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Review - iPlayer on the AppleTV

I'm a huge fan and advocate of the Apple TV. It straddles that funny position in the 'digital living room' between the Windows Media centre, and the generic media extenders (of which there are many out there), designed to stream content from the computer to the TV.

It doesn't come with a built in tuner, it doesn't come with the ability to play DVD's, and yet it has been a surprising hit for Apple, even if Apple themselves don’t see it as a core business and are still treating it as hoby.

I love the tight integration with iTunes, and am several months into the process of converting my entire catalogue of DVD's into iTunes friendly H264 MP4's, and I occasionaly rent films in glorious HD from the comfort of my living room.Permalink / Read More...

Review - Samsung PB22-J 256GB SSD

The current hot topic at the moment seems to be around SSD's, so I thought I'd post my musings after installing one in my MacBook Pro a few weeks ago. At the end of this review you can also find some very scientific timings, taken with a stopwatch, detailing real world app launch times etc.

Firstly let's get the price issue out of the way. Yes SSD's are way more expensive than their HD counterpart, so your purchasing decision will be made based on performance metrics rather than a value proposition. Price will come into the equation however when you start comparing different brands of SSD and their relative performance with each other....Permalink / Read More...

Review - Canon EOS 400D


Firstly, let me start out by saying that this review is written from my perspective as an amateur switcher. By that I mean someone who has been a keen photographer in the past, but purely from a compact, point and click background.

At the time of writing, the Canon Eos 400D can be purchased in the UK for somewhere in the region of £410, once you include the canon cash back offer of £50 this makes the total outlay just £360 (for the pack including the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens).....Permalink / Read More...
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