Thursday, October 08, 2009

GeekTonic Policy on Reviewed Items

Given the FTC’s recent push towards better disclosure of product reviews on blogs I thought I’d reiterate the process GeekTonic takes with all reviews – the same policy I’ve followed from day one.

GeekTonic reviews products in a way that is as unbiased and objective as possible.  Items that are reviewed fall under two categories:

1. Products provided for review to GeekTonic – after the review is complete, these products are either returned to the vendor or given away through GeekTonic contests.  They are never kept to be used by the writer/s of this blog unless the item is purchased.  Thus far I’ve either returned all products OR run a giveaway to give the product away to one lucky reader.  Reviewed software provided by vendors is disclosed as such and uninstalled or purchased after publication.  Examples of this include the review of the SageTV HD200, the Vidabox Keyboard among many others.

2. Products purchased to use that are also reviewed – These are items I’ve purchased for my own use or items other writers have purchased for their use.  These products are reviewed and of course kept as they were purchased and not provided for free.  An example of this is the Kindle 2 which was reviewed earlier this year and is still used and loved by my wife and I – we paid for that one and it was noted in the review.

One of the two categories have been followed for every review written thus far except for a couple of products that are being held to giveaway at the end of this year (so stay tuned).  Any exception from this policy will be specifically noted in the review.  Reviews on this blog are the opinion of the reviewer only and open to interpretation, but every effort is made to keep the review as objective as possible.

Feel free to read about all GeekTonic policies here

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

SageTV Beta for Mac Version – Snow Leopard Support

SageTV, the popular multi-OS HTPC software has released beta version V6.6.2 for the SageTV Mac versions.  The main (possibly only) purpose for this beta is to test Snow Leopard compatibility.  So if you’re using the Mac version of SageTV and have Snow Leopard be sure and check this version out.

Download and more information about this beta can be found at the SageTV forums.

Another Chance to win the Vidabox Wireless Keyboard

If you were one of those who didn’t win the Vidabox Premium Wireless Keyboard I gave away at GeekTonic last month you have one more chance to win one.

Vidabox, LLC is giving away one of those keyboards in November.  To win you add yourself as a fan on the Vidabox Facebook Page or follow Vidabox on Twitter (boy that sure was a good idea to snag that twitter name :)

Read the full details of the contest here

And of course check out the GeekTonic review of the Vidabox Keyboard here.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

TV Premieres – What To Watch October 4 – October 11

This week brings a few more premieres albeit a little more obscure titles. 

Don’t miss the Ultimate Guide to the 2009 Fall TV Season Premieres with free downloads by premiere date & by show name!

If you haven’t already, be sure and check out the link above and download the TV Premiere Listings recently updated.  Note that I continue to do these weekly, weekend “What to Watch” posts that will keep you updated with any changes to the schedule from that premiere guide, add some additional information about the shows for the week including whether they are in HD or not.  I also throw in any TV movies and specials for the week for good measure.

Below you’ll find all this weeks premieres through next Sunday.


Dirty Jobs

                        Dirty Jobs returns Tuesday

NOTE: All Times are Listed for EST

Sunday, October 4, 2009

  • America’s Funniest Home Videos (7pm on ABC) – Season 20
  • Hoarders: Buried Alive (8pm on TLC– Available in HD) – A one-hour special
  • I Know What I Saw (9pm on History– Available in HD) – A two-hour special.  So you know, they saw UFOs…
  • My Monkey Baby (9pm on TLC– Available in HD) – A one-hour special
  • The Next Iron Chef (9pm on Food Network– Available in HD) – Season 2
  • Three Rivers (9pm on CBS – Available in HD) - A new drama starring Alex O’ Loughlin
  • Monte Python: Almost the Truth (10pm on Sundance) – Season 1


Monday, October 5, 2009

  • Sherri (7pm on Lifetime) – New series on Lifetime
  • Rita Rocks (7:30pm on Lifetime) – Season 2
  • Outrage (9pm on HBO) – 1 1/2 Hour special


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

  • 30 for 30 (8pm on ESPN– Available in HD) – New series that shows 30 documentaries over several months geared towards showcasing a variety of sports topics that have occurred in the past three decades.  Interesting for the sports fans out there.
  • 18 Kids & Counting: 20 Years, 20 Duggars (9pm on TLC– Available in HD) – One-hour special
  • Dirty Jobs (9pm on Discovery Channel– Available in HD) – Season 6
  • Dragons’ Den (9pm on BBC America) – Season 6
  • Scare Tactics (9pm on Syfy) – Season 3
  • Ghost Lab (10pm on Discovery Channel– Available in HD) – New series
  • Parking Wars (10pm on A&E– Available in HD) – Season 2


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

  • MythBusters (9pm on Discovery Channel– Available in HD) – Season 7
  • Man Shops Globe (10pm on Sundance) – New series
  • South Park (10pm on Comedy Central) – Season 13
  • Secret Girlfriend (10:30pm on Comedy Central) – New series


Thursday, October 8, 2009

  • Tosh.0 (10pm on Comedy Central) – New Series (for fall)


Friday, October 9, 2009

  • Ugly Betty (8pm on ABC– Available in HD) – Season 4 starts on a Friday (which can’t be good for this show) with a two-hour premiere
  • I’m Alive (9pm on Animal Planet– Available in HD) – New series
  • Sanctuary (10pm on Syfy– Available in HD) – Season 2


Saturday, October 10, 2009

  • Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team (9pm on CMT) – Season 4 one-hour
  • Megafault (9pm on Syfy– Available in HD) – made-for-TV movie
  • The Graham Norton Show (10pm on BBC America) – Season 5
  • Wanda Sykes: I’m a Be Me (10pm on HBO) – 86 minute special


Sunday, October 11, 2009

No premieres for 10/11


Season Finales this Week:

  • 10/4/2009 10pm on E “Kourtney & Khloe season finale
  • 10/4/2009 10:30pm on HBO “Entourage” season 6 finale
  • 10/6/2009 9pm on ABC Family “Lincoln Heights” season finale

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