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House of Marley Positive Vibrations Rasta Headphones
Last edited on: 27/05/2012 - 11:18
I can't deny it - when I first saw these house of Marley Positive Vibrations Rasta headphones I thought they can't be anything more than a gimmick and they can't possibly match anything on market from the 'big boys' for a comparable price. There is no doubt that the headphones are absolute beauts with their Rastafarian inspired colour scheme, but are they the real deal with respect to their sound capabilities? »   Read more
Toshiba Camileo S30 Full HD Digital Camcorder
Last edited on: 25/02/2012 - 10:53
The last time I bought a camcorder was 2000. I bought the game-changing Sony MiniDV DCR-PC100E which, with its semi-professional high specification (pre-dating the word "pro-sumer"), revolutionised the marketplace. I paid £1099, heavily discounted from its list price of £1499. Despite my initial enthusiasm, I probably only used it half a dozen times over the following two years, so flogged it on eBay for a very generous £150. I only realised that much because I had the foresight to keep the original packaging and accessories. »   Read more
Linux openSUSE 11.4 Installation on Dell Latitude D430
Last edited on: 24/04/2011 - 11:48
Before you start you will need a copy of the openSUSE 11.4 distribution; don't forget to verify the download if you have downloaded it - even broadband can scramble a few bits in 700MB. I chose the easy option - I happened to see that openSUSE 11.4 was bundled in the free cover disk in the May 2011 edition of Linux Format magazine (UK publication from Future Publishing), and it had one or two interesting articles to read too - hopefully the in-depth review of mythTV will inspire me to build a Linux-based home theater. »   Read more
Dell Latitude D430 Netbook Tour
Last edited on: 22/04/2011 - 19:28
The Dell Latitude D430 netbook was introduced in 2007, but was available with a high specification including a Dual Core processor and WXGA 12.1 screen. I got mine off eBay in refurbished condition - in effect it looks almost new although the grey plastic covers look a little dull and dreary despite not having any visible scratches or dents. Specification Processor   Type Intel Core 2 Duo L1 cache 32k L2 cache 2MB Bus Frequency 533 »   Read more
Dell Latitude D430 Netbook
Last edited on: 22/04/2011 - 19:25
I decided to buy an inexpensive secondhand netbook for my marathon train commute to work. The train is always busy, and whilst I would be able to purloin a table seat on the outbound journey, there was little chance of that coming home. »   Read more
XBOX 360 Removal of Family Settings
Last edited on: 05/03/2011 - 00:51
I bought a second hand XBOX 360 4GB Slim in black with built-in Wi-Fi. To my chagrin, and no little annoyance, I discovered when I tried to play Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare that I was prohibited due to parental control settings. I did momentarily think of returning the machine to the store, but since that was 90 miles away I looked for an alternative solution online. »   Read more
iPod Video, Linux and Rockbox Installation
Last edited on: 03/01/2011 - 10:03
Over the years I have become more and more disillusioned with .mp3 and .AAC (iTunes) files. They both use lossy compression and the reasons for their existence are now creeping into doubt. Their high compression ratios enabled quick downloads and used up little disk space. Both are coming increasingly less relevant with the development of ultra-cheap hard disk drives and fast Internet connections. However, if you want to use lossless compression with your sound files by using a codec such as FLAC or OGG Vorbis, then you are out of luck if you use the proprietary iTunes software on your iPod. »   Read more
Linux Shell Script to cksum and Compare Local and iPod Disks
Last edited on: 02/01/2011 - 20:09
After being bedeviled with disk problems on my FAT formatted 5th Generation Video iPod I put together a script to checksum (cksum) the drive and compare against the checksum of the music files on my local laptop. In reality, the this script can be used to check any two drives and it is not mandatory one of them needs to be an iPod drive. All the other examples of this sort of script on the Internet I found had one basic problem - they all only checked one directory, whilst I had a tree structure under my ~/Music directory. »   Read more
Samsung ES63 Digital Camera
Last edited on: 18/07/2010 - 17:41
I always like to think about the usage I will get out of any product before I commit my credit card details. In business parlance, this is like putting together a mental Business Case, and should the case for purchase not be overwhelming, I'll keep my money in my pocket. »   Read more
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