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10 January, 2009

Griffin Simplifi

Griffin Simplifi

Griffin Simplifi one of the best gadget designed for iPod/iPhone I've seen recently. This gadget will be loved my iPod/iPhone owners who also like photography.

(more photos follow...)

iPods and iPhones are very popular gadgets nowadays. Many Mac users have an iPod or an iPhone. On top of that the percentage of photograhers in Mac community is quite high.

Without a Griffin Simplifi, you will need to have following two items instead:
an iPhone Dock and a memory card reader

Not much you may say, but an iPhone/iPod Dock and a memory card reader would take two USB ports at least, and more cables laying around the desk.

With Griffin Simplifi, you only need to connect one USB port to your computer, in fact you also get two USB ports at the back of Griffin Simplifi. It is an all-in-one device, it supports iPod/iPhone dock and reads media cards (Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, SD, SDHC, xD and CompactFlash).

My Sony Cyber-shot DSC H9 uses Memory Stick Pro; My Sony DSLR α350 uses CompactFlash. Griffin Simplifi is just the right device I need.

The contents of Griffin Simplifi:
Griffin Simplifi

Griffin Simplifi

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(to Don: Antony is poor.)

Posted by Antony on 10 January 2009 8:56 PM | gadget, iPod/iPhone/iPad, non-Apple hardware, photos

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I keep my Visor docked via serial; the MS[Pro]/SM/SD/MMC/xD reader is built into my laptop, and I have a CompactFlash bridge plugged into one of the expansion slots. I think the floppy drive is the only thing I have hooked up via USB.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 11 January 2009 1:07 AM.
I am sure the Griffin Company thanks you Antony for being such an anal purchaser of all things "gagetty"!
Whatever DON does, seems so much more.....hands-on, like he actually understands technology and doesn't just buy "pret-a-porte"( "ready-made" for you Antony )
Posted by Rev. Dr. Wu Yi on 11 January 2009 12:17 PM.
Before Antony responds with how he's sorry, and that he doesn't speak English, I want to remind him that I had no clue what "pret-a-porte" meant either.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 11 January 2009 1:39 PM.
I am shocked DON, not that you didn't know the French words ( which, incidently, is probably, "pret-a-porter",due to my typo! )....but that you have never heard of the movie of the same name, which had quite a run in the US!
Posted by Rev. Dr. Wu Yi on 11 January 2009 7:22 PM.
There's obviously no room for all sorts of memory cord slots my the 1-inch thin MacBook Pro.
Posted by Antony Shen on 11 January 2009 9:04 PM.
Rev. Dr. Wu Yi,
It is important to keep reduce the clutter of your desk.
Posted by Antony Shen on 11 January 2009 9:07 PM.
"memory cord slots"...........what are these?
"keep reduce" that's a doozy!!
"my the 1-inch thin MacBook Pro.".....this sounds like self advertising gone badly wrong.
I know, I know, Antony "doesn't speak Angrish".
Not forgetting that old chestnut, "Antony is poor".

Posted by on 11 January 2009 10:49 PM.
I never tried to hide the facts that Antony doesn't speak English and Antony is poor.
Posted by Antony Shen on 11 January 2009 10:55 PM.
Antony, I'd rather take an extra 3/8" for the added expandability.
Rev. Dr., "the 1-inch thin MacBook Pro" sounds like normal Apple advertising to me: one inch thin, not one inch thick. In the world of Apple, "thick" seems to automatically be a bad thing.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 12 January 2009 2:49 AM.
For using the laptop on the go, carrying a small memory card reader (as pictured in the second photo of this entry, the item on the right), seems to be a better solution to me than adding the thickness to the laptop.
For using at home, combining two devices into one, cutting two USB cords down to only one, reducing occupying two USB ports to actually gaining more USB ports, ... etc Griffin Simplifi seems to be a great solution to keep your desktop tidy and in good looking.
Posted by Antony Shen on 12 January 2009 9:00 AM.
Then again, that seems to be the Mac way of mobility: market a really thin device for cosmetic appeal, but then have people carry around a USB media card reader, USB modem, a Mini-DisplayPort to VGA (or DVI) adapter, a FireWire 800 to 400 adapter, and in the case of the MacBook Air, an optical drive. Isn't that what we did in the 1990s, when all we had available were 16-bit PCMCIA and some big multi-purpose proprietary connector on the back?
It seems to me like an extra 3/8" is well worth it for not having to carry around a bunch of extras along with it.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 12 January 2009 9:24 AM.
And you use dial-up modem with you? As well as carrying an external monitor with you when going out? Or connecting to an external display most of the times when you carry your laptop out?
There are plenty of situations when a laptop is carried out without the need of reading media card.
It seems to me that YOU need all the ports that Apple carefully decided that most people won't use it most of the time hence not available as built-in ports. How often do you really need to read an optical media on the go?
Posted by Antony Shen on 12 January 2009 9:53 AM.
I use the built-in dialup modem almost every weekend when I am away from home, and of course when Comcast goes down.
I connect my laptop to an external VGA monitor at least once (and often twice) a day weekdays in school.
Remember that I record my radio to a CompactFlash card for later listening, so that's used at least once a day, and often it's while I'm out or not at home. I also may want to get content off my camera's SmartMedia card while I'm out taking photos.
Even if I'm not using it on the go, it's bad enough that I have to keep a floppy drive hooked up via USB. They seemed to fit one in my old notebook, and that wasn't any thicker than this one is. If I had to do the same with a CD drive, then I probably wouldn't have bought this laptop to begin with.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 12 January 2009 10:24 AM.
Wow! Away for trip every weekend!
Why do you need to hook up your computers to a computer monitor in school on weekday basis? I can't believe that you hated LCD displays that much, and must use VGA. Geez.
What's is the big deal with a short Mini DisplayPort to VGA (or DVI) adaptor? Carry it only when needed. There will be monitors that supports Mini DisplayPort soon, why bother with VGA when you can use better technology (at least agreed by most people)?
As for the optical media drive, for the entire trip, this MacBook Pro's media drive was not used any single time. In fact, for the lifetime of this MacBook Pro (comes with built-in SuperDrive), it was hardly used, except for software installation at home or on the go.
Most files were either downloaded from internet or transferred from home network using 802.11n except for big files which I would than hook up the Cat6 cable for Gigabit connection.
Posted by Antony Shen on 13 January 2009 5:41 PM.
Now you're assuming that I go on a trip every weekend? How do you know I'm not going to work?
I hook up my laptop to the LCDs at school because the built-in display has a bunch of lines through it that make it difficult to use. Not all LCDs use DVI or DisplayPort, you know, and I got a laptop with VGA for compatibility reasons, not for performance or quality reasons.
I haven't got gigabit Ethernet or 802.11n, only slow 802.11b and 10BaseT.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 13 January 2009 10:19 PM.
You said "I use the built-in dialup modem almost every weekend when I am away from home", and I made the best assumption, sorry for my poor English, I don't speak English you know.
Your laptop supports gigabit ethernet and 802.11n wireless connection.
Posted by Antony Shen on 14 January 2009 9:16 AM.
"Away from home" doesn't mean I'm going on a trip. I would attribute the misunderstanding to how you like to make too many assumptions on my words, rather than your very good English-speaking ability.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 14 January 2009 11:23 AM.
I tend to use the phrase..."away from the house" or "away from my house/home"...takes the kinks out of understanding what you mean to say.
Posted by Rev. Dr. Wu Yi on 16 January 2009 10:23 PM.
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