David Berlind

David Berlind was fomerly the executive editor of ZDNet. David holds a BBA in Computer Information Systems. Prior to becoming a tech journalist in 1991, David was an IT manager.</p>

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Motorola Q eats batteries alive

Motorola Q eats batteries alive

When I first unboxed the Motorola Q, I knew I was in for disappointment when I saw how small its brick-of-a-battery was and what I'd be expecting the Q to do. To put it bluntly, to own a Q, which should involve taking advantage of some of its most prominent features, Verizon Wireless' prices of $199 (requires a two-year and online purchase to get the $100 discount from $299) or $349 for the one-year contract version (no discount available) are misleading and here's why.

September 18, 2006 by in Mobility

Go ahead.   Try calling 1-800-ROADSIDE with the Motorola Q.  OK, bad idea.

Go ahead. Try calling 1-800-ROADSIDE with the Motorola Q. OK, bad idea.

In one of my first segments in this series of real-world takes on Motorola's Q smartphone, I criticized it for the difficulty I had in accessing those company directories that you sometimes navigate when the business your calling has no receptionist on duty. You know, the kind where it asks you to spell the name of the person you're trying to reach?

September 14, 2006 by in Mobility

Moto Q:  Impossible to access company phone directories

Moto Q: Impossible to access company phone directories

This is the second in a series of blog posts that I'll be doing that focuses on specific attributes of the Motorola Q.  I'm currently in the midst of a real world test of the Q -- using it as my primary mobile device for everything from making phone calls to keeping pictures and movies of my kids to playing back music and podcasts to doing my e-mail (and way more).

August 16, 2006 by in Mobility

Chambers keynote Podcast: How I did it

Chambers keynote Podcast: How I did it

If you happened to catch my coverage of Cisco CEO John Chambers' keynote address at Interop, then you probably saw that I attempted to make the coverage into a multimedia extravanganza.  You've got the blog which gives a basic summary, photographs of Chambers in action and some networking gear (ooooh!

May 3, 2005 by in Hardware

Can iRiver's H320 be used to record podcasts?

Can iRiver's H320 be used to record podcasts?

This is Part B to a two-part series on how iRiver's H320 can serve as a multi-purpose device for people who need to listen to as well as record digital audio (Part A mostly covers the listening side of the equation). Although I'm still testing the device, I was motivated to release some of my findings ahead of time because of how podcasting co-inventor Dave Winer reached out to the blogosphere for advice on what his next digital audio player (DAP) should be.

April 14, 2005 by in Mobility

Podcast editing dream machine?

Podcast editing dream machine?

If you're producing podcasts at the rate we are at ZDNet, roughly one every two business days, you may have found what I've learned -- that system horsepower equates to time saved. For example, in working with our raw audio using the open source-based Audacity (available for OS X, Windows, and Linux), I've found myself tapping my fingers plenty of times as I wait for the final mix to be rendered in MP3 format.

March 16, 2005 by in Hardware

Possible mobile podcasting studio configurations

Possible mobile podcasting studio configurations

In my attempt to find out more about Edirol's R1 battery operated digital audio recorder and whether it could be the centerpiece of a good mobile podcasting studio, I was looking for people that might have some experience with the device already. Over in the MP3 forums in CNET's Reviews channel is a gentleman that goes by the handle "criggs" who has published a significant amount of information about his experience with the R1 that might be better than any review that you can find.

March 11, 2005 by in Mobility

Will social databases give way to social protocols?

Will social databases give way to social protocols?

At first, the news about how LinkedIn is going to start charging for tying job listings into its social network didn't strike me as blogworthy. But the more I thought about it, the more I wondered what the long-term prognosis will be for companies like LinkedIn, Ryze, and Plaxo that run hub-n-spoke relationship management databases.

March 1, 2005 by in Networking

Note to FireWire product buyers:  Read the fine print

Note to FireWire product buyers: Read the fine print

In my never ending quest to find the perfect blend of hardware and software for producing ZDNet's podcasts (aka, our "podcasting recipe"), I've stumbled upon some fine print that's very important if you're buying FireWire enabled systems or peripherals, especially moving forward.

January 30, 2005 by in Hardware

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