January 7, 2011

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Winter’s Bone

Winter’s Bone

Cold (literally), suspensful, gritty and harsh. A story told with such a sense of honesty and sympathetic and balanced pace that you wonder where the hour and a half went.

4½/5 stars

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January 7, 2011

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Tron:Legacy

Tron:Legacy

Great to watch, but certainly not a good ‘date night’ for you and your brain. Whilst there’s a fairly heavy expectation placed upon the watcher to know something about the original story, it was probably fairly thin in the first place, so this installation feels [curiously and perhaps aptly] just like another frame of a meaningless, albeit visually stimulating and interactive, console game.

3/5 stars

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January 7, 2011

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Due Date

Due Date

Downey Jr puts in a solid performance (not exemplary though) and Galifianakis puts in his usual curious and comfortably ‘wrong’ repartee. Whilst the movie is well paced and general curious (though not hilarious), the director or writer seems confused about what he wants it to be – a comedy, a drama or a romp – complete Ultimately it’s fairly well balanced mix of the three.

3 / 5 stars

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November 10, 2010

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Pat Tillman: He’s not with God ..

Pat Tillman: He’s not with God ..

I don’t know Pat Tillman (nor his story), but I was impressed with the kahunas demonstrated by his brother (Richard) on a recent episode of Real Time (with Bill Maher). So much so that I thought it worth repeating. Maher set up the clip… “But, you know, they had Maria Shriver and John McCain… Speaking […]

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May 21, 2010

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Corporate-but-Casual: Mixed Messaging

Corporate-but-Casual: Mixed Messaging

I’m liking this new direction that some corporates are taking with dumbed down messages that take the formality (or the  perhaps better the “technicalities”) out of domestic software error notices. Firefox “Well, this is embarrassing” Restore Page The first time I saw this is, I was mightily impressed by their .. humanity (I guess). Photo […]

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April 23, 2010

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Upgrading an Old Laptop with an SSD: performance?

Upgrading an Old Laptop with an SSD: performance?

By upgrading an old laptop or desktop using a Solid State Drive (SSD) from an HDD, what performance improvements can you expect? This article outlines my experience upgrading a four year old Dell 640m with an A-RAM Pro 120GB SSD, the result of which was a snappier machine -measured to be 3-4 times faster across the board. Definitely a worthwhile upgrade.

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April 18, 2010

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Sennheiser Earphones Fakes, or Not?

Sennheiser Earphones Fakes, or Not?

When I buy a pair of Sennheiser’s on EBay, am I getting a knock-off (counterfeit), a factory ‘back door’ model, or the genuine product? I’ve gone through quite a few pairs of Sennheiser’s CX200, CX300 II and one CX 500 ear-canal earphones, most of which (though not all) have been bought through EBay resellers. For the most part, they have been good quality – with the occasional store-bought pair being indistinguishable in listening or packaging quality.

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January 10, 2010

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iPhone solutions for cold hands in winter

iPhone solutions for cold hands in winter

As many iPhone owners who have experienced cold winters know, you often have to make a very difficult choice: keep your hands warm or take off your gloves to use the iPhone to text your best friend about how cold you are. Unfortunately, the iPhone’s touch screen does not recognize gloved fingers. I discovered this […]

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November 21, 2009

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Dell Zino HD headed for Australia .. ?

Dell Zino HD headed for Australia .. ?

The ‘Bloody Hell Dell’ Run-around I had a simple question for a local Dell staffer – “when will the Zino HD be released in Australia?”.  You’d think that calling a local 1800 or local exchange number might actually get you a local , wouldn’t you? However, after several calls during which [I swear] I was […]

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October 6, 2009

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HP MediaSmart Servers coming to Australia .. kinda

LX197 & EX490 for Australia – no EX495 Just got off the phone with HP Australia (Melbourne and Sydney) … HP will release LX197 & EX490 Windows Home Server based machines on the 19th October 2009 (less than two weeks).  That’s right, no EX495 (Grrrr! HP).  This is contrary to reports on the OzziCom Blog […]

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