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Apple 802.11AC 2TB Airport Time Capsule (Launched June 2013)
Apple 802.11AC 2TB Airport Time Capsule (Launched June 2013)
Price: £220.09

47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Form and function..., 15 April 2014
The Apple Airport Time Capsule is two rather essential gadgets in a single, gorgeous shell that would not be out of place in the most elegant of rooms. First, it is a router, with wired and wireless connectivity. Next, it is a lot of digital storage space, about two tera-bytes of it, available to all computers on your network, allowing them to store and access photos, music, movies and documents from a central location.
The Time Capsule supports the latest wireless local networking (WiFi, for everyone but the hardest of die hard purists) standard, the 802.11ac. ‘ac’ standards are so new that they’re expected to be finalised in 2014 and widely accepted a year later or so! A lot of technical magic helps make this a very fast, high throughput mechanism that can reach farther that existing ones. For communication, devices that comply with ac standards employ a higher-frequency signal than at present. Not only does this improve reach, but, avoids interference from an increasing array of other wireless devices that share the presently used signal frequency. No longer will connectivity for your computing device be disrupted by the wireless sub-woofer you are using in your living room.
There aren’t many existing devices that support wireless ac standards, though. Time Capsule, therefore, supports the older standards – a,b,g and n – and even with the current n standard, the device supports the best possible speed that few other existing ones can.
There is another bit of clever technology that Time Capsule employs to improve its communication efficiency and reach. It actively exchanges information with its clients to determine the best path for signal to be cast rather than broadcasting it omni-directionally.
There is then the question of centralised, remote storage within your local network that is accessible to all computing devices connected to the network and authorised for such access by you. And a very vast amount of it, too – about two tera bytes of it. That is two thousand giga bytes, each of which is a thousand mega bytes. To give you a sense of what that means, an average-length Hollywood movie could be held in a file of approximately eight hundred megabytes for rendering at HD 720p resolution with 5.1 channel surround sound. Such storage, called network attached storage or NAS, is very handy for backing up work and information on your computing devices, too. That important contract, urgent deck of slides, kids’ nursery play snap or lossless format song will now be quite safe with the Time Capsule. There is even a provision to add storage via a USB port, allowing you to connect external disks should you need even more space. That port, by the way, will let you connect a printer to it, making it available across all computing devices across your network. No longer will you need to get to a specific machine connected to the printer to get that boarding pass printed just as you are running out of the door with the cab waiting.
Keep in mind that you will still need your modem to connect to the internet.
So, should you?
-Yes, if you are a heavy user with a fast broadband connection, have a number of computing devices that will connect to the net at the same time, have spots in your house or around it that wireless signals won’t reach, play games online, have files that you will need to access from multiple devices and are diligent with backing your data up.
-Yes, if you prefer the technology benefits and performance boost without having to step through complicated setup sequences and other hacks.
-No, if all you do is e-mail and normal levels of access to the net, but, stay away from streaming videos or having to share files across multiple devices, and think football is best played in a field and not with an apparition at the other end of the world sitting in front of a television.
-No, if you like tinkering with your devices and hacking them to your taste. Apple doesn’t do that.


Apple MD760B/A 13.3 inch MacBook Air Dual Core i5 , 1.3GHz, Turbo Boost 4GB Ram ,128HDD, Intel HD Graphic 5000 2 x USB 3.0 Mac OX and iLife
Apple MD760B/A 13.3 inch MacBook Air Dual Core i5 , 1.3GHz, Turbo Boost 4GB Ram ,128HDD, Intel HD Graphic 5000 2 x USB 3.0 Mac OX and iLife

9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The incredible lightness of being..., 15 April 2014
Imagine this – you are to go to San Francisco from London on work. There is a deck of slides to polish and conclude. The reference material, all in portable document format, is elaborate – some for you to conclude the stance you’ll take, some others for quotable quotes from notable folks who share similar views and yet others for statistics. It won’t be all work, either – there are a couple of new movies that you’ve been planning for long on catching up. May be, a couple of old episodes of The Big Bang Theory to tickle the mostly latent geek tumescence in you. And of course, you hate having to carry much into the cabin.
I did this and a bit more on a recent, eleven hour flight from Heathrow to SFO, and still had battery left over for a quick chat with my kids from a Starbucks on my way to the hotel. That’s almost ten hours of solid use and few more, asleep. If this or similar are usual scenarios for you, the new Intel Haswell-equipped Apple MacBook Air is the one for you.
The Air touts the thoughtful combination of small screen size, fast processor, abundant memory, solid-state storage and a very robust battery in what has to be the thinnest, lightest computing device with a traditional keyboard-screen clamshell layout, save almost nothing else. In short, everything that you’d need on the road or at work any given day. It will play, too. But, the very modest screen size will not allow too many others to join in the fun.
A lot has been made of the relatively modest resolution of the Air’s small screens; the screens come in eleven or thirteen inch guises and resolves to a very respectable HD 720p on the smaller and slightly better on the larger screen, at widescreen 16:9 and 16:10 aspect ratios, respectively. Do check the specifications at the end for details on resolution. Each is, however, capable of casting an impressive 2560 x 1600 pixels on external screens via its mini DisplayPort. My experience has been that the Air’s screens resolve very well indeed for personal use, including video editing and stills manipulation, and way more than is required for public display via external screens or projectors. There probably are machines of similar specifications and general purpose, with much better screen resolution available out there, and omission of Apple’s Retina Display on the Air is a bit of a mystery, but, this is not a practical impediment at all in daily use.
The keyboard and touchpad do their work with no fuss whatsoever. Personally, I would prefer a much smaller touchpad than what the Air touts, but there is no harm done – they are the size they are to facilitate gesture controls. Speaking of which, once you master gestures, navigating around the friendly Mac OS X user interface is that much more of a breeze. Soon, and trust me on this, you will be exploring the pleasures of text expansion, gesture controls and task automation, like proper fanboys.
Connectivity to help expand the meager storage space on offer is via fast USB 3 and even faster Thunderbolt ports, the latter also supporting connectivity to external displays. It is popular knowledge that since the Air does away with the awkwardly large ethernet port, one needs an adapter to connect to wired-only networks. Who does that nowadays, anyway? With battery capacity what it is, you could venture out with just the machine, as you would a tablet, and have a fairly good chance of making it through the working day without running out of juice.
The solid-state drives are stunningly fast relative to the spinning disks of yesteryears. However, they are still new enough to be rather expensive. If you are used to the terabytes of storage available on even the most basic portable machines nowadays, the limited storage capacity of the Air will take a bit of discipline to get used to. My experience has been that once you get used to cloud-stores of data – iCloud, Google Drive, Drop Box and Box, to name the best of the lot – and exercise a bit of restraint with what you have lying around on the machine, this is not a hassle whatsoever.
In summary, if you travel, prefer to do that light and are inclined to developing aesthetically pleasing content, this is possibly the best portable machine available today. The price to performance ratio might not be the best you could find, but, not every choice is made by numbers. Thankfully.


Eats shoots and leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
Eats shoots and leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
by Lynne Truss
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive, 10 Jan. 2011
It is one thing that 'Eats, Shoots and Leaves' makes punctuation a gripping read to my mildly-old self, but, the real testament to how well written this is, is my nine year old finding Ms. Truss's work tough to put down! And the peals of laughter from the back-seat of the car every time we are on a longish drive - of late, this has been the preferred travel-companion to her Nintendo DS, the hitherto undisputed choice. A must-read, this - 'Cutting a Dash' in prose!


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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer Excellence, 6 Aug. 2008
Sound Reproduction: Excellent clarity with weighty bass, hardly any distortion across amplification range
Noise Abatement: Almost complete cancellation of any reasonably steady noise (say, drone of an engine), with or without being connected to any other source of sound like an iPod or a CD-player
Build Quality: Superb
Comfort: Excellent - fits snugly enough so as not to fall off (or even threaten to), but, does not grip hard enough to hurt even on longish journeys; does cause a reasonable amount of condensation and / or sweating
Battery Life: Should say unbelievable - I once did a 9000-mile round-trip without re-charging or any loss of performance
Portability: With its stylish pouch, lugging it around is not too tough; does take up non-trivial space in a laptop / business bag, though


NETGEAR DG834GUK DG834G 54Mbps Wireless ADSL2+ Modem Firewall Router with 4-port 10/100 Switch
NETGEAR DG834GUK DG834G 54Mbps Wireless ADSL2+ Modem Firewall Router with 4-port 10/100 Switch
Offered by NETWORK LTD
Price: £66.97

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Switch and Wireless Router, 25 Oct. 2006
Setup: Easy (10 minutes)

Wired connectivity: 4 ports tested and being used. No trouble.

Wireless connectivity: Tested with HP NC6400 and IBM Thinkpad T40. Consistent signal with no drop of connection. Signal strength remains excellent to good when within 30 meters (not yet tested for longer distance).

Current usage: Heavy, using 2 wired ports and wireless. No problems encountered

VPN: No encumbrance (built-in tunnel-through)

Firewall: Not tested

Quality of material and build: Good, bordering on excellent. My choice of white with glassy, transparent edges looks Apple-esque classy.

Experience summary: Excellent; haven't had to think about it in about a month.


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