Category Archive: peripherals

ROOM SCALE VIRTUAL REALITY

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Oculus Rift posted some comments recently regarding their hardware.They reported that using 3 sensors in a larger area can become too taxing for most USB 3.0 ports. Intel’s Z270 motherboards largely have only have USB 3.0 on the read panel. This is largely due to full backwards compatibility. There are still some USB 2.0 headers …

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BLUETOOTH 5

Bluetooth 5 has now been published. It’s backwards compatible with previous standards. The new standard is a 2800 page manual for device developers. Bluetooth operates at frequencies between 2402 and 2480 MHz. Guard bands 2 MHz wide at the bottom end and 3.5 MHz wide at the top extend the range. Speeds are now 2x faster. …

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JIDETECH GTN-HQ1045MW SECURITY CAMERA

The JideTech IT Wu-Fi security camera is a low cost unit designed for indoor or outdoor use. AVOID THIS CAMERA, IT’S NOT SECURE Model : GTN-HQ1045MW Video Compression:H.264 Synchronization:Internal Lens:3.6/F1.2 Fixed lens Motion Detection:Support Remote:DDNS, Software, P2P Day/Night: Auto/Color/B/W Mobile:Support iPhone, Android Effective Pixels: 1280(H)x720(V) Min.Illumination:0.01 LUX(IR ON) Video Frame Rate : 720P (1280*720) 30fps …

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COOLER MASTER HYPER 212 EVO

The Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo was selected to replace the AMD Phenom II 965 BE OEM cooler. AMD coolers are notorious for being noisy when loaded hard. Even with better quality thermal interface material the OEM fan remained generally noisy. The stock CPU fan for both AMD and Intel are fine for stock speeds. …

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WACOM BAMBOO CAPTURE

The Wacom Bamboo Capture CTH470M  is a USB stylus and pad that can be used in place of a mouse. The Capture retails for $99 which is excellent value. Wacom also offers many more sophisticated models aimed at professional users. The Capture however is still very powerful and it can revolutionize the experience of digital …

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MICROSOFT WIRELESS DESKTOP 2000

The Microsoft Wireless Desktop 2000 is one the newer generation packages from Microsoft. Microsoft also has discrete keyboards and mice in addition to the bundles. USB DONGLE The Wireless Desktop 2000 uses a standard USB dongle as the receiver. The dongle can support both keyboard and mouse so there is no need for a second …

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HP PHOTOSMART D7160 PRINTER

The HP Photosmart D7160 printer is a cut sheet and photo paper printer. When this printer was new in 2006 it was selling for about $149. WARNING: The solder used in this product contains lead, a chemical known to the State of California to cause birth defects and other reproductive harm. Please wash hands after …

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STARTECH SATADOCK525 HARD DISK DOCK

To enhance the backup and service capability we installed the Startech SATADOCK525 in one of the external drive bays. This allows the use of hard disks for backup or file recovery. USB based hard disk docks are widely available but many models have problems with high capacity disks. The SATADOCK525 is SATA connected so it …

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SUPER AUDIO CD

Sony introduced a new Super Audio format to replace the compact disk (CS). This new format is called Super Audio CD (SACD). SACD is a modification of DVD. DVD drives would need new firmware to read SACD but Sony has not make that available. SACD disks can be played with CD players as the disks are …

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SOUNDBLASTER LIVE 5.1

The Creative Labs Live 5.1 sound card is a very popular PCI solution for sound. The PCI slot has many advantages and sounds cards are now readily available. The Live 5.1 offers much better performance over the previous 16-bit cards. Creative did make a design mistake using 48 kHz sampling instead and did not implement …

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USB CARDS, HUBS, CONNECTORS & CABLES

USB first became available on personal computers circa 1996 when Intel started shipping the new Pentium MMX 200 processors with the new PCI motherboards. The ATX format motherboards provided 2 USB ports which Intel was hoping to replace other older interfaces with. It did not take long before a vast range of new peripherals came …

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EPSON MX-80 DOT MATRIX PRINTER

The MX printers were the original line of printers introduced by Epson. The 11″ MX-80 and the larger sized MX-100 with a 15″ carriage suitable for wider print forms. The majority of users purchased the MX-80 which could use fanfold 8½” by 11″ paper. IBM chose the Epson MX-80 to accompany its introduction of the IBM …

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ETHERNET

Networking got its start back in the 1950s with RADAR systems and mainframe systems. Ethernet came from Robert Metcalf’s PhD dissertation in 1973. Eventually this was standardized by the IEEE as 802.3 working group. In the early days DOS machines used coaxial cables to wire up a group of machines into a local area network, …

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PRINTER TECHNOLOGY

In the early days the first printer we had used was the IBM 1403. In 1970,  the model 7 was in use with the IBM System 360 mainframes. The 1403 used a chain and a bank of solenoid hammers to print letters on a line. The ink ribbon was a long roll the width of …

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