Posts Tagged ‘storage’

LG Manual Details Piracy…

February 8, 2010

LG may well find itself in some trouble with studios after its user manuals were found to contain details of how to watch illegally downloaded material on LG’s hardware.

Seems like a bit of a misstep...

The whole kafuffle stems from the release of a line of HDTV’s from LG that boast USB ports, allowing users to plug external storage directly into their displays and watch any content that they’ve got stored on those drives directly on their LG TV. Of course, the assumption might be that such content has been legally obtained, but LG’s own manual doesn’t seem too fussy, showing pirated content in its diagrams of the functionality.

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DVD and Blu-Ray Prices to Rise?

February 2, 2010

It seems that prices for Blu-Ray and DVD could well rise over the course of the next couple of months, due to increasing costs of manufacturing blank discs.

Prices could rise in the coming months...

Word comes via Digitimes of the rising cost of polycarbonate, which is one of those “can’t do without” materials when it comes to manufacturing disc-based media. While the price of polycarbonate has already been on the rise, it’s been reported that if the price of raw materials continues to rise when we can expect to see that cost passed on to those of us on the opposite end.

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Special Offers – Week of January 18th

January 18, 2010

Good afternoon all, I hope everyone is well and having an alright (if a little rough) start back to work this week. We’re all doing quite well in the Komplett office, for what it’s worth. Anyway, for those just joining us now, we like to post our special offers for the coming week on a Monday afternoon, just to make sure that you guys have as long as possible to consider them before the offers end.

It’s on of those win-win situations :)

We won’t get too bogged down in all that for now, this week’s offers are pretty interesting, hopefully you’ll find something you like.

Nintendo DSi:

Nintendo’s DS line broke the record for the highest number of a games consoles sold in a month (it just so happened that in the same month, the Wii broke that record too). Clearly it’s a device that’s not only incredibly popular, but continuing to sell to new customers.

Click through to check out our page for Nintendo's DSi :)

For those of you who haven’t used a DSi yet, it’s functionally very much like an old Gameboy, though with a clamshell design and two 3.25” screens. The lower screen is touch-sensitive, and there’s a stylus included with the device. It also boasts two cameras, which tie in to various games, as well as Facebook. It’s a relatively simple little machine, but has enough of a range of games to provide some solid entertainment.

We’ve got a bit of a soft spot for Nintendo’s DS line, even if it is based on bitter intra-office rivalries of Mariokart DS and Pokémon… the important thing to remember isn’t that it’s okay to play games as an adult; it’s that Ryan cheats at Mariokart. I don’t know how, I don’t know why, he just does.

Our bitter feuds aside, Nintendo’s DSi is dropped to €147 this week.

The DSi is also available in black, for those who want to have it match their existing bits and pieces or wardrobe.

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Special Offers – Week of January 11th

January 11, 2010

Good afternoon all, hopefully we find you well this rainy, suspiciously snowless Monday afternoon. It’s nice to see that the “much worse” that was “still to come” on Friday hasn’t quite materialised, leaving us with a pleasant (if somewhat rainy) week ahead of us.

As anyone who reads the blog regularly will know, we like to post the special offers for the coming week on a Monday afternoon; it gives everyone the longest possible time to consider a purchase while the price is knocked down, which is always nice :)

Anyway, without any more delay, this week our special offers are on RAM, an upgrade kit and a media player.

4GB Corsair Dominator DDR3 1600MHz

Corsair’s Dominator is a solid RAM kit, with a full 4GB (that’s on two 2GB sticks) that shouldn’t break the bank. Still, it’s not on the low end of the performance scale.

Click through to see our page for the Corsair Dominator 4GB kit :)

Considering the performance, it’s nice to see Corsair’s Dominator on special offer, with the price dropped by 7%. Of course, it’s not for everyone, with high-end memory there will always be those whose machines don’t support it. In this case, you’re going to want to make sure that your motherboard supports DDR3, but aside from that you should be good to go.

It’s also worth mentioning that whenever we do a PC build, one of the guys in RMA (whether Ryan or Shetlon) will always advise that we roll with Corsair RAM, since they’re a reliable company with a solid reputation when it comes to memory. It might seem like a relatively small thing when you’re considering performance and a multitude of other things in your build… but it can save headaches later.

For this week, Corsair’s Dominator DDR3 1600MHz 4G kit will set you back €128.47.

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Iomega Launches “Smart” NAS

January 11, 2010

Iomega has launched the iConnect Wireless Data Station which it bills as a “powerful and yet inexpensive device” that provides a simple way to bring all of your USB storage into your network, allowing you to connect, share and access files anywhere, including over the Internet.

So far we only have a US price ($79) but it’s available worldwide from next month and for those sick of copious wires everywhere this should put a dent in that problem at the very least. The rub of the green is that once you pocket the pretty darn light (there’s no onboard storage so it’s a handy size) iConnect, you then hook it to your router in either a wired or wireless configuration, and it’s as easy as plugging external USB drives or USB Flash drives into any of the four USB ports on the device, making the drives automatically connected to and accessible from any computer on your network or remotely via the web.

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Sony Moving to SD Standard?

January 7, 2010

Sony has taken the time at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show to announce its own line of branded SD cards for portable devices.

Word of the move comes from TomsGuide, which fairly openly questions whether this means the end for Sony’s line of Memory Sticks. Sony has been using its own proprietary flash memory cards for pretty much as long as we can remember, but it seems that the Memory Stick (and its various different cohorts) aren’t quite dead yet. Indeed, Sony intends the range of SD cards to “complement” its Memory Sticks.

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All We Want for Christmas

December 17, 2009

Over the next few days, we’ll be posting a single blog post from each member of the Komplett.ie staff that details a single item they’ll be giving this Christmas, and one that they’ll be hoping to receive. It’s a simple enough plan, and today we’re starting out with Shelton from RMA, we’ll continue on to Ryan tomorrow

It’s something that works a little better than a recommendation, if only because we’ll be genuinely trying to pick out gifts for other people that won’t break the bank… and genuinely hopeful about what we might be bought ;)

From Shelton:

Shelton didn’t tell us just who he was buying for, but when we asked him what he’d be buying for someone this Christmas he managed to get a link to me nice and fast, so it seems as though he’s put some thought into it at least.

Click through to see our page for the WD TV Live Media Player :)

Shelton’s pick as a gift is something that we’ve seen a bit of a rush on over the last couple of months, Western Digital’s TV Live Media Player, usually shortened simply to WD TV Live Media Player.

For those not familiar with Western Digital’s TV line, they essentially allow you to play media directly from an external hard drive to your TV, without any bother. For those who have already use the lighter Media Player that WD makes, the networking options really do give this one a bit of a bump.

As the customer review on the product itself says, “All drives connected to the player are easily accessed from any PC/Laptop in my home network.” It’s always nice to be able to say that the customer review on a product is a five-star review.

Western Digital’s WD TV Live Media Player is €125, which isn’t bad at all considering what it does.

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Intel to Blame for Win7 Upgrade Failures

November 27, 2009

Many users finding that their in-place upgrades from Windows Vista to the latest version of Microsoft’s operating system, Windows 7, are failing may well have Intel’s storage drivers to blame more than anything Microsoft has done wrong.

According to the Inquirer, those users encountering the error caused by Intel’s questionable storage driver are being hit by an error message that tells them, helpfully enough, “\$windows. ~bt\windows\system32\drivers\iastor.sys. Status: 0xc0000359. Windows failed to load because a critical system driver is missing or corrupt.” Users are then chucked out of the installer and returned to Windows Vista, not much to be done about it.

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Microsoft Fixes Win7 SD Card Corrpution

November 26, 2009

Microsoft has released a fix for user who have found that using their SD cards with Microsoft’s latest OS, Windows 7, seems to result in the card being rendered corrupt, with any data stored on it lost in the process.

For those who have encountered the issue, or those who use SD cards with their Windows 7 machine, you’d do well to check out this page from Microsoft, where you can grab the update to fix the issue. Microsoft’s own description of the issue states that it effects only NTFS formatted SD cards, but the rule seems to be that if you’re using SD cards at all you’re better off just grabbing the update. Microsoft also takes the time to explain just why the problem crops up,

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Product Spotlight – Netgear Stora

November 19, 2009

Good afternoon all, hopefully today has been a bit kinder to everyone than yesterday… though given the weather it’s likely been one drawn out tragedy. It’s like the beginning of Macbeth.

Click through to see our product page for the Netgear Stora :)

Anyway, griping about the football aside, for those who don’t often read the blog, once a week we like to do a Product Spotlight post, where the staff at Komplett.ie get to make a recommendation on something we think doesn’t really get the hype it deserves. This week, that product is Netgear’s Stora, which is essentially a network attached storage (NAS) setup.

The strange thing about NAS is that, despite people buying mountains of capacity from us, in the form of 1TB externals as much as anything internal or USB powered, a lot of people really don’t seem to be aware that there are NAS devices out there that would often suit their needs better than a simple external drive.

In simplest terms, Netgear’s Stora is very much like an external enclosure into which you can throw two external drives. It then attaches directly to your network, showing the drives (or drive, if you just want to roll with one) as a network share, accessible to anyone you want to let onto your local network. That makes it ideal for anyone who might be considering picking up a nice big external to store their media on; there’s nothing like throwing everything onto an external to free up space, but still having ready access to it at all times as though it were plugged in whenever you’re in the house.

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