Archive for the ‘Personal Computing’ Category

Das Keyboard 4C TKL Reviewed

Wednesday, January 5th, 2022

For a few months now I’ve been using an official Raspberry Pi keyboard as my daily driver. It’s… ok. It has a USB hub which is incredibly useful and seems to work rather happily from a single USB port (the specified limit of 500mA seems to be very fuzzy and soft with USB these days). […]

Flo Dual Monitor Arm Reviewed

Monday, January 3rd, 2022

This time last year our home office was a pipe dream. Fast forward twelve months and it’s an expensive reality. I’ll admit, if the office hadn’t been absolutely essential for working effectively 100+ miles from my employer I’d have abandoned it in the planning phase and tucked a desk into the living room. The costs […]

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 […]

Toshiba Canvio Basics – Special Edition – 2TB Reviewed

Tuesday, September 14th, 2021

Caught up in the allure of gloriously fast NVM.e SSDs, I sometimes forget that the maligned “spinning rust” drives of yore and old are still a great solution for data archival and backups. Think I’ve found some cold storage for my Steam Deck! — Phil Howard (@Gadgetoid) August 25, 2021 At a third the […]

OWC Envoy Pro SX

Tuesday, August 24th, 2021

Finally. It took me the best part of a year of subtle hints and gentle nudges, but I’ve got my hands upon a Thunderbolt-capable external hard drive. And- ho boy- was it ever worth the wait. While USB 3.1 Gen 2 was previously the standard for fast-as-heck portable consumer drives (nobody has eSATA, shh) it […]

Kioxia U365 256GB USB Flash Drive Reviewed

Tuesday, August 24th, 2021

Kioxia’s U365 flash drive is what I’d describe as “big, but slow.” Weighing in at 256GB the drive I tested is far beyond the capacity you might need for “sneaker net” transporting of files between computers. USB in. USB out! — Phil Howard (@Gadgetoid) August 24, 2021 I decided to use it with Ventoy, […]

Kioxia Exceria 128GB High Endurance microSD Card

Monday, July 19th, 2021

With the Steam Deck on the horizon and a renewed interest in fast, high-capacity SD cards (my day job working with Raspberry Pi’s doesn’t normally necessitate anything larger than 16GB) it’s a great time to introduce you to the Kioxia Exceria. Formerly Toshiba Memory the Kioxia brand carries on the flame, bringing a third option […]

Zotac Magnus One ZBOX ECM53060C RTX3060 i5-10500 Review

Friday, May 28th, 2021

Zotac’s ZBOX range has run the full gamut from the smallest of the small to absurd back-mounted VR-ready rigs. They are giants when it comes to mini PCs, but nothing in their lineup has quite captivated my attention like the Magnus One. Perhaps it’s because the One is One of the first barebones systems to […]

TP-Link RE505X Range Extender/Access Point Reviewed

Saturday, May 22nd, 2021

No. I’m not using this as a range extender. I’ve connected it via Ethernet to my TP-Link router and am using it as a dedicated access point to get WiFi through our exterior wall(s) (WiFi doesn’t like steel beams?) and into the home office. I can’t seem to mention WiFi range extension without an inevitible […]

Herman Miller Cosm Chair Reviewed

Monday, January 11th, 2021

You’ve probably heard of Herman Miller and if the brand doesn’t ring a bell the name Aeron might. This adjustable, award-winning and tenured – it’s been around since 1994 – masterpiece of a task chair is sworn by and eagerly recommended, albeit most people will tell you to buy pre-owned. ????? — Phil Howard […]