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For Xbox One
Alien Isolation
Tom Clancys The Division
Watch Dogs

For PS4

For for Xbox 360:
Bioshock Infinite
Assassin’s Creed III
The Elder Scrolls V - Skyrim
Batman - Arkham City
Assassin’s Creed - Revelations  

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Advisory: This is where I wax lyrical about pretty much anything I find of interest. Sometimes industry observations, othertimes anecdotes about my family. In essence this is the spot where I jot down notes on things that I find informative, noteworthy or amusing. If you do as well, I’m humbled & grateful for you stopping by.


USB Storage Eject in Windows 8

I’m playing with a Surface Pro at the moment (very nice), and one thing that was not immediately obvious to me was how to easily eject USB external storage (drives, thumbdrives etc) without having to resort to right clicking the tiny icon in the task bar of Desktop mode.

Well I Googled it, and was unable to find anything that helped (except video guides which I hate), so after discovering it myself thought I would post this.

With the USB device attached, swipe in from the right to bring up the charms menu, then select settings (IMHO it should be directly here under devices, but no), and choose “Change PC Settings”. From this list select Devices and select the USB device you want to disconnect here. See the image below for a visual.

I hope this helps others… guess it depends where Google puts it in the search rankings.



ReadyNAS OS 6 and VMware / NFS

Quick tech note for those lucky to be using NETGEAR’s new ReadyNAS OS 6, and working to connect to an NFS share as a datastore for VMware ESXi.

In RAIDiator 4.x or 5.x (previous ReadyNAS OS), you only needed to add the NFS share name in VMware’s settings. As ReadyNAS OS 6 has a brand new OS and structure, you now need to add the volume name as well. Note: VMware is case-sensitive, so ensure you use your upper/lowercase appropriately.

To find the volume name, go to the System Tab, then Volume sub-tab in the ReadyNAS UI. You can see it below the pie-chart of usage. The default volume name for a system (unless you’ve made changes) is “data”

Now let’s say our NFS share on our ReadyNAS is “Backup”. In RAIDiator 4.x & 5.x you’d enter “/Backup” in the Folder field of ESXi.

For ReadyNAS OS 6.x you need to enter it like this: “/data/Backup” 

Everything else remains the same.

Hope this helps.



CrashPlan on the NETGEAR ReadyNAS (x86)

​More for me to remember (just in case the info disappears off the internet), here are the instructions I have found to get CrashPlan working as a headless service on the ReadyNAS x86 Platforms (Ultra 2 & above in Prosumer, all Business class - check to make sure).​ Note this is not an official resource and doesn’t represent NETGEAR - just me :)

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It's time for the next thing…

Just wanted to let people know that I decided, after over 11 years, to finish up at HP. Below is the text of the email I sent around before I finished and I thought some might find it of interest. I’ve got a number of options available to me for my “next thing” and I’ll update my LinkedIn profile when the time is right.

I’m still a big fan of mobile tech, especially WebOS and all of the open source initiatives surrounding it. I hope those I met during my unofficial time engaged with this keep in contact.

Now, on to the farewell note…

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What I look for in a "Smart" Phone - aka is it a Palm Pre Plus in Australia?

I’m a self-professed tech junkie, addicted to not only playing with the latest gadgets but actually trying to use each and every one for day-to-day purposes, and see how they benefit or detract from my daily life.

As some would have read on my blog before, I’ve tried using an HTC Desire as well as an iPhone to do so, and have ended up back on the iPhone for the time being. I’ve also tried an HTC Mozart (Windows Phone 7) and an imported, unlocked (AT&T) Palm Pre Plus. This post contains my thoughts on the Palm Pre Plus (specifically an imported model not supported in Australia yet).

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The Honeymoon is Over (or: Why I went back to the iPhone from the HTC Desire)

My last blog post I wrote about tips for people moving to the HTC Desire from the iPhone. I was writing with the bliss of a new & shiny gadget in my hands. Who could blame me? The HTC Desire is one very nice piece of hardware. Fast processor, nice camera, beautiful screen etc.

But this post is why after a few weeks I have found myself back using my iPhone, whilst the HTC Desire now resides in my top drawer, probably never to see the light of day as my daily handset again.

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Tips from swapping to an HTC Desire from the iPhone 3GS

HTC have finally released the Desire here in Australia on the Telstra network. Sporting a UMTS 850/2100 radio it is perfect for those of us using the “NextG” Network - excellent coverage & speed. Here’s my story so far on moving to it from the iPhone 3GS.

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Buying goods over the Internet from Overseas

There are some times when you want to buy products from overseas. Gadgets, clothes, movies, music etc. This is a quick post to let you know a few things to keep in mind.

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