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Yubikey Bio Reviewed (GitHub Auth & Linux Login)

Sunday, December 5th, 2021

I’ve been using Yubikey products for some time now, after they hooked me up with their 5Ci and NFC. They have become integral to my workflow. Since I work across a number of devices, including many freshly provisioned Raspberry Pi’s, I tended to scp private keys between devices to save the hassle of provisioning a […]

Anker PowerExpand Elite Thunderbolt 3 Dock Reviewed

Thursday, July 30th, 2020

Anker have entered the Thunderbolt 3 arena with guns blazing, taking me by surprise with their compact, aesthetically pleasing, consumer-focussed 12-in-1* dock. The Anker PowerExpand Elite brings some striking good looks and a compact form-factor to a market that’s full of uninspiringly utilitarian oblong slabs. * I count 12 ports, Anker, you can’t count the […]

Add LEDs To Everything

Wednesday, July 1st, 2020

Over the last few days I had been putting together a lighting rig for my NobleChairs HERO, intending to make a tilt/spin controlled lighting effects unit that could be non-destructively fit to the botto of my chair. However I need parts and laser cut doodads and- well- lockdown isn’t helping with that. So… While my […]

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 9365

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

The XPS 13 2-in-1 is Dell’s, well, 2-in-1 version of their popular XPS 13 workstation ultrabook. The concept of 2-in-1 is probably not alien to anyone and marries the laptop and tablet form-factors into a single package that leverages a 360 degree hinge so that the device can fold back over itself to transform from […]

Summer Jackets 2017

Saturday, July 8th, 2017

With British summers being unpredictable at best, and my collection of coats being woefully inadequate for warmer weather, I’ve been browsing for summer jackets to supplement my usual complement of hoodies. The choice is dizzying, and as usual the universal constant of Sod’s Law means all the ones I really like are not on sale. […]

StarTech USB-C Multi-card Reader

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

My quest for the perfect USB-C multi-card reader continues, and this time I’m looking at the exhaustively named USB 3.0 Flash Memory Multi-Card Reader and Writer with USB-C -SD, microSD, CompactFlash. I’m not kidding, this is actually written word for word on the box. Fortunately they’ve nicknamed it FCREADU3C for short so I don’t have […]

The Intel NUC: One Year As A Workstation

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

I had a typical man-flu start to 2016. After coming back from Christmas break I was hit with an almighty cold or virus or something. It happens. When I recovered I was greeted by one of those things that reminds me why I love where I work; an Intel NUC had been deposited upon my […]

KidzPLAY PS3 Wireless Gamepad

Monday, November 25th, 2013

It’s not curtains for the PS3 yet. With its strong lineup of titles and refined form-factor it’s still as viable a console choice as any other- and the many die-hard console fans turning to the PS4 will see it become even more reasonably priced over the next year as its popularity begins to wind down. […]

Magic The Gathering: Theros Blazing Beasts Of Myth Intro Pack Review

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

Blazing Beasts of Myth is one of the 5 new intro packs spearheading the Theros expansion. It’s a Red/Green deck that focuses on early game survival and mana ramping, and has some great cards to this end. The strategy behind this intro deck feels surprisingly similar to that of the Monsters in the Heroes vs […]

Magic The Gathering: Theros Fat Pack Review

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

The lore, legends and Myth of Greek mythology have been borrowed from heavily to form a grand new theme for Magic The Gathering. Finding its way into Theros, the latest block, this theme will no-doubt be a welcome addition to the wider universe. Theros captures the feel of Greek mythology without stooping to wholesale ripping […]