Episode 101 – Are You Being Served?

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A couple of listener rants on poor customer service. This podcast is being produced on a 7 year old Powerbook G4 – what do you think?

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iTunes Match goes live: sync up your entire music collection for $24.99 a year — Engadget

Wired GamePad for Mac

How To Use an Xbox 360 Wireless Controller With Your Mac | Mac|Life

BBC News – Why is Google in love with Bletchley Park?

Minecraft Pocket Edition for iPad and iPhone Goes Live Worldwide Tonight – Mac Rumors

iOS 5.0.2 Is Coming Next Week To Solve Your iPhone 4S Battery Problems, While iOS 5.1 Will Make Siri Even Smarter [Rumor] | Cult of Mac

MSN Onpoint: How She Does It

Apple iPhone Micro USB Adapter – Apple Store (UK)

SCOtutor for Lion – Video Tutorial

HTC Sensation XE vs Samsung Galaxy SII Mobile Comparison | Android Advices

 

Episode 66 – Microsoft’s Vail is a #FAIL

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After missing last week’s show because of flu, I croak and splutter through this week’s episode. I moan about Microsoft and their support of Windows Home Server.

Windows Home Server 2011 Fails To Deliver Consumer Friendly Storage — MediaSmartServer.net

Setting Up My MediaSmart EX495 (part 1 of 2) From “The HP MediaSmart EX495 Experience with Lou Jacob: MediaSmart Home

Basic Strategy for Beginners – CivFanatics

Civilization on the app Store

2D Boy: Games

O2 plans free and open WiFi network across the UK, Sky picks up The Cloud — Engadget

BBC NEWS | UK | Crime maps delivered on internet

SuperSync Demo Movie

Switchers: Get “Learn the Switch to Mac” for a buck in the Mac App Store

7200rpm – does it make a difference?

Is it really worth upgrading from a 5400rpm drive to a 7200rpm one? I didn’t know, so I thought I would put it to the test!

I ordered a Western Digital 20gb scorpio black drive from www.ebuyer.com for £50, to replace the stock Fujitsu 5400rpm drive that came with my Aluminium late 2008 MacBook.

I timed them both and the results are stunning. The 7200rpm will boot at nearly twice the speed! And every program that starts, does so at a blistering pace!

My only gripe is the slight vibration now running through the MacBook, but its only slight and I don’t think it will bother me!

Lacie desktop USB 2.0 1tb drive – it’s a BIG one!

My first drive was a fujitsu 20mb (yes, thats megabytes, not gigabytes!). It was part of a project some 20 years ago, to try and add  a hard drive to my Atari StE 520. I got it working in the end, at a cost of nearly £300. This, in conjunction with a hardware PC emulator (PC Speed?), was my very first foray into the world of PCs and DOS (no Windows then).  So when this box arrived from Amazon, with a black hard drive inside it, the size a f a paperback book, boasting a capacity of 500 times more, at the quarter of the price, I had to pause in wonder at how quickly things have progressed in the gadget world.
Lacie 1tb Drive

Lacie 1tb Drive

This 1tb drive is not bursting with features.  It just has a power socket and a USB 2 socket.  It DOES come loaded with lots of backup software but I never use that anyway.

I plugged this baby straight into my Windows Home server and it was recognised straight away.  The OS formatted it accordingly, and within 5 minutes was ready to go.

I own 2 other Lacie drives (the Porsche design ones at 500gb), one for my iMac running Time Machine, and one plugged into my Apple TV. So far they have been very reliable and I would not hesitate in recommending them!

Buy the Lacie 1tb drive here!

LaCie Desktop Hard Disk 1TB USB2.0