Posts Tagged "laptop"

Do you really need a TV any more?

By on Jul 6, 2009 in Editorial |

How much of a need is there for a TV these days? I’ve been thinking about what sort of electronics I’d want if I were setting up my own home (i.e. living alone). I know I watch virtually no TV series any more. What few things I do watch, I could easily watch on the internet (via such things as the BBC iPlayer). As time has gone on, much more of the video content I watch is only available on-line, via podcasts. I also just watch less content, I read more, either e-books or websites. I interact with people more and generally try to get more useful things done around the house. Although, I know that if you’re watching with someone else, watching things from a computer screen is not the best viewing experience. One solution would be to have a projector to plug into the computer as and when needed, but this is an expensive option. Some people also have games consoles (and I might do this in the future since gaming on Linux still comes with a certain amount of pain), which need some sort of screen too. So I’ve ended up at the uncomfortable conclusion that 99% of the time, I would not need or want a TV, but I’d probably still end up begrudgingly buying one, for the purpose of entertaining guests. What do you think about this? I have set up a twtPoll about this, which you can vote...

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Strange things going on with my laptop!

By on Mar 5, 2009 in Personal |

Here’s a video demonstrating something very strange that my laptop started doing this morning. It has an LED display, which normally shows the time. Although, some usually unused digits are now showing Hex values. A little concerned about this, because I don’t have any other computer. So if this things dies on, I’m...

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Review: Logitech VX Revolution

By on Oct 23, 2008 in Reviews |

I have had my Logitech VX Revolution notebook mouse for fifteen weeks; here’s my review. For the prior 32 months I was using Logitech’s MX1000. I was really excited to get this mouse because it was their first LASER mouse. Also, I had just become a full-time laptop user, so I wanted a wireless mouse. Concentrating on the word “wireless”; that was my big disappointment with the MX1000. While it was indeed untethered, it certainly was not a wireless deal. First of all was the combined USB receiver and charging stand, which had a USB cable, as expected. However, it didn’t take power from the USB port, instead it used a mains adapter for power. Besides difficulty in using the wheel for a middle click, and the afore mentioned clutter, I found it to be a very good mouse. Times move on though, and I wanted more streamline equipment. This is where Logitech’s new laser-based notebook mice come in. Logitech have developed a series of notebook mice with progressively smaller “dongle” type USB receivers. They are truly are wireless mice! With the release of Logitech’s VX Nano mouse, I found that reviewers had to really start stressing the point that the mouse might be too small to be comfortable for certain hand sizes. This is why I finally opted for the VX Revolution. In numerous reviews it was described as “large for a notebook mouse”, which was good, as I’d be using it all day, everyday. Though I was sorely tempted by the virtually non-existent USB receiver of the VX Nano. Then, as a final sweetener to the deal, reduced the price of the VX Revolution to £19.99. How could I say no? Upon receiving the mouse, I admit I was shocked at the size, it was smaller than I’d imagined it to be. Although to be fair, I had just been trying to guess the size from various review photos! To kick off the photos here are a couple of shots of how it (and my other purchase) arrived from Ebuyer: Here are some photos of the VX Revolution next to my MX1000. As far as comfort goes, I had a strange experience. The first day I...

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