# Thursday, 09 August 2007

Apple has released a bunch of new Macs with an updated design but what grabbed my attention the most was the new keyboards. OMG my finger is hovering over the Buy button as I type this :) Just look at that profile. It's probably horrible to type on but man is that yummy looking!

AppleWirelessKeyboard2007 AppleWirelessKeyboard2007-top

posted on Thursday, 09 August 2007 12:52:35 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [4] Trackback
# Wednesday, 17 January 2007

UPDATE: Since writing this post Nvidia has released an official version of the driver.

If you own a GeForce 8800 graphics adapter and have tried getting it to run under Windows Vista you know it's impossible. At least it was impossible up to this point. Today I found an unreleased version of the ForceWare drivers for Windows Vista 32/64-bit. They are versioned 100.30. There are some caveats to running these drivers so check out the details at the download site. Most notably is the bug which causes the resolution to revert to 1024x768 when resuming from standby.

These are beta and should be treated with care. Only install them if you know what you are doing. You can damage your installation by running these.

ForceWare Vista 100.30 (GeForce 8800) x86

ForceWare Vista 100.30 (GeForce 8800) x64

posted on Wednesday, 17 January 2007 11:20:27 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, 10 January 2007

With some hours gone by since the announcement of the iPhone I thought it interesting to see what reactions different people have to this thing.

First up a hands on from David Pogue, New York Times:

"Today, I had meetings with with Steve Jobs and then Phil Schiller, Apple’s director of worldwide marketing. I basically played with the iPhone the entire hour.

Here are some of the things you can’t tell without actually handling and using the iPhone."

[Some Hands-On Time With the iPhone]

Omar Shanine also has some interesting things to say about the thing. Most of which actually mirrors my own thoughts in that we'll be seeing a version 1 product with bugs and niggles which need to be worked out. Luckily they'll probably get there before the European launch:

"Here is the thing with the iPhone. Yes it's cool... and yes it has some crazy cool new features. However, there is a reason it's going to be out in June. It's probably horribly buggy and incomplete. There is going to be a ton of NEW software running on this thing. Mac OS X on a tiny device the size of the Q powering your Phone, IMAP IDLE connection etc? It's going to Crash, need reboots, be slow, lock up (hellooooo spinning beach ball), have trouble answering the phone and so on. You know it will, you just don't know it yet because you haven't lived with one."

[Thoughts on the macworld keynote]

Also I don't know how Apple can get away with calling this thing the iPhone with Cisco releasing a product with the same name weeks before. Finally the Macworld keynote is online at the Apple site if you want to see the whole thing and maybe learn a thing or two about how to give a really great presentation :)

posted on Wednesday, 10 January 2007 09:10:51 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [2] Trackback
# Tuesday, 09 January 2007

Yes after years of speculation Apple announced the iPod Phone and I got to say that it looks pretty sweet. I may have to revisit my stance on the Samsung SGH-i600 :) Unfortunately it won't be available in Europe until Q4.

Also the iTV was announced now called Apple TV. Basically a streaming box. Not all that exciting in my mind. They snuck out an update to the AirPort Extreme as well which enables 802.11n.

posted on Tuesday, 09 January 2007 20:37:01 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, 05 January 2007

I've been on the lookout for a new phone but I didn't really know what I was looking for. I'm pretty happy with my non-smartphone but it dawned on me that what I'm really missing is e-mail and Messenger support with which I could ditch the laptop in many situations.

Drool.

posted on Friday, 05 January 2007 09:25:36 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [2] Trackback
# Monday, 25 December 2006

I loathe the Xbox style controller for FPS gaming. So such so that I never got around to buying an Xbox. I've tried it a couple of times but each time I sit down with it I can't help but feeling constrained by it. Coming from the PC gaming world with lots of Quake and Doom under my belt I'm used (or rather was used) to the complete freedom offered by the mouse and keyboard combo.

Lately I've been looking at a couple games I'd like to try out only to find that they are available for the Xbox only. Bummer. Looks like I might be getting an Xbox soon though as Team Xtender has created a neat product called the XFPS 360 which allows you to hook up a mouse and keyboard for that nice free form feeling you usually get only from the PC.

Team Xtender's XFPS 360 in action

posted on Monday, 25 December 2006 17:54:49 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, 02 December 2006

This pretty much sums up my feelings about the matter. We now return to our regurlarly scheduled programming :)

posted on Saturday, 02 December 2006 09:28:03 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback
# Sunday, 09 July 2006

VistaLogo2People have been whining excessively these pasts months about Vista, how it’s not ready, how it’s annoying with all the security popups, how it requires way to much in the way of hardware.

I’m here to tell you that the reports of the hardware requirements being overly needy are exaggerated to point of the ridiculous. I’ve been playing around with Windows Vista beta 2 these past couple of weeks, and have been installing on a variety of machine configurations. Not only did I have zero problems getting the beast to run, it ran without a hitch at all times. My biggest problem was with IE7 crashing time and time again but I’m guessing that the problem lies within IE7 itself and not in the OS, otherwise I would have seen this behavior from other programs as well but they have all behaved nicely, even Office 2007 beta 2 which I’m running exclusively at the moment.

Now what I’ve found on the hardware front is that most people will be able to benefit from the nice new Aero interface. Basically everyone will have a CPU and hard drive fast enough for Vista, the main problem lies with the graphics adapter and the RAM.

I’m glad to report that I’ve been successful in installing and running Aero on everything from a Radeon 9700 Mobility, Radeon 9550, to NVidia's nForce430 with integrated graphics. These adapters are either a couple of years old or very low spec so I don’t really see a huge problem in this department. If you’ve bought a computer within the last year I’d say that you are pretty much good to go. Also worth of note is that the UI team has a sleek alternative graphics mode ready for the users who don’t own a PC with the required hardware. You get something which looks more like Windows XP but still a bump up from what we’re used to. The one problem I foresee with Aero is that people who have the right hardware but are right on the border of what Vista requires will not have Aero enabled by default. A new hardware rating concept has been introduced and more other than not the rating doesn’t actually reflect what the machine is actually able to do so you need to enable glass yourself which I bet most regular users won’t be able to do. Of course the rating may be immature still and it needs some fine tuning as the rest of the OS, but Microsoft really need to get this right so the common folk can take full advantage of not only their shiny new OS but their hardware as well. It looks like Microsoft is aware of this though.

Memory is an area which people have largely ignored but I see this as being one of the areas which will really cause some havoc. In the past I’ve always equipped machines with 1 GB of memory but it looks like that won’t be enough for Vista. I’m typing this on my main Vista installation and have a gadget up in the sidebar which displays RAM usage. At the moment it shows 75% usage with only Outlook 2007 running in the background and the program that I’m typing this post in the foreground. To me this indicates that you will need 2 GB for regardless of how you use your computer. Windows XP is fine with 512 MB for the average user but it seems that Vista will need four times the memory to achieve the same level of responsiveness that we see in Windows XP. With that being said I am running with only a single GB of RAM and the experience is smooth but from time to time a lot of swapping will occur slowing the OS down to a crawl.

In conclusion you need to be aware of the fact the Windows Vista is still in beta. Yes the OS is feature complete but a lot is still happening in the fine tuning department. The number of security dialog popups is one area where the team is rethinking the way they go about authenticating that a real user is clicking the buttons. Another area is performance: You can be sure that we will see Vista performing better on lower end hardware by the time it ships due to optimizations done in this last phase of development. The difference in performance between build 5384 and 5456 is clear evidence of the fact.

posted on Sunday, 09 July 2006 14:17:32 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, 28 June 2006

Nf500Anandtech has a first look at the nForce 5xx platform for Intel. Of course the nForce platform has been available for AMD forever and to some extent for the Intel platform as well. However I feel that the nForce 5xx is the first true NVidia SLI platform for Intel which is comparable on both the AMD and Intel sides of the fence. With this chipset the Core2 Duo gets what it deserves in terms of features and performance. The 975X went 90% of the way but with NVidia not wanting to approve it for SLI you’re only real choice was the AMD platform as NVidia IMO is the only way to go when it comes to SLI.

nForce 590 SLI Intel Edition: NVIDIA prepares an Intel 975X Killer

 

posted on Wednesday, 28 June 2006 15:38:31 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, 19 June 2006

WesterndigitalI’ve been swearing to the Samsung Spinpoint P120 drives for very quiet PCs in the past but have been frustrated with the low max capacity of the drive (250GB). Now it seems I’ve found a great alternative in the Western Digital Caviar SE16 500GB.

SilentPCReview basically says that this drive is the quietest of all desktop drives available today, it even comes close to the good old Seagate Baracuda IV which has been reigning king forever. I know it’s bad form but I couldn’t resist taking this snip,

For once, a hard drive has lived up to its marketing claims. The 500 GB Caviar SE16 is the quietest 3.5" desktop drive that we know of on the market today. Not only is it quieter than all of the other high capacity drives that we've looked at, it also beats the Samsung Spinpoint P80 and gives the venerable Barracuda IV a run for the money. These are old drives with fewer platters that have less than one sixth the capacity of the new Western Digital.

Western Digital Caviar SE16 500GB: Big Low-Noise Champ?

posted on Monday, 19 June 2006 13:02:01 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, 04 June 2006

CoreDuo2I’ve been waiting for AMD and Intel to release their new platforms before getting a new PC for the home office. Specifically Intel interests me as they have a new architecture which promises to bring both higher speeds and lower power consumption. What is interesting is the price of these new parts. While the AMD parts are keeping their prices while not introducing any significant performance gains, the Intel parts show real promise: Not only performance wise but also in their pricing which seems to be very competitive with AMD.

SHG.dk has prices on the new Intel parts already and I expect that they will drop a little before introduction as was the case when they had AMD AM2 prices listed before launch. Of course we can expect the Core Duo 2 chips to become available July 23rd.

Worth of note is that Intel is keeping the LGA775 socket around this time while AMD has introduced a new socket called AM2. This means that many custom coolers can be used with the new Intel chips and not with the AMD chips.

Also Nvidia will be launching their nForce5xx chipset for the Intel platform which to me is very interesting as there hasn’t really been a good SLI chipset for Nvidia cards and Intel up until this point. Yes the previous nForce chipset is available but I really don’t see that as a really solid SLI platform for Intel compared to what we’ve got available on the AMD platform.

posted on Sunday, 04 June 2006 13:34:59 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, 13 February 2006

Sit back and enjoy the wonder that is direct manipulation of a computer screen using only your hands. A friend of mine passed along this link for an absolutely amazing demo of new technology which basically reminds me of a scene from Minority Report where Tom Cruise is manipulation a couple of views using a data glove-thingy. Now the truly amazing thing about the actual technology is that is has done away with the gloves making the experience look very intuitive.

You need to see this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVI6xw9Zph8

posted on Monday, 13 February 2006 09:38:19 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, 12 October 2005

IPod5GApple sure knows how to keep the competition on its toes. At the previously announced special event “Just One More Thing” tonight Apple announced new iPod with capacities of 30 and 60 GB and even smaller than the last models, 11mm for the 30 GB version and 14mm for the 60 GB one. They are available through Apples Online Store. Oh did I mention that they carry a color screen and the capability of playing video? No?  Video out is suppoted on the new iPods which presumably gives you the ability to play those videos on your TV, now all we need is a small wireless remote for the iPod.

Also a version 6 of iTunes was announced which features video support. An updated version of the iTunes Music Store actually supports video downloads in the forms music videos and series like Desparate House Wives.

Lastly new iMacs were announced, thinner and faster with builtin webcam and a small remote for controlling iTunes and a bunch of the iLife programs.

posted on Wednesday, 12 October 2005 20:44:16 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback
# Thursday, 18 August 2005

Looks like the Danish price for Xbox 360 will be DKK 3199,– for a kit including all the goodies. A core system will bleed you for DKK 2399,-. I do believe I know what I want to give myself for Christmas

IMO the pricing of the system is extremely competitive. Can’t wait to see how the Media Center integration works out.

posted on Thursday, 18 August 2005 14:05:17 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [3] Trackback
# Tuesday, 07 June 2005

SveasoftLogoI’ve been fiddling with QoS on my Linksys WRT54GS routers for some time now but I could never get it just right. Now that I know how I thought I’d share it with the world. Setup of QoS really isn’t that difficult; what got me was the lack of information available on the subject.

Please note that the instructions are made with routers running the latest Talisman firmware from Sveasoft (payware). UI may vary from firmware to firmware. You can download the latest Alchemy firmware from Sveasoft for free if you don’t want to pay for Talisman. Only flash your router with a custom firmware if you are relatively confident in what you’re doing; if anything goes wrong you will kill your router off.

First point is only relevant if you’re running a WDS setup with multiple routers interconnected. If you don’t know what WDS is chances are that you aren’t running such a setup. You only need to setup QoS on the router connected directly to the internet. On a related note this is also true for port forwarding and triggering.

Secondly you need to find the actual speed of your internet connection. Often times the actual speed of your connection will be lower than what your ISP claims it is. For QoS to work it needs to know the maximum up-/downstream speed. Naturally if these values are set too high the QoS will think that there’s no congestion on your network which makes QoS a moot point. Now to find you connection speed goto the Speed Tests page at DSLReports and find a site close to you. I had a lot of luck with TPTest from IT– og Telestyrelsen (it’s in Danish, sorry about that).

  • Open up the administrative pages on your router and go to the Applications & Gaming tab. From there you go to QoS.
  • Make sure that the radio button is set to Enable.
  • Port set to WAN
  • Input the values you found on the Speedtests pages in “downlink kbps” and “uplink kbps” . For my 2048/512 kbps line I put in 1800 downlink and  400 uplink (a little lower than that I got from the speedtest just to make sure).
  • Lastly you need to assign services priorities. I’ve got Skype, HTTP, HTTPS, and Quicktime set to premium and Bittorrent, eDonkey, and FTP set to bulk.

As you can see it’s pretty straightforward to setup QoS but the effect when configured correctly is profound. Having setup QoS I’m now able to have all kinds of downloads running while still being able to surf and watch streaming content unaffected. This feature alone makes the Linksys router worth it’s own weight in gold

 

posted on Tuesday, 07 June 2005 21:35:47 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, 07 February 2005

Some time has passed since I first learned about the Wireless Distribution System protocol (WDS). I continue to be intrigued by the possibilities of the protocol which is the reason for this post. My experience of the area is that people don’t know much about what can be achieved using WDS. Pioneered by Apple and adopted by a few other companies such as Buffalo, Linksys, and D-Link, WDS is the protocol for coupling multiple wireless bridges in a single wireless network, thus extending the range of the network and enabling non-wireless hardware to connect to the wireless network via ethernet.

My interest in WDS was sparked by the purchase of a network DVD player from KISS which turned out to have a rather lacking wireless implementation causing the player to disconnect from the network from time to time, usually when watching a movie streamed across the wireless network. Needless to say that the experience was less than appealing. The quick fix was buying a bridge which handled the wireless network access on behalf of the DVD player.

However my wish was for a more flexible solution which would enable me to connect other buildings in my neighborhood to my network: Enter the Linksys WRT54GS. The Linksys WRT54GS is not WDS enabled by default but that is easily fixed using the Sveasoft Satori firmware. This does not only enable WDS but also a host of other useful features such as Quality of Service which comes in handy for IP telephony.

Now the setup of WDS is a bit complicated so here is a description of how I got it working. I named my routers INTERNET and BRIDGE for easy reference:

General:

1) Download the Sveasoft Satori firmware from LinksysInfo.org. Please note that two versions of the WRT54 exist: The G and GS. Be sure to get the compatible firmware or you will toast your router.

2) Flash both routers with the downloaded firmware using the Administration / Firmware Upgrade.

3) Note the wireless MAC address of both routers which is found in the Status / Wireless menu.

For BOTH routers:

4) In Wireless / Basic Settings set

    • Wireless Mode: AP
    • Wireless Network Mode: Mixed
    • Wireless Network Name: <some SSID>
    • Wireless Channel: <Choose a wireless channel (must be the same on both routers!)>
    • Wireless SSID Broadcast: Enable

5) In Wireless / Security set

    • Security Mode: WEP
    • WEP Key: Generate a key (again this must be the same key on BOTH routers!)

6) In Wireless / MAC Filter

    • Wireless MAC Filter: Disable

7) Advanced Settings set

    • Authentication Type: Auto
    • Basic Rate: Default
    • Transmission Rate: Auto
    • CTS Protection Mode: Disable
    • Frame Burst: Disable
    • Beacon Interval: 100
    • DTM Interval: 1
    • Fragmentation Threshold: 2346
    • RTS Threshold: 2347
    • TX Antenna: Auto
    • RX Antenna: Auto
    • Xmit Power: <set it as high as you dare, I use a value of 72>

On the INTERNET router:

8) In Setup / Basic Setup

    • DHCP Server: Disable
    • Local IP Address: 192.168.1.1
    • Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
    • Gateway: 0.0.0.0

9) In the Wireless / WDS

    • Choose LAN in the drop down list
    • Enter the MAC of the BRIDGE router which you jotted down earlier
    • Lazy WDS: Disable
    • WDS Subnet: Disable

On the BRIDGE router

10) In Basic Setup

    • DHCP Server: Disable
    • Local IP Address: 192.168.1.2
    • Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
    • Gateway: 192.168.1.1

11) In the Wireless / WDS

    • Choose LAN in the drop down list
    • Enter the MAC of the INTERNET router which you jotted down earlier
    • Lazy WDS: Disable
    • WDS Subnet: Disable
posted on Monday, 07 February 2005 22:16:40 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, 03 September 2004

It looks like Logitech has put a new mouse on the street, the MX1000 which sports a laser sensor for better tracking on almost any surface. They also state that the sensor is able to track more precisely which may be accurate but I cannot see how the RF technology would be able to cope with the added resolution when it was struggling with the optical sensors of the last generation.

Oh well, being the mouse nut I am I may just have to go out and get one of these so I can see for myself what the fuss is about :)

PC Magazine has a review of the rodent if my description has taken your fancy.

posted on Friday, 03 September 2004 09:47:35 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, 30 August 2004

I have long thought there was no point in raise the clock speed of CPUs beyond 3 GHz for desktop CPUs, people are simply not able to use all that raw processing power. I was a die hard AMD fan for a long time mainly because I always cheer for the underdog and they did have a great product in the Athlon.

Times change and Intel gave us Hyperthreading for the desktop which is around the time I chose to go with Intel instead, simply because Hyperthreading is what we need to make our computers more responsive due to the nature of modern operating systems where a lot of processes are contending for the CPU at the same time. Hyperthreading gave us a more responsive system and the new dual core CPUs which AMD and Intel are working on will do much more.

Building a dual core CPU is not an easy feat which I learned from this article found at theinquirer (via Hardocp.com). If you have any interest in this area and want to know what is coming and which company to look out for you should definitely give the article a read.

posted on Monday, 30 August 2004 09:24:16 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, 22 July 2004

Do you remember the nifty new wireless access point which Apple released recently, the one which streams music wirelessly from your iTunes library? Arstechnica has a review of the device.

Great little device, I ordered one right away but was put off by the fact that it only extends AirPort Extreme APs so I cancelled my order a couple of days ago. Reading the review I learn that it will work with any existing wireless network but as a client it won't extend it.

Or so Apple would have you think Ars has found that the Express WILL extend certain third party access points such as the WRT54G from Linksys. This is great news as the Linksys AP has a lot more features and retails for one fourth of what you will have to shell out for the AirPort Extreme. That is a sweet deal and I may have to look into it soon as I think the Express is one hell of a little device.

posted on Thursday, 22 July 2004 20:43:14 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, 18 July 2004

So Apple is releasing an updated version of the full iPod which most notably sports the new wheel found on the iPod mini and longer battery life which is prolonged to 12 hours from 8.

Also the new version will have better navigation whatever that means :) If they could jus make it easy to switch between shuffle and linear playmode I would be happy.

MSNBC has more specs.

 

posted on Sunday, 18 July 2004 16:34:51 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, 09 July 2004

Microsoft is releasing some funky looking mice in the near future. It is funny how some of these resemble the Logitech MX510 only not a cool; guess we all know who the market leader is when it comes to pointing devices :)

There are more pictures at ActiceWin.com
posted on Friday, 09 July 2004 15:39:51 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, 24 June 2004

Speaking of cool hardware Maxtor has announced a SATA II hard drive which will come with double the capacity of buffer memory of what we have today. The drive also comes with native command queing, a feature not many SATA drives have today. Also you will be able to store truly massive amounts of porn on these bad boys with their storage capacity of 250 GB and 300 GB.

Read the whole press release.

posted on Thursday, 24 June 2004 16:19:28 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

I just stumbled across a review of the coolest notebook ever designed. You may be assuming that I am talking about a Mac but surprisingly this is not the case, no I am talking about a Sony Vaio notebook weighing only 822 grams. I couldn not resist putting a picture of the beast up here; it's so damn cool and I want one right this minute! :) Unfortunately I would have to give up more than one body part for one of these so I guess I will have to include it in my sex dreams for now :)

Read a full review at TrustedReviews.com, view even more picture, or go buy it at the Sony's US store.

posted on Thursday, 24 June 2004 15:39:32 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, 09 June 2004

Being an iPod owner naturally I get excited when Apple releases a new version of iTunes. Even for people who do not own an iPod iTunes is a great music player. You can get the latest version from Apple.

Version 4.6 adds support for a cool piece of hardware called the Airport Express which is a device which allows you to stream music to your stereo wirelessly none the less :)

Read more about the Airport Express at Macworld.

Update: Caledonia pointed out the iTunes COM SDK which you can use for interfacing with iTunes programmatically. This blog being partly a development blog I thought that I'd add the link here :)

posted on Wednesday, 09 June 2004 22:13:49 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, 31 May 2004

I have been having problems connecting for Hotmail these past few days and I have been unable to figure out what caused the problem. I could not get a connection in either Outlook or Internet Explorer, really annoying especially when the girlfriend has no other e-mail account which means she was bugging me about the problem :)

The problem was basically that I was able to log into my Passport but could not get into Hotmail. The connection seemed to stall when the Passport login was complete. The address which the browser would get stuck at was login.passport.com - strange. Even more strange was the fact that other sites displayed without a hitch.

After trying everything from adding the various Hotmail related sites to my secure sites in Internet Settings, deleting cookies, deleting history, deleting temporary Internet files, and troubleshooting my SSL installation I accepted the fact that I was unable to fix the problem and needed a reinstall.

Today I gave the problem another shot before reinstalling, lo and behold everything started working again. The cause of the problem was the MTU size of my router which I had changed in relation to another problem with some wireless networking I had. Changing the MTU size back to the default 1500 (from 1492) resulted in instant connection to Hotmail. How weird is that?!

Oh well, thought I would share this with the world what with routers becoming increasingly popular in households and all. Don't know if the make of the router is important but my router is a Netgear RP614 (let the port attacks commence :)).

All is well that ends well and I am now the official hero in my girlfriend's eyes. Guess I will keep the fact that I was the original cause of the problem to myself :D

posted on Monday, 31 May 2004 15:19:44 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback
# Thursday, 06 May 2004

Being a hardware buff I got to say that this thing spikes my interest: A keyboard made of light. Apparantly that's exactly what you can buy for the price of $99.99. Pretty neat for all of those with a PDA or a smart phone. Guess that makes all those hours of practicing thumb typing useless :)

Check it out.

TheScreenSavers TV show had this thing on. Check out their opion of the device; to sum it up: They are not impressed.

posted on Thursday, 06 May 2004 13:52:10 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, 05 May 2004

I've been using water cooling for almost a year now and I got to say that it's had it's ups and downs. The reason for the missing posts around here is that the pump in my system gave out on me yesterday ... and it was only a two weeks old replacement for another pump which gave out.

I must say that I am beginning to have my doubts of the merits of water cooling. The objective for me was to get my PC as quiet as possible. While the sound level has dropped a new form of noise has evolved in my PC: Vibration noise. The water pump vibrates (heh) considerably more than any fan I've ever had installed in my case ... and I have had a few.

The kit is from Asetek and is called Water Chill. Other than the pump issues the system has been running great. However losing the pump sucks big time as I have to wait a week or more for a replacement pump meaning my system will be out for that period.

posted on Wednesday, 05 May 2004 09:17:17 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback