Dealing with compressed files is a corder from Pure Digital Technologies.
fact of life for IT workers. Linux and Just about the size of an iPhone, the
Unix users typically have little trouble Flip is a simple point-and-shoot video
unpacking any compressed file, but, camera that can record as much as
on Windows systems, dealing with a an hour of video (in HD quality, with the
wide variety of file types latest Mino version). And
has usually meant deal- uploading that video is as
ing with a wide variety of simple aspoppingoutthe
installed programs. This switchblade USB connec-was how I operated until tor and plugging the Flip
I found 7-Zip ( www.7-zip.int o any PC or Mac sys-org), a free, open-source tem. And, best of all, the
Windows program that inexpensive (about $100)
can uncompress pretty Flip fits perfectly into your
much any file. In addition, cargo pants. —J.R.
7-Zip’s intuitive interface
is as good as any com- Phoning it in
mercial program’s. —Jim
Rapoza The holy grail of the
smartphone enthusiast is
IT video vanguard to squeeze enough productivity out of your min-There was a time when iature thumb-keyboard-video was the last thing IT studded machine to
workers had to worry about. But things leave your laptop computer at home.
have definitely changed in recent In truth, this is a pretty tall order, no mat-years: Businesses want to use online ter how fantastic your mobile device
video to train their scattered workers (and your texting skills) may be. Enter
on the latest systems and applications; the $229 Celio Redfly Smartphone
consultants and partners aren’t satis- Terminal ( www.celiocorp.com/prod-fied with written descriptions of server uct), a Windows Mobile smartphone
rooms, network closets and office lay- companion that trades processor,
outs; and bosses don’t just want help memory and storage—all of which it
posting to a company blog—they want leaves to the smartphone—for light
to upload videos of their latest inspira- weight (about a pound and a half)
tional speeches and stunning wins over and long battery life (about 5 hours).
competitors. What’s a video-unsure IT —J.B. CONTINUED ON PAGE 27
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