Category: Hardware

What this world is coming to

June 10th, 2008, 3 Comments

Today we assigned an IP address to a gas tank. Yay.

Am I being scammed?

July 19th, 2006, 15 Comments

So today my auction for the tc1100 tablet PC ended. The winning bidder: Is registered to eBay with a Malaysia address Wants me to ship to a Nigeria address (I specifically said in the auction that I do ship internationally, but I ship only to PayPal verified addresses — and I doubt that anybody in […]

Now I’m a little annoyed at HP

June 22nd, 2006, 16 Comments

So, a little while ago, I wrote about why I like HP. This week, I’m starting to be annoyed at them. My employer just bought nearly $100,000 worth of HP hardware. We get a new MSA1500cs Fibre Channel SAN (with redundant controllers, FC switches, disks, etc), a new blade enclosure system, three blades to start […]

An iPod under Linux

June 12th, 2006, 17 Comments

I finally purchased my first iPod: a black 60GB iPod video model. I had been holding off for years. The iPod sounded nifty, but I just didn’t quite go there. The thing that finally won me over was the camera connector. It lets you plug your iPod directly in to a digital camera. The iPod […]

Why I Like HP

May 17th, 2006, 9 Comments

I’ve been managing servers professionally for some years now. Support is one of the most important things when you are managing computers for work. You don’t need support to help you out with a printing problem or an e-mail problem. You need support because every minute the machine fails to power up, your company may […]

NiMH Rechargable Batteries and Charger Review

November 28th, 2005, 1 Comment

I’ve been using NiMH batteries for quite a few years now. Ever since my first-ever digital camera came with a free AA charger and four free rechargable NiMH batteries. I’m still using that charger, and it’s been almost 10 years. I have a few complaints about my existing charger. It won’t charge AAA batteries, and […]

Linux, Bluetooth and Mobile Phones

July 16th, 2005, 7 Comments

I got my first Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone this week, a Motorola v551. I’ve been playing with the Linux utilities for working with mobile phones and have assembled some links. Most of the pages out there seem focused on SMS features of a mobile, or using a mobile phone for Internet access for a Linux box. […]

Albatron *Really* Sucks

June 25th, 2005, 1 Comment

So I have some complaints about the lack of support from Albatron. Here’s a fun little e-mail from them: From: RMA Support Date: Fri, 24 Jun 2005 17:30:52 -0700 To: John Goerzen Subject: RE: Status? Dear Customer, Thank you for contacting AlbatronUSA/Monivision Support. At the moment, we do not have any record of the invoice. […]

Don’t Buy Albatron

June 23rd, 2005, 6 Comments

My MythTV box has an Albatron KM18GPro motherboard in it. Last week, the Ethernet port on it went dead. I can plug in a known good cable, and don’t even get LED activity on the port. Plug the same cable into any number of other machines, and it works fine. (This is repeatable across different […]


June 17th, 2005, 6 Comments

I discovered by accident today that the scroll switch on the top of the unit will adjust the screen brightness in X. It doesn’t seem to work in the console, and I’ve done nothing to tell X about it, but it works. Woohoo. Combined with that and laptop-mode and powernowd, I think I’m going to […]

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