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opinion piece January 13, 2009 posted by

9 Days! – a random glimpse of my life with Windows Vista

I think I’m starting to understand why Microsoft is rushing to release Windows 7 to the public. Day 1. Dec 17th a) WiFi disappears for no reason. Refuses even to restart with the disable/enable trick, needs reboot. Did it crash? USB also fails to restart after sleep. Have to unplug the USB cable and replug it in to restart all the USB peripherals. b) Notice that I’m getting around 816 kbp/s off my 20 Mbps broadband connection on the Vista notebook….


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hardware December 30, 2008 posted by

La Crosse BC-900 – battery charging with smarts

Rechargeable batteries are great but they’re kind of an investment especially if you buy good quality ones. I have four sets of four batteries and for that kind of cash you don’t want to ruin them with some junk charger you found in a bargain bin. The La Crosse BC-900 battery charger isn’t new, but I’ve been using one now for almost a year and I’m very impressed with it. The BC-900 is like a massager for your batteries that…


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La Crosse BC-900 – battery charging with smarts
Gadgets December 27, 2008 posted by

Proporta Universal Charger – power on the go

I’ve been hanging out with a Proporta Universal Charger for a while now, and it’s pretty cool. The thing comes in a slimline pocket happy size, and contains a 3400 mAh rechargeable battery, which you charge up via the USB port on your computer. Once full, it will keep your mobile phone and other handheld devices going for a good while. The company claims you’ll be able to recharge your device between 3 and 5 times, which is pretty impressive…


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Free Software December 23, 2008 posted by

MozBackup fail – file size limit cripples large messagebase backups

I hate to do this to a cool Open Source product like MozBackup, but it really let me down the other day when I needed to transfer my email message base across from one machine to another. The backup file was fine, but contained only a small part of my data. Apparently the program can only cope with messagebases up to 4 GB in size. My messagebase is around 12 GB, hence the problem with only getting a portion of my…


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Gadgets December 11, 2008 posted by

Digital Photo Frame Keyring – perfect for Grandmas

We found this Kaiser Baas 1.5″ digital photo frame keyring in our local office supply super-mega-jumbo store and it’s quite nifty. It can hold around 70 photos and accepts either JPG or BMP files which it displays on a 1.5″ screen. The little screen is pretty ho hum, colours are bluish and you’ll need to find the right angle to view the photos clearly but it’s usable and quite bright. The screen looks like a colour mobile phone screen from…


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Digital Photo Frame Keyring – perfect for Grandmas
Gadgets December 9, 2008 posted by

Jabra BT530 – top notch Bluetooth headset says boo to background noise

The Jabra BT530 Bluetooth Headset is probably as good as it gets right now in terms of features and performance for this type of device. Why? Well the audio is excellent, not only because of the noise cancellation technology (I don’t know about ‘noise blackout’, but for once people can hear me while outside on a windy day) but also because it delivers reasonable sound from music files. When I’m cycling I tend to use a single ear headset rather than…


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Gadgets December 4, 2008 posted by

Nokia N97 hands on – it’s the services, stupid…

So I got to play with the Nokia N97 for a while in Barcelona last Tuesday, and left the encounter with somewhat mixed feelings. On the one hand disappointment – at the lack of an 8 megapixel camera, at the relatively narrow screen, at the rather complicated user interface. This is not an iPhone killer – whatever that means – in any way, and in fact may end up looking decidedly pedestrian should Apple upgrade their product significantly in the time before the…


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Reviews December 1, 2008 posted by

Windows Vista Problems of the Day – another day, another list of woes

Windows Vista Problems of the Day – The case of the lost peripherals. (previously) (clipart) Well well well, yesterday Vista decided to lose my mouse. I’m right in the middle of a straightforward image editing session, everything going well (got to say I like the new image editing features in the Vista image viewer) when all of a sudden, pop. Mouse gone. Totally. Logitech wireless model. Took the USB wireless dongle out, padded over to nearby second laptop, popped it in, mouse working…


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hardware October 28, 2008 posted by

Motor Show 2008 – short electric car round-up, and not a green one in sight

Went to the Motor Show 2008 a couple of months back and grabbed some shots of some electric cars on the stands. Here’s a quick round up for you to look at. The Quiet Car Company promises to deliver a full 4 seater electric car with 60 mile range, 35mph top speed for £9,995.00 on the road. The thing looks great in the brochure, but in reality it’s just a boring looking converted Chinese model based around a Lotus chassis…


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cool tech October 24, 2008 posted by

Violet Mir:ror – new system connects up the whole world via RFID

The good folk at Violet, purveyors of the Nabaztag Rabbit, are launching a new product on Monday. The Mir:ror system is a consumer oriented RFID system (reader and tokens) which lets anyone connect up ordinary objects to a computer controlled network via their PC, the Violet central server system and a newly designed RFID chip in the form of stick-on labels called Ztamp:z.   The idea is you buy packs of these Ztamp:z, attach them to whatever you want – e.g. keys, books, umbrellas etc – register them with the central server and from that moment on…


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Hacks & How to October 21, 2008 posted by

Mobile Broadband Roaming – how to grab fast Internet cheaply while travelling

I spent a few weeks wandering around Europe and Scandinavia this summer and learned a few things about catching mobile broadband access at the right kind of price which I thought I might share with you. First off, mobile broadband roaming is disgustingly expensive if you do it via the normal, use your own SIM card way. Data roaming prices are the 21st century form of piracy, and the sooner the authorities clamp down on it, the better. That said, there…


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Mobile Broadband Roaming – how to grab fast Internet cheaply while travelling
cool tech September 10, 2008 posted by

Google Chrome – nice…but needs a little extra sauce…

I’ve been playing with the new Google Chrome web browser over the past few days and I’m impressed. It’s fast, clean and I really like the combo search and address box. It means you don’t have to differentiate between doing a web search or entering a URL, you just type in the required text and boom, the browser goes off and returns the right content. Very slick. It desperately needs plugins though, because every Firefox user relies on at least…


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Bookmark This! August 28, 2008 posted by

Exif Date Changer – Fix those pesky photo times and dates

Stop me if you’ve heard this one. A couple of weeks ago it was our daughter’s 1st birthday. After the party died down a bit I grabbed a copy of everyone’s photos and dropped them into Picasa and, as I normally do, tried to sort them according to the time they were taken. Uh oh. There were photos everywhere. Turns out the clock in my father’s camera was out by about 11 time zones, thanks to a trip to Venice…


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cool tech August 12, 2008 posted by

Jabra SP700 Car Speakerphone – at last a hands-free device that is actually really useful

I’ve been playing with a Jabra SP700 Bluetooth Speakerphone for a while and oooh! I tend to stay away from this kind of tech, because it’s a bit sales vehicle boring, know what I mean, but this is the first hands-free product which has really made me sit up and take notice. It’s not just because it looks pretty cool either, although it does. All black shiny ‘use the force, Luke’ like. Nope, it’s because it adds value to my mobile life…


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cool tech July 4, 2008 posted by

Polaroid PoGo – instant Bluetooth printing from your mobile phone

We’ve been taking a look at the new Polaroid Pogo Instant Mobile Printer and it’s interesting. It’s a neat little product, a bit bigger than a deck of cards, with a rechargeable battery worth some 15 prints, Bluetooth or USB connectivity and a price point of around $150.00 (or £99.00). Read on for more…


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