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The SoundPeats Q23: Just Your Average Bluetooth Headphones

SoundPeats sent me this pair of Bluetooth headphones to review. They retail for $40 CAD. My main review and teardown can be seen on my YouTube channel. This post serves only to act as a summary. These headphones (or technically headset since they have an integrated microphone) don’t stand out from other products in the same […]

The Greatest Music Player of All: Clementine

I’ve used my fair share of media players and organisers in my life, on both Windows and Linux platforms. I thought I’d take you through my journey to discovering the best of them all. Back when I was a young child, I can vaguely remember using Windows Media Player 6 casually, but as soon as […]

Why I Hate Western Digital

It’s been a while since I’ve ranted about something, and my experiences a couple days ago triggered this post. First, a little bit of back story. Less than 3 years ago, I built a home server that would function as a file and web test server. The storage portion required me to purchase five 1TB […]

ASUS Transformer Pad TF300T Review

I recently purchased a TF300T Android tablet from ASUS. The TF300T is a lower cost alternative to the much adorned Transformer Prime TF101. Even though the Prime is the flagship tablet from ASUS and the TF300T is technically a model with lower specs, it has a very important advantage over the Prime; it was released […]

Intel SASWT4I RAID Controller Review

I recently purchased an Intel SASWT4I RAID controller. First of all, it is indeed a hardware RAID solution, so it is operating system independent. This is crucial as my workstation is dual-booted with Windows and Ubuntu. I have the ASUS P6X58D Premium motherboard and in the setup of the card, I had some issues. The motherboard would not […]

ASUS K53SV Laptop Review

I’m not exactly sure where to begin the review for a laptop, so I guess I’ll begin by going through the features. The Outside The K53SV series is very stylish, coming in both silver and a dark brown they call ‘mocha’ which is the one I bought. The K53SV is a 15.6″ widescreen laptop with […]

Logitech R800 Presenter Review

In the presentation peripheral market, there is sadly not that much to choose from. The R800 is the better of two presenters that Logitech sells. The R800 is very small, just over 5 inches long. It fits very comfortably in your hand, and all the main buttons are easily accessible without the need to shift […]

GNOME 3 on Ubuntu 11.10

In keeping with the theme of Ubuntu desktop environments, I thought that I would comment on my experiences with the latest version of the GNOME interface. As soon as Ubuntu 11.10 came out on October 13th, I decided to upgrade my previous installation. Bad idea. It ended up breaking so much that I could barely […]

Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Beta First Impressions

It has been a few days since the Oneiric Beta 1 was released, and I’ve had a few days to play around with it. The major change that most will notice is that 11.10 does not ship with GNOME 2, in fact it does not ship with GNOME at all! The only interface available is […]

Noctua NF-S12BFLX Review

First of all, you might be wondering why I’m writing a review about a fan. You might think that a fan is a fan and that’s all. But let me tell you, the Noctua NF-S12BFLX is a fan like no other. There is more technology in this fan than there is on the space station. […]