Archive for the ‘Personal Computing’ Category

Dell XPS 13 9370 Ubuntu 18.04 to 19.04

Monday, April 29th, 2019

If you’re rocking a Dell XPS 13 9370 Developer Edition with Ubuntu 18.04 you might be interested in taking a look at the bleeding edge “Disco Dingo” 19.04. The good news is that this short term support release of Ubuntu seems to run well on the XPS 13, but the bad news is that you’ll […]

Azulle Lynk Multi-Function Remote/Keyboard/Microphone Reviewed

Friday, March 8th, 2019

A mini media PC needs a mini media remote, and fortunately Azulle not only sell their own – absurdly multi-functional – remote, but were happy to send one my way. I have some experience with small keyboards and IR remotes from working with the Raspberry Pi. For something like the Pi they’re extremely useful to […]

Azulle Access3 HDMI Mini Stick PC Review

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019

If you didn’t notice by now, I love small-form-factor PCs. Perhaps it’s my Raspberry Pi focused career, but I’d like to think I’ve had a keen eye for compact computers for many years. Not least of all the early Mac Mini, in its day at least. I miss that thing! The Access3 is no exception. […]

Plugable USB Type-C Mini Docking Station Reviewed

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

Many USB Type-C docking stations are fairly desk dominating but the mini USB-C docking station from Plugable- at around 9cm by 10cm and just over 3cm deep -is different. But its small size doesn’t mean it compromises on ports. With a typical array of HDMI, 3.5mm audio and Gigabit Ethernet, plus 4 USB 3.0 ports […]

StarTech DKT30CHVSCPD MultiPort USB Type-C Adapter Reviewed

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

While USB Type-C docking stations are excellent for home and office use, tied to a desktop, they don’t really solve the ports problem on the go. Enter StarTech’s range of USB Type-C multiport adaptors. In this post I’ll be looking at the DKT30CHVSCPD and if that name means absolutely nothing to you… well I’m hardly […]

Zotac AMP Box Mini Thunderbolt 3 PCI Enclosure

Saturday, September 8th, 2018

I spent around two months test Driving The Zotac AMP Box Mini. Read on to find out what devices I tested, how they fared and why you might want to consider this enclosure for a one-cable dock setup with your shiny new Thunderbolt 3/USB Type-C laptop. Thunderbolt 3 and USB Type-C are the future, there‚Äôs […]

Dell XPS 13 9370 Ubuntu 18.04.1 Review

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

For a while now I’ve been using the Dell XPS 13 9370 Developer Edition as a mix of workhorse and entertainment laptop. I’ve become relatively comfortable with using it – to the point where it makes using my daily-driver awkward – and think I’ve run into most, if not all, of its quirks. The unit […]

Updating a Dell XPS 13 9370 to Ubuntu 18.04

Friday, July 6th, 2018

The Ubuntu Dell XPS 9370 is a fantastic portable workhorse, but I’ll extol its virtues in another article. One of its downsides is that it comes with the now fairly dated Ubuntu 16.04, this is because 16.04 is the long term support release that, presumably, gives Dell a stable base to build upon for a […]

Hard Disk Archaeology With The StarTech USB2SATAIDE

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

For many, many years now I’ve had a small but growing stack of hard drives I just haven’t found the time to archive and throw away. They’d got to the point where I didn’t expect to be able to rescue anything from them, but I figured attempting to do so would make a great article […]

Dell Precision 5520 with Ubuntu 16.04 Reviewed

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

I spent some time with the Dell Precision 5520 and it didn’t take long to fall in love. This absolute beast of a portable workstation has all the trappings of Dell’s beloved XPS lineup, but with a focus on professional workloads that makes it handily overpowered for most things I might want to throw at […]