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StarTech.com 6in PS/2 Keyboard Mouse Splitter Cable Adapter
StarTech.com 6in PS/2 Keyboard Mouse Splitter Cable Adapter
Price: 2.92

1.0 out of 5 stars it didn't work, 18 Feb 2013
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This didn't work on my mother board GA-990fxa-ud3. although using either a mouse or keyboard directly and a USB for the other device did work.

Sent it back. then had a lot of hassle with the suppler who at first deducted P&P when there was none and was not going to refund my return postage. Along with stalling tactics saying the person dealing with the return was out of the office. The suppler then complained to me that it was only a small amount of money.


Pro Git (Expert's Voice in Software Development)
Pro Git (Expert's Voice in Software Development)
by Scott Chacon
Edition: Paperback
Price: 24.19

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pro GIt good book to get you going with GIT, 18 Feb 2013
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I found this to be a well written and easy to follow book. It got me up and using GIT in an hour or so. I'm a slow reader. The book is available on-line as a PDF. I bought the book as I like books to make notes in and hopefully the authors gets a royalty.

New to GIT? Get the book, read the book, you are no longer new to GIT, job done.


TeckNet X300 2.4Ghz Wireless Multimedia Entertainment Keyboard and Mouse, Nano Receiver
TeckNet X300 2.4Ghz Wireless Multimedia Entertainment Keyboard and Mouse, Nano Receiver
Offered by TECKNET
Price: 14.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It works on Fedora Linux, 15 July 2012
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I got this keyboard mouse combo, to avoid the five step walk, yes a marathon five steps, and sitting on the floor when using my Mythtv box (Fedora Linux). I was expecting to have a little fun getting this new toy up and running. Well I was wrong. I closed down the PC. Plugged in the wireless USB do-dad and rebooted. While the PC was booting I automatically pressed ESC to see the messages. Its what i always do and the keyboard was already working! A minute later and the PC was booted with a working wireless mouse and keyboard. I am not sure if I even needed to reboot. (This was on Linux not Windows remember, so no need to reboot before and after doing anything).

You will need to get batteries, 4 AAA types (the little ones) they are not included. These go into the keyboard and mouse. There is an automatic "off" to save the batteries but this only comes in when the PC is turned off or you unplug the USB. The mouse will go to sleep when not used for 8 seconds but nothing like that for the keyboard. Why ever not?

The Mouse: This is comfortable to use and it's a little larger than the usual 3 button mouse. The wheel feels a little creaky and cheap, while clicking the wheel is positive, it is loud and sort of echoes in the large cavern of the mouse. There are two buttons on the left hand side for your thumb. When browsing the web these are the 'back' and 'forward' buttons on a browser. The DPI button (which has a nice action) does not appear to do anything, on Linux. but I can clicking it when I get bored. Other than that, what else can you say about a mouse. You move it, and the cursor on the screen moves.

The Keyboard: The keys have a nice feel to them and are reasonably quiet all except the space bar. Oh dear, that space bar is a real let down, it is nasty, horribly cheap, and feels like it's going to break or fall off. It sounds completely different when pressed than the other keys.
Now to the keys on the sides of the keyboard. These are very sensitive and I find them just annoying. Their positioning means whenever you pick up or move the keyboard, you end up trigging one or more of the actions (one of the other reviewers said the same thing) . They are not programmable, that I can tell, which is a shame as I never use the calculator on a PC. Why is there always a calculator key? Boggles at the thought. If nothing else it would be great to be able to turn them off. I could then use them to exercise my fingers. The little legs at the front to lift the keyboard up are short, meaning the keyboard is almost flat. Putting "something" under the keyboard seems to hinder it from working too.
If you can type at a reasonable speed on a wired keyboard, you will need to "s l o w d o w n" your typing with this one or get missed keystrokes. It is especially annoying with passwords which I tend to type faster as I type that sequence of characters more often. With "something" under the keyboard to lift it up, I found I got more missed key strokes.

One reviewer said there are no LEDs for "Caps lock" and "Num lock", the one I received does have them both. They are in the usual position over on the top right hand side. They are a little dim and unusually, magenta when lit. There is also an LED that appears to be for the battery, I guess I'll have to wait to see if it lights up when the batteries are going flat.

The instructions that come with it are a two page leaflet with the bare minimum of information in tiny print. The author went to the "lets state the obvious" school of document writing. It does have one curious section at the end about "Resetting to Factory Defaults". To reset both the mouse and keyboard you need THREE hands! You need to press the Esc and K key and the right and middle buttons on the mouse. I cannot do both with one hand. You then need to plug IN the USB do-dad with your third hand. There is however no explanation of why you would want to do this factory reset. I'm assuming, if there are two or more of these close by, they need to be paired up.

Over all they are moderately priced, for a cheap keyboard/mouse. Let down down by a few little problems which appear to have been ignored/overlooked by the manufacturer. With a few little tweaks it would be a really good keyboard/mouse. I do not plan on using it much. I have a remote for watching TV and recordings with Mythtv. Sometime I'll have to see if I did need to reboot to get it working, but it is so far to walk to unplug the USB do-dad. :-)


Anyware HA-IR01SV - Multimedia control panel - infrared
Anyware HA-IR01SV - Multimedia control panel - infrared

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works on Fedora 17 too, 14 July 2012
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I'm using one of these remotes on Fedora 17 (Linux) with Mythtv. Once set up using lircd it works like a charm. I had a few unused buttons so I can now start and stop Mythtv's backend as well as the frontend from the remote.

I'm configured this remote with lircd and using the bundled example config file lircd.conf.mceusb, which is type 'RC6'. I needed to update this file slightly so the buttons had "KEY_" added to them eg POWER becomes KEY_POWER. This can all be tested using the command irw. When running irw shows the button values pressed in a terminal which really helps with the setup. Have a look at the lircd web site it's all there.

For the tuner I'm using a TBS 6981 also from Amazon.


TBS Dual DVB-S2 High Definition Digital Satellite Tuner PCI Express Card HD (DVB-S2/DVB-S) Receiver
TBS Dual DVB-S2 High Definition Digital Satellite Tuner PCI Express Card HD (DVB-S2/DVB-S) Receiver
Offered by ARC UK
Price: 99.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars TBS6981 with Mythtv and Fedora 17 Linux, 14 July 2012
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I gave it 4 out of 5 as the drivers for this card are not all open source, the remote included is only so a box can be ticked and the documentation included is IMNSHO lacking.

I bought this card to work with Mythtv on Fedora 17. It does work and I am now watching Satellite TV from an old PC. It is far better and more "usefully feature rich" than the Freesat box from a well known Japanese company (S.....g) I was trying to use.

There is no Linux support that I could find for the included remote control, in the documentation with the card, none with the drivers downloaded or on the TBS forums. Searching the TBS forum is rendered useless as it removes common words such as; tbs6981, Linux, remote, & working. You can see the problem finding help there. The tech support by email ignore this lack of functionality.
Even after getting the included remote working it has too few keys to be really useful. I would rather spend 5 less and not had the remote or the ticked box on the packaging to say there was a remote.

To get the remote working I had to resort to contacting TBS European support. I did get an answer the same day which did surprise me. The reply itself did not provide anything useful but only included links to a mailing list and some other sites regarding the use of lirc over ir-keytable. I got the supplied remote working using ir-keytable eventually.

From the number of posts on the forum about not being able to get the remote working not only on Linux but Windows too it seems TBS need to put a little bit of effort in sorting that out. On the forum there are some vague references to getting it working but nothing really of any use. I use one of these remotes http://www.amazon.co.uk/Anyware-HA-IR01SV-Multimedia-control-infrared/dp/B00123UGWQ/ref=pd_sim_ce_7.

Some parts of the drivers are provided as a binary lump from TBS which you will have to download when you update your Linux kernel. These then have to be built and linked into the modules used by the kernel. This is NOT hard, if you have read the README(s) and followed all the instructions. If you have a multi-core CPU I would suggest you add a "-j N" flag to the initial make when N is the number of CPU cores times 2 or 3, as there are a lot of drivers, and most of which you do not want, that are built here. ~2-3 minutes on my tri-core 2.8Ghz AMD. If you have a single core and a slowish CPU use "make menuconfig", actually always use it as you then only build the drives you need.

Because the drivers are not open source:
You have to be careful when updating your Linux kernel. The old binary blob from TBS may not work with the new kernel.
Also, TBS may decide not to continue its support rendering the card useless unless you stay on an old kernel.

If you have time and like me the will power to search and poke about, getting the tuner card working is reasonably straight forward. Getting the remote working was painful.

The comments about only needing one tuner are bogus. Each tuner can only record/view channels from ONE MUX at a time so if you want to record/view BBC1 and Channel 5 at the same time you need TWO tuners. As BBC1, BBC3 and BBC4 are all on the same MUX these CAN be recorded on one tuner.

UPDATE: The supplied drives (19/1/2013) have so far not worked on any kernel 3.[567].x with Fedora 18, and on Fedora 17 appear to compile but do NOT work on 3.7.x.


Patrician IV
Patrician IV
Offered by SC-WHOLESALE
Price: 1.49

27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing, backward step on game play and UI, 27 Sep 2010
= Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars 
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This review is from: Patrician IV (DVD-ROM)
If you are new to the Patrician series then you may think this is a good game. If you do take a look at Patrician III. If you have played and mastered Patrician III then in almost all aspects Patrician IV is worse. The UI is painfully slow even on my 3Ghz quad core with 8GB RAM, DX 10 compatible GPU with 512 RAM, Hardware RAID card with 2TBs of free space (this is really fast disk) running 64 bit Vista which according to the box this game is "enhanced for". I would hate to play it a slow machine!

The programming effort clearly has been put into making the game very pretty and it is in places but this is always at the expense of usability.

Take the trading interface, there is a button to increase or decrease the quantity of goods after clicking on the up or down button you have to keep the mouse cursor still for around a second or it will not register. Clicking on the numbers themselves sometimes highlights them so you can type in the required value. mostly it flashes the selection highlight over the existing value and then blinks off again. This makes setting up auto trade route, which are a major part of the game, really tedious. Double clicking on one of the product icons should move that product up or down in the three boxes, most of the time it simply flashes and stays put. Drag and drop is well drag and random drop you are never really sure where it will end up. Most of the time it pops right back from where it started from. You can and very often do need to trade in the same city 2-3 times in a row the interface does not allow you to do this. So you have to resort to adding your cities in a random order and fight the drag and drop interface on the next tab. Once in the mid game you will be trading all different types of goods to many cites this means with the new interface you have to scroll lists and change tabs to see what you have set up. In P III this was all on one screen, albeit not very pretty, but no scrolling up and down to see your orders to the captain.

The main game map has changed from good graphics in Patrician III with easily identifiable ship types to what looks like 2 triangles stuck together and a rectangle stuck on top giving the overall impression of a cheap, childish cartoon.

The Combat engine is defiantly on the side of the pirates. You tell a ship to sail west and attack a specific pirate. You move on to look at the next ship in your attack fleet only to find the initial ship has turned around and now locked into attacking an entirely different pirate ship. Getting you own ship to fire is also hard the AI steers them such that they never quite get into firing position before swerving off in the wrong direction. According to the manual you left click that sometimes opens up an icon showing the reload times. Attacking pirates is frustrating at best.

Staying with pirates even on the lowest level it is not possible to keep up with the pirate expansion. For every ship you build they build 3-4. I even tried only fighting pirates and nothing else for 6 months of game time and still found they were gaining at 2-3 to my one. I did end up with a lot of captured pirate ships though!

The interface to move ships from one of your convoys to another also suffers from the same drag drop problems the icon does not stay with the mouse cursor and drifts off on its own. Making it very difficult to tell where you are dropping the ship. So it usually pop back from where it came from. I did not find a way to move captains from one convoy to another when they gain experience better suited to another route.

In the campaign series if you do not wait for the guy on the top left to finish his speech before clicking on say the tavern or Guild then he will repeat the same thing 4-5 times.

Using the mini map to jump from town to town gives you a light blue screen with some grey blobs on it, then 2-3 seconds later the town redraws. Going from the game map to a town takes an age as it is reloaded each time.

When a city is under siege I never did get to seethe besieging army like in P III. Not sure if the are invisible or not.

I have tried turning down all the graphics but this only removes the pretty stuff not the annoying delays and usability issues.

Right after the install there are difficulties, you must have an internet connection or you cannot get past the registration screen and then each time you load the game this is checked again very slowly!

My recommendation would be to buy Patrician III instead, it's a far better game.

It would seem that Kalypso have tick box managers if something almost works tick the box and move on. There are also still bugs in the software the longer you play the slower it all runs. Quite often clicking on a city from the game map causes the whole game to lock up. Nothing works and you cannot get back to Windows to kill it off you have to reboot causing Windows to whine and moan that you did not shut down correctly.


Lm Technologies 802.11g Wireless G USB Network Adapter for PC
Lm Technologies 802.11g Wireless G USB Network Adapter for PC

4.0 out of 5 stars Works out of the box on Ubuntu Karmic, 27 Nov 2009
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I saw that this wireless adaptor had been used on Ubuntu without problems. Hence I got this one :-). Well I plugged it in and, that was that, it was working. No drivers to install just click the network manager icon ans select the wireless network that I want to connect to. It was so easy now I'll have to watch TV for the rest of the night!

This was on Ubuntu Linux, 9.10 desktop 64bit.


A Practical Guide to Ubuntu Linux
A Practical Guide to Ubuntu Linux
by Mark G. Sobell
Edition: Paperback
Price: 29.44

7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Use the Ubuntu formus or intewrnet search engine, 17 Aug 2008
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This book is of no use to anyone who has more than a passing acquaintance to Linux any Linux! Every section simply points you to somewhere else in the book and never answers the questions you need answered. What is printed is a censored rehash of man pages, and posts that can easily be found the internet. The censorship means all the useful info is removed.

This book only tells you the very very basics, anything more and you are left in limbo, following "See page nnn for information on XXXXX" when you get to page nnn it has a one liner that tells you nothing new. So you might as well save your money and ask a question on the Ubuntu forums or use a search engine.

On the bright side I did find a use for the book, as a door stop!
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HP Colour Laserjet Printer 2605dn
HP Colour Laserjet Printer 2605dn

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If you use Vista buy somethimg else, 3 Jan 2008
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I bought this printer to run from Ubuntu Linux (7.10 Gusty) via the network connection. It works great and it's really simple to setup on Linux !! Just System->Printing -- add printer, follow the wizard selecting the defaults. One gotch you need to set Tray 2 as default. Tray one is the manual single sheet feeder meaning you have to press the green button every time you print something.

This printer does not work on Vista with the drivers supplied by HP on the CD that comes with the printer or with the downloaded drivers from the HP web site specifically for Vista 64bit.

The phone number for HP support on their web site si also wrong :-( For this printer use 0870 8422 339 and a nice young lady will talk you through using the default MICROSOFT drivers in Windows. So much for using up to date drivers.

btw. On Linux the quality of mono and colour printing is very good. Even from apps running under Wine.


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