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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 >

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 >

Use this utility to change your Login Image in Windows 7 whenever you want

Change Windows 7 Login Screen Free Utility

Use this utility to change your login image in Windows 7 whenever you want…

Are you tired of looking at that boring Windows 7 screen when you are logging on? Now you can use this utility to let you change your Windows 7 login image whenever you want. Just make sure the images are JPEGs which are less than 256kB and you are good to go.

Download it HERE

50Webs SMTP Outlook Setup that works

If you set up a paid hosting account with 50Webs, you can configure your Outlook to send and receive emails. The only problem is that in most cases, what 50Webs tells you WILL NOT WORK, because your Web hosting provider will prevent you from sending SMTP messages in some way.

So – how do you do it? Well, when you create your new email, 50Webs will confirm it was created as follows:

Dear XXXX,

Your email account is active now. Your e-mail username and password are:

    password: XXXXX

For incoming and outgoing servers use

In order to use the More >
Folder Settings

Fix card readers not recognized in Windows 7

1. From the Start menu, choose “Documents”

2. From the top menu, select “Organize”, then “Folder and Search Options”

3. Un-tick “Hide empty drives in the Computer Folder”

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When was the battery invented?

One of the early attractions that gained public attention was an electrically illu­minated bridge over the river Seine during the 1900 World Fair in Paris.

The use of electricity may go back much further. While constructing a new railway in 1936 near Baghdad, workers uncovered what appeared to be a prehistoric battery. The discovery was known as the Parthian Battery and was believed to be 2000 years old, dating back to the Parthian period.

The battery consisted of a clay jar filled with a vinegar solution. An iron rod sur­rounded by a copper cylinder penetrated into the liquid and produced 1.1 to More >