My Desktop

2nd November 2014 - Category: Desktop,Tech and Computers


My mate Jeremy in one of his recent shows explained that he doesn’t even use wallpaper. I can’t imagine not tinkering with computers. Just to show how much I play about here is a cut of my desktop. I usually have a different workflow, but I moved everything around so you can see it all in one go.

GTX 970 Photos

26th September 2014 - Category: Tech and Computers


Here are some photos of my new GTX 970, it replaces my old 7970. The GTX 970 is smaller in length, just, but taller. The fans are substantially larger. This is a good thing. The larger the fan, the slower they have to turn for the same airflow. The heat sink can be larger too.

The beast enters

22nd September 2014 - Category: Tech and Computers

AKA, the Sandisk Cruiser Extreme.


This is the Sandisk Cruiser Extreme 64gb on USB 2!


Notice how on random small file writes and reads it beats out this 2TB hard disk. The HDD is not a bad model, its a Samsung I’ve had for years. That’s just on USB 2.

What about USB 3?


This is insane. Only on 512MB writes does the hard disk even have a chance. On everything else its destroyed.

What about an early SSD?


Ah now we see. It fairs very well, but just can’t the random reads of the Kingston 96GB SSD. Its trounced by a modern SSD, even a VFM one like the MX100.

However by every other metric the Sandisk Cruiser Extreme is the fastest flash drive I have EVER seen.

Oh and BTW here is the slowest 64GB USB stick Sandisk make.



More Diskmark Stats

20th September 2014 - Category: Tech and Computers

Back in 2012 I did some benchmarks of my SD cards and SSD. I did some more today in preparation for a review for GPFault.


Batman Begins promotional 128mb USB flash drive


Random make 1GB USB flash drive


The big disappointment, Sandisk Cruiser Blade 64GB USB flash drive


Crucial MX100 512GB SSD on my X58 based motherboard.

Keepass Plugins

13th September 2014 - Category: Tech and Computers


I use Keepass 2 and Bittorrent Sync for my password management.

My fav plugins for Windows at the moment are: Favicon Downloader and KPEnhancedEntryView. The former allows me to download fav icons and make my keepass easier to navigate. The later just makes it easier to make quick edits.

My preferred Android client is Keepass2Android, mainly because of the keyboard integration.

Fun with Fritz

27th July 2014 - Category: Tech and Computers


Man there is so many options in the Fritz Box. Really like the Wi-Fi scheduling.

Started a Tumblr Blog

23rd July 2014 - Category: Life,Web Design & Accessibility

It’s just for stuff I like on Tumblr, so no new content.

Gave in OC’d my X5650

15th July 2014 - Category: Tech and Computers



29th June 2014 - Category: Tech and Computers


Use it its good.

Armor for Ladies in Skyrim

12th April 2014 - Category: Games

I’ve played Skyrim a lot. Not as much these days, but I do like to follow Top5 Skyrim Mods by Cam and Seb at Gamespot.

They were asked by a viewer to cover some more female armors, in particular super hero costumes.

I’m more into immersion myself, so I thought I would post my favourite armours for the ladies.

Now I tend to play as a male character in Skyrim because of the first person view, but you can have Housecarls, hirelings and companions. Skyrim is a nordic and windswept place. So I tend to dislike the skimpy armors on my travel companions. Serana kind of gets away with it as she is undead and so cold is moot. Even then I want armor to, you know, be armor.

My first choice is the Crimson Ranger Armor with the black textures.ScreenShot7

As you can see It’s my No 1 choice for Jenassa, as she is always chatting about striking from shadows, shown here with zzjay and Grace Darklings Hoods with hairs. [Also available for male characters]

I really like some of the vanilla armors as well.

Stand outs are: 2012-11-17_00001

For Jenassa again the Elven Armor, but the Thalmor version by CaBaL120. 2013-01-01_00006

For Lydia Orcish again by CaBaL120 and…ScreenShot33

Nordic Carved also by CaBaL120. I know the Above is Jenassa, but bare with me. You can find these retextures in the Book of Silence. I am playing a male battle mage at the moment. He’s a Breton so slightly short and not that strong. When I need warrior backing me up I bring Lydia along. I have her modded to be tall even for a Nord. So she has a Brienne of Tarth thing going on.

Armors to also consider.

Fur Huntress by Killer Keo, now Keo is renown for doing skimpy versions of armours and that’s why I think his most immersive work has been overlooked. His fans don’t like it as its pretty much fully covered and immersion fans wouldn’t know to look at his stuff. It looks great for a hunter play through and genuinely looks like it was made from furs and leather in game.

Templar Set by Mancika is an interesting one. Even in the sets above, there is still the fact that they look a bit boob armour-ish. Not that realistic. I’d say they are 1:1 with the Skyrim lore. However if you want armour that could stop a double handed sword I think this is the one. Perhaps the choice for a Lady Van Nord. [Also available for male characters]

Lustmord Vampire Armor by AmethistDeceiver is on the other side, it does have a cleavage window, but then again all vanilla vampire armor do, its very configurable and has a sans-window option, whilst keeping the fem-fatale look. [Also available for male characters]