PC Specialist Review

I recently got a new gaming PC from PC Specialist.

The Good:

  • The machine is very quick and well put together. They allow you to heavily customize your build.
  • PC Specialist offer a long guarantee and are a well established company.
  • Pricing is reasonable.

The Bad:

  • As the builds are customized, they take a long time. Ordered 13th May, arrived 3rd June. They keep you well informed though.
  • The order form allows you to order without hard drive (I already had one). About 10 days in I was told I had to order one and the form was broken.
  • A free copy of the Witcher 3 was heavily promoted on the site and included in my order details. When I got my PC no free copy. I had to ask to discover “sorry, that promotions’s not running any more”. No gesture for any other sort of compensation either.
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gTile

gTile is a fantastic extension for linux mint that gives the organization of a tiling window manager with the flexibility of a conventional one.

Source: Spices : Cinnamon

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Google Captcha (reCAPTCHA)

If you support comments on your wordpress blog I strongly recommend you install this:

The Google Captcha plugin allows you to implement a super security captcha form into web forms. Google Captcha is a free CAPTCHA service that helps to digitize books, newspapers and old time radio shows. This captcha can be used for login, registration, password recovery, comments forms.

via WordPress › Google Captcha (reCAPTCHA) by BestWebSoft « WordPress Plugins.

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To get thumbnails generated in XBMC / Kodi

Go to Settings -> Video. Change Settings level to “Expert”. Go to Filelists. Enable.

via Settings/Videos – Kodi.

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sp – command line spotify

sp is a command-line client for Spotify’s dbus interface. Play, pause, skip and search tracks from the comfort of your command line.
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How to specify DNS nameserver offered to DHCP clients in OpenWrt

In RC6, the dns servers presented to the dhcp clients can be modified by adding the following line to /etc/dnsmasq.conf

dhcp-option=6,ipaddress1,ipaddress2

where ipaddress1 and ipaddress2 are the ip’s of the dns servers that you want to present to the clients.

These addresses will be presented to the clients even though the resolve.conf file will show different nameservers.

via How to specify DNS nameserver offered to DHCP clients (Page 1) — WhiteRussian — OpenWrt.

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Open Hardware Monitor – Core temp, fan speed and voltages in a free software gadget

The Open Hardware Monitor is a free open source software that monitors temperature sensors, fan speeds, voltages, load and clock speeds of a computer.

via Open Hardware Monitor – Core temp, fan speed and voltages in a free software gadget.

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Baking an AMD Radeon 6970M Graphics Card

My Clevo P170HM laptop recently had a problem, the screen would go black when booting, in either Windows 7 or Linux (Safe Mode was OK). This turned out to be down to the graphics card, an AMD 6970M.

As this card is very difficult to source & as Clevo didn’t properly support this laptop with BIOS upgrades so recent cards cannot be fitted I tried to “bake” it to fix it. The theory is that solder on the card gets “broken”, and putting it in the oven melts and refixes the solder. So here is the recipe:

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C. Ensure kitchen is well ventilated.
  2. Remove card from laptop. Remove everything from graphics card (fan, heatsink, thermal paste).
  3. Prepare tray with foil lining. Make 4 foil balls to sit card on.
  4. Pop in oven “chips side up” for 5-6 minutes until crispy!
  5. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  6. Refit card (remember to reapply thermal paste, heatsinks etc).

This worked for me and I’m now typing on my revived laptop – for how long it will last I don’t know. This is a last resort – don’t blame me if you melt your card.

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Dell UltraSharp 24 Ultra HD Monitor – UP2414Q

3840 x 2160, 24″ – nice

Dell UltraSharp 24 Ultra HD Monitor - UP2414Q

via Dell UltraSharp 24 Ultra HD Monitor – UP2414Q.

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OpenELEC Mediacenter – OpenELEC 5.0 released

My Raspberry Pi running OpenELEC is fantastic, if a little slow on the menus – very tempted to upgrade to a CuBox

OpenELEC Mediacenter - OpenELEC 5.0 released

OpenELEC Mediacenter – OpenELEC 5.0 released.

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