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Dell Vostro V131 Review

NOTE: This is a first draft / outline. The review will be updated with more info and photos… Startup time and hard drive Slow startup with conventional hard drive and a bit of bloatware (trend micro, Dell utilities) Hard drive space from factory: 262GB free of 283GB Cooling and fan noise It has one dinky little cooling fan. Small fan = has to spin fast. So when the fan kicks in you really notice it. Thankfully, the fan is not on

2.1 Speaker Roundup! Beatbox vs. Tango TRX vs. Rockus

This is a review of three sound systems I have had the pleasure of listening to at home and in the shop: Antec Soundscience Rockus 2.1 Price: $99-$181 at Amazon Review rating: 3.75/5 stars Pros: Good sound and great bass. Cons: Bulky compared to the others, no built-in wireless connections, no built in charging, not as high-fidelity as the Beatbox,  more cable tangle to deal with. No remote control Summary: Pricing varies widely, but a good deal at $99 and ideal

ASUS RT-N56U WiFi Router Review

ASUS Black Diamond Dual Band Wireless-N 600 Router (RT-N56U) NOTE: Review will be updated once performance testing is complete… tentative rating so far:  [starreview tpl=16] Pros: +easy setup +small size +two USB ports! +decent SAMBA transfer speeds (6Mbs-8Mbs actual throughput) +supports NTFS on USB devices Cons: -cannot use external antennas 🙁 -unusual power connector (if the power supply dies, you are likely NOT going to have a compatible spare laying around) -unusual case design could make mounting/positioning difficult (though it does look

Rich snippets in Google and WordPress using GD Star Rating

[this post needs to be reformatted and elaborated on, but for now here are the links that helped me get both AUTHOR and RATING rich snippets working on my blog :-)] VERY nice info on configuring GD Star Rating http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/add-rich-snippets-reviews-wordpress-blog/ Good general overview of the task at hand and all the related info http://yoast.com/rich-snippets-everywhere/ http://www.sakthiganesh.com/integrating-google-rich-snippets-wordpress http://wpprobusiness.com/4390/add-rich-snippets-wordpress/ How to test to see if your rich snippets are formatted correctly and visible to Google http://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/richsnippets

Blind review: can a $7.99 mouse cut it as a gaming mouse?

Here’s the deal with this entry: I wondered how the Kensington ‘Mouse-in-a-box’, available for around $7.99 [Amazon], would hold up under serious gaming and productivity scenarios. Who better to test it than Neil from kohlercreated. He does extreme gaming and he also works super hard, a somewhat rare combo ;-). So I had the mouse shipped to him without the price and I asked him to use it and send me his impressions, but to NOT look up any info

Best CHEAP Nikon/Nikkor lenses

These are the best cheap lenses available for Nikon. The definition of “cheap” in this list is going to be lenses readily available for less than $250* USD. Some of these lenses are out of production and you will have to buy used, others are brand spanking new and you can pick them up on Amazon or your other favorite photo store. These are all “5 star” lenses in my book: [starreview tpl=16] Read on for the goods… *if $250 is too

Canon SX230 HS Sample Photos

Today I had the chance to take the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS for a stroll. My mother in law recently purchased the camera and my wife has one of its predecessors, the SX210. Overall Canon has made some nice enhancements to this latest model and it truly is a splendid little camera for walkabout photography. Its main draw being that it packs an amazing zoom range in a relatively small package. Overall I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars