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Why your PSP download speed is so slow

Posted by Robert Hall on 05/21/2011 03:33 PM
Why your PSP download speed is so slow Many people, and myself included have gone through and tried to download games with our PSP, or just even browse the internet with it time to time; only to find out that it takes forever and a half. I see posts online constantly of people trying to increase the speed of their PSP downloading games, and browsing the internet. Turning on every optimization option they can, maximizing the cache and doing anything they can think of to get that extra bit of speed out of it. However there is a harsh reality here folks, and that is your PSP just does'nt have the hardware to do it. That's right, alot of folks don't realise the download speed issues stem from two problems with the PSP. It does'nt matter if you are us...

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The real reason Google is pushing Chrome so hard

Posted by Robert Hall on 05/19/2011 03:08 AM
The real reason Google is pushing Chrome so hard Google is once again pushing their Chrome and Chrome OS products hard again, so it's only fitting that I now get to add this video to the website. People see Chrome as a killer of Microsoft and Apple in the OS market. The thing that people don't understand however is that Chrome OS is just a web browser and that the Chrome browser exists for only one reason... and that is to get you to browse more web and use more Google products. How Google makes their money is through advertising, every web page with a Google ad on it is a chance that you might click on one of those ads and make some money for them. If they can get you to browse more of the web with that content on it, then you are more likely to see those ads. Fu...

5 Reasons why you should'nt use Google Chrome OS

Posted by Robert Hall on 05/15/2011 02:29 AM
5 Reasons why you should'nt use Google Chrome OS With the announcement of the Google ChromeBook, I think it's time to put out my top 5 reasons why getting a Chrome OS powered device is a bad idea. First of all if you have'nt seen my review of the Chrome OS itself, here is a link to check it out. For those of you who don't want to watch it, let me summarize it... Chrome OS is the Google Chrome browser, nothing else special about it. Applications are nothing more than web pages, and as we all know web apps have their own unique limitations. Now with that aside, let's dig into the list. #1 You have no control over updates For the same reason Google is bashing microsoft on software upda...

Facebook Applications creating posts with fake delete buttons

Posted by Robert Hall on 05/12/2011 03:23 AM
Facebook Applications creating posts with fake delete buttons Presumably trying to take advantage of the fact that facebook is always changing and modifying their design and the fact that people are quick to delete any offensive content, some facebook apps are starting to create fake delete buttons. What happens is someone receives a post on their facebook wall full of profanity, writen to appear as if the originator is upset with them. The post will even taunt them into wanting to click the delete button using language to indicate that it's impossible to do. Clicking on the delete button just results in the user receiving an alert/message box telling them "failed to remove" followed by some profanity. The fake post then goes through and reposts the message to all other contacts th...

Click Fraud Evolved threatens content producers and publishers

Posted by Robert Hall on 05/11/2011 02:20 AM
Click Fraud Evolved threatens content producers and publishers It seems click fraud has become such a problem that Google has started more aggressively cracking down on publishers who have adsense on their websites and YouTube partners. The problem here is that they have become a bit too aggressive and are falsely disabling accounts because their software is incorrectly seeing accounts having invalid clicks, or that competitors are click bombing their websites. If you have a blog, and your competitor had a blog, and he see’s that you are using adsense on it. He can go through and click on your ads repeatedly and with bots to cause your adsense account to be flagged for invalid clicks. So not only are the advertisers getting the short end of the stick, but so are the publishers no...

Review of the Nintendo 3DS System

Posted by Robert Hall on 05/06/2011 09:36 PM
Review of the Nintendo 3DS System I've had the Nintendo 3DS for a while now and think I can give a pretty good review of the system and a basic run down of the experiences I've had with it. If you don't want to read a bunch of words, just jump down to the video and watch it for awhile as it's the same thing. The Nintendo 3DS is Nintendo's next generation portable game system in the DS line. It features backwards compatibility with Nintendo DS and DSi games, however it does not have support for gameboy or gameboy advance games just as the DSi did. The overall build construction of the system is well, however I have some concerns about preasure on the screen. I've noticed that the outline of the lower screen sometimes shows up on the upper screen...

NOC Listing of all Gaming Articles

Posted by Robert Hall on 05/06/2011 07:17 PM
This is just a listing of all the documents, posts, and I guess you would call it a blog for the NOC. Feel free to browse the contents here, but if you are looking for something specific we recommend using the search feature. Thanks,...

Visual Basic 6 Runtime to no longer be included past Windows 7

Posted by Robert Hall on 04/28/2011 10:52 PM
Visual Basic 6 Runtime to no longer be included past Windows 7 I know the title of this post must shock you, but it appears to be that Microsoft has decided that it will no longer be including the Visual Basic 6 runtime with it's operating systems past Windows 7. So whenever Windows 8 comes out (or whatever the fancy name for it will be) Visual Basic 6 applications will be out of luck it seems. Only 32 bit support has and ever will exist for the Visual Basic 6 runtime, and I would guess that the next generation operating system from Microsoft will most likely be totally (if not almost) 64 bit only. However as much as I love Visual basic 6 and all the applications I wrote for it back in the day, it is time for the ol...

Wacom Bamboo Pen and Touch Review

Posted by Robert Hall on 04/24/2010 12:57 AM
Wacom Bamboo Pen and Touch ReviewWhen I get money from advertising I generally spend it on getting a new product to review. This time around I got the Wacom Bamboo pen and touch. I was looking for something that could give my wrist some alternative motion instead of using my mouse all the time, but from experience I didn't want to use my full 12 inch Wacom pen tablet for everyday use.

In comes the Wacom Bamboo, it gives me the option to use touch or pen/stylus for input into the computer allowing me to vary how my wrist is interacting with the screen.

I mostly use it for the multi touch capabilities and have barely used any of the pen features. The multitouch for browser, and document navigation makes it extremely useful for me when I am re...

Asus T91MT Netbook Tablet Review

Posted by Robert Hall on 03/06/2010 11:39 PM
Asus T91MT Netbook Tablet ReviewI waited for the Apple iPad to be announced prior to reviewing this product. As I knew I would get several questions on how it compares to it. However to my surprise the iPad had far less features and functionality than I was expecting, making the Asus T91MT in a class further above the iPad. The T91MT is a convertable netbook, that turns into a tablet. It features a touch screen that  also has multi touch functionality, allowing for pinch, zoom and scroll right on the screen without using the mouse or included stylus. The stylus included has a small magnet built into it for putting the computer to sleep with a wave of the stylus, and helping to hold it in place inside the body of the netbook. While the screen is com...

The reason Blackberry is an inferrior device these days

Posted by Robert Hall on 01/10/2010 08:47 PM
The reason Blackberry is an inferrior device these daysWithout a doubt Blackberry devices are probably the most backwards and unfriendly I have ever seen. That might seem like an odd claim, but think about it think about how all the other manufacturer's are inovating right now, then look at RIM and the Blackberry. The Blackberry is the only smart phone I know of that does not have full builtin support for microsoft exchange. Instead of selecting a server type and then putting your settings in, you need to do one of the following: Buy software for your exchange server, or an application for your desktop. It makes no sense to do this! Sure you can connect to send email, but your contacts, tasks, and calendar won't hit your phone otherwise. The Palm Pre, and iPhone do this all a...

Palm Pre vs iPhone which is better

Posted by Robert Hall on 01/01/2010 11:51 PM
Palm Pre vs iPhone which is betterI have the great option of owning a Palm Pre, and getting to work with iPhones on an almost daily basis. So I often get asked which device I prefer, which one is the better phone the Pre or the iPhone. Obviously this is something that is going to be more based on opinion, as there are only a few things hardware wise that seperate them. So I'll get those out of the way and then get to the more opinion based comparisons. Networks Winner: Pre
ATT gets horrible coverage and has just recently started with 3g. While Sprint has had 3G coverage for quite some time, and in general covers more areas than AT&T does. I never used AT&T where I live because I don't even pick up their service, while Sprint and V...

Google Chrome OS Beta Review

Posted by Robert Hall on 12/22/2009 05:39 AM
Google Chrome OS Beta ReviewGoogle has released Chrome OS in beta form for developer preview and testing. I have managed to get ahold of a copy in virtual machine disk format to review. Now let's get something right immediately here. The Chrome OS is still in beta (pre beta I would really say), and is in no way intended for everyday use. As a result alot of the things I point out here may change or not even exist in the end product. However one thing I do know for sure is the purpose of the OS itself. Google has made it clear that the Chrome OS is intended for specially designed netbooks, and will be for browsing the internet only. Meaning there will be no high end desktops, or CPU intense applications such as video editors. In my opinion I find the concept...

Creative Labs support, where is it when you need it?

Posted by Robert Hall on 12/15/2009 10:13 AM
Creative Labs support, where is it when you need it?When you think of sound cards, the first name that comes to mind is Sound Blaster. Why should'nt it? The quality of sound these cards produce is great compared to many others. However when you think of support the last name you are going to think of is Creative Labs, the company that makes the Sound blaster series of cards. I have used their cards for years, and at one point even had a graphics card they made. I obviously stopped buying their graphics cards because of the poor support, but yet I still stuck with their sound cards. I love the audio quality, and most importantly I love the full front panel controls they give on the high end models. I also understand that a company cannot support a product forever, s...

Using the Ultimate Boot CD to recover files from a damaged system.

Posted by Robert Hall on 12/09/2009 05:40 AM
Using the Ultimate Boot CD to recover files from a damaged system.If your system no longer starts windows, you can still recover your files before you reload the system. All you need is an Ultimate boot CD, and an external hard drive. What you need to do this is a couple of things An ultimate boot CD An external hard drive to store your recovered files onto With these two items you can start up your system and copy your files safely to your external drive for safe keeping, or to copy back onto a new computer, etc. The first thing you will want to do is set your system to boot from a CD (Check the first video below). Then you can place your Ultimate boot CD in the system and start from there. I recomm...

Using the Windows Registry Editor

Posted by Robert Hall on 11/29/2009 01:25 AM
Using the Windows Registry EditorProbably the most powerful tool built into Windows is the registry editor. As Spiderman's uncle said... "With great power comes great responsibility!" The registry editor is nothing to kid around with. With it you can change or create virtually any software or hardware setting on your system directly. However if you delete or set something incorrectly Windows won't complain until it's too late. So before you start fooling with the registry editor, watch my video on it and learn a bit about how the tool works first. Then once you are ready, open the registry editor and make a backup of your entire registry. As I said before, and I say again, You can easily stop windows from working by setting a value wrong! This can caus...

Building your own computer system Part 3 - Finishing the Build

Posted by Robert Hall on 11/27/2009 12:37 AM
Building your own computer system Part 3 - Finishing the BuildNow that all your computer components are combined you now have Voltron! Defender of the universe... or just a computer that needs to be started up, one or the other. Chances are the later, so we have a few things to do before we actually turn this thing on. First make sure that all your connections are solid and in place, and that everything is screwed in. We have one fan connector to hook up from the hard drive power cable, and remember to install the extra USB connector on the back panel if you want it. Now you will want to start planning how to put your wires out of the way. Normally you do this prior to hooking everything up, but In this case we do not have any way to route the c...

Building your own computer system Part 2 - Installing components

Posted by Robert Hall on 11/26/2009 11:52 PM
Building your own computer system Part 2 - Installing componentsAfter getting all your parts together we can now we can get to the fun part! Assembling your computer one step at a time. The physical process like I said before I pretty easy, but so you know what to expect here is the quick run down on it all: We already preped the case for parts Install the motherboard Installation of the Processor Install the power supply Install the RAM Install the CD Drive Installing the Hard drive Installing the Graphics/Video card Then we can boot for the first time and install the operating system. For each step I have a video below that goes into more detail....

Building your own computer system Part 1 - What you need

Posted by Robert Hall on 11/26/2009 11:04 PM
Building your own computer system Part 1 - What you needBuilding your own computer is not as difficult as you may think. The reality of the situation is that putting the parts together is very easy. The only tricky part is making sure that all the parts would work together. That comes with experience and research, and that's for another set of videos altogether. This series will show you how to physically get all the components in a computer together, to build a working unit. If you have never built a computer before and want to give it a try let me recommend that you find a current example online, and read or watch it a couple times before starting. Further I would recommend buying the same parts that are in the example video/document so that you can follow along easily. In t...

Issues with Seagate SMART reporting Revieled!

Posted by Robert Hall on 11/24/2009 03:17 AM
Issues with Seagate SMART reporting Revieled!Having used Seagate drives for years I have found them to be pretty reliable, however in the last year or two I have started to encounter issues with them. Most notabily with the SMART data features of the drive. For those of you who do not know, SMART data is a section on your hard drive designed to record information in regards to it's performace. In this you can find things such as the number of seek errors, drive memory errors, bad sector counts, etc, etc. This is great as you can look at the SMART data and know if the drive is starting to go bad, before it actually does go bad. The problem with Seagate drives and this is that they don't use standard SMART data, they kinda just do their own thing. If you use a...

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