James Branch

I started my I.T. life back in 1987 with a Commodore 64, swiftly moving to the Amiga 500 and 1200, but got my first (What I could call 'real') PC in 1991.... a Packard Bell 486 DX running Windows 3.1 and from then on, I was hooked! I've been working in the I.T. sector in the U.K. for over 10 years now. My career started as a junior technician for Sage Software (Working in house as part of the I.T. tech teams, not developing their software as such) repairing PC's and doing the boring jobs that nobody really wanted or could be bothered to do! It was my first taste of work in the I.T. sector since leaving college (Where I studied I.T. and Business believe it or not!) so as far as I was concerned, I had the best job in the world! After a couple of years I left Sage as a Desktop Support Engineer and worked for a number of I.T. companies, with most of my concentration and dedication being aimed at PC, Server and Network support/design. I'm currently working as part of a two man I.T. support team, so tend to get my hands dirty with not only network design and support, PC & Server repair/maintenance, but I also maintain VoIP telephone systems, have mastered Sharepoint (MOSS/WSS Design, Document Library and Workflows), setup Virtual Servers using VMWare & MS Virtual Server, systems administration, Unix maintenance, and I like to dabble in SQL now and again.... just for my sins! :) I tend not to go very far without my iPod shuffle and can't live without my Blackberry 8820 - it's like an extension to my right (or even left!) hand! As you can probably gather, I'm also addicted to gadgets.... I have quite an impressive collection of toys now, which seem to take up too much space at home! I've gone through more digital cameras that I care to think of, had far too many Palms, games consoles, smart phones and an impressive of collection of PC's and laptops! Not a bad thing though, I think anyway!! My wife might think otherwise! :) When I'm not playing with gadgets or on the internet, I'm spending time with my gorgeous wife and three kids (All boys!) who'll no doubt grow up to be gadget freaks too, I hope! :) You can always find me checking e-mail, Twittering or mooching around Facebook, or indeed finding the next gadget(s) to review! James

A Humidifier – Star Wars Style!

During the winter, offices can become very dry.  You can now ensure you don’t dry out too much, with an R2-D2 Humidifier on your desk! This cool, fully licenced Lucasfilm collectable stands at approximately 10cm high and, once filled with water and plugged into your nearest USB port, will help keep your skin (especially your hard working fingers!) moist by blowing out a …

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Jays announce new products for 2010

Jays, the Swedish earphone producer has recently announced plans to expand its product range with two new additions, plus one new prestige model! The new additions, called ‘a-JAYS’ and ‘t-JAYS’ will be released to the market in the first quarter of 2010.  Both models will be available in three different styles with different sound features and varied …

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IronKey Secure Flash Drive Review

Being a self-confessed gadget freak, I’ve collected a large number of USB flash drives over the past few years and like most people, I use them for many purposes; storing pictures, documents, presentations, applications… you name it, it’ll be saved to one of my flash drives. They are of course extremely handy, everyone knows that.  No bigger than …

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Nintendo DSi XL coming soon!

Since the release of the first DS back in 2005, Nintendo have sold more than 100 million handheld games consoles worldwide.  And now they’re back with a bigger and better version, the Nintendo DSi XL. With a choice of three colours, Dark Brown, Wine Red and Natural White, the XL will still incorporate all the …

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Desk Genie ‘Non-Slip’ Charging Desk Stand Review

When it came to my gadget list, the one thing I was missing was something to place my Blackberry on when I’m at work.  I have used desk stands for devices in the past, but they generally start getting in the way and eventually end up in my desk drawers! Now, normally I would just arrive at the …

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bluDANGLE Wireless Headset Lanyard Review

Julie kindly arranged for me to review the bluDANGLE, which is basically a very straight forward to use, cheap and relatively sturdy piece of kit! I use a Bluetooth headset quite often, mainly whilst driving, but also when I’m at work.  As I work for a manufacturing organisation, sometimes I have to get myself out and about …

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Duracell Daylight TOUGH LED Spotlight Review

Currently on the market there is varied choice of specialized LED flash/spotlights available, some of which are quite amazing. They do of course vary in size and price depending on the users requirements.  But lets be honest, for a top quality design and build you really need to be paying a serious amount of money.  It doesn’t suit everyone’s budget, unless of …

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Sony PSP Go to be unveiled at E3

Sony are to announce a new version their fantastic Playstation Portable games console this week at the E3 Video Games show in Los Angeles. Videos and photos of the ‘PSP Go’ have already been leaked on-line, revealing a much smaller and lightweight console, compared to the PSP Lite and PSP 3000.  The new model has also …

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