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Akbar Sherwani - Developer Blog
PS3 & HD LCD
Sunday, November 4, 2007, 07:58 PM
Been a while since I posted but now have some free times on the weekends and some nights so looking to buy a PS3 and a LCD.

PS3 as you may know has now been reduced to 300 which is a great, I had a quick play with Motor Cross but actually wasn't too impressed. I am sure however there are other games out there which are much better.

LCD wise, there are now TVs for around 300 for 32" which is plenty for my room. Not to mention many come with DVI slots therefore I could link my PC and watch those films on the screen with sound.

Deals are out there below. Question is whether to buy after Xmas for even better deals or buy now to enjoy over the Xmas break?

Hannspree 32inch LCD HD
Orion 32 inch LCD HD

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Sky Broadband
Thursday, August 9, 2007, 03:33 PM
The migration date from f2s to Sky was the 6th August and it went through perfectly :)

Yup that's right, no nightmare stories so far. The f2s stopped syncing at about 11:30 and by 12 I had the sky router on and everything running fine. Speed is now 8mb and upload speed remains the same.

Had a slight issue with a older wireless usb (netgear wg111) with speed issues over wireless with skys netgear dg834g. However changed the usb with a newer one and all is perfect. Has to configure a few settings to get the server running but nothing complicated.

So far router has been connected for longer than 60hours and no drop outs and speed is quick. So thumbs up so far for Sky Broadband.

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BBC iPlayer
Tuesday, July 31, 2007, 08:57 PM
After joining the beta I finally got my login id yesterday. Initial thoughts are disappointing:

1.) Download was slow, 1 hour for 100mb video of 30 minutes. (however seemed it took long to connect, once connected it was downloading at a good speed)

2.) Not all shows available. It looks like the BBC only has rights to certain programs and hence any films shown or American dramas like Heroes are not on the list.

However I have heard this may change. As it is a beta it still looking good in terms of the basic function of catching up with any BBC programs you missed.



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Work approaching
Sunday, July 22, 2007, 09:29 PM
Well about 2 months left until work starts which is worrying. Time therefore to start brushing up (learning) some of the languages I might use and any other knowledge:

Java
Excel Marcos (Visual Basic)
C#
C++ (Panic!!)

Other than that Fsimzone is now being updated finally and just searching for a new idea for another site or application.

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ADS-B Antenna and Mast Head Preamp Installed
Monday, July 16, 2007, 10:23 PM
Well the ELAD preamp certainly makes a difference is getting those weak signals. Getting double the amount of messages than before and nearly double the amount of aircraft.

No ground contacts at heathrow and the blank spots in my coverage have not got better in some areas. That means sooner or later its going to be external antenna time. Even though the 10 metre cable might not reach above the chimey I would be happy with having it close enough.

Running the reception plotter and will compare without the preamp. Already a record in distance which is now 196 miles.




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