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GPH Caanoo Mame ROMS Compatibility Problems

GPH Caanoo in Black

If you have arrived at this page you’ve probably run into the same problems that I did with mame4all for GPH Caanoo.

Mame4all needs version .37b5 roms in order to work successfully, without these you will find that very few mame roms run properly on the Caanoo if at all.

The correct set of roms have been kindly generated by the french caanoo community and can be found at the link below

Happy gaming


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Where is the hash key on my MacBook Pro?

After looking to post under a certain hash-tag on Twitter the other day, it occurred to me that my MacBook Pro had no hash key.  Strange, so I checked and double checked and there was definitely no hash key.  So how do you enter a hash symbol on a MacBook Pro?  It has to be done by holding the alt key + 3  (alt+3) then there you have it a hash symbol # hooray!

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iPad 2 will have front and rear cameras!! Shock

It must be a pre-christmas slow news day, all Apple related blogs and technology sites are reporting that the iPad 2 will have dual cameras front and rear.  Is this really a surprise?  You mean to say Apple will release a new flagship product and make it compatible with facetime.  Surely not!

Don’t get me wrong I like Apple products and have a great deal of respect for what they’ve achieved as  a company but I find the constant reporting of non-news is getting rather tedious.  Apple will release full details when they are good and ready, I wish people would just stop trying to second guess all the time, it’s getting boring.

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White iPhone 4 incoming Spring 2011

After numerous false dawns the white iPhone 4 should eventually arrive Spring 2011 according to Apple’s website.  This was after a failed original launch date of July 2010, the reason behind the delay was supposed to be due to unacceptable levels of light leaking through the white casing.

People have been so desperate to get their hands on the white model of the jesus phone that one guy sourced the parts from foxconn, albeit in a dodgy deal which lead to his arrest.

Above is an image of what the holy grail of smartphones looks like!

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Using Western Digital MyBook NAS as an Apple Time Capsule

All current Mac owners will have Time Machine installed, some may use it with an external USB drive, but for ultimate ease of use backing up over a wireless network is favourite.  Until recently there has only been one option, an Apple Time Capsule.  The 1TB Time Capsule costs around £230 in the UK with the 2TB model stretching to £388.  Nobody can put a price on the loss of important data, but quite frankly I found the cost of both Apple models off-putting, so I began to look at other options to achieve the same goal.  I stumbled across the fact that Western Digital had updated the firmware in the MyBook NAS range to make them compatible with Time Machine, when you consider a 2TB model can be bought for £137 it really does make you stop and think.

Admittedly the Apple unit contains a wi-fi base station whereas the Western Digital unit doesn’t, but for many people, myself included this was a non issue. Setup of the unit was a breeze, simply connect the mains power and ethernet cable, the NAS itself is set to DHCP by default which made things simple on my home network.  Configuring the unit to work seamlessly with Time Machine needed a little more work instructions of how to do this are provided on Western Digital’s website here.

Once configured Time Machine works perfectly with the WD NAS, I’ve currently been running it for a few months now with no issues.  Western Digital also provide a free service which enables you to access the shared folders on the NAS via the internet through a system called mionet.  It’s fine for sending and receiving small files such as spreadsheets, text and photos, but don’t expect to be transferring HD video files as it’s not quick enough.

In summary the Western Digital MyBook NAS is perfect for use as a wireless Time Machine backup drive.

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iPhone iOS 4.2 Airplay with Belkin Bluetooth Music Receiver

For a while now I’ve been looking at ways to get my spotify account to play over my B&W Zeppelin wirelessly, after discounting a Sonos system I looked at Apple’s Airport Express but found the setup not ultimately straightforward.

After Apple announced the inclusion of airplay with iOS 4.2 I discovered the Belkin Bluetooth Music Receiver, but is it any good?

Well to be honest, yes.  Setup is very straightforward, plug the power adapter and audio output cable into the puck shaped unit and connect to your speaker dock or stereo system.  The iPhone finds the Belkin unit straight away and doesn’t even need pairing, contrary to the instruction manual which I found strange.  Once connected a small blue LED illuminates to show an active bluetooth connection with the iPhone.

Belkin Bluetooth Music Receiver

Sound quality is very good and Belkin state that the unit is able to operate with a range of 30ft, although I’d qualify that by adding “line of sight”.  I have experienced very brief dropouts when moving the iPhone behind a wall into another room, although it recovers very quickly and continues playing.

The Belkin Bluetooth Music Receiver can be picked up for around £17 delivered, add to that the fact it will work with almost any stereo system which accepts external inputs and stream any audio source (Spotify, iPod,, Tunein Radio) from an iOS device.  It allows remote volume control from within Airplay so no looking round for another remote control.  Overall it’s a very capable product and does everything expected of it well.  9/10




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Costs of building a Sonos music system

Don’t get me wrong, I love the way Sonos music systems work, but what I don’t love is the price.  A Sonos S5 costs roughly £349 in the UK, which doesn’t sound much in comparison to most premium iPod docks.

It’s only when you begin to fully research the costs involved with setting up a Sonos system that it becomes very apparent that it isn’t cheap.  For starters you need a Sonos zonebridge currently retailing for between £70-90, a NAS drive of suitable capacity say another £90 minimum for 1TB.  Then you’ll need something to control the system with, you can go for the old Sonos CR100 which will cost you around £200, but realistically you’ll want the newest CR200 which is nearer £280.

Add that little lot together and you’re approaching £790, not forgetting this is only for single room audio, expensive isn’t it!

The bonus of course is that once you buy another S5 you then do have multi-room music but then for that privilege you’ve shelled out £1200.

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