Well today I got the iPhone 3G S and as promised I will review it for everyone, there is also a test and unboxing vid below :D. Ok so to start, when I first opened it and gave it its first boot I was wowed with its speed booting took only a few seconds and [...]
Ok so if you didn’t know my Brother just came back from Singapore and he got a limited edition “Yakuza” edition PS3 and all I can say is this thing is simply awesome, oh and its hacked as well so thats even better its color is white, however it has awesome silver graphics protruding off [...]
Ok, so as many of you probably know I needed to upgrade my camera seeing as I was using my video camera for images because I lost my old IXUS, that’s another story, anyway I finally upgraded and as you can see by the title I went with the Canon Digital IXUS 980 is…. now the [...]
Now just before I start getting into this, this robot is not a toy, although it may appear as though it is a toy because it is a baby dinosaur it is not a toy its an advanced robot that is much more advanced than robosapien or any other robot commercially available. This dinosaur or “Pleo” weighs more than a [...]
So as promised I will review the Epson TW-2000. To start off I would like to say that this projector is honestly one of the best projectors I have seen especially when playing Blu Ray, right now it is mounted onto the roof and its running Component and HDMI through the roof up and over wood and [...]
Ok so I got my 40′ XBR yesterday, and as usual I will review it for you all. First of all, Wow is all I can say about this TV it is just simply hands down the best T.V I have ever seen or used I honestly don’t know how Sony makes it look this [...]
Yes, I just upgraded my speaker system yesterday and I decided to get the Logitech Z-5500’s as they looked the best and they were the loudest. Ok the first thing I noticed about this system was that it has an awesome electronic audio control system which can accept Optical audio Coax audio and 6CH Audio [...]
Today I received my Xserve and, as I said, I am going to do a review on it…. Ok first thing that you will notice on the machine is the lights, the lights are awesome they pretty much make the system… aesthetically anyway. The second thing you will notice is that it comes with some [...]
My 30′ Apple Cinema Display arrived today and as promised here is a review. First of all I apologize for the bad quality of the images below, I took them on my JVC-HD5 which is supposed to shoot Great Looking Full HD Video, not so great at pictures though.
Well to start this review off, the Apple Cinema Display has [...]
I finally got all my stuff from the Sydney Airport so, as I promised I will do a review of the JVC GZ-HD5. Basically my first impressions were that it was a hight quality, high def, proper looking video camera…
it definitely looks the part. Upon recording video it became more apparent to me that this camera had [...]
After 2 weeks I have finally got the stuff from Hong Kong but as usual, Qantas left our bag in the Sydney Airport ahahahahahaha lol :D anyway the next day (Today) I got the stuff.
So as I promised I will do a review of all the stuff oh and I should be getting a new [...]
Unfortunately there wasn’t momentous adoption of the giveaways so I regret to inform you that they wont continue until traffic increases. In other news, regarding my YouTube channel, I am thinking about revamping it for 2011, I’m going through many ideas that may never see the light of day but they are possibilities. In any case 2011 should be a good year for my channel and the content will remain the same or better no matter what – thank you to everyone who has subscribed, I reached 14,000 last night.
I know what you’re thinking, where the fu%^ is the card? Well I have been extremely busy lately and haven’t had time to pick it up. So here is how this is going to work, (just this time!) the first lucky person to comment on this post will receive the points when I go out and buy them make sure you leave your email or youtube account so I can email or PM you the code. So congratulations to the first commenter!
So, the reason this post is entitled “We’re sorry, Infinity Ward” is simply because my vision was clouded by hopes and expectations for Black Ops. You see, this all stems back to when Modern Warfare 2 was officially released last year, everybody seemed to have server problems upon release date, no one could connect or join a game. The thing we all didn’t understand was that simply the reason we encountered server problems was because it was that good of the game, everybody wanted it, and for good reason. After playing Black OPS I realized my mistake in buying Black OPS.
Here is the story, most people love Call Of Duty and have huge expectations for it, especially big launches like Black OPS. Most people I had spoken to said with alacrity “Yeh, Black OPS will be far superior to MW2″ sadly though, that’s not the case. Here are my reasons why, firstly we have the server problems which MW2 had upon release date (I’ll admit it, at least it does connect unlike MW2 when it came out) nevertheless there is a momentous problem with the very aspect in which drives the Call Of Duty franchise, its online gameplay. I had a go of Black OPS as I’m a pretty casual gamer (my Brother is a pretty big gamer, I’m not, hence why he does the commentaries on my channel.) and every match bar a few connected to American servers, which is great if you are American but not so much if you are like me and live in Australia. The incredible lag was too much, I ended up leaving 2/3 games due to server problems, MW2 had this problem as well but you would have though Treyarch would have taken note and made sure this didn’t happen again.
It seems that the heart of the franchise, its online gameplay is pretty messed up right now and may stay that way for the foreseeable future. The servers don’t have segregated areas for players from different countries it’s just a luck of the barrel kind of thing, which in my opinion is unacceptable for a $110AU game. The menu system is not very innovative and it’s pretty hard to navigate, it reminds me in a way of WAW (Word At War) which is not good as we are in 2010 they need to get with the times. The new set of noobie weapons don’t exactly augment the online experience, they hinder it. The flamethrower is the most annoying thing I ran into on my stint of playing Black OPS, granted there are other noobie weapons like that crossbow thing and the RC car (excuse my lack of gaming knowledge, as I said I’m a casual gamer). The RC car is awesome to be honest but I can foresee this as becoming a novelty and then a regret, many noobs will probably misuse it and hinder your online games. And that just scratches the surface of the underlying problems that plague Black OPS right now.
I would like to take this time to apologise to Infinity Ward for ragging on them so much, in retrospect they did make the best Call Of Duty game I have ever played. Better luck next time I guess?
–BTW the giveaways will begin next week so stay tuned everyday on this site.
So, I know I have not posted in a while on my site, almost one year to be exact. I will try and update my site at least once a week. Now, it will be hard for me to update my site every day as was the case earlier last year so at this present time it is just not possible I simply don’t have the time, but weekly updates should be feasible. If you have come here from my YouTube channel please make sure the check back at least once a day because I will be posting more content onto this website.
Now, onto the good stuff. The giveaways. All you need to do to win every week is just simply check back every day or, if your desperate, every hour and anytime of any day at random I will deploy a gift card with the code in plain view onto this site. How do you win? Simple, just be the first person to redeem the code once it first gets published there also will be a monthly giveaway to the person who leaves the most comments (not spam, like choose me but proper comments regarding the post). Of course, if the site receives an initial boom, then declines in views the giveaways will be discontinued as there not a sufficient amount of viewers on this site to continue the giveaways but regular posts will continue.
I will try not to neglect this site anymore as it was going very well early last year but now sadly I just don’t have the time to update it as frequently however, this site will be the future home for my show notes a.k.a. video notes from my reviews. Whether it be an un-boxing or a review I will try and list the notes on that particular product here. So If you do watch my YouTube videos you’ll be able to come onto this site and view the notes for the video like links and other related items to that video. And in regards to my setup videos like I did last year, my new setup video is coming quite soon by the way, this site will contain exclusive photos and media regarding that particular video. So hopefully you’ll find the content on my site very useful, you can go back and search all my previous posts from recent years and you may find that useful. Some of the products that I didn’t review on my YouTube channel you can find the review for here.
So as we all know Google’s new chromium OS looked exciting but once we relized that we all had to use a Virtual Machine to run it, it kind of made the excitement die.
Luckily there is a way to run Googles new OS *Without* installing any VM software and run it off a USB flash drive, how? you might ask, well thanks to a few clever people the process is rather easy this is not my work and should not be treated as such this is ALL quoted from ChromeOSgeek.com Also I just included the Mac and Windows guide you can actually head over to his site and check out his guide for linux as well.
Windows Instructions for installing Chromium OS to USB
Download Image Writer for Windows from here and extract the program. Launch the program, and select the image (ChromeOS-Cherry.img) and your USB drive letter from the drop down box. Click “Write”. The install image will then be copied to the drive. Once it’s done, close the program and you can then boot from the USB Drive.
For Mac Users Follow this procedure
Firstly, unmount the drive you want to install Chromium OS to. Place the downloaded file onto your desktop. Open System Profiler, click USB on the list at the side and then select the entry that represents your USB disk. Now look for the BSD Name column (http://bit.ly/5mG4WK). Remember what is written here. In my case, it is disk1, but in yours it may be different. Take care here as if you get it wrong, it could seriously mess things up. Once you have this, open up Terminal and type the following commands.
tar -zxvf ChromeOS-Cherry.tar.gz
For the next command, replace X with the name of the disk you found earlier, ie disk1.
sudo dd if=ChromeOS-Cherry.img of=/dev/X bs=4m
This command will ask you to enter your password (the same one you enter when installing software for example), type it in and press enter. This command will take a while to run, about 20 minutes for me, and then will give you your shell prompt back once it has finished. Once it has, you can remove your USB drive and boot from it.
The biggest question is how do I go about obtaining this distribution? Simple I managed to find a link to Chrome OS Slim for download right here so hopefully those of you who saw this on YouTube will be able to give this a shot for yourself and test it out!.
Also stay tuned on my blog because the next episode of my podcast will be out soon. And I may make a post talking about what is going to be happening concerning videos in the first quarter of 2010.
Yesterday I received a PM on YouTube from a Kevin at http://5min.com and he asked me if I wanted to have my videos on 5min.com and they would re upload my vids and give me an account etc. which is great, of course I said yes so as you people who watch my vids may know currently my videos are only exclusive to YouTube.com mainly because of my bad upload speeds (30kb/s :S) and other sites dont appeal to me, but like I said they offered to re upload my videos for me so a huge shoutout to them and a thank you to them!.
Everyone should definitely go and check them out they have some unique features that YouTube does not have such as numberswiki.com
the capabilities to zoom in and out and adjust brightness etc. anyway this means that if you don’t feel like going on YouTube you can watch me on 5min.com!. Also episode 50 of the Tech webcast is today so keep checking back here today most likely in about 9-10hrs from when this post goes up the new HUGE episode will be out and my site will probably be the first to have it up. I also got some stuff from thinkgeek.com which will be arriving today so stay tuned for some exclusive posts and maybe some photos. Also sorry about not posting in a while if you want more content check out http://bilsta57.com/daily which I just announced. Expect more posts now that Christmas time is here.
So today Brad, Beau, Glen and myself recorded a joint episode of the Techwebcast and my podcast the Bilsta57 Podcast ( Subscribe to both on iTunes, Bilsta57 Podcast and the Techwebcast for a more manageable and easier way to keep up to date with the podcast ) to make everything a lot easier because we did not do an episode of my podcast last week so thats why we did a joint podcast, we may record again this Saturday or maybe even Sunday live (Brad what are your thoughts on this lol, what if we record live while streaming live during the Apple Addicts competition?) anyway make sure you are subscribed to both podcasts.
So this Sunday I will be streaming live as part of a competition dubbed the ” Apple Addicts Live “ competition so I encourage everyone to join in, whoever stays up the longest ( Out of the people live streaming ) wins prizes and gets their video featured on http://myapplespace.com for thousands to see. The website that this is all going to be on ishttp://appleaddictslive.com so go and check that out and make sure you send this to everyone to see.
Also my Ustream channel is http://ustream.tv/channel/bilsta57 so also make sure you check that out if you want to know what time I will be streaming along with a lot of other people check out this link for plenty of times http://tinyurl.com/appleaddictstime I will also be tweeting this so make sure you are following me @bilsta57 and thats all the info you need to know, now onto the good stuff, whats in it for you? well we may and again we *may* give out some prizes live such as gift cards I may even give away a few iTunes gift cards and there may be some amazon gift cards given out. Sounds pretty good huh well all you have to do is tune in and participate in the chat and your in the running to win prizes!.
Also more posts will be coming soon I have been very busy so stay tuned, if you want more constant updates check out my YouTube channel.
Ok so it has been a while since I have updated and I apologise, for all the people that read my blog you should definately check out my YouTube channel here: http://youtube.com/bilsta57 I update that quite often, I have slowed posts on this blog to sort of concentrate on my YouTube channel but I will try and post more often I can’t promise anything but I will try fo you all ;).
Ok so since I last updated a fair bit has happened, first I have just started a new podcast called the “Bilsta57 podcast” which you can check out on iTunes here: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=335513896 new episodes will generally be available every Sunday there may be the off week were it will be out on a weekday but in general check back every Sunday. Also just recently Daniel Feeney of www.TheMacFeed.com has sponsored me so a huge thanks to him, go and check out his site he has some great content on there. I am looking forward to the upcoming holidays :D I will definitely be posting a lot more around Christmas time so definitely stay tuned on this site for that just like I did last Christmas. Sorry about the short post, but hey, its a an update right?.
I also may be doing a live stream event around Christmas time, I’m not 100% sure on that but I will keep you updated, it should be fun if it happens there will be giveaways and the show will most likely be sponsored by companies so we can give away even more stuff!. It will basically be a stream to see who can stay up the longest and whoever does wins and wins prizes, simple right?. Anyway stay tuned for more updates.
Ok so as you may know I got an SSD (Solid State Drive) with my Mac Pro however as we all know you cant mount a 2.5′ drive in a 3.5′ Sled, so you may be thinking, how do I mount it in there then?, well surprisingly I came across a very good product for doing just that its called the Max Upgrades Hard Drive sled basically its like a modified Mac Pro sled but it allows you to mount any 2.5′ drive with this bracket as such. So the reason I’m so impressed by this is, first it came greatly packaged not a scratch on it all the way from the U.S, now the big thing is its a full high quality *Metal* bracket which is great it also has a big heat-sink on it to stop your drive of choice from getting hot for example a 2.5′ 10k velociraptor drive gets VERY hot, an SSD doesn’t really generate a lot of heat if any.
So how do you mount this? (Someone on this site also asked this question). All you do is get your drive and position it with the screw holes then get a screw and get the corresponding allen key the just simply screw it in place, simple just repeat for every screw there should be 4 holes, 4 screws etc. if you are looking to buy this great product here is the link to their site: http://maxupgrades.com also make sure that when you order from them you get the counterpart sled for example if you have an ‘08 Mac Pro get the ‘08 sled if you have an ‘09 Mac Pro get the ‘09 Sled. Sorry about this short post there will be more to come also check out my new page for my podcast that I just started http://bilsta57.com/?page_id=1263 it will have all the episodes of the podcast archived there.
Ok so the other day as you may know if you watch my YouTube videos, I got my Mac pro and I have been lazy in posting to my site lately so I will start posting more frequently now. Ok so to start the huge difference from all other Mac Pro’s is this Mac Pro is based off the core i7 architecture which is very important because that is cutting edge of processors these days it will also allow me to upgrade the processor if Apple updates it (Not covered by warranty, obviously) so that is great, not only that it has DDR3 Ram which is the latest revision of ram so I can upgrade that so I guess this revision (4,1) of the Mac Pro is very upgradable, in fact I have heard of some putting a core i7 975 Extreme in his Quad core model pretty cool stuff.
So getting onto the hardware side mine is 2x 2.93GHZ Nehalem Processors for a total of 8 cores and 12GB of DDR3 ram at 1066MHz with a ATI Radeon HD4870 and an Intel X25 E SSD (64GB) and 2 superdrives, wifi etc. You can see the full specs on my video. This system is so quick its unbelievable and a lot of that has to do with the SSD because your hardware can be insane and your performance may be slow, why?. Well because a HD or Hard Drive has to spin to access files and its not an instant access plus the read times are insane mine is 250MB a second, yeh crazy, and write is 170MB a second anyway if you do get a good computer make sure you get an SSD that is very important.
Another thing to note is that this computer can game with the 4870 and it runs games on very high and for people that say macs cant play Crysis well I was playing it all on high on windows 7 so there you go it can. I also tested GTA IV which ran great and also Batman Arkham Asylum which runs very, very smooth on very high its also a very good game if someone is looking at getting it. In terms of gaming you don’t get a Mac for that obviously, I’m not a noob I know that, but It can run games the same as a windows machine but a Mac is defiantly not ideal for gaming at all, for gaming you would build your own windows pc or get a gaming rig pre built if you don’t know how or don’t want to.
So back onto the Mac pro, it runs smooth I haven’t had one hiccup with the machine it just runs as it should and one small thing to note is that they changed the Hard drive bay sleds for more space for your hands, Thank God!, it was quite bad before because your fingers would get crushed every time you took out a hard drive, its fans have also been changed as well to allow more adequate ventilation. I really like this machine and I would recommend it to anyone who needs a powerful machine, oh and btw it scored 15000 something in Geekbench 32bit in case you wanted to know the benchmark. Also enjoy the pictures and my video :D.
Ok so I apologise for being lazy on posting lately but there will be some posts, some very good posts coming up next week and maybe some more posts this week but I have been busy with everything like YouTube and all that also I was on the Tech Webcast you can have a listen here:
we were talking about Foxtel’s new channels and features that will be coming to Foxtel very soon. Enjoy and sorry about the short post but there hasn’t been that much going on lately if anything happens it will be posted here so stay tuned.
So, you may or may not know that HP has a contest going on basically to help John win I need you all to vote everyday for the next 3 days on YouTube all you have to do is create a YouTube account then follow these simple instructions ***COMPETITION IS NOW OVER***
click on the video and give it a thumbs up and rate it 5 stars and *MAKE SURE YOU FAVOURITE THE VIDEO AND GIVE IT A THUMBS UP*
If John wins you all will have a chance at getting a 32GB iPhone 3G S but like I said *ONLY If he wins* so its up to you to make miracles happen in 3 days people so get voting. You have to give it a thumbs up everyday for the next 3 days in order to win I will chose a winner if he wins. Also Retweet my post on twitter at http://twitter.com/bilsta57/statuses/3888863110 for extra points.
- I wanted to give the prize based on my sole intent to help John out. - the point of decision I made to do a giveaway was done solely by me and without John Raul’s influence nor knowledge - I have used my full right to decide and that John Raul has no relation or attachment with the giveaway.**
-I am also not an entrant at all, again this was done to purely help John out without his knowledge.