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Using Chromecast with Netflix in Australia

Sometime in 2013 Amazon accidentally allowed people outside the US to order Google Chromecast. Without fully grasping what it did, I ordered mine and it arrived within days. Amazon realised its mistake and emailed me asking me to return it at their expense for a full refund, as it would not be supported outside the […]

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Edimax AR-7284WnA wireless modem router firmware upgrade without confusion

Ash Nallawalla

20 November 2010

Hardware

Whenever I have an issue with my Netspace ISP ADSL1 connection, I dread the conversation with the tech support person, as it takes a while to establish that I have half a clue about ISP operations and connectivity. Long story short — I bought an Edimax AR-7284WnA wireless modem router to replace a Billion BiPAC […]

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Garmin nuvi 1390 GPS Review

Ash Nallawalla

16 October 2009

Hardware

The Garmin nĂ¼vi 1390 GPS is a slim, 4.3-inch screen beauty that is currently vying for my attention, but will I succumb to its electronic charms? Features 4.3-inch touch screen Whereis map Bluetooth Lane Assist Spoken street names Route Options Junction View ecoRoute Traffic (1390T model, not tested) Navigation Includes a comparison with TomTom GO […]

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TomTom GO 730 Review

Ash Nallawalla

17 September 2009

Hardware

One of my employer Sensis’s other business units is Whereis.com, which supplies maps to some big GPS vendors such as Garmin, TomTom and Hewlett-Packard. I have been thinking of buying one for a while, as I am doing a lot of “Dad’s taxi” duties in unexplored parts of Melbourne. Last Christmas our family drove around […]

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Take screenshots of TomTom GPS

Ash Nallawalla

13 September 2009

Hardware

To capture screenshots of your TomTom GPS (at least works in a GO 730), do the following: Connect the device to your PC Use Windows Explorer to view the device root folder Create a folder called screen Go inside that folder and create an empty text file using Notepad.exe called capture (no extension). Restart the […]

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Review: Brother MFC-235C Printer

I prefer to use a product for a while before writing a review — my Brother MFC-235C is over six months old, but it’s still on the store shelves. As it wasn’t supplied by Brother PR but paid for from my own pocket, I was in no hurry to write it up. My previous printer […]

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Clever HP campaign (and chance to win a prize)

Check out Mauricio Freitas’ Geekzone.co.nz and look for the HP competition that he’s running along with a bunch of my other friends from the Windows Featured Communities gang. The competition doesn’t require you to visit all “50 of the world’s top bloggers”, but you increase your chances of winning up to 50 prizes if you […]

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BlackBerry Bold 9000 smartphone announced

Research In Motion (RIM) will ship the BlackBerry Bold 9000 multimedia smartphone this northern summer. It features a world-first for a BlackBerry: It supports Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g), tri-band HSDPA high-speed Internet access and has an integrated GPS. The new “Push Button Setup” will make it faster to connect to protected wireless networks that require a […]

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Most external drives prone to failure owing to heating?

So says a press release from Transcend, announcing the new StoreJet 35 Ultra, an actively cooled eSATA external hard drive. Of course, you would say that if you were flogging an actively cooled drive. I have about six external drives and none have cooked themselves to death so far. All the same, the StoreJet 35 […]

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Yoggie Gatekeeper Pico – Review

Now your computer can think outside the box, says Ash Nallawalla Your PC has an intrinsic weakness that makes it easy for hostile files such as viruses or spyware to get past your defences. There is no need to be alarmed, as this is true for most PCs on the planet. In spite of installing […]

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Unlocked iPhone in India?

Ash Nallawalla

20 January 2008

Hardware

Recently, while I was in the US, an Indian friend asked me to buy him an iPhone because they can be unlocked in India (or elsewhere, if you know how). I did some hunting and found out that this is quite a hot topic. There is a lot of speculation online and quite a few […]

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Zune 8 Review – Owners can’t leave the US

Ash Nallawalla

13 January 2008

Hardware

At my other site, ZuneUserGroup.com, I have reviewed the recently released Microsoft Zune 8. Do check it out — it is a positive review.

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