Review – Sony Cybershot W270

•February 25, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Sony Cybershot W270

REVIEW IN PROGRESS

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Review – Apple Airport Extreme Base Station

•February 25, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Airport Extreme

The Airport Extreme. What a great looking bit of kit, but as with everything, it has it’s problems.

I’ll get on to that later but first the good, and there is a lot of good with the Airport Extreme… it looks amazing sitting on your shelf or desk, there is no doubt of that. Then there is the ease of use – it’s so simple that my cat could set it up, plus it took me less than 10 mins to get it up and running perfectly.

Now it doesn’t come with a web management system which is a bit annoying but it does come with some software called Airport Utility, which is a very simple interface that lets you control a large amount of Apple’s wireless products including the Extreme.

The Extreme also has simultaneous dual-band which means it can use the 2.4GHz band for 802.11g traffic and the 5GHz band for 802.11n traffic. This means it is very efficient, fast and lets you get the best range from all your devices.

It also has ‘Guest Networking Capabilities’ built in with lets your guests join your network without letting them access your private files and information. This means in theory, you can have 3 wireless networks all from one Airport Extreme (The normal 2.4GHz network, the 5GHz network and a guest network).

The security is good… WPA/WPA2 and 128-bit WEP with a built in intelligent firewall that only lets through what is safe, so you have no need to worry about your Airport being attacked.

But now we come to the problems… First of all the compatibility. You would think that as it has a USB port and clearly states that you can connect your hard drive up to it, that you would be able to do just that. But no. It will only work if your hard drive is powered, formated in HFS or HFS+ or has an Apple compatible logo on it. It says in the manual that you can connect hard drives formated in FAT format to it, but I tried that and didn’t get it working. So don’t go buying any old hard drive and expect it to work, because it won’t.

Now, gamers. You would expect this to be the perfect router for you… 802.11n, great range and speed, etc. I’m afraid I have some bad news… the NAT is open but doesn’t allow connections all the time. This has forced me to use a special setup including a second router. You may think “So what”, it has port forwarding. Ahh, but you will only be able to use port forwarding if you have a cable connection and not a DSL connection. This is because the Airport only has a WAN port on the back of it and not a DSL port meaning if you have DSL, you will have to have another DSL enabled router before the Airport, and plug an ethernet cable from the Airport into that. Then you have to put the Airport into a ‘bridge mode’ meaning that port forwarding will be disabled. So in my special setup, I’m using a secondary router that has fully open NAT as my gaming router, and then my Airport is plugged into that. Now I know all this can be solved by getting a cable connection and putting the Airport into ‘Share a Public IP address mode’, but the only cable broadband company by me is ‘Virgin Media’, and then can cost a bit too much so for now, I’m sticking with cheap DSL. 🙂

So… what have we learned? – The Airport is a fantastic product if you are a casual home user and won’t use it for gaming or connecting a hard drive to. And the price… as with all Apple things isn’t too admirable at £142 ($179), but for the overall ease of use, speed, range and compatibility between other Apple products, I would put it high up my list of best routers. Technically, it’s not the best router going but based on it’s looks, they would make me buy it alone… actually I think they did!

If you have any questions, queries or suggestions just leave me a comment or drop me a line and I’ll get back to you. Thanks!

Prices correct as of 7th February 2010

Free Desktop Art – Part 2

•December 1, 2009 • 1 Comment

Background Samples

Hey guys, how are you all?! I got some more artwork for you guys, not from me but some of my favorites I’ve found after searching the web; I just thought I’d share them with you all as a sort of christmas present sort of thing. 🙂 I’ve selected ones so there is a resolution to suit everyone, take your pick:

Docking Towers
Starship Factory
Republic Cruiser
Waterfall Castle

Don’t worry, more artwork to come within the next few months, as well as tech reviews in the new year!

Pictures taken from Web Designer Depot

Problem Halved

•August 9, 2009 • 1 Comment

Problem Halved Logo

Robert Shoesmith, aged 27, of Whitley, Coventy, is a Binman with a difference! He designed a problem-sharing application for the iPhone and iPod touch which has gone on to be a huge success. He designed his application using the “App Incubator” and submitted his idea to MEDL Mobile along with 12,000 other people worldwide, his idea was one of only 8 applications to be accepted for development. He will be getting 25% of the profits from every purchase of this application and he has many more application ideas in mind!

His prospects have now turned around from a Binman on the streets of Coventry to a possible million pound idea! The application will both allow users to submit a problem to other users of the application, or users can “halve” submitted problems.

If you would like to learn more about Robert or his application, the following links will allow you to do so…

Robert’s Official Website

Robert’s Twitter Page

Problem Halved Application (launches Apple App Store)

MEDL Mobile Website

Failblog.org

•May 20, 2009 • 1 Comment

Fail Blog

From the makers of icanhascheezburger.com (Pet Holdings, Inc) comes failblog.org.

I just love the way everything and anything fail is criticized on here for everyone to see. Check it out, it’s well worth a look!

Free Desktop Art

•March 17, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Background Samples
I have recently been busy with Photoshop and have created these images using the “cutout” effect. There are four resolutions to download so have a look at which one you like and download it for free. There should be more to come in the next few weeks and months when I have time so look out for them. Just click on the one you want below to see it, right click on the image and press “save image as” to save it.
Circuit Race
DB9
Snowboarding
Winter

Twitter here, there and everywhere

•February 16, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Twitter Logo

Twitter has recently became one of the most popular social networking sites in the world with millions of users around the world. It’s service that lets users send and read other users’ updates known as tweets, which are 140 characters long and based around the simple question ‘What are you doing’. Updates are displayed on the user’s profile page and delivered to other users who have signed up to receive them.

I joined twitter at the end of last year and was amazed at how easy to use and useful it was in keeping up-to-date. Twitter has many applications for the iPod touch and iPhone so you can update your status wherever you go. You can also personalize your profile with a background and profile image to show off your artistic skills! Here’s mine.

I have embedded my twitter updates in the sidebar on the right hand side so take a look at my updates or follow me at twitter.com.

UPDATE:

Due to the new design of Twitter, I had to design a new twitter background. Here is the new version.