Category Archives: Technology

5 signs it may be time for a memory upgrade

For years I’ve been listening to PC owners lamenting to me about how their PC has a “virus” or that their CPU needs replacing due to poor performance. My first question, before they go and spend hundreds of dollars on a new machine, is “have you considered upgrading your RAM?”.

Back it the day, a couple of gigabytes of memory would have done you. In fact, a couple of gigs would’ve been all you PC could actually use. With modern 64-bit operating systems like Windows 10, sky’s the limit (or more likely 64 GB) when it comes to the amount of RAM you have in your machine.  The more RAM, the more applications, and better games, you can have running without your PC grinding to a halt. Continue reading 5 signs it may be time for a memory upgrade

Epson innovations and F1’s Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport

The world’s greatest motorsport event, the Formula One Grand Prix World Championship, descended on Melbourne’s Albert Park over the weekend for the first race of the 2019 season. Valtteri Bottas took first place, with his team-mate Lewis Hamilton coming second. This is another huge success for their team, Mercedes-AMG Petronas, and their long-term partner, Epson.

Epson Australia invited me to an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at how their partnership with the reigning Formula One World Constructors’ Champions, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, helps them innovate and develop new technology.

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Swann Wi-Fi Series indoor and outdoor security camera reviews

The proliferation of home Wi-Fi networks has had a major impact on the simplicity of installing home security/surveillance systems. All that’s needed is a power supply and you can check your home security from your phone no matter where you are in the world.

Swann’s range of Wi-Fi Series security cameras provide solutions for both indoor and, more interestingly, outdoor video surveillance. Both cameras offer 1080p video recording, cloud storage, and motion/heat detection. Continue reading Swann Wi-Fi Series indoor and outdoor security camera reviews

Epson FF-680W FastFoto Photo Scanner review

Time to drag all those boxes of photos sitting in your cupboard into the 21st Century.

There was a time when I lamented the death of the physical photo. I intended, naively, to take the few hundred digital photos that I had taken down to Officeworks and get them all printed.

Well, those few hundred digital photos are now several thousand. It’s fair to say, no photo I’ve taken since 2003 is ever going to end up in a physical photo album. All our photos now tend to be stored on our hard drives, in our phones and in online storage.

But what about out old photos?

If you fear sticking you beloved memories into scanner, you can stop worrying. Epson’s FastFoto FF-680W will lovingly scan your old photos, by the box-load, in just a few minutes. Continue reading Epson FF-680W FastFoto Photo Scanner review

Huawei Watch GT review

Australian readers may be interested to know that Huawei are giving away their Huawei Watch GT with purchases of their superb Mate20 Pro mobile phones. I have been putting the smartwatch through its paces. Continue reading Huawei Watch GT review

Kano Computer Kit Complete review

Kano’s Computer Kit Complete gives you everything you need to build a functioning Raspberry Pi-based laptop computer.

As a kid, I owned a Sinclair ZX81. Like many of my generation, I learned how to program computers at the same time as playing (rudimentary) video games. I’ve long lamented that those that followed us were taught not how to use computers, but simply, how to use applications. We now have a generation of kids that have no idea how videogames, or any other of the thousands of applications they use in daily life, are actually made.

It really pains me that 99% of kids out there, mine included, only use PCs to play video games. Continue reading Kano Computer Kit Complete review

GeForce RTX 2080ti Founders Edition review

For the last few months I’ve been tinkering with a couple of Nvidia’s top-of-the-range GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards.

It’s sometimes difficult, with technology featuring what is such clearly unprecedented potential, to produce a fair, real-world-use review without sounding like a paid shill. Benchmark results are fine only to a point, and the same can be said for tech demos. The lack of games taking advantage of the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti makes reviewing the card rather challenging.

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Crucial 1TB P1 NVMe PCIe 2280 M.2 solid state drive review

Not all solid-state drives are built equal, and not all M.2 solid state drives are built equal, either. Crucial’s P1 NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD’s promise to revolutionise PC storage transfer speed.

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