Verbatim Mediashare Wireless Part 1

So today I was casually browsing the internet when I came upon something interesting. A special! The Verbatim Mediashare Wireless. OneDayOnly was selling them for R199 each, which is around US$14. The device is essentially a wireless access point, with a 3000mAh battery and a USB port and SD card slot. The intended use of the device is to share the content of a connected device (SD card, USB flash drive, external hard disk) with a device connected over wifi (phone, tablet, iPad) in order to watch movies, back-up your pictures, share files etc. While that’s all fine and dandy, […]

CM Storm Devastator Keyboard Mod

So Christmas has come and gone, and somewhere in the midst of all of it, I came into possession of a shiny new keyboard. Shiny being the important word: The Cooler Master Devastator. It’s a nice keyboard, and a welcome upgrade to my existing Logitech desktop keyboard. I especially love the media keys (really, though. I had a macro-programmable mouse and used all of the programmable keys as media keys) As is quite clear from the picture, it is backlit which is a nice touch. The etching on the keys is quite dark, though, so you can’t see the keys […]

Mesh networks?? MESH NETWORKS!!

So recently I was toying around with OpenWRT wireless settings and I came across a configuration section which I hadn’t paid much attention to before: the wireless mode. Previously, I’d either set it to Access Point or Client mode and sometimes Monitor for some Aircrack fun. But there was another option which I hadn’t tried before: 802.11s. Now I knew that 802.11 covers the IEEE specification for wireless LANs. 802.11a/b/g/n/ac are all common household terms for plain ol’ WiFi. But ‘s’ I had not encountered before. A quick Google search revealed that it was a standard for mesh networks. I’d […]

IBOX final words

So, I’ve had the IBOX now for a while, so I feel like I should share my final thoughts on it. No nice pictures for this post, but I have a few things to say. If I’m honest, I haven’t used it as much as I’d have liked to. Unfortunately, like with many other gadgets I own, I can’t seem to find a dedicated purpose for it. Multimedia performance is kind of “meh” and I don’t like the Android variants available for the IBOX. The mount points are strange, so certain apps which want to use the SD card for […]

IBOX review (Part 2 – software)

I’ve been playing with this IBOX for about a week now, and I’ve come to know it quite well. I’m going to try and avoid using this entire review to explain how to load a firmware image because that has been covered 100 times before – it’s boring, I don’t need to repeat it 🙂 On the off chance that you haven’t come across one of those 100 other times, I’ll go over the set-up briefly. AllWinner SoCs (including the A20 in this case) are hard-coded to first look for an operating system on an SD card, then they look […]

IBOX review (Part 1.5 – update)

This is just a quick update, as I’ve been playing with the IBOX a lot and have discovered some interesting things. Firstly, as you can see this is the pin-out of the expansion header. The keen-eyed might have noticed that this is not the same as the one found on the IndieGoGo page. The top and bottom rows of pins have been swapped. This could cause much frustration, and I am surprised that I didn’t pick up on this sooner since I’ve been using the serial port successfully. I have notified Itead, so this should be fixed in future documentation. UPDATE: […]

IBOX review (Part 1 – hardware)

Introducing the IBOX, by Itead Studio: I was lucky enough to receive an “engineering sample” of the IBOX to take for a test-drive. All of the images in this post link to full-resolution versions if you would like to take a closer look. The IBOX is essentially an Allwinner A20 development platform, much like the Cubieboard 2 or the OLinuXino or the now unavailable Marsboard and various others. It features the dual-core A20 processor, 1GB RAM, 4GB NAND flash, a dual colour LED connected to GPIO, an infrared receiver, a micro SD card slot, 4x USB ports (of which one supports OTG), and […]

So it begins…

If you’re reading this, either you know me and I’ve told you about this, or the Google machine has brought you here and now you’re expecting to read something interesting. I’ve been threatening to start a blog for a very long time. I even own two domain names, which I haven’t used for websites yet. My laziness usually gets the better of me, though, because setting up a blog is effort and I’m not very good at effort. But here we are, on my blog. I can’t believe it either 😛 The plan is to write about my various electronics […]