GameKlip unboxing, installation, and review

January 8th, 2013 by WordPlop

The GameKlip is a new device which lets you connect a PlayStation 3 controller to an Android phone. The device is essentially a piece of plastic that right now comes either as a universal mount, or specifically for the Samsung Galaxy S3. The universal mount attaches to a spare case for your phone. You can connect the controller with a cable to have it work out of the box with your Android phone, or you can install the Sixaxis app on your phone and connect the controller through Bluetooth, but your phone does need to be rooted for this method to work. Overall, this is a great way to play games such as GTA Vice City on your phone, especially when traveling without a gaming laptop. In fact, for games like the Android version of Vice City, the only decent way to play is with a controller – if you take a look at the bad reviews for that game, they’re all complaining about the on-screen controls. For the full review of the GameKlip, including the unboxing and installation, check out the video below:


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Fire vs. Nook: Different Strokes For Different Folks

January 4th, 2012 by Guest Author

The iPad 2 is pretty much the uncontested king of the tablet world, but an interesting discovery was made just a few weeks ago by DisplayMate. The company compared the iPad 2, which retails at $499, and the Nook Color and Kindle Fire which retail at $250 and $200, respectively. In a test of screen reflectiveness the Nook was found to have a less reflective screen than either of it competitors. It was half as reflective as the Kindle Fire and 28 percent less reflective than the iPad.

How else does the Nook Color stack up to the Kindle Fire? Well, the fantastic display is not the only bright spot for the Nook Color. The Nook has a 1.1 GHz Atom processor that tops out at 800 MHz so as not to destroy battery life too quickly. That adjustment seems to have worked as the Nook lasts for about eight hours of continuous use. This compares favorably with the Fire’s negligibly slower 1 GHz Texas Instruments OMAP processor. The Fire can be powered up for eight hours of continuous reading or seven-and-a-half-hours of video streaming.

The Nook allows access to about 170 apps, and the Kindle’s Amazon app store blows that number out of the water with access to a few thousand. The Kindle’s app selection still gets dwarfed by the Apple Mac App Store, which can run most of its 250,000 apps on the iPad or iPad 2.

At the end of the day, the perfect tablet for you depends on what you want to use it for. If you plan on using your tablet as an e-Reader and portable movie screen, the Nook, with its fantastic screen, might be the best option for you. The lack of a dedicated streaming video service on the Nook is a bit perplexing and while the device can run Hulu Plus for a $7.99 per month subscription fee, the offerings are not as wide as Amazon Prime, which can stream more than 10,000 movies and television shows for an annual subscription fee of $79. If selection of apps and access to Amazon Prime appeals to you, go with the Fire.

Author’s Bio: Melissa is a guest writer who considers herself an expert on smartphones, tablets and how to save money with Dell coupons on computer purchases. When she’s not writing guest blogs, you can find her at the Blog Content Guild.


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Windows 7 lag when using dual monitors with different refresh rates

November 30th, 2011 by WordPlop

I have recently installed Windows 7 Ultimate x64 with Service Pack 1, coming from Vista (in which I had no problems). After the installation, the first thing I did was install the graphics card driver for my AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB card. I then noticed that when I drag windows around the desktop, scroll through windows, and especially drag windows from the secondary monitor to the primary, there was very noticeable lag. However, there was no lag in games – just the Windows desktop and its windows. This was a completely fresh install. I have dual monitors – the primary is a 19″ widescreen Acer X191W, and the secondary is a 15″ Sony LCD. I am using them in extended desktop mode.

What happened at first was Windows locked the primary monitor to 75Hz, and would not let me change it to 60Hz.  For some reason the first time I installed the video drivers, I think there was a conflict with the default Windows display drivers, causing my main monitor to be stuck at 75Hz. I had to uninstall and wipe the display driver to reinstall it, after which the option to set it to 60Hz appeared. I used ATIMAN Uninstaller to wipe the driver. After setting the display to 60Hz, the lag disappeared completely.

So it seemed there was a conflict somewhere with my specific hardware configuration that caused lag when two monitors were set to different refresh rates. However, then I tried to recreate the problem on a different system. This system has a Radeon HD 4870 and different dual displays. It had the same problem when one of the monitors was set to refresh at 60Hz and the other at 75Hz. And again, putting them both to 60Hz resolved the lag issue.

I could not find any information about this issue online. It can’t be the monitors as between the two systems there were four different monitors that had the same problem. It can’t be the hardware, because my computer has a 6870 and the other has a 4870. It can’t be interfering software, as this was a clean install of Windows. It has to be either the AMD driver, or an issue with Windows.

The point of this post is to let people know how to fix this issue, as well as ask if anyone else has experienced this, especially with a different graphics card. It took me two weeks to find the cause of this. I haven’t found anyone online with this issue. Both the video cards I tested should handle different refresh rates without a problem. Although I have fixed the issue, I still want to know what caused it.


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Sticker Mule Review

November 17th, 2011 by WordPlop

Have you ever wanted to get some custom stickers made for your website, business, band, or any other reason for which you might make a sticker? There are plenty of sticker companies on the internet to choose from, but a lot of these sticker companies require huge bulk orders of a thousand stickers or more. However, there is one company that lets you buy just the right amount of custom stickers, at a reasonable price, with great service. This company is Sticker Mule.

Sticker Mule, first of all, has a very good looking and easy to use website. Second, they are now the official sticker provider of Reddit. They offer free shipping on all orders, and have many different types of stickers to choose from. Your stickers can be different shapes, die cut, kiss cut, bumper stickers, sticker sheets, and even custom iPhone, iPad, iPod, Kindle, and Macbook laptop skins. For this review, I ordered some Reddit stickers, as well as a 50 pack of custom die cut stickers.

Choosing the type of sticker that I wanted was easy, due to the awesome website layout. For the custom stickers, I uploaded a PSD file, wrote a comment to let them know how I wanted it cut, and the next day I got a proof in my email showing exactly how the sticker would look if it was cut that way. I accepted the proof, and got a shipping time estimate for 13 days. After 7 days, I got an email with a UPS tracking number saying my order had shipped. It arrived on the 14th (and I had received my proof on the 1st) in a very sturdy envelope. Considering these were custom die cut stickers, in addition to the popular Reddit stickers, I think that this is a very reasonable time for order fulfillment and shipping.

I could tell right away that the stickers were printed on very high quality paper. They are not glossy, and have a very smooth matte surface. The sticker itself as well as the backing is relatively very thick, meaning you won’t accidentally bend the stickers or rip off a piece, such as the Reddit alien’s antenna. The resolution is superb, with no imperfections visible. There is no color bleed, and the colors were reproduced perfectly from the PSD I had uploaded. The cut was very clean and precise, and followed my outline exactly. I was very surprised at how heavy the stickers were due to the heavy duty paper used. According to the website, the stickers are fade and water resistant. This would take too long to test, but I have no doubts about this claim. In fact, I am going to put one of the Reddit stickers on my motorcycle helmet, which will be wet from rain periodically.

The photos of all the stickers can be seen below. I tried my best to reproduce the colors, and I think the photos come close, but they are not exact. The imperfections visible in the photos are not visible when actually looking at the stickers, even if looking closely. The camera shows things that you won’t be able to see with your eyes, so try to ignore that. Apart from that, as you can see in the photos, the ink quality is amazing. I am very satisfied with my order, and if I need some more stickers I will definitely order from Sticker Mule. The prices are reasonable due to the high quality, and if you are trying to spread your brand with stickers, these will definitely do the job very well. I highly recommend Sticker Mule for all your custom sticker needs, as well as for Reddit stickers. These are awesome stickers with superb quality. Check out the photos below.

Disclaimer: I was paid for my time spent on writing this review, and was given store credit to buy the stickers with. However, I can guarantee that this did not influence the review in any way. I have reported all facts as accurately as possible and left out no negative thoughts.


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Supermoto on Highway 1 – DRZ400 and Ducati Multistrada

October 25th, 2011 by WordPlop

Check out this video taken from a DRZ400E Supermoto motorcycle on Highway 1 in California:


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Rider brushes flying crashed motorcycle during race

September 14th, 2011 by WordPlop

If you want, you can start watching from 45 seconds. This is a crazy near-crash video you must see:


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What headphones should you get if you wear glasses?

September 4th, 2011 by WordPlop

If you have prescription eyeglasses and have ever tried wearing over the ear headphones for extended periods of time, you probably know how painful it can get after an hour or more. The headphones will put pressure on your glasses frame, which will dig into your head and create pressure points. This might prevent you from trying over the ear headphones again. However, there is a solution that doesn’t involve switching to in ear headphones.

Let’s assume the standard budget for most people for decent headphones is $50. So which headphones should you get specifically for wearing over your eyeglasses? Koss PortaPro. As you can see in the photo, they are pretty much designed for people who wear glasses. The top foam rests above your glasses frame, while the headphone part itself goes over your ear. The headphones don’t touch your glasses at all (although that might depend on the glasses).

The headphones easily adjust in size to accommodate any head size, and there is a very cool switch on each side that adjusts pressure of the upper part of the foam. There are three pressure levels, and there is a noticeable difference between each pressure. You can distribute the pressure between your head and your ear however you want. This is seriously not a gimmick, it really does make a difference.

The Koss PortaPro headphones have a retro look to them. The style might not be for everyone, but you might grow to like it. The headphones do look better in person than they do in the photos found online. The band that goes over your head has a very nice brushed metallic finish. The headphones fold up very nicely and lock up with a small hook that’s built into the bottom of the head band, right under the top foam part.

Sound quality is awesome on the Koss PortaPro as well. You can find the specs on their website, linked above. The whole sound range sounds really nice. The bass is very good for this type of headphone. Compared to the Sennheiser HD 202 headphones, the Koss PortaPro sound better in pretty much every way. The bass on the Sennheisers might have been a bit louder, but it sounds better on the PortaPros, almost as if less muffled and more clear.

Overall, the Koss PortaPro headphones are an amazing buy for their price. They can be had for around $35 online if you know where to look, such as on Amazon. For this price, if you need headphones that don’t cause pain or discomfort while wearing prescription eyeglasses, look no further. The Koss PortaPro headphones will give you great sound quality, amazing comfort, great price, and a cool retro look. I have had these headphones for about two or three years now, and they have held up great. I have yet to find a better pair of headphones, comfort wise, for wearing with glasses.


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One of the most awesome videos you will see today – Jeb Corliss flying the crack

September 2nd, 2011 by WordPlop

There is nothing to explain here – this guy jumps off a mountain in a wing suit and this is the video of the flight. More awesome videos like this can be found on Jeb Corliss’ YouTube channel. Here’s the video, enjoy:


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How to upgrade memory on an Acer Aspire One

August 30th, 2011 by WordPlop

My Acer Aspire One came with 1GB of memory, and after installing Windows 7 on it, that 1GB has become inadequate. I bought 2GB of 800MHz DDR2 memory on Newegg for just over $20. This is great value for the money, and improved the overall performance of the netbook significantly. This quick guide will show you how to upgrade the RAM on an Acer Aspire One AO751h, but it might apply to many other laptops as well.

NOTE: Follow this guide at your own risk. I am not responsible for any damages or injuries caused by following these instructions. Your laptop may differ from mine.

1. Buy the correct RAM for your laptop. For my Acer, I bought one 2GB stick of Corsair 800MHz DDR2. Make sure you’re buying laptop memory, not desktop memory. The laptop RAM is obviously a lot smaller.

2. Shut down the laptop. Disconnect your power supply and remove the battery. Ground yourself by touching something metal. I touched my steel computer case. This should dissipate any static electricity that is on you.

3. Get a small phillips screwdriver and unscrew the two screws holding the memory bay on. Then gently pry it off – it is still held in by plastic clips.

4. Remove your RAM by pulling the two tabs on the sides apart, and pulling the RAM up and out. Be gentle.

5. Install the new RAM by pulling the two tabs on the sides apart, and gently inserting the RAM into the slot. Once it starts going in, release the tabs, and when fully inserted the memory module should snap into place.

6. Screw the cover back on and push down on it a bit to get it to clip in. Reinstall your battery and power on the laptop. Right click on “Computer” on your desktop or in your start menu, and click “Properties”. If you see 2GB of memory indicated, the install was a success!


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How to make text on a laptop screen easier to read

August 28th, 2011 by WordPlop

If you have a small laptop screen or are using a netbook, the text on your screen is probably difficult to read. There is an easy way to make the text more visible, and it’s called ClearType. I have covered how to use ClearType text on Windows XP, so here is the updated version for Windows 7.

ClearType is very easy to use in Windows 7 because it comes built into the operating system. Just follow these steps to turn it on:

1. Open Control Panel by clicking Start > Control Panel

2. Click on Appearance and Personalization

3. Click on Adjust ClearType text

4. Check the box for Turn on ClearType, and then click Next as you follow the instructions to pick the best looking text for your screen

And that’s all there is to it. I recommend picking the darkest setting during the last step, especially if you are on a netbook.


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