Saturday, 18 July 2015

Planetside 2 On PS4 Review And First Impressions

Planetside 2 on Playstation 4 is a shooter unlike any other. Do you have what it takes to survive?
Invading an enemy base

To put it another way, can Day Break Games bring enough players on board and retain them, long enough to realise its full potential? 

It's release week of Planetside 2 on the Playstation 4 and an armour column rolls up to an enemy base.

I'm running alongside, occasionally jumping into, or out of, the gun turret of a Sunderer Armoured Personnel Carrier (or "Sundy", for short). As an engineer, I can use my special "repair gun", to fix the vehicles around me and drop ammo supplies for the hundreds of soldiers running about like headless chickens.

Gunfire is constant, explosions light up the sky, futuristic flying machines swoop past, and smoke billows from the charred shell of a nearby tank. Whether it was an enemy or friendly, is of no consequence. I have no idea what's going on, but all that matters is the war.

On another occasion, I'm in a team of 3 medics, lined up behind a mix of light- and heavy-assault troops, plus assorted other classes. They're just above us, up on a ridge, firing down on the defenders. They are falling like flies in a hail of suppression fire, but us medics are reviving and healing them, as fast as they drop. We manage to hold the line and eventually, after half an hour, the base is taken.

Dimly, I'm aware that there is a bigger picture, that someone, somewhere, knows where to attack or defend, in order to take over, or hold, the entire continent. I follow the crowd, as we mop up stragglers in the vicinity, before moving on to the next battle.

All images, copyright Day Break Games, via PS4 screen capture

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

3 Lastpass Features You May Have Missed

Lastpass is packed full of useful features. Do you know about these 3?
"Doh", CC-BY 2.0, via Flickr

Lastpass does more than remember your passwords for you.

Of course, it will fill them in for you too - and log you into your favourite websites.

But it can do so much more than that.

Here are three features you may have missed, that can save you time and make you more secure than ever.

Read on to find out more.

Photo credit: "Doh", by Andrew McCluskey

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Evoluent Vertical Mouse Review

Pain in the wrists? - Switch to an Alternative Vertical Mouse

Vertical Mouse 4 (right handed) by Evoluent.com
The Evoluent VerticalMouse 4 is a true alternative to your usual computer rodent.

More importantly, it has done a lot to help me beat RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury).
It certainly looks different, probably more than any other mouse you have ever seen.
It could be called a 'side mouse', because it turns the traditional design through 90 degrees.

The buttons are on the side, rather than the top and your grip changes (see picture).
Read on to find out more.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Timbo On Tech Survey Results

You spoke and I listened.

Timbo On Tech Reader Survey - Results Are In

Source: public domain
The results of the Timbo On Tech reader survey are in and the results are very revealing.

Thank you all so much for your participation.

I have found out a lot about you and your views, which will shape this blog, going forward.

I'm very excited by what I have read and by some great ideas, which have been inspired by - you!

Since you were all so helpful, I thought I would share the results with you and open up the floor for further comment.

Read on to find out more.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

How To Improve Your Posture In Your Home Office Chair

At your desk, posture is the great leveller. Get this right and everything else falls into place.

Improve Your Posture - Get It Right

Source: reynermedia, CC-BY 2.0, via Flickr
Get your posture right in your home office environment and everything else tends to fall into place.

Get it wrong and you’re in a world of pain, often literally, as your office chair becomes a burden, rather than a help.

That’s the truth that I learnt the hard way.

Many are the times when I have found my arms, shoulders, neck or wrists begin to ache and I have wondered what I've done wrong.

Nine times out of ten, when I have tracked down the reason, it's because someone else has adjusted my office chair, either at work, or in my car, perhaps after it has been serviced.

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Lastpass 2 Factor Authentication - Why You Need It

With a few simple tweaks Lastpass keeps you even more secure than you ever thought possible. Start with 2 factor authentication.

Lastpass: Tighten Your (2 Factor) Security Belt

Source: public domain
Did you know that Lastpass has some extra options to make your security even tighter?

If you've started using Lastpass to store all your passwords, then you are probably feeling slightly relieved and maybe even a little smug!

Using your one-stop master password, you've been surfing the web with a greater sense of peace, secure in the knowledge that it's that bit more difficult for a hacker to get hold of your all-important details.

When I first started with the program, I was in this same happy state.

However, I then started reading articles about hackers using password dictionaries and the like, to get hold of our secrets.

I was confident that I had a very strong password, but felt it was worthwhile using all the defences I could muster.

In this post, we will talk about how adding a second option (or "factor") to your existing password, can lock things down even more.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Timbo On Tech Reader Survey

Very soon I am hoping to make some exciting announcements for Timbo On Tech, but I need your help.

There are some changes I would like to make to Timbo On Tech, including a better focus on what matters most to you.

Please take part in a short survey, it's only 5 questions, and should take less than 2 minutes to answer.

This is your chance to help shape the future of this blog, so you can continue to read quality articles on the subjects you are interested in.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support over the the last 3 years or so, that I have been writing here.

You can find the survey here

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