Sunday, April 28, 2013

New Blog

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Monday, April 15, 2013

TV Dongles / USB sticks. Hello fair people , heres a roundup of a few TV dongles that I`ve bought recently and a couple that I`ve had for some time. First up is a KWorld DV3 DVBT 310U USB 2.0 This one was bought some time ago and used to work perfectly with my first computer,- a windows XP machine. It has both a UHF aerial input AND a video in/Aux in connector and is VERY useful because I used to have two Freeview receivers daisy chained through it awith my DVD recorder and VHS tape recorder (yes I really still have got one!! Lol!). It proved invaluable for transferring all my VHS movies onto Hard disk. Another interesting feature is that this is both an Analogue and digital receiver, Obviously the Analogue part is now obsolete as programmes in the UK are no longer transmitted this way, but I have still found uses for this function - I have an external UHF camera that is connected to an old video sender unit which still uses the old Analogue system so it is useful for picking up pictures of the outside world without the hassle of cabling. The second dongle is a Pinnacle PCTV DVB-T Stick Solo 72e / USB DVB-T Receiver / TV Tuner. This wee unit was purchased from PCWorld and gave me about a year of service before the case fell off it. - This does not however seem to have affected the units performance and apart from a glitch where I had to re-solder the USB connector, (I had foolishly been using it without supporting the heavy aerial lead which cracked the solder joint) -it has given stirling service. how it SHOULD look:- How it DOES look:- Number 3 is an absolute bargain and I can thouroughly reccommend it to everybody. This dongle is selling on E-bay and Amazon for the HUUUUGE price of (dramatic pause). . . £5.99 plus £2 p&p. Ebay- MCX-/290798519228?pt=UK_Computing_Video_Capture_TV_Tuner_Cards&hash=item43b4f143bc Same dongle, different case on Amazon- Supports/dp/B007SME3A6/ref=pd_sim_sbs_computers_1 ] (The Amazon option has a much smaller case and is a little cheaper -£7.89 but Free P&P). It works beautifully in Windows Media Centre -its plug and play - just plug it in , run the settings wizard in WMC and you`re off! Lastly, the piece de la resistance, (sic), the HD Pinnacle pctv nanostick DVB-T2 which boasts full HD Freeview reception, -its small but powerful.Fully compatible with windows media center, also has software for running a TV server on your PC -i.e. you can watch the TV via a web browser on another PC or your smartphone. This dongle is an unknown quantity for me at present - I must say that I DID have some trouble setting it up and using the web software. However what I have seen has been quite good , - the HD channels are a great deal clearer than the normal digital channels. The last dongle is a lot dearer than the previous dongles but is the only one that receives the new HD Freeview channels so I have parted with my cash for it -£54 of it to be exact, only time will tell if I`ve got my moneys worth. PS -I`m fast going off this crappy blog editing . . . whoever thought of implementing the new editor must have been out of their minds on magic mushrooms or something its PANTS - it just REFUSES to recognise CR (carriage returns) and thats why the formatting is all over the place, its IMPOSSIBLE to get your text to appear in the correct places in relation to posted pictures now. My guess is Google are trying to PISS us all off so much that we give up these blogs, clearly they aren`t making any money for them. -Its enough to make you want to boycott Google altogether. . . . . . (wait a minute , now THERES an idea!!).

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Hello again, Captain Demotricus Tiberius Berk at the helm again, today I`m going to list some of my recent purchases starting with a selection of desk tripods or stands. -My desk was getting very cluttered and everything seemed to be constantly untidy and disorganised so I decided to make it a little tidier. The first one is for the larger Android tablet and is on Amazon here :- Picture its well made and does its job but I had a couple of little niggles with it , namely its not that stable and has a tendency to fold up when you are using the tablet, also the rubber resting pads on the bottom of the stand have a tendency to slide off. - I cured this with the application of a blob of glue in each one. The second one I bought is on Amazon here:- Picture This one is a portable unit and has a plastic case which slides over the legs to fold the stand into a small easily carried gadget which you can attach to a keyring or carry loose in your pocket, -again its well made and does its job. -I bought this one for the Star android phone (my "workhorse phone") as its the only phone I don`t keep plumbed into my computers and just needs "somewhere to put it". The THIRD stand I bought was actually purchased before the other two and was originally intended for the 10" Android, BUT it was not up to the job. -its not a BAD stand but its nowhere near the quality of the others and is poorly designed . -The legs are not fixed and can splay out easily so I`ve relugated it to the job of propping up my kindle. It does have an attachment on top for clamping a phone to the stand but it has to be a smaller phone - an iphone would fit, a galaxy won`t. Amazon reference:- Picture Lastly I have bought a proper "dock" for my posh Android phone - the Samsung GT-N7000 Note. This is not only a stand but a charging port and audio connector to plumb the phone into My computer and Audio system. its not cheap but it does make things a lot easier for me. All I have to do now is plonk the phone into the dock and it automatically connects the charger and Audio leads, its possible to prop the phone up in portrait OR landscape mode and is very spable. Amazon reference:- Picture Everything now looks a little tidier and more accessable:-

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Latest Rainbow post

Hiya Peeps! Was going to post about my Brand spanking New Graphics card today but unfortunately it has turned out to be faulty, (or at least I THINK its faulty - there is NO output from the HDMI or VGA ports). _I thought maybe it was not getting enough power from the (rather small) 250W PSU in my second computer - the HP P6 Pavillion, so I have ordered and installed a new 500W PSU.-The Graphics card has gone back for replacement, (its a Palit 2GB Nvidia GeForce GT 630 :- ). The Installation of the new PSU went Butter smooth and was simply a case of unscrewing the 4 mounting screws, and lifting the PSU out of the PC , then, one by one , unplugging each cable in turn and plugging in the new PSU cable. The only thing that was slightly different was the main motherboard connector - the existing HP connector is a 24 pin fitting whereas the new PSU has a 20 pin AND a 4 pin connector which sit side by side in the 24 pin socket, - they will only plug in one way so theres no way you can get mixed up, and if you are unsure - its easy to just note the wire colours on the existing connector and to match them. In the absence of the graphics card I thought I`d tell you about my plans for a screen switching unit I`ve spotted and ordered. Whilst waiting for my new screen (which is working brilliantly by the way) I administered and used the second PC by remote screen, -using one screen for both in effect. I found this to be quite a good solution and set me to thinking about exactly how I would configure my screens when I received the new one. - I did consider keeping the remote administration and using both the new screen and the existing 21" screen on the new PC. Well, -I`ve spotted and ordered a VGA screen switching unit on Amazon, its very cheap (£7) so I`ve sent for it along with two VGA cables. & I intend to connect like this:- (EXTREMELY Artistic picture drawn on new touchscreen :-) ) This will give me the option of using the Windows 8 PC with my new screen via the HDMI lead, and EITHER the Pavillion PC on the second VGA screen OR the Windows 8 PC on the VGA screen as well (as a second screen). (The switch unit will switch the VGA monitor between the Windows 7 system and the Windows 8 second screen). ...........................................................................................................................................STOP PRESS!! The unit arrived as I typed.... .......................................................So now I`m just waiting for the VGA cable to be delivered and It will be all systems GO! :-D I`m fast approaching (famous last words...) what I think will be my Final configuration/setup of all my stuff. "Everything has a place and theres a place for everything" as the saying goes. I now have 3 screens in front of me and I can choose to use Windows Vista ,7 or 8 with 1 or two screen configuration on the windows 8 machine. I have TV accessable on 2 of the PCs both will display/record off 2 channels at once (no more missed programs). I have web access on all PCs and the Android devices and I can control all of them remotely via the web too, or access files on any PC via the web. The sound from all three is linked together and sent to my main speakers/subwoofer. Also linked to the audio are my two android phones and an Android 10" Tablet, also an ipod and a shortwave radio. -(Having the Samsung Note GT7000 connected has the great advantage of being able to use the excellent Dolby 5.1 Function when playing music - it will play MP3,M4P,APE and FLAC lossless codecs and sounds VERY good). I can control one of the PCs via voice control (Dragonspeak)and have a rudimentary voice control (the base windows version)on the other two PCs (All the androids already have voice control built in), and have touchscreen control on four of the six screens (the Windows 8 PC, the Android Tablet and the two Android phones). What can I say? - I just like connecting devices together and seeing how they work together lol!. Latest Gadget purchases:- the Graphics card (watch this space), three separate Phone/Tablet stands, a pen/stylus/torch/laser pointer/extendible magnetic picker-upper,& an HD webcam & a game - Crysis - Maximum Edition. On order and awaiting delivery:- an HDTV dongle,a Smartphone to HDMI convertor/input device,a dock for the samsung,a 400 Lumen keyring torch (you can never have too many torches),several Games - Silent Hunter 4,Pacific Fighters,Dangerous Waters,& Doom BFG Edition -oh yes - and a capacitive paintbrush like stylus, for use on the new screen via an art program. Boldly going where no gadgeteer has gone before....this is demotricus Tiberius Berk signing off.... Postscript - latest "office" configuration/setup.^^^ . . . P.S. Sorry about the AWFUL Blog Layout - its all down to Googles idea of an "improved" (cough! BULLSHIT! cough) Editor (which has as one of its "improvements" - its OWN idea of correct layout and formatting.....(its SHIT isn`t it?)-----and thats in ADDITION to taking the video upload tool out - SOME IMPROVEMENT...(For the record - To whoever designed the new editor --YOU ARE AN IDIOT.).

Monday, April 8, 2013

Poor Fellow looks most bemused doesn`t he?... He landed here in Liverpool airport by mistake and look what happened...... thinks....."They could at least of used the right steps...."

Well I did a jigsaw today!!! (just the important bits)


My First PC. (well about the seventh tbh but Atari 400. 800, 1200`s and intel 286, 386 and 486`s don`t count)

My Second PC. My Third PC. My Fourth PC. The Bastard.

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No 9.
No 10. (or 16 if you like...)

No 11.

(so far).

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Messing About with FSX and my phone.

Well, theres an Epic FSX clip here-->-----""----- But in their infinite wisdom , Google/Blogger/Youtube have made it impossible to post video clips EASILY in these blogs anymore. What a stupendously Dumb thing to do. It used to be easy, you would just paste the URL from youtube, OR click the "film" icon and enter the youtube title.... NOT ANY MORE.... Now (because my youtube account has a different google I.D. - [a situation caused by google] I have to log OUT of blogger, Log IN to the youtube Account, Find my clip {I can`t load it without being signed in as its not a "Public" clip} , -copy/paste the "share" tag from the youtube video, -THEN Log OUT of the youtube account and Log IN to the Blogger account AGAIN,and paste the link into the post field). All this because google want to link the blogger / youtube and google ID`s (and a heap of other services too) into one ID. - Good for them , BAD for us.
"Never judge a book by its movie"....