Android 2.3 tv box rockchip RK2918

Android 2.3 TV Box Media Player Review

Android TV Box 2.3 media players are just hitting the market. These units are very affordable, use low power, and offer incredible flexibility over custom media players like the Noontec A3 and Asus O!Play devices. The specific unit we are reviewing is the Android TV Box Smart HDD Player and online video Player model K830, manufactured by KIM, and running Android TV Version 2.3.

- Android 2.3 TV Box - 1.2 GHz Rockchip RK2918 Cortex Processor - HDMI out 1080P - Adobe Flash Player 10.2 - Wi-Fi Internet connection - Android Market Place - Remote Control


Build: The unit build is quite good, More >


Convert Topfield MPEG files to a Standard PC Format

Converting Toppy TRF-2400 recorded files for PC playback

Unfortunately, Topfield 2400/2460 files won’t play in Windows Media Player. Toppy suggest you install KMplayer. The Topfield Video files are recorded in the MPEG2 TS (transport stream) format.  To compound this, if you want to edit the files you record, most editing software including Sony Vegas Pro won’t handle this format.

I have found that the best solution is to convert the files into a high quality MPEG 2 format, and from there, you can pretty much do what you want – edit these and convert them to a DVD, or compress them to XVid of More >

google plane

What Planes Look like in Google Maps

Google Maps has captured some amazing footage in Streetview, Satellite and terrain modes.  Here is a satellite image of a plane flying over Adelaide, Australia.


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Topfield TRF2400 Review

Topfield TRF-2400 Masterpiece Review

The Topfield TFR 2400 Masterpiece is a PVR (Personal Video Recorder) which can record up to 4 channels simultaneously, while allowing you to watch any one of them, or a recorded program on the hard drive. It is superior to other models as it also has video inputs, which mean you can connect analog sources to it and record them. Other features such as IceTV, Flickr and YouTube are available when you connect the system up to a LAN network providing Internet access.

Topfield are great at enhancing the Firmware – the most recent addition is the ability to stream home media.  Furthermore, More >

TEAC HDR3500T DVR Picture in Picture

Teac HDR3500T PVR Review

The HDR3500T Personal Video Recorder (PVR) is a digital video recorder which can record 2 shows at once onto the built in 500GB hard drive or record through the units two USB ports. The USB ports can play various multimedia as well including DIVX and MP3. It competes directly with Topfield, Beyondwiz and TiVo but is substantially cheaper – you can buy it from the Good Guys for $346!

The PiP (Picture in Picture) feature gives you the ability to watch 2 channels at once – something both the Beyondwiz DP-P2 and the Topfield TRF-2400 Masterpiece HD don’t do. This model also has the AV inputs to record More >

Prince Project Management Methodology

Prince Project Management Methodology (PRojects IN Controlled Environments) is an effective process-based method for project management. This article will briefly discuss PRINCE2.

PRINCE2 is a process-based approach for managing projects. It helps to work out who should be involved in a project, their role and their responsibilities. PRINCE2 has a set of processes to work through and it explains what information needs to be gathered. The method is the de-facto standard for project management in the UK and is practiced globally.

The majority of organisations that wish to use PRINCE2 as their chosen project management methodology start with accredited training. Training is a More >

ANZAC Biscuits

Makes 50

1 cup of white plain flour

1 cup castor sugar

1 cup rolled oats

1 cup desiccated

125 grams of butter

1 tablespoon of golden syrope

2 tablespoons of boiling water

1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda


Preheat oven to 180*c conventional/160*c fan foced and lightly greased oven trays.

combine flour, sugar, rolled oats and coconut in a medium bowl.

Melt butter and golden syrope put in microwave for one and a half minutes.

Combine boiling water with the bicarbonate soda, add to butter mixture and mix well.

Stir into the dry ingreedients until combined.

Roll teaspoons of the mixture into balls and drop into trays allowing for spreading.

Bake for 10 minutes or until More >

Lithium batteries back up power stations

Batteries are critical to the development of portable (electrical) devices. And lithium-ion batteries have been up there in driving the portability revolution. Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries hold more charge in a lighter package (as lithium is the lightest metal – hydrogen is not a metal) and have dramatically improved the performance of phones to small electric aircraft. But they do have one drawback – they charge and discharge too rapidly (and the resultant heat can damage the battery or cause a fire). So they need constant monitoring and control by a built-in electronic circuit to avoid this problem.

Construction and operation

The basic More >

Counteracting the Price Question

You will often get a prospective customer argue over price. Here is a way of handling that objection.

  1. Ask the question – “Compared to what?”
  2. How much is that price?
  3. Express the DIFFERENCE
  4. Compare the benefit based on the difference

As an example, if arguing $125 for a competitor product vs $140 for yours, discuss the difference, which is $15

presentation wheel features and benefits

Presenting the Solution

Features are facts that can be proven. Needs are a solution that a customer is seeking. Benefits are when a Feature meets a Need.

1 Links to Features….

“One of the products…” “a Nice thing about…” “A unique feature of…” “An important component…” “The advantage…” “A service we provide…” “Our product is especially designed…” “You’ll be pleased to know…”

2 Links to Benefits…

“As a result…” “A great benefit to you…” “This will enhance…” “Therefore, this will eliminate…” “Which means to you…” “This will save…” “What this gives you…” “Consequently,…”

3 Link it back to Needs…

“Another element…” “You also mentioned…” “Another aspect…” “You also indicated…” “In addition…” More >