Archive for January, 2008

Epson Stylus DX4400

I have been in need of a new printer for some time now, at the moment I have a Lexmark which I hate more than any technology I have in my house (and my Dad still regularly uses cassettes). The Lexmark is very bad as far as ink goes, not only are all the colours in one cartage, but each colour lasts nowhere near enough, then you need to buy a new cartage. I have always been a fan of Epsons, though never owned one peoples I have used I have been very fond of.

So yesterday my Dad said it about time we got a new printer, so I found this on Amazon for £35 and I am eagerly anticipating its arrival. For anybody who is interested in buying one here is the link http://www.amazon.co.uk/Epson-Stylus-DX4400-multifunction-individual/dp/B000RW3BGQ/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=gateway&qid=1201823359&sr=8-1

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Top of Google

I used to have a few search terms that I was top at, but I was knocked of all of them. Oh well, I saw a little ray of hope last night when I saw I got “ipod touch nes” back. I screen captured as soon as I saw it because I knew I would be gone soon. Sadly I was knocked off today, but at least I have evidence now.

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Jailbreak 1.1.3 for iPhone/iPod Touch Through Installer

Ok then, I have been looking forward to this for a while and here it is. I do not like manual jailbreaks because I do not trust myself not to mess it up and have to restore all over again. I know there have been jailbreaks for this firmware for a while, but I have waited for a one tap solution. This process will upgrade you to 1.1.3 and install the applications you need to pay for normally. If you are on 1.1.3 then go to https://leebialecki.wordpress.com/2008/01/07/how-to-love-your-iphoneipod-touch-more/ and read the downgrade bit.

So here we go, first of all let me stress that this is NOT a quick process, it can take up to an hour and a half, but you only need to do 5 minutes work and the rest is just letting it do its thing. (Also make sure you have full battery or are connected to a power source):

  1. First thing to do is to go to “Settings” “General” and set the auto sleep to never. Then make sure you have a 1.1.2 jailbroken device, if not look at my other post “How to love you’re iPhone/ iPod Touch more” here you will find instructions of how to jailbreak 1.1.1 and 1.1.2.
  2. After that, make sure you have the latest version of Installer, just check if there are any updates in Installer. Also you must have Open SSH”, “BSD Subsystem” and “Services” installed.
  3. Now go Into Installer then into “Sources”. Tap “Edit” in the top right corner of the screen, then “Add” in the top left. The source you need to ass is http://ipodtouchmaster.com/files/repo.xml
  4. Now you have this new source go to “Install” and “1.1.3 jailbreak + iPhone”. Install that package and the install will begin, it will seem to get stuck but it is just taking its time, leave it for about an hour and check on it every so often.

Ok so there you go, you are now leaving your device for around an hour, if you happen to see the apple logo then it is just about done, the apple logo will show for a while but there is still nothing to worry about, you will eventual come to the locked screen and you have a jailbroken 1.1.3 device.

One thing mentioning is that you will lose all you’re 3rd party apps so you should make a note of what you have and just re-install them. There have also been reports of Summerboard and Customise not working properly on 1.1.3, if they do no work for you there is a way to get them to work and I will update you on that later, I have not jailbroken yet so I will give you more info on what works and what does not when I have done.

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iOne Scorpius-P20

My keyboard finally came today, and I have to say that it is great. I would be writing this post with it right now, if the space bar worked!

I set it all up, joystick works fine, I can type on it perfectly, but the space bar just does not work. So I am going to have to send it back and get a replacement. But I must admit it is exactly what I was looking for, perfectly small and light, just what I needed. This would be the final thing to add to my set up and I would be happy. So once I get the replacement for this I will probably get a graphics tablet and a Media Centre remote.

So yes, I would recommend this to anybody who is looking for a small keyboard and the joystick mouse works a lot better than I expected to, but I will still keep my wireless mouse at hand for anything that needs much mouse use.

 

 

 

 

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Windows Live Writer

I found this software a while back, never used it because I use Word 2007, but always thought it looked good. So Ross wants to start a blog, so I thought I would direct him to this, he is having issues so i am just writing this post to test it out for myself. It even seems to have more features than Word, but i doubt i will change any time soon.

Good insert options like picture, table, map, hyperlink and videos. Actualy looks prety good, i would recommend it, if this post works.

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The Shirt of Two Pandas

Peter bought me this lovely t-shirt for Christmas, I like it very much. But the other day, I noticed something weird about it. There are actually two pandas on the shirt, very strange indeed.

To the left is the normal picture on the shirt, looks like a very happy panda. But bellow is the picture form a different angle, which looks more like a cartoon, distressed panda who looks worried.

If you consider his nose as an eye and the line near his ear his mouth, and his ear a wait long neck, it is definitely another panda! I wonder if they meant it to do that, or am I just weird? I don’t know, but I think it is one amazing shirt. Thankyou Peter J

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ObjectDock

I have just found this program today and I have to say it is the best thing I have found in ages. I have now replaced the taskbar with this and I have to say I highly recommend this to anybody. I have always envied Mac users because of their dock, but now I am a very happy bunny, with very little Mac envy.

Just go to http://www.stardock.com/products/objectdock/ and install the free version. I have all my commonly used applications on the dock, with the Windows button also so I have access to all my applications in a much nicer way. My open windows are shown on the left of the dock, the whole dock is fully customisable by dragging and dropping.

I honestly have no issues with this, it is just so much nicer and you should all try it out.

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