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Jun 01

Recording yourself – Part 3

Posted by Llama in USB , Pre-amps , Portable recording , PCI cards , pc , notebook , Netbook , laptop , Home recording studio , FireWire , Computer recording


Nov 22

Toshiba's Unique Laptop Guarantee

Posted by Sameer in Toshiba , technology , laptop , guarantee , digital blog


What a unique and interesting guarantee I came across while doing the usual daily venturing into the "unknown" world of the internet.  Toshiba offers what no other laptop company offers (according to my knowledge). It seems like they definitely want to stamp their mark in the technology field in South Africa. First they started by lowering their pricing on all products and now I see this one of a kind guarantee. What am I raving about?

Oct 06

Will These Replace The Laptop?

Posted by OS GIKEN in Windows , Steve Jobs , Speed , Space , Samsung , RIM , RAM , PlayBook , phone , pc , OS , notebook , Netbook , laptop , ipad , interface , Galaxy Tab , blackberry , Apple , Achilles


They’ve given it different names, yet it still looks the same. From laptop, to notebook to netbook…who knows what the differences are? Some will quote you the differences off hand, some will swear there is a noticeable difference, but honestly…there is no difference, its something that’s not stationary, you can carry it around and work on it no matter where you are! Now, it’s no more a phone war. Microsoft dabbled in phones to steal some of Apple’s market share, and then Steve became blatantly upset, and vented like any self respecting man would. Now, everyone is tossing his supposed salad!

Oct 05

GIGABYTE Q1580l Review : First In The World

Posted by DevilTrigger in review , notebook , laptop , gigabyte , 1580l


This is the first ever review for the Gigbyte Q1580l Notebook. How do I know? Well, before I buy something I research the living shits out of it, but I swear, I couldn't find a single review for this thing. I guess I took a gamble buying it, but at R2999 it was pretty cheap, and hey, I'm a gambling man...

The specs are as follows:  GIGABYTE® Q1580L Notebook: Intel® Celeron® Dual Core T3100 1.9GHz Processor, 1GB DDR2 800MHz Memory (1x 1GB - 2 Slots), 250GB 5400RPM 2.5" SATA HDD, 8x DVD Super Multi Writer, 15.4" Glare Type 1280x800 Gloss Widescreen, 0.3 Megapixel Webcam, Intel® GL40 Express Mobile Chipset, Intel GMA X4500M Graphics, Integrated Gigabit LAN, Wireless LAN 802.11 b/g/n @ 300Mbps, FreeDOS Operating System, 2 Year Global Warranty With Fetch And Repair, 3x USB 2.0 (1x USB/eSATA Combo), 1x Headphone Jack, 1x Microphone Jack, 1x D-Sub VGA, 1x HDMI, 1x RJ-45 Ethernet, 3-In-1 Reader

First impressions are good, as it's a sexy looking little beast. It's not exactly businessman boring, but also not student cool, so design is somewhere inbetween. Nobody gives a damn about how laptops look (unless you like Alienware), so onto where it counts, the performance.  Celeron processors get a lot of crap, but this being a dual core, the performance is pretty decent. It came along with 1G of RAM, which is also doing fine, but I'm going to upgrade it to 3G when pay day rolls around again. Its running Windows 7 Professional (which wasn't included, the cheap bastards) like a gem, with all the bells and whistles activated, and no slowdown at all. The most intense thing I'm running at the moment is Corel Painter X. It manages to open even the large images almost instantly, and again, runs smoothly. Well, until I turn the brush sizes up to huge, then some lag occurs, but will post update to that situation once my extra RAM gets installed. I'll be getting hold of some games on the weekend to install and test out, so will also update the performance review then. The mouse pad is very responsive, and also silver. I like silver.
Screen quality is good,with a bright glossy display. It supports HDMI though, so I was expecting more than just good. Then I remebered what I payed for it, and was lucky it didn't look like Silent Hill through beer-goggles, so I'm satisfied with that. It has a nifty built in card reader, the aforementioned HDMI slot, 2 standard USB ports, and one USB/eSata combo port. I'd have like more USB ports, but I would be whinging.

Hold on, I like whinging. I also don't like reviews that pussy foot like they got paid off to sound nice. So to add to my whinges are the following:

- It's pretty soft from an audio perspective, disappointing for a music junky like me

-The webcam is shit. Low res, grainy, not cool. Probably will hardly use it, but still worth pointing out.

-Tell people you bought a Gigabyte, and they respond, Giga who? Aint no street cred with this baby sadly.

Of course I didn't buy this for street cred, or a web cam, or as my main source of music. I bought it because I needed the basic functions of my PC on the go, for Photoshop and Corel Painter, and just to do some typing and the odd bit of movie watching. All that in mind, this laptop is a great bargain. If you expect a gargantuan powerhorse that can run every programme on your pc at once, play the most graphically intense game flawlessly, all while ravishing you girlfriend for you while you're away, then this aint the laptop for you. But if you want the basics (and if you're willing to spend a bit more on extra RAM, a bit more than the basics), then this laptop is fine. More than fine actually. The similar spec Samsung, Acer Emachines, etc all cost a bit more, but I cant imagine them doing anything vastly improved to justify that.  Dont be a brand snob, give this a try.

And no, Gigabyte didnt pay me to say that.

PS. In the hopefully not too distant future I'm investing in a Wacom Intuos4 small, so I can doodle away on  the move too. For me, that will be the real test of this laptop, so again, will update. While I'm at it, anyone know where the hell sells Wacom tablets in S.A.?

Sep 30

Laptop Virginity, Be Gone!

Posted by DevilTrigger in q1580l , laptop , gigabyte



Jun 26

Gadgets hate me

Posted by ShackledMuse in technology , mobiles , laptop , internet , gadgets




Its true, they do. I’m no tech fundi, but I enjoy the comforts technology provide. I own a laptop, a home pc, 3 phones – a Blackberry Curve, Nokia 6300 and Samsung SoulB (5 if you include the Nokia N70 and Samsung D500 that two of my friends are using) a digital camera, 2 DVD players, iPod, to name a few.


Mar 16

Laptop Secrecy Gadget

Posted by thenack in thenack , Porn , laptop


This device caugth my attention, not because it is so clever, but because it is sooo gonna get you
A. Laughed at
B. Hit over the head by passers by
C. Hit over the head by criminals
D. Get all your other personal belongins stolen, before it is pulled over your head and your laptop is stolen.

This is clearly not a South African product. But still a very nice addition to your wardrobe if you like watching porn in public, but don't other people comenting.

Mar 04

Bonzai Kittens and Laptops for free

Posted by thenack in laptop , kitten , i-pod , garmin , Games , gadget , Digital , camera , bonzai , body morph , aution


How to "grow your own"

Bonzai Kitty: This site explains is: "Dedicated to preserving the long lost art of body modification in house pets."

Notice the conformal shaping accelerated through the use of calcium sequestering agent to soften bone structure. After 1 month skull will attain complete conformity to flat surface resulting in the desirable "bonsai kitty" expression.

They go into the details of how to seal of kitty’s anus with super-glue, and how to insert the feeding and breathing tubes.

They also sell everything you need to "bonzai" you own kitten

Go check it out, very informative : Bonzai Kitten

Jan 27

My Digitallife

Posted by HomeGrownHoney in Personal Computer , Netbook , laptop , internet , iburst , Digital


As The Source blogged in December, we got a Samsung Netbook with our iBurst contract renewal. I have too be honest, at first I thought that getting a Netbook would be a useless add on to our personal computer and laptop, but I fell in love as soon as he walked in the door.

Jan 23

Live from the event

Posted by Dissol in Win 7 , tablet PC , My Digital Life , laptop , gadgets , Digital , cellphone , Cape Town Stadium


Cape Town Stadium Goal11h30 from the car park adjacent to Cape Town stadium.

 I'll add my photos when I get home, as I forgot a cable to connect my card to my tablet.

There is a huge Police presence here (as you would expect for a dry run for the FIFA event).  I am within the security curtain, so I, and my car, has been checked for explosives.  Good to see some of the very latest electronic sniffing techniques being used.

 Now this is a "Lifestyle Blog", clearly...  Or is it?

I am writing this on my Tablet PC, connecting to the internet through my cell phone (and blue tooth).  Windows 7 and a tablet PC make this such a pleasure (and easy to do).  It is the everyday application of digital technology which makes all this possible.  It makes a massive impact on my lifestyle.

But MyDL is a technology site first and foremost, rather than a social networking site.  So the owners, managers, of the site have every right to do with it as they will.  We, as users, have only one basic right; are can use the site, or not...  We cannot dictate our own terms.  We can suggest and cajole, but MyDL do not have to listen.  Of course any organisation that does not listen to its customers is not going to last long!  But MyDL's biggest customers (and therefore much more important than us) are the sponsors and advertisers.  They want more digital blogs. 
Personally, I think that the recent suggested changes will be counter-productive.  too many of the digital blogs are too dry for my tastes, and if they are the only ones being supported then I would imagine that I would slowly drift away, and look for alternative social networking possibilities.  However, if we can work with the system, and perhaps make more of our lifestyle blogs more digitally focussed, then we may find a solution that makes everyone happy.

As an example of what I mean I have a look at Jeremy Clarkson's Column in the Sunday Times.  It is in the "motoring" section, and does cover motoring issues.  But over 90% of each blog is lifestyle, and therefore much more enjoyable to read...  Take a look at my tags for this post and tell me which ones do not apply.?

 This is Dissol, live from Cape Town stadium, signing off!

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