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by Mike

D-Link DIR-825

August 7, 2012 in Kwappy Weviews

I used this router for about a year and I must say it was good till the end. By that I mean it worked great and by the end it was a pain in the ass. Out of the box the router worked great! As more firmware updates came out the device only improved, until suddenly I realized the device required reboots in order to access the UI. If I had an uptime of over 2 days I could not access the Web UI gateway… No other performance was impacted, just administration. Not sure if an Apache server, P2P or any other high traffic/connection protocols could be to blame for this or not.

On the positive side, when it worked I loved everything about the UI. Simple and detailed I found it easy to do common tasks, maintain stability with QOS and selective port blocking/filtering. This router made it very easy to keep a balanced web experience in a large home with many users and devices.

Wireless performance was not as good as I hoped. Though it has two external antennas, the wireless was almost useless outside of the house or on top floors in the home. Needless to say, being in the basement surrounded by ventilation ducts doesn’t help its case, however even inside the home some desktop computers were unable to connect at all with USB wifi adapters when interference was high – even while being the only SSID on channel 4 in the general vicinity. The 5GHz band was nearly useless I found. Weak signal even when one floor directly above the router.

Reboot times ranged from 15 seconds, 45 seconds and 75 seconds for a full reboot. Firmware updates seem few and far in between and can be a bit picky, sometimes requiring a reboot before starting and again after finishing. Overall rating 6/10

by Mike

Leap Motion

July 10, 2012 in Hardware

I have to admit this is by far the best human interface device I have ever seen. I would rather let the video speak for itself but I will say that this is real, and the video footage is not simulated in anyway. This is the real deal!

[ Leap Motion ]

by Mike

Microsoft Surface Tablet

June 19, 2012 in Hardware

Microsoft Surface Tabet

Tablets have been in high demand over the past year with nearly every company having their hands in tablet computing in one way or another. As to late, Microsoft has only really been talking about how their new OS Windows 8 will be touch screen friendly, and there have been many other hardware companies who support this movement. Many ultrabooks also are featuring full touch screens in the wake of this movement. Now, Microsoft has announced their first consumer tablet computer and it looks pretty sexy. The first question that came to my mind is, will they be powerful?

Well lets talk about specs. The Surface for Windows 8 Pro will weigh in at 903 grams and measure 13.5mm thick. Powered by a third generation Intel Core ivy bridge processor this will be a ultrabook class tablet and will also have a 10.6″ ClearType Full HD Display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass. Windows Pro 8 will be fitted with a microSDXC slot, USB 3.0 connection, Mini DisplayPort Video and the 2×2 MIMO antennae. The Pro will come in two flavours; either 64gb or 128gb SSD storage. It will ship equipped with a touch cover that has an integrated keyboard, VaporMG case and integrated stand. It has been reported Microsoft will have a price point that is in the same range as most other mainstream tablets and Intel ultrabooks but no official statement will been made till we get closer to release date.

It has been confirmed there will be a Netflix app available at launch. Not much talk about how the mobile phone platform will integrate with their new platform but with the way Apple and BlackBerry have been providing a Cloud based, accessible anywhere type of experience, it would be foolish for Microsoft to not do something similar. Perhaps not at launch but even the simple flexibility to aync or send SMS messages from your tablet should eventually come in my opinion.

[ Microsoft Surface ]

by Mike

Upgrade Your Laptop! Later…

June 7, 2012 in Hardware, Software

Right now the selection for laptops is pretty good, and you can get a brand new one for a reasonable price! Seriously though, don’t buy a new laptop right now…

It seems right now there are a lot of great products in the pipeline, that have the potential to be revolutionary! It doesn’t even matter what kind of laptop user you are, both Mac and Windows fans have reasons to wait. Read the rest of this entry →

by Mike

BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha

May 1, 2012 in Hardware

I can’t even begin to do this phone justice. This is a must see for BlackBerry fans, and smartphone users in general. Change is coming!

  • OS: BlackBerry 10 Developer Preview V 10.0.4.197.
  • Display: 4.2-inch 1280×768 HD LCD (356dpi) touch screen.
  • Storage: 16GB Internal.
  • Network: Quad Band HSPA+, No LTE support enabled. microSIM.
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, NFC
  • Cameras: Front Facing with no flash. Rear Camera with Flash.
  • Ports: 3.5MM Headphone Jack, microHDMI, microUSB.
  • Battery: Non-Removable.

[ BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha ]

by Mike

BlackBerry 10 Concept

March 26, 2012 in Hardware

BlackBerry Blade

BlackBerry 10 Concept - Blade

If this is a BB 10 phone you can sign me up right now! I think this is the kind of hardware RIM needs to put out for the sake of the users and for the sake of the company! Not only do these specs make me nerdgasm but the phone itself looks totally sexy in my opinion. This is of course a total concept but still I hope that with the feedback the community gives about this sort of device will push rim in that direction. The technology is out there! I think with QNX there is no reason the platform can’t look something like this. Its time!

by Mike

BlackBerry PlayBook becomes the #1 selling tablet at Future Shop and Best Buy

March 4, 2012 in Hardware

There’s no doubt people have noticed RIM a little more with OS 2.0 on their PlayBook and a few of the big events they have held like the job fair earlier this month and Mobile World Congress. They have also started hitting it hard with new TV ads and even started implementing the PlayBook in the classroom. I think this could really help push the PlayBook on the app front. As it stands, apple has great library of education apps and assistive technology apps for those with learning disabilities. Though the PlayBook appworld has an education category, there isn’t much to offer yet.

TAT which is now part of RIM has been coming out with some very impressive apps lately, but sadly the only app that’s made it to appworld is their scrapbook app. Though its great to show off the power and flexibility of the PlayBook, I think everyone can agree it would be awesome to see ANY of these types of apps hit the market. In my opinion the biggest relief is seeing more free apps. Apple charges $100/year to have a developers account and yet they end up with thousands of free apps. I hope to see the same for the PlayBook

by Mike

iPad 3 Rumored for March

February 11, 2012 in Hardware

It seems to be that time of the year again where everyone is expecting a new iPad to be just around the corner. Rumors are floating around with the estimated released sometime in early March.

Sources say the company has chosen the first week in March to debut the successor to the iPad 2 and will do so at one of its trademark special events. The event will be held in San Francisco, presumably at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Apple’s preferred location for big announcements like these. No word yet on a street date for the iPad 3 (assuming that’s what it’s called), though my guess is retail availability will follow roughly the same schedule as that of the iPad 2: available for purchase a week or so after the event.

The hardware rumors get even more interesting with words like “retina display” and “A6 chip” which would mean quad core processing and a screen resolution of 2048 x 1536 at 9.7-inches; but who listens to the rumors anyway? Many believe it will also feature an HD front facing camera for HD face time.

Its hard to say weather the new iPad will have Siri, but looking at the possible hardware I think it would be a huge oversight not to include Siri. I think it will all boil down to weather the rumored 4G LTE network capabilities will in fact be included in the device. These details have been the subject of conflicting rumors. Either way I think the world will know soon enough when Apple goes to San Francisco!

by Mike

Hard Drive Prices

February 10, 2012 in Hardware

After 4 months of waiting we are still only starting to see hard drive prices come back down to normal. Prior to the flood in Thailand, a 1TB internal hard drive could be bought for around 80 bucks and now we still see prices nearly doubled as 1TB and 2TB drives sit between $150.00 – $200.00 on average; nearly doubled the price in many cases.

When prices first went up I started to think that SSDs might be the way to go. It didn’t feel worth it to pay so much for a hard drive when you could get faster ones for less. The issue is the size, and now that prices have come down a little I’m on the fence on the issue. I think until SSDs get larger, or HDDs get cheaper there will be no clear winner in this way.

I personally didn’t think it would last nearly this long…

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