Daily Giz Wiz 679: The Peek

Episode 679 of the podcast

The Peek
Subject: Review of The Peek
Released:Thursday 16 October 2008
Length:about 18 minutes
Download file:dgw0679.mp3 (8.1 MB)

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Short info

Check your email remotely with the single-purposed The Peek.

Detailed information

The Peek is a small, thin portable device that does nothing but email, not for the hardcore techie but aimed at those who find computers too complicated and just want to start using email.  It's a take-off of the Blackberry in design, with a qwerty keyboard and a thumbwheel at the top right.  If you use a web-based account (such as hotmail, gmail, AOL), all you need to do is key in your email address and password, and it will download your contacts for you.  If you use an email account provided by your ISP, you'll need to call Peek Support.  It supports up to 3 email accounts on one machine.

The backbone of the wireless service is provided by T-Mobile.  You do need to open an account with the Peek, for $20 a month.  It's a monthly subscription, and there's no need for a long-term contract.  Available in 3 colours (aqua, red and grey) at Target stores and GetPeek itself.

20 Funniest Episodes

Eric Whistler has gone back to some of the older episodes, including the classic Episode 182, the Spork.  Eric wonders if Dick and Leo have their favourite, say, 20 funniest episodes.  Difficult to pick, but Dick remembers fondly the Purseguard Ultra (Episode 406), and the Talking Photo Album (Episode 463) in which Leo had a Gracie Allen moment.

The Burns & Allen Show

Dick recounts moments from the Burns & Allen Show, and Leo plays a YouTube video of an "embedded" commercial for Carnation Milk, and forgets whether they've read a letter or not.

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