Monday, 27 May 2013

Sony Xperia ZL: a short review

Believe it or not, up to a few days ago I have never had an Android phone in my hands.

My contract was being renewed so I had a choice to get one for cheaper. After going through many specs and reviews it was decided.

I'd give the Xperia ZL a try as it fits my needs perfectly. Its brother the Xperia Z was also an option, but the rubberised back of the ZL won me over.

 Now, the good bits:

It has a dedicated camera button, a Full HD display and is easy to hold. The battery life seems okay to me, I use it rather heavily. It operates smoothly and has no lags. Most new games work fluidly. The phone comes with a cover protector which you can peel of if you wanted to. Don't do it though, it's designed to keep the glass underneath scratch free.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Bitcoin mining: An expedition

I first heard of Bitcoins about a year ago but didn't think much of it at the time.
Recently I read an article on the BBC News that more and more places are accepting Bitcoins.

It seems to be a thing of the future, so naturally, I gave it a spin.

This will be a very basic walkthrough of my proceedings, I'll write up more information in a later post.

The miner I decided to use was guiminer, a simple but effective multi-mining tool with a graphical user interface.
There are many other mining programs out there for you to choose from.

Monday, 11 February 2013

How to connect a PS3 controller to a PC

A short guide on getting your PS3 controller to work on your computer.

What's needed:
- PS3 controller and cable
- a bluetooth dongle

Let's get started now then.

Download and install the MotioninJoy driver from here.

Have your bluetooth dongle plugged in and start the program.

Go to "Driver Manager" and make sure there's a tick next to your bluetooth device and then click "Load driver"

A window will pop up, asking to install the driver. Allow it.
Now connect your PS3 controller to your computer with the USB cable.

Go to Bluetooth Pair.

It should look similair.

Now click "Pair now". Your controller is now paired to your bluetooth adapter and connected to your computer!
Go to Profiles and select the Playstation 3 mode. You can map the buttons under options.

I recommend that you set the tilt sensors to "Non" as pictured below

And that's it! You can now use your PS3 controller to play games!