Elliott C. Back: Internet & Technology

iPod, Razor, Vision-M Skins

Posted in Apple,Computers & Technology,Hardware,iPod,Luxury by Elliott Back on July 5th, 2006.

Skins mobile is offering a unique protective casing for portable devices like iPods, MP3 players, Razors, and other mobile devices. The latex skins protect your portable electronic device from water, dirt, mud, paint, sweat, blood, dust, sand, cement, and snow. The protective case works just like a condom, only “the latex used is seventeen times stronger than regular latex and can be stretched seven times its own length.”


While the idea of protecting my valuable cellphone, digital camera, or mp3 player from scratches, dust, and liquids is high on my list of things to do, I would rather promote abstinence. Just don’t drop them in water, spray them with blood, throw them in the snow, or roll them in cement in the first place!

Schick Quattro: Best Razor Ever?

Posted in Deals & Savings,Health by Elliott Back on May 24th, 2006.

Not to try to sell a product, but I tried the Schick Quattro Men’s Razor this morning, and it worked beautifully. I had about a week of fuzzy beard from a trip to mexico and a sunburn that I was saving to shave off, and it cut through the hair without nicking, cutting, or irritating my skin. In less than five minutes, I was able to accomplish one of the fastest and closest shaves I’ve ever had. I’m quite impressed with this four-bladed razor, and eagerly await 7, 11, and 15 bladed models. Here are a few shaving pics:

After Shaving
Before Shaving

So, as you can see, this razor made my day. My skin is clean, young, and supple now.

Blackberry Bold 9000

Posted in Cellphone,iPhone by Elliott Back on June 26th, 2008.

RIMM’s newly announced Blackberry Bold 9000 looks like a promising refresh of their basic design. Their slogan, “Be Bold”, and the newly designed website bring back hints of Motorola in its prime, when it released the metro-styled Razor phone:


The phone itself is little changed from its predecessors. It still has a full keyboard, GPS, and a bulky look. It is the first blackberry to support both GSM networks and the new HSDPA/UMTS (850/1900/2100). It also has a new half-VGA screen, at 480×320 with 64k color. A CNet reviewer said about the screen, “I was absolutely blown away. I can pretty much say I’ve never seen a better-looking display on a smartphone.”


Unfortunately, it’s still playing catchup to the iPhone. For Blackberry lovers, that might be enough. The new media player, the 3.5mm headphone jack bring it into iPhone’s territory. But, the thicker Blackberry Bold has significant battery problems, compared to the iPhone, and holds 8 times less media than the cheapest iPhone on the market. Will you be buying it?

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