Archive for November, 2004

 National Treasure

Is Nicholas Cage the new Harrison Ford? This film certainly had that Indiana Jones feel, within a concrete jungle instead. What a ride. Fast paced and suspenseful, this is another winning collaboration between Jerry Bruckheimer and Disney. No one is going to get nominated for Best Actor (a la Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Carribean) for this one, but it is a very fun and intriguing movie. The writers did a good job of blending history, mythology and urban legends, although I was a bit disappointed that Oak Island was overlooked as one of the locales. This is a swashbuckler for the tinfoil-hat crowd. Go see this movie!

 Maxtor USB Drive

My new Buffalo LinkStation arrived the other day from TigerDirect. As advertised, setup took just a couple of minutes and I had 120GB of extra storage available on my home network. But, as PC Magazine noted, access to the drive is rather slow.

This is compounded by the fact that my network is wireless (802.11b). I started transferring a backup folder with about 5.5GB of data and two hours later it was just over halfway done. I would not recommend this drive to anyone with a wireless network. So, I decided to give up the network connectivity, and instead bought an external USB drive.

Maxtor’s 200GB OneTouch USB/Firewire drive is a great piece of gear. It is extremely fast in transferring too — my 5.5GB of data copied in 5 or 10 minutes. The OneTouch functionality seems like it would be a good idea too, although I haven’t yet installed the backup software to take advantage of the cool blue button on the front of the drive.

 The Incredibles

A very entertaining movie overall, with the sophisticated humor that we’ve all come to expect from Pixar, and a unique story about aging superheroes longing to relive their glory days. I felt it was a little slow in reaching its pace, but the end more than made up for it. It is not as laugh-out-loud funny as some of Pixar’s other offerings (Toy Story, Finding Nemo), but still appealing.