Category Archives: General

My Studio Backdrop Has Arrived

This is really cheap backdrop for your home studio if you are into video or photography. This kit came with two stands and a beam to support the 3 coloured drop sheets.

You get a green, black and white drop sheet, the material looks really cheap. It reminds me of those reusable shopping bag material.

I bought this from a seller from eBay for around $38 Australian Dollars.

I will be using it for video shoots, so that I can mask the background with something more interesting.

Unboxing The Battlebull Cross Hair Gaming Chair

Bought this gaming chair for my home office and occasional gaming use. I was using a cheap Ikea chair with no cushioning and back support was not much of a support.

The Battlebull Cross Hair is very comfortable to sit and rest your back on. It has 180 degrees reclining function, so if you feel like taking a nap or lay back and watch some videos.

The arm rest is 3D, it means you can adjust the height, angle and position to suit your personal comfort.

The chair even has a rocking function if you rocking yourself. I bought this in black and white because looks really nice in these colours.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Recall

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So it’s been 2 weeks since we were contacted by Harvey Norman to recall our Note 7 mobile phone due to the internal battery exploding issue that is going around. So we took it back for a new replacement which will be available on 21st September 2016.

Harvey Norman and other resellers are also offering a courtesy Samsung J1 Mini phone that we get to keep, or get a loan S7 and swap it back for your Note 7 when it arrives. Also we get to keep all the accessories that came with the Note 7 inside the box too! So now I have an extra fast charger to USB-C and headphones.

I’m still considering if I should get a full refund while still waiting for the new replacement. The reason is because I have a feeling that when the phone goes back on sale to the public in October the price might drop.

I recommend that you go to Samsung’s web site for more information on the recall process, or contact the place of purchase.

 

Mini DisplayPort 1.2 to HDMI 2.0 UHD

So I have been trying to buy this adapter for months because Club3D ran out of stock, So just a couple a weeks ago I saw this available on Amazon, so I quickly bought one for my Surface Pro 4, for $30 US dollars plus shipping to Australia.

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So you’re asking why did I buy it? Well in one of my previous posts, I blogged about my new 41.5 inch Ultra High Definition (UHD) TV which I am currently using as a monitor, but I was able to get the max resolution of 3840 x 2160 at 30Hz refresh rate. This resolution was just okay for coding and general use. But the problem appears when I’m trying to play some of the games I have in full screen with the max resolution, the game gets really slow.

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This is an active adapter which will convert the Mini DisplayPort 1.2 signal to HDMI 2.0 with 60Hz. So now playing all the games in full resolution is awesome, everything runs really smooth and streaming games from my Xbox One.

Click Here if you want to buy one of these from Amazon.

 

Lumia 640, 5 months later…

So I have been actively using the Lumia 640 as my main mobile phone for 5 months now, with Windows 10 Insider’s Preview installed. I taken it overseas, to work, basically everywhere!

14052016_00I have been receiving regular updates for Windows 10 Mobile. Unfortunately not all features are currently working 100% and some are still buggy, which I completely understand. For exampleBluetooth on my car’s hands-free sometimes get cut out and back during the conversation and some custom lock screen features don’t work. But those are just some of the common features I use mostly on daily basis. Continue reading

My Lumia 640

So last month my mobile contract finished and have been thinking about buying a new mobile phone. I have been looking at getting the Windows Lumia 640 for a while, so I did some research and reading up a lot on reviews.

20160124_020637Just at the beginning of the new year 2016 Dicksmith was clearing out the Lumia 640 prepaid phone for only $99.

Since I have moved over to Optus as my provider, I made the jump and bought myself a new mobile phone.

Straight away I downloaded the Microsoft Insider’s App and upgraded my mobile to Windows 10. The look and feel is consistent with the desktop version, but the only disappointment I had was the lack of apps for windows mobile compared to Android and iOS. I was so disappointed that I couldn’t find any of the apps I used to have on my old Android phone. Continue reading

41.5 inch UHD 4K TV as a Monitor

So I made the move and bought myself a really cheap 41.5 inch UHD 4K LCD TV from Dick Smith for $449 AUD while it was on special, then the next day I checked the priced it went up to $599 AUD.

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So the reason I bought this TV is to use it as a monitor replacement for my dual 24 inch Full HD LCD setup. The TV was extremely light, I had no problems unboxing it by myself and inside it came with a standard remote and stand. The TV has 3 HDMI inputs and only 1 HDMI 2.0 port that can do UHD 4K at 60Hz 3840 x 2160 resolution. Continue reading

Surface Pro 3 for General and SharePoint Development

I bought my Surface Pro 3 in April 2015 as my dedicated development computer for .NET and SharePoint development. The Surface Pro 3 has 8GB of RAM, 512GB of storage and i7 CPU. Compared to my previous desktop setup, I had 16GB of RAM, 2TB of HDD Storage, and AMD Quad Core CPU.

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ChromeCast in Australia

s5-productheroChromeCast is now available in Australia for only $49 and current available at JB Hi Fi, Dick Smith and Google store. When it was released I had to buy one on the next day.

Connecting To Your TV

Connecting the device is very simple, you just plug it into one of your available HDMI ports at the back of the TV and if you have a USB port connect the USB to it so that it can power the ChromeCast. But if you don’t have a USB port on your TV you can use the power supply that came with it. I also like how it’s tucked away behind my TV so that it doesn’t use up space. Continue reading

Writing Python Scripts on Android Mobile

I found a cool app on Google Play recently, QPython 3 which allows you to write Python scripts and run it under a console on your Android mobile phone. I tried typing using the built in keyboard, but if you’re a coder like me and need to type fast you can still connect a USB or Bluetooth Keyboard to your mobile phone.

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In the console window you can still enter your code and run it on the fly or you can choose to write your script in their text editor called QEdit from the menu.

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wpid-tempFileForShare.jpgQEdit – Text Editor