Well, after 10 weeks in the new house I’ve finally seen a pair of tits in the back garden (no, not mine). Two Blue tits have found the bird feeder and we now have regular vistors to the garden. Them and the local cats who take great delight in crapping on the grass. Never mind. 2 weeks to LCD…..Lawn Cutting Day. The joys of having a garden.
So I’ve made the first purchase of my next gadgeting odyssey (wanky words a go-go). The crystal xbox. Exactly the same kit as the one I’ve got, but see-thru. Now – I’ve not gone completely mad – the old one isn’t going to waste or to the great console graveyard that is my attic. Firstly, the disk drive is getting repaired by Microsoft as after 2 years of hammering it’s not the most reliable.
Once I get the old one back I’ll then be adding a SmartXX chip and a 120Gb Maxtor drive. Why? Why not! Firstly it will let me play copied games, not that I’m some sort of dirty games pirate, but broadband will be my friend. Secondly, I can runs loads of emulators from the xbox – some arcade classics and maybe even Head Over Heels if I can find the rom. Thirdly, stream mp3’s from the pc and also internet radio. So killing lots of birds with the one stone. The reason for the new xbox is:
a) Mod will be done solo so who knows what may happen when random soldering is required
b) The crystal xbox will be live only games, so no chance of my xbox being banned.
A question I’ll be asking less of now as I’ve finally taken delivery of my new alarm clock. As befits a gadget lover, the Starck clock looks good, has remote temperature sensors, tells me the highest and lowest temperatures recorded, has remote time setting and most importantly tells the time. Lovely.
A couple of new gadgets announced for the Cebit show in Germany. Kiss 568 – 80Gb hard disk, DVD recorder and links to PC – lovely. And the swiss army knife with a USB Key? Useless, but nice in a geeky gadgetty type way.