About six months ago my MediaSmart Home Server started acting strangely. I did quite a bit of research and my conclusion was that the new software I installed about a year ago (which gave it a ton more functionality) was kind of bloated for the underpowered hardware. What to do? I love my home server,… Continue reading How to Create an Online PVR
The iPad has been out for a year now, and while I enjoyed playing with one when it first came out, I didn’t pick one up. I’m what’s traditionally known as an “early adopter”. I built my first PVR in 2003. I bought a TiVo on eBay and hacked it to work in Canada in… Continue reading My iPad 2 review
When the new WiFi Kindles were announced last month, I placed an order for one. I’ve been slowly transitioning from dead tree editions to electronic books for a while now (all but comics, which I’m still buying analogue style for now). Physically owning objects is more of a hassle than it’s worth to be honest,… Continue reading Kindle first thoughts
I have been using some flavour of Windows since version 1.2, but before that, I used DOS. I played with OS2 once upon a time, I’ve had dalliances with Atari, Commodore, Unix, Red Hat, Lindows, Tivo, Ubuntu, and yes for a time I played with Macs as far back as the OS8 days. At TSN… Continue reading iSwitched or How I Moved to a Mac
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHRmDtBcDXI I had an opportunity to get my hands on an iPad today when Mark at work brought his in for some Info-Tech show and tell. Steve Jobs has declared it a “Magical Device”. Arthur C Clarke once said “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Well in that respect, the iPad is magic.… Continue reading A killer app for comics?
I forgot to post my favourite gadgets of last year with the preview of what I’m lusting after this year. This is always the most closely read article in my house as it gives Charlene a glimpse into what I’m going to be wasting money on investing in this year. I got a good number… Continue reading Top 5 Gadgets of 2008
Since I moved to London, I’ve been searching for a good computer shop. Oh sure there’s tons of computer stores here, but most of them have a middling selection, tiny little cramped shops, and really crappy staff. I’ve gotten a lot out of Mega Computer, they’re good guys, have a great website (which is always… Continue reading The Secret Lives of Computer Stores
When we bought our Pentax digital camera, we discovered that it had a nice little built-in video feature. The movies it made were good, but not great, the sound was quite distorted, but the pictures were good enough that we could take little 30 second videos without hauling out the massive Sony Digital 8 camera… Continue reading Gadget Dad: The Flip Ultra
My media center box, the unit which does all of my TV recording and all that good stuff, finally gave up the ghost this week. Early Wednesday morning we had a big storm which flickered our power. When I got home last night I decided to see what the Media Center had recorded recently. When… Continue reading My media center is dead…long live the media center!
About a year ago I decided that I wanted a little more flexibility in my PC use. All New Comics was taking up an inordinate amount of time while I was working on what can only be described as “mindless tasks”. This stuff sucked. We’re talking site updates, which involves copying and pasting. Spreadsheet updating,… Continue reading The laptop or desktop dilemma