My Stuff

A lot of people come to this site searching for help on specific issues with or opinions/info a specific gadget or technology.  For that reason, I thought I’d state publicly the gadgets and technologies I use (embarrassing though that may prove).

  • Wireless Media Streamer Buffalo LinkTheater
    Streams video (most divx/xvid and wmv9) and/or music to my TV from a DLNA compliant server like the Linkstation Live or Windows Media Player’s built-in media sharing service.
  • 500GB Home NAS Buffalo LinkStation Live (HS-DH500GL)
    Can store video and music files and stream them over a wireless network to a DLNA certified media streaming device like my LinkTheater.

  • Mobile Phone – Nokia N73 smartphone
    5 megapixel camera, Symbian/Series 60 OS, currently on Orange Pay As You Go
  • Nintendo Wii
  • PlayStation 2 (Slimline)
  • Wireless ADSL Modem/Router – Netgear DG834G
    Old version 1; basic but functional.
  • Laptop PCAcer Aspire 5003 wlmi dual-booting Windows XP and Ubuntu
  • Desktop PC
    My main computer is one I built up myself and upgraded over the years, specced as follows:

So, if you’ve any questions on any of the above, please let me know. Oh and I also have broadband with Plus.net (who are excellent) where £15 a month gets me 8Mbps and 15GB usage (unlimited from midnight to 8am) and I have web hosting with WebHostingBuzz.com where I have a reseller account for just $5 a month.

Manhunt – Bit of a let-down

With all the furore over Manhunt and the subsequent UK ban of Manhunt 2, I got very interested in having a crack at the original Manhunt on PS2 (also available on XBox and PC). When I signed up for a trial with LoveFilm.com it seemed like an obvious candidate to rent.

Unfortunately I was very disappointed. The “gruesome” graphics aren’t that realistic looking (certainly compared to the standards of graphics in some other games) and the game gets very repetitive very quickly as you roam from one fenced in location to another, sneaking up behind bad guys and smashing them with a baseball bat or whatever one of the limited weapons you have.

Not only that, but it the lead character isn’t one I found it easy to identify with; there didn’t seem to be enough plot. Basically you’re spared from execution by a bit of cloak and dagger, but the guy who sneaked you out lets you loose in a yard populated by violent gangs, whom you’re directed to kill in order to escape. The point being that he intends to film the violence and release a snuff film. Unfortunately the series of yards seems endless and repetitive – and I only played about half a dozen levels!

Unfortunately the average graphics, poor game play and absence of much plot makes this a rather boring play. I only kept it for about a week and sent it back, so I’ve switched to Metal Gear Solid 2 instead.