The Chaos of 4K

As a recent recipient of a 4K monitor I have taken sudden in-depth interest in the subject of 4K, or Ultra HD (UHD) to give it its other name. What I found was a confusing mix of terminology and technology. The Standards First off, there are two standards that are referred to as 4K. UHD is 3840 […]

Getting Started with WordPress

It isn’t all over once you’ve installed WordPress, you need to do a few things to set it up before you get posting. Getting Started with WordPress is a step-by-step guide of how to set things like categories and links. Grab a PDF copy of Getting Started with WordPress

Building an HTPC (part 2)

You can find part 1 here. The Software I started by installing a copy of XP Pro I had lying around, once that was running I set about the PVR software. I initially installed GB-PVR. It’s not open source, but is free, and seems to have a lot of support. It is actually designed as […]

A Little Home Automation

I’ve mentioned elsewhere that I have a lamp timer and was finding it frustrating to have to manually change the on/off times throughout the year as the length of the day changes. One option I suggested using a computer to to give more flexibility and control. Well I’ve been running with a setup that does […]

Building a Cheap Media Centre

I’ve been asked a couple of times what it would cost of build a media centre PC/HTPC like mine (once people have seen it they love it), as you can see in my most recent write-up the answer can be ‘quite a lot.’ So I’ve been investigating cheaper options. My Build My HTPC consists of: […]

Building an HTPC (part 3)

Check out part one and part two Hardware Round-up and Costs A quick run through of the final hardware setup (new items in bold): Total spent (not including original hardware): £383.46 (plus postage, so probably around £420) Suppliers Round-up A quick round-up of the suppliers I used and how I found them. Ebuyer – cheap […]

Belkin 1Gbps Powerline Network Adapters Review

I’ve had these adapters for some time, they were the first gigabit adapters on the market and at the time I was interested in streaming some HD content. As these were five times faster than most of the others on the market, I thought I would give them a go. Incidentally, they replaced the Devolo’s […]

Review of the Nexus 7

I was lucky enough to receive a Nexus 7 as a Christmas present, so having had it for a few months I thought it worth a quick write-up. I wrote a while ago that I didn’t think 7″ tablets were worth it, and for a while I wasn’t interested in them. I owned an iPad […]

How I Built my Review Website: A Walkthrough

Leading up to last weekend something reminded me I had a batch of book reviews that had previously been housed on my personal blog, but got lost in the move to hosting on WordPress.com (which I did to try and get back into the Google index as they dropped me for some reason, the reviews […]

Google Apps Review

For those people who don’t know, Google Apps is Google’s answer to an office suite. Microsoft Office is probably the most recognised of these tools, but there are plenty of others for different platforms. The current drive is for online, web-hosted versions, which require no installed software and only a browser to run. I recently […]