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Archive for Hardware


I had a look at the EEE PC at the weekend, it looks kind of cool and weighs virtually nothing… I know, I know, I know – it was designed for the younger market, but this laptop has infinite appeal for almost any IT professional, at sub 1kg with a solid state disk? I quite liked the OS that was installed, but a friend suggested installing XP on it (and upping the disk to 4GB or buying a 4GB version) as then it will support everything XP supports, which means I can plug my phone in as a USB 3G modem – that’s the key thing. I could feasibly get away with this being what I take on holiday (sorry… Continue reading »

by Keiron on April 11th, 2008 | Hardware | No Comments » |

What’s on Your USB Key?

I couldn’t be without my USB key these days if I’m honest, I bought a 2GB one about 12 months before our wedding and it has been my absolute life saver on a number of occasions (and I’ve only left in the office just the once!!!). Up until today I thought the best thing on it was my WOS server (Webserver on a Stick), but looking at Tiny USB Office it might just have some competition on its hands – does anyone use this software? If not, what do you have on your stick? photo credit: bbaunach

by Keiron on April 4th, 2008 | Hardware | 2 Comments » |

Backup Space – The minefield just got bigger!

Glenn threw a real spanner in the works just before I went off to buy this damned USB Hard Drive as a backup device! We both bought external hard disks around the same time, and would probably both do it differently if we were to do it again! Original photo by Topato So where do we start? Glenn’s advice was to get a cheap desktop (circa £200) and stick 4 HDD’s in it and RAID-5 them, this got me thinking – I have my old desktop and I’ve promised Emma I’ll buy a new desktop (that doesn’t have wires hanging out and is in a terrible half working condition) when we move. Here’s the problem – I’ve not built a… Continue reading »

by Keiron on January 12th, 2008 | Hardware | 24 Comments » |

Backup Space – What a minefield!

You would think just a second hard drive would be enough to suffice for something like this wouldn’t you? This isn’t so, neither for the server or home use! Home Backups I bought a Netgear SC101 a year or so ago, put a 400GB HDD inside it and it runs like a dream, I’m only using one slot of the two available, so it’s not RAIDed or anything. On recent duplicate file scan I discovered that I’m not actually using it as backup device, it’s simply become add-on storage (and lots of it!). I clearly need to backup the data on that as well! You ought to do a scan yourself, you might find you have exactly the same problem!… Continue reading »

by Keiron on December 31st, 2007 | Hardware | 8 Comments » |

Philips X53 Laptop – Semi-Fixed!

I had the power problem on my laptop fixed (sorted of), I offered the work to several companies. Philips X53 CORE DUO T2050 80GB PC Two companies never replied to my email. One company declared they needed the laptop for at least 7-10 days. The final company reckoned I could have it back next day if I dropped it after 4pm (it would therefore be first in the queue the following morning!). Reluctantly I popped out the Hard Drive (I’ve not had time to back it up and it contains a lot of customer data), and took it down to them. The guy who would actually be working on it had a look at it and said he thought I’d… Continue reading »

by Keiron on December 1st, 2007 | Hardware | No Comments » |

Power Flicker on Laptop (Philips X53)

The power keeps flickering on my Philips X53, in the past I’ve gone for the time honoured tradition with older laptops of the “Cable Wiggle”, but on this occasion that doesn’t seem to be the problem! The DC pin inside appears to be loose – to the point where I can wiggle it up and down with a pen. Clearly this is on the otherside of the motherboard so probably a heft job to replace, anyone who has done this on a Philips X53 / Freevents, please get in touch below!

by Keiron on November 23rd, 2007 | Hardware | 1 Comment » |

New Toys and Thoughts on PCWorld

Well, I pulled my finger out after my earlier posts today and headed off to PCWorld to buy my Philips X53. I did have to think twice when I saw that the Toshiba with fingerprint scanner AND PCMCIA had been reduced. But the 512MB of RAM compared to the 1024 on the Philips X53 sold it to me! I had to wait what seemed like an age before I could attract the attention of a member of staff to unlock the demo for me. He tried to (and failed dismally!) before we agreed a reboot was required. He left me playing with it for a while. I hasten to add I wasn’t hassled once (which totally surprised me, and aggravated… Continue reading »

by Keiron on October 14th, 2006 | Hardware, Personal Diary | 1 Comment » |