Alsuren

December 28, 2007

Good purchaces and bad purchaces.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — alsuren @ 11:17 am

Do you ever get frustrated when you buy something, and it doesn’t do everything you expected it to do? Well the opposite is true of the Apple AirPort Express. I bought it as a present for my dad (well kinda for myself as well, but shush!), and it literally does *everything*.

I only bought it as a remote sound box, so that we can play iTunes through the *decent* speakers. Naturally, it does that job perfectly. It also has wifi on it, which I wasn’t planning to use (because it also has ethernet) but it has one or two more bars reception than the BT box from pretty much anywhere in the house, so I’m currently using it to post this message. It also has a USB port on it (for use with printers) and it turns out that that can be used to charge my phone (and possibly bluetooth headset as well, using the adapter I bought for my palm PDA). Total cost of AirPort:£65

So for the last few days, I have been remote desktopping into the media centre, and playing music while other people watch TV.

Point of note: the media entre/bravia combination falls under the opposite umberella: I have pebably spent in excess of 30 hours trying to get the screen resolution right, and/or the volume control to work I am starting to suspect that getting this working requires extra hardware. This is because sony neglected to put a vga output port on the pc (preferring HDMI). Also, the thing only has one tuner, so…fail. All in all, a pretty shitty purchace. Total cost: £1600 (a while ago) If anyone knows where I can get a (reduced height) PCI-e graphics card, or standard PCI card, please shout. All I need it for is 1366×768 resolution (fullscreen) videos, but it *must* have a vga output. Also, if it has nvidia 6600 compatible heatsink connectors, that would be useful.

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2 Comments »

  1. You lost your spellchecker using this new method of posting?

    Comment by Jenny S-T — December 29, 2007 @ 7:18 pm

  2. I was going to complain about your spelling, but didn’t because I thought that would be neglecting more important things:

    i) AWESOME! THAT WAS CLEVER OF YOU, TO BUY A PRESENT BOTH FOR YOURSELF AND ALSO YOUR DAD!
    ii)EXCELLENT, I’M SO GLAD THAT YOU MADE A GOOD PURCHASE!
    iii) OH NO! I TOTALLY SYMPATHIZE AT HOW RUBBISH AND TIME-CONSUMING TECHNOLOGY CAN BE SOMETIMES!

    Comment by Gavin — December 30, 2007 @ 12:02 am


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