My experience with the new Seagate Momentus XT

August 6, 2010

When I first heard about the Momentus XT I was thrilled and after doing a bit more research (and because I could afford it) I decided to get me one of those.

Of course it wasn’t available in Australia so I had to ask a favour from a friend in the US. I bought it, he shipped it, I got it, done.

After installing Windows 7 on my machine it had been running a hell lot faster already than when it had Vista on it, but I was still eager to see how this hdd will improve it.

So what makes the Momentus XT special?

It is part old fashioned hard rive with spinning platters (fast spinning ones at 7200 rpm) and part SSD (superfast, no moving parts)

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So the way this hard drive works is to monitor which files and programs you are using the most and once it established that it puts those on the 4GB of SSD it has available for faster access.

My Laptop is nothing special and already over 3 years old (Core2Duo 1.83Ghz, 2GB RAM), but the speed increase I got through this new hdd is simple awesome.

so here are some numbers:

Task old hdd 1st time 2nd time 3rd time 4th time
startup * 2min 1min 32sec 59sec 37sec 37sec
hybernate 1min 50sec 23sec 22sec 22sec 22sec
resume * 1min 55sec 27sec 27sec 28sec 27sec
Photoshop 45sec 19sec 6.6sec 4.2sec 4.3sec
Powerpoint 20sec 6sec 4sec 2sec 2sec

* this includes startup, login and opening an explorer window

As you can see especially on the software tests, the times improved the more I used the program and then went static after the 4th time and stayed fast.

I am not a professional lab that does these tests all day long, I just had my Android phone stop watch, so you will have to take these results with a grain of salt.

In Australia you can get them from about $160 – check here

My overall experience with this hard drive was very positive and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a speed improvement on their machine.

@maniac13


Google Chrome vs Lightning, Sound and flying potato

May 6, 2010

Sounds weird – well it is.

Google is showcasing that its browser can take on some really fast things and compete with them.

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they are using their latest beta of Chrome and check its speed of loading/rendering web pages against a flying potato, sound waves and lightning.

check out the video after the break

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New SSD hard drives that you can shake

January 16, 2009

Check out the video below. This guy is shaking his SSD with a force of up to 800Gs and is still playing video of it at the same time:

Today’s “normal” hard drives usually give up at about 100 G.

i can’t wait to get my hands on one of those and shake things up 🙂


Top 10 Coolest Gadgets on Ebay for under $10

December 20, 2008

Earlier this year I set myself a mini project – find ten cool gadgets for under $10* on Ebay. I tried to keep postage included in the cost but allowed a couple of items to sneak over, simply because I had saved money on a few others.

The good news is that I found ten kind of cool gadgets. Instead of posting to this blog I’ve waited a few months to see if any of these were any good- ie whether I actually used them or if any of them broke.

Here is the top 10, starting with the worst. Number one is a cracker – in fact it was so good that someone stole it :(((

* ($10 Aussie = $6.80 USD | £4.50 UK | €4.90 Euros )

THE TOP 10:

10: USB Vacuum cleaner (find them here on ebay)

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Average price: AU$8.00 including postage
Gadget Wow Factor: 6/10
Quality: 1/10
Real world usefulness: 3/10

This would have been a zero except for the fact that it has an LED light on it which came in handy a couple of times when I was trying to peer into dark places inside the computer. This thing has no suction. Whilst I really liked the idea because computers and keyboards attract dust like a flies to a poop, this USB vacuum is absolutely crap.
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9. Weather Station (find on ebay

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Average price: AU$7.00 +$5 postage
Gadget Wow Factor: 2/10
Quality: 6/10
Real world usefulness: 4/10

It does what it says, temperature, time, date, humidity blah blah blah. But it’s pretty boring really. It was also slightly over $10 with postage.
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8. Voice disguise for mobile phone (find here)

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Average price: AU$10.00 +$2 postage
Gadget Wow Factor: 6/10
Quality: 5/10
Real world usefulness: 2/10

Total gimmick, that’s about it. I have very little need to disguise my voice or sound like a female. Given that my mobile phone sends the number to callers anyway, it’s not like I can get away with anything anyway!____________________________________________________

7. Laptop (or child) Theft Detector
(find here)

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Average price: AU$10.00 +$5 postage
Gadget Wow Factor: 8/10
Quality: 3/10
Real world usefulness: 2/10

I was actually excited about ordering this. I have a couple of small kids who always run off so the idea of a proximity alarm going off if the two things get separated by more than 30ft is kind of cool.

Here’s the problem. It goes off randomly on occasion. The transmitter batteries don’t last very long. You have to constantly turn both ends on and off. I like the idea – but again this gadget fails to deliver as I’d like.
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6. Tiny Wireless Mouse  (find here)

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Average price: AU$6.00 +$5 postage
Gadget Wow Factor: 4/10
Quality: 2/10
Real world usefulness: 9/10

This thing “was” great. The usb adapter slots away really well. I was using this a lot. But then it broke after 3 months. Maybe I was just unlucky? Shame.
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5. Worlds Smallest Universal Remote Control (find here)

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Average price: AU$7.00 including postage
Gadget Wow Factor: 6/10
Quality: 7/10
Real world usefulness: 6/10

I think this would be useful for some people. It’s small enough to go on your keychain. The only real downside is configuring it. It’s a pain in the neck. Always fun for hanging out the local TV shop and turning their TVs on and off!

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4. Roll-up Flexible Waterproof Keyboard (find here)

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Best price: AU$6.00 including postage
Gadget Wow Factor: 6/10
Quality: 6/10
Real world usefulness: 6/10

Six bucks (including postage) is a bargain. That’s a big reason it made number four. I actually found it useful a few times when the kids were playing on the computer. No fear of them spelling some sticky gloop on it. Ok they keys are not fantastic, but you can feel a press easily enough, plus it’s very lightweight. It’s also a handy
spare if something goes wrong with your main keyboard.
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3. Alcohol Breath Tester (find here)

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Best price: AU$7.00 including postage
Gadget Wow Factor: 8/10
Quality: 6/10
Real world usefulness: 6/10

I believe the best policy is not to drink anything at all (if you’re planning to drive) but of course you do find yourself in situations where you might want to test the person who’s about to drive you to see if they are safe! We found this device kind of fun when we were staying at home after a couple of beers – just testing each other to see who was over. How accurate is it? Well the detector is primitive (green yellow or red) so it seems pretty basic, but three beers in an hour and it went straight to RED every time. My advice, it’s a novelty not a tool – but still worth $7 bucks. Yes, it even has a an LED light on it.
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2. LED Laser Torch (here on ebay) or (here)

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Ave price: AU$9.99 +$5 postage
Gadget Wow Factor: 7/10
Quality: 9/10
Real world usefulness: 9/10

OK – I used this so much that I lost it. The one above isn’t quite the same but I did manage to get something very similar for under $10 including delivery off Ebay. The batteries last for ages, there are multiple settings and the laser is, well a good toy for making cats and dogs chase around the little red dot. A bargain gadget.
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1. Electric Shock Laser Key Ring (here) or (here ebay)

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Ave price: AU$6.00 including postage
Gadget Wow Factor: 8/10
Quality: 9/10
Real world usefulness: 9/10

The winner! We had so much fun with this that is, until someone stole it. Basically if you press the wrong button, instead of getting the laser you get a pretty huge electric shock. So provided you’re not playing this prank on someone with a pacemaker, this thing is a hoot for $6 incl postage. They don’t always show up on Ebay so I included another link above.

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Got any ideas or great finds for Gadgets under $10 – let me know:
www.twitter.com/eunmac or leave a comment below. 🙂