Orico A3H10 10 Port USB 3.0 Hub Review

Orico A3H10

Have limited USB ports in your setup (especially for those using laptops) or simply need a way to extend your USB port so that you don’t always have to reach all the way to plug in your devices? A USB hub will definitely help in, but not limited to, those inconveniences and problems! The Orico A3H10 is a 10 port USB 3.0 powered hub that will give you tons of expandability, convenience and beauty. Read on for my full review of it.

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Arctic Accelero Xtreme III Review (Replacing R9 290 Reference Cooler)

Arctic Accelero Xtreme III

The Accelero Xtreme III is a custom air cooling solution by Arctic for graphics cards. Custom cooling for graphics cards aren’t that uncommon especially for liquid cooling modifications. We have also seen the recent introduction of brackets to allow the installation of your All-In-One liquid coolers for CPUs on GPUs. Such options definitely do help especially for people who want to go liquid but don’t have the knowledge or means to do a full custom one. The Xtreme III isn’t the latest model (version 4 is out already) but it is something that has been in the market for quite some time and is easier (at least for me) to get. Read on for the full review of the Arctic Xtreme III.

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Final PC Upgrade for 2014

R9 290

The last piece of the puzzle is finally here. To round up my PC upgrade is the graphics card. If you’ve read my previous update, the only major changes I’ve made are to the CPU and motherboard. I did get new peripherals and slapped on a SSD as well as an additional sound card. The reason I gave for not upgrading the GPU is due to the fact that I wasn’t playing any games that required a more powerful card. Besides, most games these days don’t even need that much power anyways.

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First Time with eBay Global Shipping Program

eBay  Global Shipping Program

My first time experience with eBay’s (not so new) Global Shipping Program (GSP) is through my purchase of a 2nd hand graphics card from a seller based in the US. I made this purchase a week and a half ago and the graphics card arrived yesterday. I am pleased to say that it is in good condition. I have to say though that my research on the GSP after my purchase got me really worried. Read on to find out why.

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How to Add Mobile Number to Twitter Account

Twitter Mobile Settings

I’ve just faced this problem yesterday. For app developers out there who are using the Twitter API for their apps or normal webmasters who need the API for their plugins and scripts, you will find that Twitter requires the account to have an associated mobile number before it allows access levels higher than “Read”. For those living in countries that are supported, great for you. For others, activating your mobile number can be a really difficult or even an impossible task. You will most likely face either one of these problems when trying to add a mobile number:

  1. Your carrier isn’t listed
  2. Your carrier is “listed” but it doesn’t work giving error “Sorry, we don’t have a connection to your carrier yet!”
  3. You waste money to send a message using the long code method but it doesn’t work.
  4. You submit a form for review but after waiting and waiting there isn’t any reply.

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Back to Coding

Ever since I started tinkering around with coding again I just cannot stop. If you have followed this site, I have recently modified a WordPress theme and gave the site a makeover. I have always enjoyed coding since my school days (took computer science as one of my core subjects) and it is the pure joy that comes from solving problems and fixing bugs that keeps me going. It can get frustrating at times especially when things simply not work even when everything seems perfectly right to you. But boy oh boy that sense of achievement when you finally crack the problem. It is superbly satisfying.

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Once You Go 1440P You Can Never Look Back

I started using a 1440P (2560×1440 resolution) monitor about two years ago courtesy of the emergence of the budget Korean 1440p monitors. They were so cheap (comparatively) that I couldn’t help but jumped on the Korean 1440p monitor bandwagon and till this date I’m glad I did. When I first upgraded to a 24” 1080P display in 2009 (my first ever DIY computer), I was amazed at how huge the screen was and the amazing display resolution. In 2012, I upgraded to a 27” 1440P monitor and I was again, amazed and fascinated. This time around it wasn’t so much so about the increase in size but the display resolution.

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VPS / DIY NAS: Initial Steps before Going Live

sudo apt-get update

I’ve moved from a shared hosting provider to a virtual private server (VPS) provider for quite some time already. Having purchased an unmanaged solution, I had to learn how to set everything up myself. The first time was pretty time consuming as I was worried mainly about security and thus spent much time researching for the best practises before letting my VPS go live. Since then, I’ve moved host twice and during these moves, I spent much time again doing the very same thing. Not wanting to spend any more wasted time researching the same things over and over again, I decided to document the steps I took. Here are some steps that you can consider and follow before letting your VPS or DIY NAS go live.

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Almost Fit Again

My fitness level throughout my life is and has always been a rollercoaster. There is always a decline whenever I reach somewhere near my peak. Maintaining an encouraging level of fitness has always been a problem and I must admit most of the time (so far) is due to unforeseen circumstances. While maintenance is always down to a person’s dedication and perseverance, it is hard to do anything when you’re ill or injured.

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The Lost Gets Found

About a few months back I’ve talked about a rather curious case. I swear that I searched that very location where the iPod was found. Apparently the iPod decided to hide in one of the seat pockets of the family car. I have no recollection as to how on earth it ends up there and how exactly it took a year and few months for it to resurface. The car gets cleaned a few times within a year and it is only just a few days back which it was spotted.

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