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iPad is Viral

Apple’s latest iPad is not only the hottest tech item at the moment, but its viral. It’s hard to read the news without some sort of article making some reference to the new device, but for me I am some what left behind. Out of the five technicians at my work (including myself), myself and one other colleague have yet to get one. After looking the device, and having a go at others, it is very appealing. Initially I was very sceptical about the usefulness of the device and whether it would actually be anything to get. But after seeing how quick and straight forward it is, I want one. The iPad does exactly what I was hoping my netbook would do. Just be a quick way to get on the net and check email, websites etc. However with the awkwardness of the keyboard, the screen size and its boot time, the iPad becomes very appealing. I suppose its just a matter of time before I get one. There doesn’t seem any liable competitor on the horizon.

LazerTag Night 30-May-2010

I went a played LazerTag tonight and had a really fun time. Thanks to everyone for a really good time. I thought I would post my results. Game 1 (Team Deathmatch) Point Score: 5500 Re-Energised: 4 Phaser Shots: 133 Hit Ratio: 33% Game 2 (Sabotage) Point Score: 14700 Re-Energised: 6 Phaser Shots: 151 Hit Ratio: 27% Game 3 (Team Deathmatch) Point Score: 2100 Re-Energised: 10 Phaser Shots: 133 Hit Ratio: 33% Game 4 (Free-For-All) Point Score: 1800 Re-Energised: 8 Phaser Shots: 100 Hit Ratio: 33%

Foxtel coming to Xbox Live

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Foxtel coming to Xbox Live : " On the day that Sony's new PSN Video Store launched in Australia, Foxtel and Microsoft have announced a partnership to make Foxtel available via Xbox Live. The partnership opens up a way to get Foxtel content without a Foxtel installation. (Credit: Foxtel and Microsoft) The service, scheduled to launch in Q4 this year, offers a way to access Foxtel content online, without the expense of a Foxtel installation and set-top box. This is particularly suited to people who move frequently or who live in areas of Australia where Foxtel services are not available, according to Kim Williams, Foxtel chief executive and managing director. Foxtel by Xbox Live will live stream over 30 channels including Fox Sports, Discovery, Nickelodeon, Disney, Sky News and MTV. A range of Video-on-Demand and catch-up services, including television and movies, will also be included, although specific packaging and pricing announcements will not be made until closer to the

HP Home Server and Mac

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I recently booted back up my Mac Mini and decided to try out the software for Mac that come with the HP MediaSmart Server. Surprisingly, it worked really well. The integration of the TimeMachine backup to the Home Server works. Simple as that. It just works. HP can get it right some times. Here are some screenshots. Update: I have since noticed that the Mac does not appear in the Computers & Backup tab in the Home Server Console. This is somewhat expected, but it would have been something extra that HP could have polished off to help the integration of the Mac to the Home Server.

Updating port forwarding for your router failed

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Error: Updating port forwarding for you router failed. Windows Home Server was unable to update port forwarding for your router. Your Web Site may not be available on the internet. Those of you who a have a Windows Home Server may be receiving this message, even though you have already forwarded the ports in your router manually. I have found that there are a lot of routers where UPnP doesn’t work properly and therefore left to manually set port forwarding yourself. And once done so, the home server does pass the remote access test, but still errors out. This is what I did to fix it. 1) Verify your ports are in fact open for Ports 80 (HTTP), 443(HTTPS), 3389 (RDP), and 4125 (Remote Web Workplace). 2) Verify that your self has a Static IP Address on the local network. Make sure it isn’t being assigned a IP using DHCP. Manually configure an IP Address into the server’s network card. 3) In your router, disable UPnP. And Apply the settings/changes. 4) Save the configurat

Girlfriend making the switch from Mac to PC: Part 4

It’s been some time since my last update so this what has happened. Last weekend Marra decided that the choice was now an Apple Mac. Although yes we stated that in the beginning Windows would be the choice due the gaming and not much games/application support was available for the Mac as there was for the PC. However since we are unable to find a suitable substitute for the Mac, she now wants to get a MacBook Pro. So away we went to first a Domayne Store in Silverwater where they were offering a 1000 days interest free on all goods in the store. What we soon learnt though was that this special did not apply to Apple stock. The only finance that they could offer her was 12-months with some ridiculous condition that I can’t even remember now. We soon left the store empty handed. I remember that there was a Apple store in Baulkham Hills which maybe could offer us some hope. But when we got there, soon found that the store no longer existed. We went to lunch to regather what we wer

Photos of Home Server

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Here is some photos of the home server and screenshots of the install. My old Home Server. PC from work. It served me well. Set it up on the kitchen table to begin the file transfer process. New home server in its place.   Start of the installation from my laptop after plugging the MediaSmart on to the network. Logging in for the first time. Lots of updates needed to be installed. Had a choice of the Dynamic DNS host, I went with the Windows Live one since I already had a domain name there. McAfee was very shortly removed. And the red error was shortly resolved. Web interface from the client. This can be chosen between the HP design and the Windows Home Server default. Basic one 1TB HDD installed as standard. But soon to be upgraded. This actually is cool. Sliding the slider is realtime and can watch the lights on the Server go from bright to completely off (w