Monthly Archive: November 2011

Nov 30 2011

Sometimes There’s Never Enough Signal to Go Around

Just wanted to share an observation I had tonight while attending a show Kathy Griffin was putting on this evening (and yes, she was hilariously inappropriate). In venues such as the Sydney Opera House which probably doesn’t have cell sites in the building you might find that as more people gather in the area the …

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Nov 29 2011

How to Thoughtfully Dispose of Batteries

I’ve covered batteries a bit lately including how to look after lithium ion batteries as well as how to replace a battery in a MacBook Pro but I haven’t covered how to thoughtfully dispose of batteries. It can be tempting and convenient to throw batteries in the general garbage or try to rationalise that they …

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Nov 28 2011

Google Analytics Now Featuring Real-Time Reporting

Google Analytics - Real-Time Beta

Here’s something interesting for those of you with your own websites that use Google Analytics to track visitors and content popularity. Having been rolled out recently, you can now track some basic information as people visit your site. In a nutshell, you can see where your visitors are from, what content they are viewing and, …

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Nov 27 2011

Optus MeTV Unboxing

Took a little while to get around it due to other commitments but here is the unboxing video for the Optus MeTV. It is a rebranded Yuxing YX-6936U with access to online offerings from FetchTV as well as containing digital tuners to record content to the 1TB internal hard drive (so you can pause and rewind live …

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Nov 26 2011

How to Guide – Replacing a Battery in a MacBook Pro Laptop

In some of the earlier models of the unibody MacBook Pro the battery was deemed to be a “non-user serviceable part” meaning that if something happened to the battery (its capacity deteriorated or stopped working) you would have to send it back to get the battery replaced or swing by an Apple store. This was …

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Nov 25 2011

Upcoming Beta of Microsoft Security Essentials

Looks like Microsoft are prepping a new major release of the popular Security Essentials package by enlisting a stack of beta testers prior to the final version going out. Amongst existing features, it’s expected that new feature will include automatic malware removal (removing the requirement for user interaction) plus enhanced performance and protection capabilities. At …

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Nov 24 2011

Steam Sale Now On

Hi folks. Another quick heads up for tonight. Steam is having a sale with reduced prices on standalone and bundled games including: Portal 2 (reduced from US$29.99 to US$10.19 – a 66% saving), Call of Duty: Black Ops (reduced from US$89.99 to US$44.99 – a 50% saving), Half-Life Complete pack (reduced from US$39.99 to US$19.99 …

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Nov 23 2011

Find Better Auction Site Deals

Here’s quick tip for this evening. eBay used to be a good place to pick up a good bargain but these days bidders can get a bit trigger happy sending items beyond what some of us consider to be worthwhile. Admittedly, such is the nature of online auctions but there is something else you can …

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Nov 22 2011

Get the Most Out of Your PVR

Personal Video Recorders (PVRs) are becoming more common these days in the form of things like the TiVo, Optus MeTV and the Foxtel IQ and IQ2 devices just to name a few. The ability to record and timeshift content is a great convenience when there are regular programming clashes involving the shows you really want …

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Nov 21 2011

Update – Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) Port for Samsung Galaxy S

Storage Utilisation

Hi folks, just wanted to give you an update on where I am at with testing the early alpha port of Ice Cream Sandwich (or ICS as it is now being abbreviated) to the Samsung Galaxy S. Initially, I was testing Galnet MIUI as I believed that was a proper implementation of ICS but it …

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