Posts tagged Review

Alexa

This week I have taken delivery of an Amazon Echo, a voice controlled speaker. Why did I purchase it? One of my reasons is that I have wanted an entertainment device in the kitchen, the Echo is a hands free streaming radio. The audio quality is good enough for the environment and at half volume is plenty loud enough.

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A New Keyboard

Over the last couple of weeks I have been using my new keyboard, a Corsair K70 (Cherry MX Blue Switches, Red Backlighting). I had been eyeing up a mechanical keyboard for some time; putting off the purchase due to cost. Finally one of my considered options appeared on offer and I finally parted with some cash.

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Wool

I read Wool by Hugh Howey several months ago now. It’s a fantastic read, it seems that it’s now on the road ton being made into a film BBC Article - Wool.

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2012 - The End

It is almost the end of the year so I thought I would have a look back at my Aims for 2012 to see how I did.

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May & Mailservers

May 2008 has been somewhat uneventful on the traveling front, work has mainly taken my to and from the office (3 miles a day). On the plus side being based at home I have invested some time into trying to setup a mail server. Now setting up a mail server was never going to be an easy task, the fact that I still don’t have a working setup after several weeks of attempts is testament to this.

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Foresight Linux 2.0

I’m always on the lookout for new innovations from the Linux community and today I stumbled across something interesting. Foresight Linux is a relatively new distribution but what differentiates it from the competition is the package manager. In other binary distros upgrading an application involves removing the old package in its entirety and dropping the new one in its place. Foresights Conary package manager takes a different approach and only swaps out the bits which have changed. This makes it more efficient as your saving on the amount of downloading you need to do for a new package.

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Radio Times

I have been using the Radio Times website for my tv and radio listings guide for some time now. The only thing it lacked was more of the Freeview listings. Not only have they gone and added the freeview channels but they have added a nice customisable interface. Check it out.

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Dark Project

A while ago now I was looking around for new icons for my desktop. I added this site to my history folder and just rediscovered it. I recommend you have a look round as its an absolutly excellent looking site, certainly puts this place to shame.

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LOTR: The Two Towers

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

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Die Another Day

Die Another Day, Pierce Brosnan’s latest outing as Ian Flemmings 007 James Bond. This film sees 007 battling against another evil mastermind whos solar weapon is threatening to wreak havoc. A lively action packed film with the right amount of humor and product placement. There are gadgets a plenty to thrill the audience and Halley Berry puts in a stunning supporting performance. However I do feel that the idea of a spin-off featuring Haley Berry wouldn’t work.

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xXx

xXx or Tripple X, I went to see this last night. I was pleasently surprised. Yes it was basically a spy film with a slightly different twist but it was refreshing. A good performance was put in by Vin Diesel and the rest of the cast. Although the vision enhanced binoculars were a bit far fetched the rest of the plot although unlikely was atleast plausable. With its flowing pace and plenty of explosions it was a good film.

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Blair Witch Project

Blair Witch Project: I watched this tonight for the first time and it scared me shitless. I’m all on edge now. I know its not real but it has had quite an effect on me.

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The Bourne Identity

I found this to be and enjoyable spy film. An interesting plot and well cast. However it was not the best film of the genre and films such as Spy Game outshine this film. Still it wasn’t a bad film and past the time nicely.

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Insomnia

This film sees Al Pacino as a murder detective visiting a northern town where it doesn’t get dark. He is there investigating a murder by Robbin Williams. What follows is a twisting plot to catch the killer while getting even more tired from not being able to sleep in the light conditions.

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Men In Black 2

I found the film to be quite humourous and on a par with the first. Once again Smith and Jones make a fantastic onsreen pairing and there is enough going on in the back ground to keep you interested through iffy plot segments. I would definately recommend it to anybody who has seen the first installment and enjoyed it.

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