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Aug 26
2014

Beantech BT85 Clear Acrylic Case Review

Timothy Crittenden
PCRules Archive - Hardware Reviews 2
Case Modifications are becoming an ever growing passion for many PC users, especially overclocker’s. The additions of fans to increase air supply and circulation which will in effect decrease the internal temperature of the entire system. Then there are the clear side panels, flashing neon lights and glowing fans which turns a PC case into something worth looking at.
8.8
"Sleek, Cool and Sexy, what more can you want from a case. All your friends will go "wow that's cool," Even if there not computer nerds! It performs well and is easy to set up, and with only the few minor drawbacks, if you looking for a nice well performing case, you can't go wrong with this one."

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Mar 06
2014

Knockout.js Performance Tricks

Timothy Crittenden
Development - JavaScript

Key Points:


  • Consider your loops, JavaScript doesn’t have the performance of C#, plus remember this code will be running on a client’s machine or hand held device.
  • Think about DOM interaction. DOM interaction is innately slow, especially when doing a lot at once. So try and reduce the number of unnecessary DOM updates where possible.
  • Take advantage of the throttling extension.
  • Use ko.computed methods as a way of subscribing to multiple observable changes.

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Oct 15
2013

Apparently I'm Jean-Luc Picard

Timothy Crittenden
General - Announcements
Your results:
You are Jean-Luc Picard
Jean-Luc Picard
70%
Will Riker
60%
Worf
55%
Geordi LaForge
45%
Mr. Sulu
40%
James T. Kirk (Captain)
35%
Mr. Scott
35%
Data
34%
Spock
32%
Leonard McCoy (Bones)
30%
Chekov
30%
Beverly Crusher
25%
Deanna Troi
25%
Uhura
20%
An Expendable Character (Redshirt)
5%
A lover of Shakespeare and other
fine literature. You have a decisive mind
and a firm hand in dealing with others.
Click here to take the Star Trek Personality Quiz

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Aug 12
2013

Random Photos of Car Parts

Timothy Crittenden
Automotive - Focus ST Project

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Jun 27
2013

Music Obsessions 3 - The National

Timothy Crittenden
General - Music
The National have been around for a few years, and with the release of their latest album I thought they needed a mention on my wall of obsessions. I haven't been able to stop listening to this album and can happily keep listening to it on repeat. Some people says its depressing, i would disagree. There is something about his voice that just works for me. If you haven't heard of them before, its worth listening to their earlier albums, Boxer and High Violet are two of particular note.

Their latest album is called Trouble Will Find Me and can be found HERE, And below a couple of tracks from the album.

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Apr 13
2013

Music Obsessions 2 - Romulus

Timothy Crittenden
General - Music
So round 2 of music that i can't stop listening to no matter how much i try, Romulus aka Damien Romei from France. I discovered Romulus because 10Dens remixed one of his tunes. His sets are submline but his own creations are even better. I only hope he comes and plays in the UK some time!

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Apr 13
2013

WCF Data Services (OData V3) – Build, Deploy, Host

Timothy Crittenden
Development - C#.NET
I am currently in the processes of learning to write android applications. To aid in the learning, I have decided I am going to create an application that displays the posts and reviews on this site. This might well be the wrong way to go about these things, but I first needed to think about what sort of data I’m going to show, and how I’m going to get the data from its source. I know what I want to show, it’s just the “how” I needed to decide upon.

I could of course use some sort of SQL library and connect directly to the database from within the android application itself. This however, with the intention of the application being distributed to any number of devices, is not a good option. One I don’t want hundreds of separate database connections, and two I don’t want to have to code in database connections strings and passwords into the application itself. So the obvious solution was to create some sort of service that the application communicates with to retrieve the data. There are many out there but the one I decided to use, partly as it seems to become a widely used standard, and partly because I knew nothing about it, was OData.

So, background over, I’m going to briefly go through the steps I took to create my OData service. I will attempt to show you how easy it was to create, and then how difficult it was to actually deploy to a hosted service where I have no control of the IIS machine. I will also tell you how I solved said difficulties and got it working.

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Mar 16
2013

Music Obsessions 1 - 10dens

Timothy Crittenden
General - Music
I am going to try and start posting some of the music i get a little obsessive over. Every few weeks i find some new band, artists or mix that i don't stop listening to. So here is post number 1, 10dens. I was introduced a few months back to 10dens who are a pair of electronic music artists from the Netherlands. So, here is some of their stuff.

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Dec 23
2012

Icy Box IB-350U-BL

Timothy Crittenden
PCRules Archive - Hardware Reviews
Icy Box IB-350U-BL
When the Icy Box arrived at my door I was certainly intrigued as to just what it does and what you would use it for. The rather interestingly named Icy Box is in fact an external HDD housing that plugs straight in via a USB 2.0 cable on this particular model. It does in fact come in five different flavours each with their own methods of connectivity which will all be fully explained at the end of the review.

The product comes packaged in a fairly attractive box that shows off the shininess of the Icy Box and would certainly catch your attention amongst the other products competing for your custom. Its claim to be “extreme noiseless” is appealing and also a rather humorous German to English translation.

Inside the box you’ll find the unit itself along with a power lead and adaptor, USB 2.0 cable, stand for holding the unit vertically, a driver disk and some simple set up instructions.
9
"The Icy Box serves as a great looking, great performing external HDD enclosure all at great value for money. Definitely recommended."

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Dec 23
2012

512MB HyperX PC4000 Dual DDR

Timothy Crittenden
PCRules Archive - Hardware Reviews
512MB HyperX PC4000 Dual DDR
Kingston Technologies have been producing PC components for many years now. They are the world’s largest independent manufacturer of memory products for a wide range of uses from desktops and notepads, to digital cameras and hand-held computers. They also provide contract manufacturing for most of the large semiconductor OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturer). Kingston also manufactures a range of super high speed enthusiast equipment; a very good example of witch is the 512MB HyperX PC4000 Dual DDR (Double Data Rate) kit.

The flashy metallic blue dual DDR set come packaged as you would expect a product of such quality to, secure yet easily accessible. The RAM (Random Access Memory) itself is unmistakable, its bright blue heat sinks designed to dissipate the heat produced by the high speed memory chips, stand out proudly with HyperX stamped on the side.
9.2
"An extremely high quality product manufactured by Kingston here, the HyperX PC4000 memory is an excellent choice."

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