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ASUS PCE-AC68

When I was building my new PC, I needed to think how I would get an internet connection from the router downstairs. I didn’t really want a big Ethernet cable trailing all the way down the stairs, where people could trip over it. So I decided I would get a wireless adapter for my new computer. My router is a ASUS RT-AC66U, which uses both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bandwidth on the wireless. The ASUS RT-AC66U router has a newer wireless standard built in, which is called 801.11 AC. If you have a wireless device that supports the AC standard, you can get a transfer rate of up to 1Gb/s. This means that you can transfer files much quicker within your LAN (Local Area Network). As my router has the AC standard built in, I decided to go for an ASUS wireless card for my computer. The model of wireless card I went for was the ASUS PCE-AC68. The reason I went for this wireless card is because, I knew this card was compatible with my router. This wireless card has a powerful range on it, so it can easily reach the router downstairs. I have had no problems with this wireless card and it is compatible with Windows 8 and Windows 10. With my PC upstairs, I still get a data transfer rate of 700.Mb/s, which is really good considering my router can only handle 1Gb/s.  ...

ASUS RP-AC52

When using wireless on my phone upstairs, I was finding my phone would struggle to get a good internet connection. As my router is downstairs, the signal doesn’t quite reach when I’m using my phone upstairs. I did some research and found that there were various devices that could extend your wireless signal to reach even further. These devices are called wireless repeaters or wireless extenders (depends on device). Effectively they just repeat/extend your wireless signal giving you better wireless coverage overall. The device I decided to go for was the ASUS RP-AC52. The reason I went for this device was because it has different modes depending on your situation. These are the following modes: Repeater Mode  – In Repeater mode, RP-AC52 wirelessly connects to an existing wireless network to extend the wireless coverage. Express Way (Router to repeater 5GHz only, repeater to client 2.4GHz) – In Express Way-5GHz mode, RP-AC52 wireless connect to an existing 5GHz WiFi channel and extend the wireless coverage using the 2.4GHz WiFi channel. Your router needs to be able to support the 5GHz Wifi channel. Express Way (Router to repeater 2.4GHz only, repeater to client 5GHz) – In Express Way-2.4GHz mode, RP-AC52 wireless connect to an existing 2.4GHz WiFi channel and extends the wireless coverage using the 5GHz WiFi channel. Media Bridge mode – In Media Bridge mode, RP-AC52 connects to an existing 2.4GHz or 5GHz Wi-Fi channel and provides Wi-Fi connection to your Ethernet-enabled devices such as a PC or game console. Access Point(AP) mode – In Access Point (AP) mode, the RP-AC52 connects to the router via an Ethernet cable and then extends the wireless...

GIMP

Gimp is a program that is like Photoshop, only it’s free for people to download any time they like. It can be used for many different things from a range of creating banners to creating an animation of photos. There are so many things you can do with gimp. For starters you can get an image off the internet and if it has white around it that you don’t want, you can use the magic wand to go around the white and just leave you with the image. You can also make a shiny button effect. This makes whatever shape you are using look a bit more effective and professional. Another thing you can do is go to the gimp website – http://www.gimp.org/tutorials/ and it tells you how to create things using gimp. If you’re a new user of gimp this helps you to get started and when you follow some of them you may get a better idea of how you can use gimp to create things that you may want to create. Overall this is a very good piece of software!...

Iphone 3GS

The IPhone 3GS is a really cool phone because when you go out in the sunlight the screen is still visible, whereas on other phones it’s not. The phone is quite sturdy and the casing doesn’t really get damaged when you drop it. Another great feature is the silence button, it is very handy for instance if you are about to go into a building, you can just flick the switch on the side which will put the phone on silent. The iPhone is quite fast on apps and you only have to force close them a couple of times whilst they are always open. The safari browser is pretty stable but occasionally you have to wait a while before you can get on the webpage again if you lose signal....

Call of Duty: Blackops PS3

Call of Duty Black ops is a very good Call of Duty, it has more thrill than the others. I found the maps were more detailed and much better to navigate around on. There were not as many glitches in Black ops as there were in Call of Duty World at War but that makes it even better because people can’t creep up on you. The zombies on Call of Duty: Black Ops was far more exciting than World at War and you could do so much more such as have better weapons like the powerful Thunder Gun....

Samsung Galaxy S3 Review

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is running Android 4.0, which is google’s operating system called android. The version of android is called Ice Cream Sandwich and that was released after the following; Android beta, Android 1.0 – Astro, Android 1.1 – Bender, Android 1.5 – Cupcake, Android 1.6 – Donut, Android 2.0/2.1 – Eclair, Android 2.2.x – Froyo, Android 2.3.x – Gingerbread and Android 3.x – Honeycomb. Samsung have released an update so you can upgrade your operating system to android 4.1.1 – Jellybean, which was shortly released after Ice Cream Sandwich. For the processor, it has a Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9, which is actually quite powerful. The S3 battery lasts up to 43 hours (depending on use) and the design really stands out. The browser supports HTML and Adobe Flash, which means it will support; youtube, facebook and many more applications. The S3 has a 4.8-inch screen, which looks pretty good and allows you to watch things in HD. There’s also an 8-megapixel rear camera with flash and 1080p HD video capture. The front camera is 1.9 MP and this allows you to video call others without lag. Overall, the Galaxy S3 is a brilliant phone and it is very sturdy. One thing I would note though is the screen is very easy to smash as I found out when my sister dropped hers (face down onto a stone). But on the upside, the phone is very stylish and the phone is very portable which means it is very easy to carry around with you....

Sony Ericsson Expria Mini Pro

The Sony Ericsson Expria Mini Pro has a slide out QWERTY keyboard, which is good for the people who don’t tend to like full on touchscreen phones but still like to have a keyboard as well. This phone runs on Google’s operating system (Android) and it is running the version 2.3, which is called Gingerbread. This operating system runs smoothly most of the time but with the Xperia there are occasional crashes such as when you are using too many applications, or you do not have enough memory left. The Xperia has a 1GHz Single Core processor along with 512 MB RAM, which is not bad for a phone really. The Phone has a 5mp camera which also has LED Flash. This is very handy because it allows you to take pictures at night. This phone also comes with a 0.3 mega pixel front camera, which allows you to video call your friends without any trouble. This phone comes with a built in browser, which supports Adobe Flash Player. This allows you to go on; Twitter, Facebook and loads more websites that require Flash. The Sony Ericsson also allows up to 32GB of expandable memory such as a micro sd card. However this phone only has 0.4GB of built in storage which means, if you have loads of apps it can run out quite easily. Due to the phone only being a 3 inch touch screen, it may not be suitable for a person who has bad eyesight. Overall this phone isn’t all that bad. It is suitable for a first phone and it is good for watching videos...

Iphone 4S Review

The Iphone 4S comes with either 16gb, 32gb or 64gb of storage space. You can purchase it in black or white which gives you a choice of colour. In height, it measures 115.2 mm (4.5 inches) and in width it measures 58.6mm, (equivalent to 2.31 inches). The depth of the Iphone is 9.3mm (0.37 inches) and it is quite thin compared to other phones. The Iphone 4S has wifi capabilities as well as GPS and 3g. For the display, it is 3.5-inches wide which means you can touch the screen with more than one finger (once you have correctly configured finger gestures). The camera is 8 mega pixels which allows you to record in HD (1080p). With the Iphone 4S it has face detection so it focuses the image better when you are taking photos. Then on the front it has a VGA camera which allows you to video call without any problems. A good feature about this phone is the battery. The Iphone 4S has a Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which allows it to last up to: 8 hours on 3G, up to 200 hours on standby, up to 6 hours on 3G internet, up to 9 hours on Wi-Fi, up to 10 hours on video playback and up to 40 hours on audio playback....

The Sims Freeplay iOS and Android

The Sims wasn’t particularly interesting up until the point where it had been published to work on mobiles and tablet devices. Sims Freeplay is a free version of the Sims for mobiles, you don’t have to go out and buy a disk and have the hassle of it taking ages to install on your PC. All you need is a compatible device such as a good Android device, an Iphone or an Apple IPod touch. At the bottom of the applications, there are needs that need to be met else your sim goes into a depressed and sad mood. However if you get them to be inspired, which is the mode when you have all of the needs met, they will be happier and you will be able to go out of the house. However if you leave them depressed for a while, the sim may get housebound. Overall these applications are very good and I would say they are probably one of the best out of all of the Sims made. I would recommend these applications to people aged 7-60 because if you have a chance to actually get into the game it can actually be quite fun. Also it gives you something to do when you’re bored and stuck at home. The Sims Freeplay is very easy to navigate around on and it is very user friendly....

Guide To Buying a Computer

In this world today, there are really high spec computers and there are low spec computers. There are many different reasons for choosing your computer. High spec computers are for more advanced people, who need them for everyday use because of their work or job. These computers tend to have faster processors in them and more memory than lower spec computers. They may also have a better graphics card in them, which helps display the pixels on the screen. This doesn’t mean that you can’t buy a high spec computer if you are only going to use it twice a week or a few days a week. It depends what you are going to use it for! If you going to use your computer for Facebook, email or just browsing the internet, then you should go for a lower spec computer. This is because if you are not going to use it often then it would be a waist of money to get a high spec computer. However, if you are going to use your computer a few times a week but for doing word documents, modeling, photoshop and the Internet, you may want to go for a high spec computer so that it doesn’t crash whilst using it so much. Many people go into stores such as; Pc World and Currys to buy a computer. If you look around for an assistant in the store and ask them for help, they will be able to guide you in the right direction and even give you some idea of what to go for to suit your needs. When you...

Guide To Buying a Laptop

When you are buying a second hand laptop there are a few things you need to look at such as: is there any cosmetic damage, does the internet work on it, is the screen damaged, does it charge, does it turn off if you unplug the charger, does it power down after so many minutes? The reason you need to check for these issues is because it could indicate that the laptop hasn’t been treated well. If they have a password set on the computer make sure (if you are buying it) they take it off or they give you the password so you can gain access to the laptop. The only problem with buying a second hand laptop from someone is it won’t come with any warranty, so if it fails you will have to pay for the repair. If you are looking to buy a brand new laptop from a retail shop such as Currys or Argos, it should come with some warranty already when you purchase your item. If you go down this route, ask the shop assistant which is the best laptop to suit your needs. Personally if you are just looking to buy a laptop for Internet use, storing files on and writing up word documents you won’t need a very powerful laptop for this. Myself I use my laptop on a day to day basis for all sorts of things such as email, playing music, storing files, writing up documents, playing games and Facebook. So I need a fairly powerful computer to handle these tasks. With new laptops they usually come with Windows...

Guide To Buying a Phone

Generally People tend to go to phone shops such as; Carphone Warehouse, or a network provider shop. If you go into a store, you may get a bunch of phones on desk to try out or a plastic model of the actual phone so people can get a taste of what they are like before actually buying. But If you are lucky enough, there may be a sales assistant free to give you advice on the perfect one to suit you. They may even give you advice on how to set it up and how to transfer stuff from your old phone to your new one. Most stores ask you if you want to take warranty out on them. We would advise you do depending on what kind of phone you are getting. If you do then it’s up to you, but it costs extra for it and remember to ask what it covers and what it doesn’t....

HTC Wildfire

The HTC Wildfire is a smartphone that was developed by HTC and was released in June 2010. It is powered by a 528 MHz Qualcomm processor and it runs on Google’s operating system (Android) version 2.2. This phone comes with a 5-megapixel camera and the screen is 3.2 inches wide (diagonally from corner to corner). The HTC wildfire has Wifi and GPS capabilities which means the phone can be tracked if it is lost or stolen. It only weighs 118 g which is equivalent to (4.16 oz). Overall this phone is very good but I would say the HTC is more suitable for people who text, call and take pictures. I say this because it’s not a very powerful phone and when using the internet the phone is slow at loading pages. However, this phone is very good for playing music and videos on so it is god for a first phone....

Blender 😀

In 2010 I decided to get to know more about Blender, I did this because my cousin recommended it to me. He has done some very interesting things with blender, he has made a van transformer and when you play the animation it transforms from a van into a robot. It is very cool, he then decided to make a night rider transformer, which he hasn’t finished yet, but he’s still working on it. When I see him he shows me very interesting things that I didn’t know about Blender before, I.E. (how to make a 3d cube spin with a texture on it). If you look at my football page, you will see what i mean, I made that cube all by myself, I made it because I support Liverpool F.C. I enjoy experimenting with this program, it’s a very good program to use. I would recommend this program to people who enjoy making 3d...

No Audio Output Enabled (Windows 7)

Today I was updating my drivers for my HP Compaq Presario CQ61, when I experienced a sound issue and it had a red cross next to the sound icon. This was because I had downloaded and installed a newer driver off the HP website, which caused the sound to not work and come up with the error message “No Audio Output Device Enabled”. Eventually, I found a solution, and my sound was working again… To fix it, do the following steps; 1. Go to start then control panel (Hint: on the right hand side of the start menu) 2. Then click Sound and hardware 3. At the top there should be devices and printers, go to the right hand side and cIick “Device Manager” 4. Go down to sound, video and game controllers and on the left hand side there should be an arrow, now click it. 5. Next go down to the driver that is causing the issue (audio driver) , right click on it and select “Uninstall”. Please Note: the driver maybe different depending on what computer you have 😉 6. Then right click “sound, video and game controllers” and click “Scan for hardware changes”. 7. Wait until a box pops up on the right hand side of the task bar, it will say (“installing driver software”) and wait until it finishes. 8. Finally, go onto your sound icon on the right of the task bar, double click it and it should work, if not then restart your computer! This also applies to Windows 8 and Windows 8.1! Hope this helps !!!  😀 ...

Liverpool 3D Cube

This is a 3D Liverpool cube that I made in Blender 2.5 and animated in gimp 😛                      ...

About my experience of the PlayStation 3

The Playstation 3 is a unique console, it has WLAN capbilities and has a brilliant 3.2GHz processor. When it is connected to a HDMI port on a T.V. the picture quallity is excellent and has awesome graphics. It also has support for up to 7 Bluetooth devices, this could be your headset, your controllers, your phone or many other things you may have connected via bluetooth. The Playstation 3 also has a Ethernet port for gaming and it has 2 X 256 MB of memory. The memory is used for 2 different things, one is for the main memory, which may help to opperate the opperating system, and the other is for video memory. The things I love about this console are; (A) it is very easy to opperate, (B) very quick when it is loading up, (C) Good picture quallity and sound quallity, (D) you get free online for it , unlike xbox live! There are many other things I like about this console but I won’t go into all of that. Overall the ps3 is a very good console and you should buy one, I know this because I own a Playstation 3 Slimline. Feel free to add me on PSN: IZA_COOL_KID...