SEED MA-280 Mini-ITX Reviewed

October 18, 2009

We recently had the opportunity to take a detailed look at two Mini-ITX chassis from Lutec, a Taiwanese company which has specialized in ergonomic and space saving products for the Asian market. They are extending their SEED line to western audiences and asked us for our honest and unbiased impressions. With the review that follows, I will do my best to provide you with just such an assessment.

SEED MA-280 (vertically oriented)

We tackled the SEED MA-280 this time around. This impressively small unit has a MSRP in the neighborhood of $70/USD, which is mid-priced for a Mini-ITX nettop chassis. The focus of its design is in light desktop or multimedia use, which is apparent in its form and function.

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SEED MU-380 Mini-ITX Reviewed

October 14, 2009

We recently had the opportunity to take a detailed look at two Mini-ITX chassis from Lutec, a Taiwanese company which has specialized in ergonomic and space saving products for the Asian market. They are extending their SEED line to western audiences and asked us for our honest and unbiased impressions. With the review that follows, I will do my best to provide you with just such an assessment.

SEED MU-380 (Pictured with LITE-ON Slot Load Slim CD/DVD)

First up is the SEED MU-380. With a MSRP of around $70/USD, it is a mid-priced Mini-ITX nettop chassis aimed at light desktop or multimedia use. It comes in two varieties, the always classy black and a stylish black/silver two-tone. We received the black model, although we expect little in the way of functional differences.

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Samsung U900 Soul Review

October 13, 2008

Today I’m reviewing the Samsung U900 ‘Soul’ Cell Phone.

Read on for my full review…

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DSL Extreme – Customer Service Is Not In Your Contract (but a $250 cancellation fee is)

October 3, 2008

Who knows DSL Extreme better than me? Probably not very many people. I’ve been with DSLE with various accounts since 2000. I’m also a 10-year IT vet that happens to know a lot about networking — not that I expect you to believe “Mr. Random Internets Guy” about his geek cred, but there it is.

DSLE has had their boneheaded technical issues in the past, certainly. But I hate big telco, so I’ve tried to be a faithful customer. Incidentally, I just started as a sysadmin in the silicon valley area of Northern California, USA. There’s obviously a lot of tech here, which means a lot of ISP’s. Even so, I tried to keep DSLE in the spirit of supporting the little guy, and because your don’t have to be a lawyer to understand their fair access policy. As history will show, that turned out to be a mistake…

The numbers speak for themselves.

The numbers speak for themselves.

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Apple iPhone firmware 2.1 has fixed everything?

September 15, 2008

According to Gizmondo, the latest iPhone firmware 2.1 has fixed a significant amount of issue but still has issues with 3G speeds. I’ve yet to update mine so unable to give my on opinions on the new update but would definitely agree with the lag issue during SMS writing which is a pain sometimes! (firmware 2.0)

Apple iPhone keyboard

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Nike + iPod Touch Workout App reviewd

September 14, 2008

This is really for the fitness fanatics or maybe the casual runner. Gizmondo have a look at the new Nike workout application for the iPod touch but are left disappointed, read on to see why!

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Archos 5 review in french

September 7, 2008

Archos 5 review, looks like a pretty decent multimedia device to me. It allows you to playback on your TV, schedule recordings, browser the internet (Opera browser), even supports 720p video playback and size wise just a little bigger than the iPhone. (Full Specs)

picture of hand holding the new Archos 5 handheld multimedia device

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Nokia N96 first impressions with sample photos

September 5, 2008

Nokia N96 who needs it when you got the iPhone, hehe only kidding. Over at allaboutsymbian.com After a couple of days of intensive playing, a guest contributor has posted his first impressions. I’ve looked at the sample photos and they do put the iPhone to shame.

picture of Nokia N96, Applie iPhone and Nokia N96

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Gears of War Xbox 360 Review

June 12, 2007

Guns, guts and aliens, what more could you ask for? Gears of War delivers on all three, and does it fantastically. Even without a High-Def TV this game has mind-blowing graphics, from the incredible details on the landscape to the skin details on the characters, you can even see wrinkles that move with their face! The physics in the game are top-notch thanks to the Unreal 3 engine used to create all the effects.

The game really earned the 18 rating it received with the graphic gore contained within, like one of your guns has a chainsaw bayonet that, you guessed it, cuts the enemy in half.Not only does blood spray the surrounding area but also the game screen for a few seconds. Even the cutscenes use the in-game graphics and without a High-Def TV this game looks almost real. This is a game where you could literally spend all day admiring the graphics, even standing on a pier in the middle of a rainstorm with water below you will give you an unforgettable experience.

gears of war xbox 360

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