Four techie things

April 5th, 2010 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar
  1. Now have a USB powered 320 GB external HD. Cost only $100 or so and it is light enough to keep with the laptop. Means I can be backing up easily daily. The old external HD was a big clunker and unreliable.
  2. Finally got my laptop bluetoothing with my Blackberry. Can now sychronise it without needing the cord. Yay.
  3. As it was on sale for $25, finally got a webcam. Will be good for skypeing with friends overseas. My curiousity got the better of me and tried chatroulette briefly. I got to see more male genitalia than even Annabel Chong could handle. Don’t think I will return!
  4. Am getting moderately excited about the iPad. While I generally prefer to read books the old fashioned way, I can see how great it will be for students who can dump all their textbooks into it. Also would be great for lengthy trips – no more having to lug a dozen books in my suitcase.
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16 Responses to “Four techie things”

  1. Jim (398 comments) says:

    “Am getting moderately excited about the iPad”

    Ditto. The annoying thing is that I had to watch the Apple shipment go from Shenzen to USA, delivered Saturday, then re-shipped by a friend. Now I’m tracking it back this way.

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  2. DRHILL (121 comments) says:

    I saw someone in the NBR that New Zealand might have to wait till August to get the IPAD.
    If thats the case, stuff that!, I’ll go through a parallel importer!

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  3. gazzmaniac (2,307 comments) says:

    JiveKitty – external HDDs are generally pretty cheap from any of the discount electrical places – try Harvey Norman.

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  4. dime (9,972 comments) says:

    chatroulette – what did ya think of me? HHAHA

    cant say id buy a first generation ipad. no e-ink or equivalent. would be hard reading a book me thinks.

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  5. gazzmaniac (2,307 comments) says:

    dime – my experience with Ebooks is that it’s more difficult to browse through, however there are definite advantages such as being able to search for keywords and internal links, plus it remembers your page. Aside from that, it is all down to the computer screen you’re reading off.

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  6. expat (4,050 comments) says:

    Got a new i5 laptop with 1Gb vidcard and wolfenstein – been slaughtering the sons of the 3rd reich, mwha ha ha ha. Half the price of a top of the line desktop in 2003, it was worth waiting for.

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  7. francis (712 comments) says:

    Seems awfully expensive for a reader device – but I don’t travel as much as you. How’s the battery life, if you’re on a long haul in cattle class with no powerpoint?

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  8. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    I may have to become rich converting text books to PDF format I think.

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  9. Fletch (6,375 comments) says:

    re: iPad, I read a thing on a NZ iphone blog a while back that said we in NZ wouldn’t have access to the books from the iTunes store for the iPad. Don’t know how reliable it is.

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  10. gazzmaniac (2,307 comments) says:

    I don’t see that being an issue fletch – most ebooks are pirated anyway. It’ll be the next big copyright issue

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  11. Michaels (1,318 comments) says:

    Never been to chatroulette………

    What a waste of 10 minutes!!!
    However, after nearly cutting it off from minute 1….. I did get flashed by some chick…. But thankfully, that would not be enough for me to go back again.

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  12. Michael (909 comments) says:

    I got a 1Tb external drive for $99 at DSE on Thursday. They sold out in 3 minutes. Have used it to save the photos documents and music from my old desktop that keeps rebooting at random intervals (would go for up to 15 mins and then reboot).

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  13. Jim (398 comments) says:

    SHG: “I back up all my data to online storage. I’ve got about 300Gb of critical data backed up. I think my last monthly bill was about five hundred. Cents.”

    That’s insanely cheap. $5/month for 300Gb ?? Where on earth do you get that?

    If I use free colocation (my company’s) I couldn’t fund even a cheap “DIY” protected storage solution for that amount – at cost. Amazon EC2 EBS is about $0.10 /Gb/mo which is pretty cheap at that.

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  14. Shunda barunda (2,983 comments) says:

    What laptop did you end up getting DPF?

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