Living in India has its perks. Sure it’s hot, it’s often smelly, the airs polluted and there’s people everywhere. But, there is a huge amount of manufacturing here and prices are often based on what people can afford, not what companies want you to pay.

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If you’re running a vanilla Ubuntu instance inside Oracle’s VirtualBox software then you can easily install Oracle’s driver pack which helps your virtual PC to run smoothly. It’s less easy in Kubuntu though, so here’s a quick walkthrough on how to do it:

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Ultimate Home server Part 2 – Operating System + Remote Access

In Part 1 of this guide I showed you one way to put together a home server using off-the-shelf PC hardware. In this part I’m going to discuss the various options for operating systems before making a recommendation and then taking you through the installation. Because most home servers will operate “headless” (with no monitor […]

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Ultimate Home Server Part 3 – RAID Arrays

Setting up a RAID array is an important step in setting up any home server. Doing so will ensure that your data is protected if one (or more, in some circumstances) of your hard disks fails. What’s more there are usually some performance benefits to a RAID setup as data can be sourced from multiple […]

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Review: Deep Cool Matrexx 55 Case

A while back I was in need of a new case for my Unicorn Orgy build. I’d tried cramming all the hardware into a Corsair Carbide Series case but it was all a bit cheap and plain looking. I took myself off to Nehru Place where I found the excellent Deep Cool Matrexx 55 case […]

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Ultimate Home Server Part 1 – Hardware

Many modern homes could benefit from having some sort of personal server to house files and run things like a media server, private cloud, IP CCTV or download server. For a long time I would have suggested using a pre-built NAS system from the likes of Synology. I reviewed an awful lot of their devices […]

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My Top 10 PCs of ALL TIME

  • Sep 03, 2019

I have owned dozens of PCs over the years but some just stick with you forever, check out this video where I run down my top 10 favourite PCs of all time

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Review: Lenovo Ideapad 330s 15″

Lenovo has long been associated with exceptional performance in both the business sector and, to an extent, the gaming sector with it’s Thinkpad and Ideapad lineups. Case and point my main machine for a couple of years was an Ideapad Y500 gaming laptop, with a Core i7 processor and SLI Nvidia 650M graphics cards.

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Review: Redragon Gainer M610 Mouse

I’ve never bought in to the idea that you need to spend an awful lot of money to get a usable experience with a mouse. Not to say that the uber-expensive offerings from Logitech or Corsair aren’t good products, they just don’t offer the best bang for the buck. My preference has always been to […]

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Review: Corsair K55 Keyboard

Review: Corsair K55 Keyboard

  • Aug 19, 2019

As much as I love a good mechanical keyboard, my wife (or more specifically, her hearing) does not. There’s no denying that even though a good mechanical keyboard is the ultimate typing experience they can generate an ungodly amount of noise. So, I was despatched to my local IT market with an instruction to buy […]

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