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Review: TP-Link Mini Powerline Ethernet Adapter

The problem, a house which is ~250 years old, with at least 100 years of DIY slapped on top, some network cabling retrofitted on top of that and 2′ thick walls which are a right pain to drill holes through.  On top of which a second hand Shuttle box running as the house server, backup MX for a bundle of personal domains which currently relies on a 9″ desk fan to deal with the fact the internal cooling wasn’t doing it’s job properly.

It’s a noisy thing to have in the dining room.

Enter some birthday money and some decent recent reviews on Amazon for the TP-Link.


In short, a doddle.  Plug one in, press the button for 2-3 seconds.  Plug the other in, press it’s button for 2-3 seconds, watch until the lights calm down.  That was it, all working.


On the ethernet (100Mbs switch) 9-10Mb / sec transfers from Windows 7 to the server were the norm.  These drop off to ~7.5Mb/sec when running over the adapters, however that’s an acceptable loss given it’s new location shoved in the spare room.  The documentation recommends not spanning across different rings, or plugging into extension cables etc etc.

Naturally I’m doing both, the connection has to jump across different power rings (two MCBs) and 4-way extension cables at both ends.


As with all technology things vary, but given the nature of the house, it’s power setup etc etc I reckon this is a solid test.  I’d buy it again.

Review: Clash of the Titans (2010 version)

Right, firstly this is not the classic Harryhausen from 1981, the plot and story have been changed, I would need to go off and do some research to see which is the most faithful to the underlying mythology.

This is not an epic retelling which will replace the stop-motion version in the hearts of geeks everywhere, though the CG animation is very good and just continues to show what is possible with a pile of artists and some seriously powerful hardware.  The pegasus was partiularly impressive.

It’s a quest movie, go here, do that, kill this, chop the head off that, loose most of the redshirts along the way, loose some companions, get them back at a critical moment, heroic sacrifice and so on.  Though it didn’t feel like the lead had the drive to go and do stuff, he went along because the story was telling him to do so but without any “I’m doing this for …” or “I’m doing this to prove … wrong!!” just “feh, I’ll go along and kill things and use the plot devices at the right moment”.

So, see the movie, put your brain on a peg for a while next to your disbelief and enjoy the ride and then go back and enjoy the original.

Review: Vitax Pepper Dust

As with all reviews, this is a personal opinion from my experiences, your experience may / will vary. Unfortunately this isn’t a positive review, as the dust hasn’t managed to shift a particularly persistent moggie or two from a patch of my garden which they appear to think is their personal litter tray.

So nice idea, eco friendly and all that is good, but effectiveness 2/10 at best.