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Extended review of Asus Transformer Eee Pad

Monday, January 30th, 2012

I have already written a initial review of the Asus Eee pad transformer TF101. The first review was written when I had just received it. I’ve now had time to put it through it’s paces and find it’s good and bad points. Android tablet Android is a Linux based operating system specifically designed for use […]

Openoffice.org / LibreOffice Draw template for Epson direct CD print (PX720WD)

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

Since writing my review of the Epson Stylus Multifunction Photo printer PX720WD I’ve been using it more. I’m still very happy with the printer, but there’s just one little thing that needs a bit of a fudge to work, which is CD printing. I’ve only tried this using OpenOffice.org 3 running on Ubuntu (at time […]

Review of the Amazon Kindle eBook reader

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

For those that haven’t heard of it yet the Kindle is an ebook reader. The Kindle can hold thousands of books in a device the size of an extra thin DVD case. It’s also lighter than many paperback books. It can also last for several weeks between charges so can be used whilst travelling. The […]

Epson Multifunction printer – Epson Stylus Photo PX720WD on Ubuntu Linux

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

I recently purchased a new Epson Wireless Multi-function printer to replace my ageing Canon IP4200 printer. One of my primary criteria for the printer was that it needed to work with Linux, as we rarely use Windows at home. The 3 major manufacturers Canon, Epson and HP all provide some kind of Linux driver for […]

Review of the Android mobile phone operating system (HTC Wildfire)

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

It’s Free! It’s not about the cost, it’s about being free! Not another mobile phone review This isn’t a review about a mobile phone handset – Google shows that there are already about 2 million of those for this model1, and it’s not just a review about the Android operating system – there are about […]

Belkin N Wireless Router F5D8236UK4 802.11n cable router and 4 port switch

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

I’ve been having some problems with my wireless Wi-Fi network connection at home for the last couple of months. Most of the time the network works fine, but occasionally the network slows down to the point where it becomes unusable. This happens mainly in the evening and I believe is due to interference from a […]

Dell helpdesk – McAfee anti-virus 18months free and missing service tag

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

I’ve had a couple of minor issues with my new Dell Inspiron Laptop. These have been resolved now, but I must say that I was a bit uncertain about how well the help desk would handle my request after my previous bad experience with the Dell helpdesk. The issues: missing anti-virus software license and invalid […]

Dell laptop Inspiron 15R N5010 – first impression

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

After my previous laptop (HP DV6200 ) ended up as a giant paperweight I’ve now bought a new Dell Laptop. I wasn’t sure about buying a dell after my previous bad experience with the Dell delivery and helpdesk, but this laptop was the best I could find for the budget available. Fortunately it arrived quickly […]

Book Review: Getting Started with Arduino

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

The Arduino is an open source electronics platform that has gained a huge following amongst hobby electronic enthusiasts. This book is by Massimo Bani who is co-founder of Arduino platform. The book is aimed at the complete beginner to both electronics as well as the Arduino assuming no former electronics or programming experience. The book […]

iPod Nano 5th generation – problems with Linux

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

I got a nice new ipod Nano for Christmas. Before asking “Santa” I had already researched what support was available in Linux for the iPod and was satisfied I would be able to sync with Rhythmbox on Ubuntu Linux (Ubunutu Netbook Remix), which is my current default music player. Unfortunately it turns out my research […]


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