Tag: USB

In-Flight Power Makes a World of Difference

At the time of writing this article, I am somewhere over the Northern Territory near Darwin at 38000 feet with another 4620km to go before reaching Hong Kong. Since there is no in-flight access to the Internet this article would have been published some time after I landed. That’s not such a big deal for …

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Get a More Robust Notepad with Notepad++

Just a quick one tonight. For a long time, I used the built-in notepad application in Windows to jot notes and other temporary information as it was quick to load and didn’t burden you with formatting overheads. However, one significant drawback is that as the size of a text file increases, the slower Notepad becomes. …

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Always Eject External Drives Before Removal

Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media

Over the course of my career where USB flash drives and external flash drives have become more commonplace (compared to the 1990s where floppy disks and compact discs were king) I have been shocked by the number of people that simply pull out a drive without first ejecting it. In some cases, this has lead …

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Optical, Laser and Darkfield Mice – What’s the Diff?

Before you get any ideas, I’m not talking about mice with laser beams on their heads a la Dr Evil. If you have been using computers for a while you might remember those wretched mice with the little ball inside them that would always misbehave just when you had a deadline or wanted any sort …

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SuperGeek Arsenal – External Hard Drive Dock

Vantec NexStar Hard Drive Dock (Powered Up)

Any geek worth their weight in silicon will be prepared for almost any type technical problem or situation. One such device I reckon should be in a geek’s technical support arsenal is an external hard drive dock. A hard drive dock is important when you might have a computer that is refusing to boot up …

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Light Peak – Beyond USB 3.0

USB 3.0 has barely made an appearance in desktop computers (personally, I am yet to see a USB 3.0 port though) and Intel is already looking at a superseding technology. Just to put things in perspective: USB 1.0 is capable of 1.5Mbps (Low-Bandwidth) and 12Mbps (Full-Bandwidth), USB 2.0 added a new higher maximum speed of …

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Powermat – Wireless Charging Technology

Powermat (Front View)

Before I dive into the subject matter, you might be wondering how something can be recharged without a cable or if it is possible in the first place. Well, yes it is possible. Technology known as inductive charging transfers energy using electromagnetic radiation as the medium as opposed to traditional wire based methods. Of course, …

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PAYG Internet Kiosks – Why Bother?

At the shopping centre near my workplace and also outside one of my favourite restaurants, The Palace Chinese Restaurant, there are these Hi-Speed Internet Kiosks. If memory serves me correctly, it costs $2 for 21 minutes and you get the use of a USB port, black and white printer and of course Internet access for …

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Portable Applications – A Convenient Necessity

Have you found yourself using a computer that doesn’t have the applications you need or is locked down to the point where you can’t install anything? I’ve come across this a few times and more often than not they have an Internet connection that is rather slow making application downloads agonising. For a while now, …

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Hardware Review: Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for Windows

Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for Windows (Top)

Several months ago, I was in the market for a new gaming controller for my computer after purchasing Street Fighter IV via Steam and receiving Burnout Paradise as a gift (thanks Roy!). Now, I probably could have gotten by with using the keyboard for a driving game but I’ve been scarred for life trying to …

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