Tekzilla #43: Veronica's E3 report, DSLR Help, Win Our Badass Monster Gaming PC!

Posted in Podcasts on December 03, 2008

Win our Badass Monster Gaming PC (With the help of Nvidia!) Easiest Windows install ever: nLite. Go manual with your digital camera: ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture. Send text messages from email or AIM. ChaCha!

Veronica's back from E3... she's got the scoop on the PS3 and Xbox 360, along with the big games, like Killzone2, Little Big Planet, Gears of War 2, Fable2, Fallout3 and more!

Nvidia ponied up for our choice of gaming components for our Badass Monster Gaming PC... we're building it on the show over the next fewe weeks, and you can win it August 16th! (Details to follow.)

How badass? We'll start with an Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHz CPU, an XFX Nforce 790i SLI motherboard, 4GB of Corsair Dominator DDR3 memory, a pair of Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 graphics cards in SLI, a Corsair 1000W CMPSU-1000HX power supply, a pair of Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB in a RAID 0 configuration, along with a 1TB Seagate Barracuda ES.2 [ST31000340NS] for all your data, a Blu-ray/DVD drive... and we'll stuff it all in a CoolerMaster Stacker 830 Evolution [RC-830-KKN3-GP] case. (We'll also have a big fat monitor and a set of surround sound speakers!)

"Who knew NOT using your phone was such a popular way to send texts!!!" Veronica got a ton of ideas from the Tekzilla audience on alternatives for tex/SMS messages... Wes had our favorite: simply send an email. If you format the email address correctly, it will be forwarded to the phone number.

Here are some examples:

  • T-Mobile: phonenumber@tmomail.net
  • Virgin Mobile: phonenumber@vmobl.com,
  • Cingular: phonenumber@cingularme.com
  • Sprint: phonenumber@messaging.sprintpcs.com
  • Verizon: phonenumber@vtext.com
  • Nextel: phonenumber@messaging.nextel.com

We've got more of your suggestions on the show, including Chikka.com, Teleflip.com and a way to send text messages thru AIM! (Our friends at PopSiren show of Teleflip in PopSiren Bite #39... check it out!)

Our Freebie Download pick this week is nLite. They call it a "Deployment Tool for the bootable Unattended Windows installation." We call it a magic free tool that makes slipstreaming your Windows XP installations super easy... imagine never having to find download and individually install all those updates, drives and service packs ever again!

Patrick (from Quebec) wants some recommendations for websites, books and audio books to learn the terminology of SLR cameras; he wants to use his Nikon D40 in manual mode instead of auto!

First, find our download the manual for your camera... you want to learn how to control your exposure by tweaking ISO, shutter speed and aperture settings.

Some of our fave online resources? Digital-Photography-School.com, AGuntherPhotography.com and Shortcourses.com. (There are also brand specific learning sites, like the Nikon Learning Center and Canon's Tips and Techniques. And one of our fave photog blobs, Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection, has the most excellent 10 Tips for the New Digital SLR Photographer. Check it out!

Want to get your video question on Tekzilla? Just record yourself in front a video asking a question no longer than 15 seconds. Then up load them to YouTube, and email us the link with "Video Question" in the subject line. No attachments, please. Don't be shy... send us your video emails!

This week's Website We Can't Get Enough Of: ChaCha. Veronica says, "it's a time saver if you're out and about and don't want to bother scouring Google for the answers you seek... but the real awesomeness comes from using it right from your cell phone!" You can text 242242 or call 1-800-2ChaCha!

Ryan upgraded his memory from 1GB to 3GB, but doesn't "notice the slightest difference in performance." We've got some ideas for him.

Riley wants to know if he'll need to replace his UHF antenna to get OTA HD (over the air high def) TV when the FCC turns off analog TV come February 17, 2009... it depends on the station, but some stations currently broadcasting DTV on UHF channels will move to VHF channels... and that spiffy UFH antenna won't be much use. Contact your local stations and ask!

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