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A PlayStation 2 controller macro device.

This is a middleman between a standard PlayStation 2 controller and the console. It can also be chained through to a USB adapter or other such device, to ultimately let an original PS2 controller work with a computer.

Unfortunately, this has an limited number of button presses that it can do! I think it's 9 or 10.

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Hardware > Phones >

A very inexpensive yet capable phone.

At a glance, it seems okay. Android and every app I've seen have many UI flaws, but that's not the X20's fault.

After a week of use, I have to say this is a fantastic phone. It's the perfect beginner's smartphone and there's nothing I've done that's been limited in any way whatsoever by its specifications. I have not run out of storage or memory.. not even close. Do note that I haven't played any games, and I probably never will.

I am really ticked that it doesn't have OTG support, so I can't use the microSD for anything but charging. Powering off, pulling my charging dongle out, removing the half-case, removing the battery cover, removing the battery and moving the CD card back and forth is an awful, awful, way for me to edit files.

  • The minimum volume is way too loud.

  • I don't think the bottom USB-C port works for a USB key.

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An fast, moderate-sized and extraordinarily cheap drive.

Refurbished, but these seem to be in good shape. Don't expect the intel manufacturer's warranty to have much, if any, time left. You're leaning on newegg, and then perhaps your credit card's insurance policy, if it has one.

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(on Wikipedia)

A stereo microphone just shy of being studio-quality. Very high quality and very highly recommended.

With no drivers needed, this thing has been tested and works on various Linux distributions, Windows XP, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. I've also tested it as an audio output device (a "sound card") and it works great.

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A 92-key wireless keyboard+mouse combination.

With a lithium-ion battery and charging cable, broad compatibility and tiny-but-functional size, this is an inexpensive and handy device.

  • mouse: HID\VID_046D&PID_C01B\6&a742701&1&0000
  • keyboard: HID\VID_413C&PID_2003\6&34a825d5&0&0000
  • Although the box is labelled RT-MWK08, there is no indication of this being a "Rii"
  • Not well tested, but strongly triggers MF sensitivity in my left hand.
  • There are alternate versions of this keyboard: colours, Russian character set, and a 2x AA battery-operated one.
  • I did not require a driver installation for Windows 10.

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(on Wikipedia)

These are high-quality notebooks with archival quality paper.

Much of my writing is pen and paper, and it turns out that good paper also matters a lot. I'm perfectly comfortable with cheap paper in a three-ring binder, but I want something much better for travel and for long-term storage. A bookshelf of these little notebooks also look a hell of a lot better than binders.

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