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Since iOS8 or 9 the official Apple VGA & DV adapter is broken

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016
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I gave up on this about 2 years ago, but it seems multiple people have had this problem also. Even if you bought the official adapter it won’t work anymore after iOS 8 is installed. Granted iOS 10 is almost out now, but its not like its going to get fixed. I finally looked back into this issue, seems like the many reviews for it and the digital AV communicate the same thing. Which sucks because these adapters cost $30 but now we have to buy new ones just because they changed something and now they old official ones don’t work anymore.

According to one of the comments:
You need to BUY a updated 1.0 VGA Adapter – it MUST say its a 1.0 or its the older unit. Be careful because a ton of the old adapters are still in stock at Apple stores, retailers, Amazon and eBay.

So fork out another $30 for an adapter you already had, or I guess if you have the receipt you might be able to take it to the Apple store to let them know it failed.

D-Link EBR-2310 Router is Junk

Monday, November 25th, 2013
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D-Link‘s EBR-2310 Wired Router is total crap. I bought it for a relative, set it up and figured things were good. Once I left town, they kept having connectivity issues and I was unable to return it in time. It’s been nothing but crap. There is no new firmware for the router. The last firmware version was 2.01. Hardware Version is B1. D-Link put out garbage and never bothered to fix it, I will never buy another D-Link router again.

Standard Keyboard without Numberpad

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
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It’s very hard to find a keyboard with a standard layout and not have a 10-key numberpad on it. When do most people use the numberpad on their home computers? Maybe if they are entering in some data into Excel, managing their budget, but those tasks are quite rare. I imagine the main uses of the numberic keypad are for making bad passwords or lame usernames. Many laptops like to smush all their keys together to save space, but that doesn’t make any sense for desktop keyboards without a tenkey numpad to do the same thing.

I’m sure many of you have used one type of keyboard at work and then another at home with just a slight difference in layout and it’s annoying. Sometimes the enter/return key is too big, other times the: home, end, page up, page down are in different areas. Other times the arrows are squished into the side or setup with a cross layout rather than a upside down t layout.

You would think people that make keyboards would know ergonomic design better than to do all this. Mini keyboards save space and keep you from having right handers with their arm all the way to the side with the hardly used numberpad.

So far I only know of a few that fit these requirements.

  • Diatec Corp makes some keyboards with a standard layout and no numberpad. (very expensive)
  • IBM Model M Space Saver and Space Saver II (granted the II version has the Print Screen, Num Lock and Pause buttons moved down a tad) – since these are kind of old and are a little rare to come by they cost a bit more

I’ve been using the Space Saver II for a few years. I thought I would use the mouse nub and mouse buttons built on the keyboard a lot, but the fact is I rarely ever use them. The only thing I’ve missed about having this kind of keyboard is the lack of media buttons (mute, pause, forward, back) that many keyboards have.

Asus Eee Pad Slider Honeycomb is not the first Tablet with a slideout keyboard

Friday, September 30th, 2011
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The Asus Eee Pad Slider Honeycomb Tablet Review on HotHardware acts as if the Asus Eee Pad Slider Honeycom Tablet is the first Tablet to have a slideout keyboard. However, it is not. I still have my Acer Travelmate C200 from 2006, which has the same feature. The only difference is mine is a Tablet PC that requires a stylus, while the new Asus Eee Pad Honeycomb is a modern Tablet or Slate (or whatever you want to call them) with a touchscreen. Either way, it really is a good design and would probably break less then all the ones that have the screen that rotates and can be flipped over.

Western Digital VelociRaptor 10,000 RPM Hard Drive is Fast

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011
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I recently bought a Western Digital 150 GB VelociRaptor SATA 10,000 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Enterprise Hard Drive WD1500HLFS. Reviews of it on some sites said anywhere from a 15%-35% speed increase. Many of people said not to bother and to get a SSD (solid state) drive instead. While it’s not lightning fast like a SSD drive, its still fast and I can definately see the speed increase. If you don’t want to spend lots of money for a SSD drive, this is a great upgrade to get. It makes my 3 1/2 year old computer seem new again, because upgrading memory wasn’t going to gain me any more speed on my computer.

My bootup time before had gotten quite slow, but I have avast! Antivirus, Norton Ghost, Vmware, ZoneAlarm, Microsoft LifeCam, MySQL, Apache, VirtualCloneDrive and some minor things all loading up at boot time. My Windows backup that took 8-11 minutes now takes 3 minutes and 16 seconds. And my Norton Ghost backup of my C:\ drive used to take 20-22 minutes now takes less than 7 minutes.