. You were holding back man. Look what just came onto the Archos site!


    You gotta be kidding me!!

  5. koolio says:

    I just saw the 704 WiFi unit this morning – looks pretty sweet and has a much larger screen than the 604 WiFi. The only drawback for you is it doesn’t have a calendar or address book – it wouldn’t make sense since it’s more of a media player. Engadget has some nice pics of the 704 WiFi: http://www.engadget.com/2007/03/06/archos-704-wifi-unboxing-and-hands-on/

    The HP iPaq rx5915 looks like a really nice unit that would fit your needs and give you GPS as a an added bonus. I agree: it won’t be as good of a media device as the Archos but it didn’t sound like that was really what you were looking for anyway. Keep in mind, the max SD card it can take is 4GB so, hopefully, that’s enough. From the reviews I’ve read, this seems like the best PDA w/GPS unit on the market. The only drawback is over time it may get a bit tiring to use as a PDA due to the landscape design. Btw, NewEgg sells it for $499 and Brighthand.com & Mobiletechreview.com have pretty good reviews of the unit.

    I think the iPaq rx5915 may be the answer. Let me know how you make out!

  6. why do you use wordpress instead of blogger. I’m getting ready to start my first blog and was going to use blogger.

  7. koolio says:

    The primary reason why I’m using WordPress is because I simply prefer it over Blogger. Ok, ok…some concrete reasons? Here are some off the top of my head:
    1. WordPress has visitor stats. Blogger doesn’t.
    2. WordPress is more scalable since it’s open source and can be downloaded to install on my own server. So, if I ever choose to host my own blog, I can leverage more of WP’s features by customizing, adding plug-ins, etc.
    3. There are a lot more themes with WordPress but Blogger allows you to completely edit their themes (which WP doesn’t).
    4. I like how I can tag surf within WordPress.com blogs – it allows me to find other blogs. Blogger doesn’t make it as easy to find or stumble upon other Blogger sites.
    5. WordPress has a built-in comment spam filter (called Akismet) that works extremely well and Blogger doesn’t. FYI, I’ve received about 200 spam comments since I started my blog in January.

    Most people say Blogger is good for beginners and less tech-savvy users (i.e., HTML, CSS knowledge) whereas, WordPress is good for intermediate to advanced users. And, I would agree with this.

    At the end of the day, I would recommend creating a blog on both and play around with them to see which one you prefer since there are pros/cons to each. Which one you choose will really be a matter of which pros are more important to you. Personally, between the visitor stats and Akismet spam protection, I would recommend WordPress.

    Here’s a decent comparison between the two (keep in mind it’s a bit dated, though): http://blog.awakenedvoice.com/2006/04/01/hosted-blog-comparison-wordpress-vs-blogger/

    Btw, I’m psyched you’re going to start a blog! Let me know when you create it and feel free to hit me up with more questions. 🙂

  8. bibomedia says:


  9. Mike T. says:

    Is this the Calvin Koo formerly of Montville, NJ?

  10. koolio says:

    It is! Btw, I got your Facebook request so I’ll respond to you there.

  11. the prices of Pioneer dvd players are dropping these days and they are quite a bargain`”,

  12. Rose petals says:

    Praise you for taking the time to discuss this, I feel greatly about it and love learning more on this category. If it is option, as you gain more knowledge, would you mind updating your site with more information? It is extremely helpful for me.

    • koolio says:

      Thanks for your comment and glad to hear it’s helpful! I’ll try to start blogging a bit more…been really busy over the past couple of years.

  13. OMG Yes…

    Haven’t a clue how I got here….

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