Tom Solari

(On Hiatus)

Tom Solari is currently on hiatus from TechGeek. He covers the gadget and hardware beat, with a passion for tinkering and choosing the best hardware. Unashamedly tech savvy, he also is a programmer and runs servers.

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TECHGEEK Weekly 73: The 2011 Holiday Gift Guide Live Show

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So, if you did miss our Holiday Gift Guide Live podcast this year, Stewart actually found a way of recording it. So this is the entire two-hour live show, unedited and uncensored for your own listening pleasure. Featuring Stewart Wilson, Terence Huynh and Tom Solari to answer the 120-ish questions, we gave away many prizes. We couldn’t get through of all of the questions, but we will be using it [...]

Gadgetlyst Bytes 11: No More Talking

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Yes, due to Talking’s unrivalled reception, or lack of, we have decided to resume the normal podcast. This month we talk about exploding iPhones, lip reading Kinects and again, more Android stuff. As Stewart decided during the podcast, the next Gadgetlyst Byte will be coming to you in video format from our CES studio sometime in Jan! Also Chris joins us this month and that about all I can think of at [...]

Darknet Mesh Network Not Feasible…

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I regularly frequent personal tech blogs of various tech heads around the world. A couple of days ago I stumbled upon quite an interesting article discussing the feasibility of a ‘Dark-net’ powered by a wireless mesh network that would be community operated as a method of circumventing censorship. Personally I find the idea of a mesh network quite intriguing, this ‘mesh’ of nodes that are wirelessly interconnected allowing data to flow in any [...]

Gadgetlyst Bytes 10: Talking

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This month, well, we talk. That is it. Talk Stewart and Tom just talk. Of course they have some stories that help the conversions (listed below) so listen in and see what you think. Also this was recorded a week early due to Stewarts inability to read a calendar! See you next month! DOWNLOAD MP3 SUBSCRIBE via iTunes SUBSCRIBE via RSS Show Notes The Stories TIT FOR TAT – Samsung [...]

Gadgetlyst Bytes 9: The month of Windows

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This month we cover the all new developer preview of Windows 8, while playing Minecraft, and also talk about Windows Phone Mango 7.5 and the Kindle Fire! Stewart and Tom are on a winning record for attending and don’t forget to subscribe and download and RSS and whatever else you can do. See you next month! DOWNLOAD MP3 SUBSCRIBE via iTunes SUBSCRIBE via RSS Show Notes The Stories BUILD 2011: Windows 8 [...]

TECHGEEK Weekly 61: OMG! Pink 3DS!

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Windows 8 Developer Preview is here, more iPhone rumors rumored and leaks leaked and a Toyota Prius that you can plug into your mains to charge. This podcast we have Tom, Chris and Harley McEvoy on again as everyone else decided to ditch us for either study or social time. Hmm… listen and see what you think! Don’t forget to listen and subscribe. DOWNLOAD MP3 SUBSCRIBE via iTunes SUBSCRIBE via [...]

Minecraft 1.8 Leaked

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So a couple of days before the official release of Minecraft 1.8, it has been leaked. Not only has it been leaked, but notch, the creator of Minecraft, has said he doesn’t mind people playing with it. Minecraft 1.8 was set to be the big “Adventure Update” with many new features like many new crafting recipes, mobs,  Food System, combat mechanics and more (full list here). If you want early access [...]

Gadgetlyst Bytes 8: TECHGEEK.com.au Computer, Google and Motorola and the TouchPad

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This month, we talk about various gadget stuff. Right… who would have guessed! Only joking, we talk about the TECHGEEK.com.au computer, how Google is acquiring Motorola and the tales of a dying TouchPad. Stewart and Tom again are both here and this episode is actually on time!! Don’t forget to subscribe and download and RSS and whatever else you can do. See you next month! DOWNLOAD MP3 SUBSCRIBE via iTunes SUBSCRIBE via RSS Show [...]

The TECHGEEK.com.au Computer

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The TECHGEEK.com.au computer. That is it. No introduction needed as I have given you many ‘glimpses’ at this dating back to last Christmas. Yes I know you have all been sitting on the edge of your chair for the last 8 months waiting for this very post, and now, you have good reason to fall off. *Cue Drum Roll* This is the TECHGEEK.com.au computer. Read more after the jump!

TECHGEEK Weekly 56: Big Bully

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And here we are for another week. And Stewart is back after a few weeks of being away. In this episode we talk about the Nokia N9 not being released in the United States, Apple’s September media event and the death of Symbian. This episode is only 40 minutes long as we all had other things to do and James discovered new Team Fortress sounds, so enjoy! Don’t forget to [...]

Gadgetlyst Bytes 7: Nokia N9, Raspberry Pi and redesigning game design…

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This month on the show we talk about the hands-on Tom had with the Nokia N9, the Raspberry Pi $25 computer and that ‘atom by atom’ game engine. Stewart and Tom have made a record, this being the second time in a row both them have been on the show at the same time. So don’t forget to subscribe and download and RSS and whatever else you can do. See you next [...]

Redesigning computer game design… or not

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Just when you thought computer gaming couldn’t get any better, this arrives. Euclideon have apparently redesigned the way computer games are designed. This ‘new technology’ uses atoms to represent objects on a video game map instead of polygons (current method). This results in a clearer picture and way more detail. Though if you do your research, you will find that this sort of technology isn’t new. nVIDIA has already released technology like this, [...]

ALDI Selling Hard Drives with Free Conficker

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ALDI today withdrew one of their products from sale because it was found to have contained the three year old Conficker virus, which was known for cracking the Administrator passwords on Windows machines and forming a bot-net. The Fission External 4-in-1 hard drive, DVD, USB and card reader device is the culprit which was removed off the shelves this morning. This lead to AusCERT (Computer Emergency Response Team) issuing a security alert users on behalf of [...]

Raspberry Pi nearly in production

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Remember that $25 USB sized computer we reported on a while ago? Well, I got in touch with the charity responsible for it and got an update as to how things are going. Thankfully, (for me at least), they haven’t died or disappeared, following the fate of countless other ventures of this kind. They are actually waiting for their first batch of alpha boards (pre-production devices) to return from manufacture in [...]

Minecraft – Pocket Edition live demonstration

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Mojang, the game developer behind the hit game Minecraft, has been working on a Portable Edition of Minecraft for Android and iOS for a while now. About an hour ago, @kappische posted an update on the Minecraft Facebook page saying that he would be live streaming a demonstration of Minecraft – Portable Edition at 3.00pm CET, which is 11pm EST. Stay tuned on their Facebook wall as well as here [...]