Stories by Elias Plastiras


Quantum of Solace -- now showing at a torrent site near you

James Bond: Quantum of Solace comes out here in Australia next week, but audiences in the UK have been the first to see it. And there are many pirates among them! Torrent sites already have the movie listed in various forms and file sizes, and the mo...

HP Pavilion dv3539TX (FZ917PA#ABG)

It has only taken six months, but HP's Pavilion dv3000 has already been refreshed. The new and improved model, the dv3539TX (FZ917PA#ABG), has a more impressive design as well as tougher guts under the hood, making it faster than its predecessor by a...

Acer Aspire Predator

Acer has gone all-out audacious with the Predator PC, which is aimed at hardcore gamers and fans of all things orange. It has more moulded plastic than a Honda Civic at La Perouse on a Sunday night, and the plastic on the Predator's case, like the pl...

BenQ E2200HD

BenQ is the first vendor we've seen to jam a 1920x1080-resolution panel into a 21.5in widescreen monitor frame, and the results are definitely pleasing. Compared to a regular 22in LCD monitor with a native resolution of 1680x1050, you get an extra 30...

Fujitsu Lifebook L1010

There is more to this Centrino 2-certified 14.1in laptop than meets the eye. It might seem like it's just for those who want something shiny and stylish, but beneath its fingerprint-prone exterior is a configuration that will easily deal with most da...

Broadband killed newsgroups

Usenet, and its vast collection of newsgroups covering almost any topic imaginable, has practically been killed off by broadband. That's right, this humble means of correspondence, which is basically like e-mail and requires hardly any bandwidth in i...

Dell Latitude E6400 ATG

A tough exterior, along with resistance to dust and vibrations, make the semi-rugged 14.1in Latitude E6400 All-Terrain Grade laptop perfect for road warriors and other users who like to man-handle their computers. It has many user-friendly features t...

NEC Powermate S7000-003

Described by NEC as being "sensuously slim", the PowerMate S7000 can also be described as being "deceptively heavy" and "not optimally designed". It's a business machine that's designed to be used either as a slim tower or as a flat desktop with a mo...

HP EliteBook 6930P (FW086PA)

There's no doubt about it, the 6930P is ideal for the road warrior. Not only does its 14.1in screen size straddle the fence when it comes to user comfort and portability, its battery life is stellar. But what's most impressive about the EliteBook is ...

KWorld PlusTV /DVBT USB Stick (380U)

Unlike KWorld's 399U, which is a dual digital TV tuner, the 380U is only a single tuner. It has a USB 2.0 interface on one end and an antenna port on the other end, but it's not easy to install and its software interface, like the 399U's, is very poo...

KWorld PlusTV DVBT DualView (399U)

It's easy to turn your PC or notebook into a TV with a USB-based digital TV tuner device, and KWorld's is special in that it is a dual-tuner device. It's compact and it doesn't get warm after prolonged periods of use. But it's severely let down by it...

The Internet conundrum for commercial TV

The Internet is only now making the major TV stations think long and hard about how they are going to hold onto viewers. Geez guys, it's not like people have been downloading shows since before the good old days of Kazaa or anything like that.

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