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Review of Fiio X1 High Resolution Lossless Music Player
Last edited on: 30/07/2017 - 18:27
The Fiio X1 High Resolution Lossless Music Player provides an option for those demanding more fidelity from their portable players than say a traditional iPod or their cellphone. The supported formats are APE, FLAC, ALAC, WAV, WMA and Ogg Vorbis although MP3 is there too in the event you haven't got round to ripping all your CDs to lossless or don't have the media any more to do that anyway. »   Read more
Tutorial: Setup Mobile 4G/3G Hotspot with TP-LINK TL-MR3020 Router, ZTE MF823 Modem and EE Data Sim Card
Last edited on: 27/09/2015 - 13:30
Here is a tutorial for setting up a mobile 4G hotspot to share Internet connectivity with a number of hand held devices. This is particularly useful for a group of pals on long train journeys (e.g. me and my mates going to the football) but also for camping holidays and of course moving into a new property before a landline based Internet connection has been established. »   Read more
Toshiba Camileo S30 Full HD Digital Camcorder
Last edited on: 25/02/2012 - 10:53
The last time I bought a camcorder was 2000. I bought the game-changing Sony MiniDV DCR-PC100E which, with its semi-professional high specification (pre-dating the word "pro-sumer"), revolutionised the marketplace. I paid £1099, heavily discounted from its list price of £1499. Despite my initial enthusiasm, I probably only used it half a dozen times over the following two years, so flogged it on eBay for a very generous £150. I only realised that much because I had the foresight to keep the original packaging and accessories. »   Read more
iPod Video, Linux and Rockbox Installation
Last edited on: 03/01/2011 - 10:03
Over the years I have become more and more disillusioned with .mp3 and .AAC (iTunes) files. They both use lossy compression and the reasons for their existence are now creeping into doubt. Their high compression ratios enabled quick downloads and used up little disk space. Both are coming increasingly less relevant with the development of ultra-cheap hard disk drives and fast Internet connections. However, if you want to use lossless compression with your sound files by using a codec such as FLAC or OGG Vorbis, then you are out of luck if you use the proprietary iTunes software on your iPod. »   Read more
Samsung ES63 Digital Camera
Last edited on: 18/07/2010 - 17:41
I always like to think about the usage I will get out of any product before I commit my credit card details. In business parlance, this is like putting together a mental Business Case, and should the case for purchase not be overwhelming, I'll keep my money in my pocket. »   Read more
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