Nick MacKechnie
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New Set top box for the home office

Wednesday, 8 October 2008 10:21 by Nick MacKechnie

Hi All,

I’ve been spending a bit more time out in the home office, and decided a TV wouldn’t be a bad thing, so after some research, I decided to buy a higher end model of the unit I use in the lounge for my office.

I picked up a Dreambox 7020si via a contact I had made on Ebay some months back for $US305.

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When we moved into our current house, we had a four car garage. Within the 1st week of moving in, I had hired a concrete saw, a jack hammer and was digging a trench to drag cat 6 cabling between the house and the garage. The garage has been split into half, and an office built at the back for me to retreat to when I needed to work, as well as relax.

I managed to pickup a cheap dish with 3 LNB's, so my mate Murray and I installed it up on the garage roof on the weekend. So this box is tuned into Optus D1, D2 and C1 and works superbly!

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Nick.

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Pimp My Infrastructure – HP & Microsoft – EBS!

Saturday, 4 October 2008 00:15 by Nick MacKechnie

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Recycle your old PC or mobile this weekend

Friday, 3 October 2008 00:07 by Nick MacKechnie

Kiwis can get rid of their unwanted computer bits and still be nice to the environment this Saturday with the country's annual computer recycling day.

Hard drives, monitors, keyboards, printers, games consoles, mobile phones and other computer gear can be dropped off at collection points in 28 cities between 9am and 3pm, where they will be disposed of in an environmentally sustainable way.

There is no charge for the recycling. A full list of accepted waste is available here.

Wellingtonians can get rid of computer gears at the Westpac Stadium car park. Aucklanders should use they Tamaki campus of the University of Auckland drop-off spot, while Christchurch has a drop-off at the Papanui Club.

The annual "eDay" is organised by the Computer Access Trust.

More information at www.eDay.org.nz

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Windows Live Translator Add-In

Thursday, 2 October 2008 02:52 by Nick MacKechnie

The Windows Live Translator add-in allows international customers whose browsers are set to any of the 11 supported languages (English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Russian, Netherlands Dutch) to see the “translate this page” command in their language. Once they click on the link, they will see a side-by-side rendering of your English page with a machine translated version in their language on the right.

The Windows Live Translator add-in is very simple to deploy on a Web page. Follow these two steps:

Go to: http://www.windowslivetranslator.com/AddIn.aspx. You will see the page below; follow the instructions on the page.

Place the add-in on your Web page in a prominent place – and bobs your uncle…

Nick

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Encarta on MSN Mobile!

Wednesday, 1 October 2008 21:31 by Nick MacKechnie

MSN Mobile 2.0 has launched and with it, an Encarta channel!  If you have a smart phone, you can check it out by going to MSN.com and in the channel menu, select “All”, then “Encarta”.  You can see the Quote of the Day, peruse three editorially-programmed articles of the day, take a quiz, guess the Mystery Picture of the day, and do an Encarta article search.

Have a look and spread the word!  If you don’t have a smart phone, you can view it here.

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