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We know many people who are wary of discarding their old hard drives, especially after the drives have died without offering the option to reformat. We know people who have opened them up and scratched up the platters manually, and others who just have a drawer full a bunch of drives. At Gear Live’s , Pablos of the Shmoo Group asked everyone to bring their old hard drives so that we could give them a proper burial. The result? An 8,000-degree hard drive meltdown, thanks to a little thermite.


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Trends have shown that a lot of you guys watching our show and into games. In fact, a few people on our Xbox Live friends list are there because of this show. We have received requests for more cool game footage, and we think we have delivered with this one. In this episode, Andru and Sparky head down to the Xbox Studios in Redmond to get a tour of the facilities and operations center. We also sit down with to talk about the Xbox 360, Live Arcade, and a bunch more. If you want to get a first-hand look at what goes on behind the scenes with the Xbox crew, check out this show.

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In this Bleeding Edge Byte, Nate shows why the Walit doesn’t work when used in the real world, and instead creates his own better, brighter version. The Walluminate (get it? Wallumi-NATE?) was constructed using a standard folding wallet, some LEDs, and a few miscellaneous electronic components. The result? A wallet that brightens up your cash, and only lights up when the wallet is open. Check out the video, and let us know what you think.


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In this episode, we take a visit to the Tom Bihn labs, where we get a first hand look into exactly what it takes to design and manufacture their awesome line of bags. We take a tour of their facility, and talk with Tom about concept, design, manufacturing, as well as a few stories about how they stress test their stuff. I mean, when a bag gets blown up in war over in Iraq, but your computer that was in the bag is protected perfectly, you know these things are good.


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Ever wonder what goes on behind closed doors at a major tech company? We hung out with the higher ups at iRiver America and got a tour of the place. We also sat down with iRiver America CEO Jonathan Sasse, and talked a bit about the company, the evolution of the iRiver clix, working with Microsoft and MTV, DRM, and a few other topics. Oh, and we got a look at the iRiver hummer.


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If you are looking to speed up your network, 802.11n is the future. The question is, has the future already arrived, or should we wait until it is officially accepted and announced? We talk with Linksys about their new pre-N router, as well as a few of their other new networking prodcuts, and get their take on the whole 802.11n debacle in this episode.


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We catch up with Greg Canessa, General Manager for Xbox Casual Games, and chat about the much anticipated Lumines Live for Xbox Live Arcade. Greg shows us around the game, going through the interface, and touching on music video integration. He also fills us in on details about matchmaking and competitive play over Xbox Live.


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In this episode, Andru and Jake go head to head in Big Brain Academy, we review the Nintendo DS Lite, and we ask you to name our new movie review show (with a prize for the winner!) Here’s the format:

HEAD TO HEAD
Nintendo DS Lite vs. Nintendo DS

UNWIRED
Motorola Q Review

HIGH SCORE
Big Brain Academy Review

THE WIRE
Seattle International Film Festival Review

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: Name our new movie show, and win a 6-month Netflix subscription!


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Alright, time to show off Nintendo’s latest baby. In this Byte we put the Nintendo DS Lite up against the original Nintendo DS to look at the similarities and differences between the two models. If you have been debating the upgrade, check out the video. We give you a review of the Nintendo DS Lite, go over the pros and cons, and distract Jake from his Mario Kart session.

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The Sonos ZonePlayer P80 Bundle is the first sub-$1000 Sonos package available, although it technically retails for $999 USD. If you haven’t heard, Sonos allows you to stream music throughout your household by placing ZonePlayers wherever you want to hear your tunes. Using a proprietary networking spec, ZonePlayers connect to your audio library, and can be mixed and matched. You control everything using your PC or the Sonos remote. How does it perform? We take a look in this episode.

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