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Review: Razer Deathadder 3.5G
July 26, 2011 at 19:52  / 

I’ve bought the Razer Deathadder a couple of months ago. Back then, I mentioned I’d try to write a review later on… and here it is. This will be slightly different from those seen on most review sites, as they tend to only use the mouse for a few days and focus it primarily on gaming. However, unless you’re a pro-gamer, you’re bound to use this mouse for a lot of other stuff, so I also try to cover that. I’ve been using the Deathadder as my “everyday mouse” for the past two months, which means that it’s being used for around 6 to 12 hours a day while doing all sorts of tasks: gaming, web browsing, web design, graphic design, office applications, programming, etc. It’s also important to mention that I’m using it coupled with a Steelseries Qck Mass mousepad (cloth pad), with the Razer drivers installed.

The Razer Deathadder is a somewhat expensive mouse, with the latest version (Razer Deathadder 3.5G) usually available somewhere between €45 and €60. Therefore, I think it deserved a better bundle. The box it comes in looks quite cool, but you won’t find much more than the mouse in there. I think we can all live without the CD containing the drivers, since most people would download them from Razer’s website anyway, but at least an extra pair of mouse skates would be a nice addition.

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phpBB2 to phpBB3 – offline conversion
May 24, 2011 at 18:55  / 

It took a while longer than I had anticipated… but here’s the short article on the offline conversion from phpBB2 to phpBB3 that I did for Fórum Coimbra. The guys at phpBB have a nice tutorial covering the main operations, so I advise you to follow it. On this post, I’ll cover mainly the problems that can show up during and after the conversion.

First off, although it’s possible to perform this operation on-line, personally I recommend the off-line way (especially if you’re on shared hosting). The off-line process should be faster in most cases (unless you have a monster server), while providing you the ability to run a few test conversions without taking up server resources – before doing the final conversion on Fórum Coimbra, I performed 4 test conversions off-line, which helped me minimise problems and schedule an accurate time frame for the maintenance, so I could notify my users when they should expect to have the forum back on-line (which is always a nice touch). It will also eliminate all the problems related to limitations on the web host side, which probably represent most of the problems people face during the conversion.

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