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DUBTurbo – An actual honest review, 2/10 and why

I was looking for some affiliate products to promote and saw DubTurbo being quite a high marketed item and so thought, why not check it out.

Now, before I get into giving my honst opinion, if your here by mistake and want to check out the sales page then you can use the following link : DubTurbo Link

OK, so onto my honest, and I mean honest opinion. I saw MANY so called reviews on this product; not sure how many if any had actually ran this program. How many were telling the truth?

Well at least one review I found did which I will list below :

Dubturbo Review: 4 Reasons Why I DON’T MakeBeats101


Why is it almost impossible to find an honest review of Dubturbo or Sonic Producer that doesn’t end up trying to convince you to buy it? Discover why here.

OK, so that review does taint it a little and I have to be totally fair in that its not completely useless. You can create music/beats with this product if you really wanted to. It is also a cheap product at around $40.

I actually played around with this product; I got a review copy; and I could create beats and tune using the default instruments. That said, the product is VERY basic so don’t be expecting to be able to do anything other than drag and drop. Even the menu’s are from the 1990’s, no dropdowns?

This brings me to another issue with this item. How the hell do you pull in VST’s? With the review copy there was even the VST pack and I could not figure out how to include it, how to change the location of the VST directory it maybe looking at? Nothing?

This is why I say you can drag and drop and create a beat easily with default instruments but god help you for pulling in VST’s. I actually gave up?

There are a few products I would certainly recommend which are quite similar BUT have far more functionallity and are only slightly more expensive.

The first is Magix Music Maker (latest being 2013). This allows you to do drag and drop BUT has far more functionality. OK, its probably double the price but its worth it.

Second one is Reaper. If you looking for a DAW then Reaper is a great product and is an actually PROPER DAW.

But again, to be fair DubTurbo is cheap, you can do beats in it but if I were to rate out of 10 I would give it a 2.

If you want to take a look at DubTurbo then please use this like : DubTurbo Link

If you want to take a look at Magix Music then please use this link : Magix Music Link

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Its random what videos of yours gets watched on YouTube

It has always amazed me what videos become popular on YouTube and what don't. For example; I've posted lots of technology and software review videos on youtube and its the unlikely ones that do well..

Products by Magix for example do well, although not all of them. They have left reviews of products such as Reason 6 well beind,at the moment my Magix Music 2013 review my second highest viewed video per week.

There are many other videos I have done and some do quite well and others don't. I would have to say that those doing well tend to be products that cost under $100 (or one hundred UK pounds). If you want to check out some of them then goto my youtube

I would have to say though that my most popular video is one I put kind of as a blog. I started to learn to play the keyboard and so put up a video. This video is my most viewed video with currently over 123k views.


Learning to play Keyboard – First stages

For those interested, I found an excellent learn to play the keyboard course I am starting afresh after sometime away (broken finger) I was looking for a good cheap course.. As a new years resolution I decided to learn the keyboard. Bought a c…

This comes up second in the search history for learn to play the keyboard. I did do one after 2 weeks which is wth in the search history 



Learning To play the Keyboard – Two weeks in

For those interested, I found an excellent learn to play the keyboard course I am starting afresh after sometime away (broken finger) I was looking for a good cheap course.. So, just to show progression. This is 2 weeks into me learning to pla…



I continued to learn through that year and was getting good, almost time for a 3rd video. Then while playing five a side I had a finger broke so was unable to play.

Anyhow, I have seen an excellent keyboard course I am going to try incase your wandering at this point.

But, its just funny what videos make an impression when it comes you YouTube..

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Getting paid for doing surveys? Get Cash For Surveys…

I was wandering round the web, as you do, looking for potential money ideas and I came across .online money Now, I have not tried this site yet (bit late now) but if true it certainly offers more than the usual site I goto. Normally you get minor vouchers or something but this site certainly offers big amounts? Go and  check the site out yourself if wandering, I linked to it so you can get over with just one click, here’s link again . If you try this leave a truthful comment so we can all grasp some cash if good.

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How to get free and legal tech ebooks to read on PC, Mac, Smartphone

Its not really that difficult and as I say is completely legal. First thing you will need to do is either own a kindle or download one of the free clients from Amazon

I personally have a kindle, but we also have kindle app on iPod and on PC so all come in handy.

OK, now the tricky bit ;)  well not really. This advice seems very simple when you read it but hands up who actually would have thought of this? Personally its something I have been doing for some time now and have had some great books (and some not so great).

Anyhow, here is the secret. Got Amazon  ( for me or .com or .whichever). Next choose “Kindle Store” as the search area and type in the subject you wish to look for (for example “social marketing”).

Ok, so once the search has returned, on the top right of the search window you can see sort by. Sort from low to high and hey presto free books would be listed first.

Its best to do this at least once a week as they do change when people do give aways, usually lasts for around 5 days in Kindle. But its your way of getting hold of free info; some of it great.

All I have to say is go and enjoy. And please share this blog post if you find it useful.

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Smilies turn 30; happy birthday

I loved this quick snipet of news. Emoticons turn 30 today having been first used back in 1982.  Scott Fahlman, a computer scientist at Carnegie Mellon University in the USA, apparently wrote “I propose the following character for joke markers: :)” Who’d have known it would have spawned so many..

Happy birthday Emoticons

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Free Pac-Man; play it online for free without downloading

That’s right. Free play, no download and probably one of the best games ever.. And we do love free things…

Pacman is one of those games that has seem to keep being played, keeps being reinvented and just keeps going for too many years I like to think of. I personally first played it some 30 or so years ago. But lets not think about that :)

This accurate clone by Shaun Williams’ plays on your computer using the arrow keys and even on mobile devices where swiping the touchscreen accomplishes the same thing.

The only negative is that currently Pacman is still a licensed product and has a active copyright so Namco could decide to file a DMCA takedown request. That would prove to be a spanner in the future for such a brilliant and accurate clone so go play it while you can.

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Mobile computing has come a long way

Quite a Bold statement but quite true. WordPress for an example of a technology is allowing me to write an article on an iPad? Only 4 or 5 years ago I would have had to be sitting at my desk to edit a blog or web page but mobile technology today means you can do this from your phone even.

Does modern technology intrude our modern life too much? As an example, years ago for someone to clone your ID they would go through trash/rubbish but today we give out most of our personal data free for the world to see.

With many phones now also having GPS built in we even give away our location at the click of a button. Is this not scary? Are we giving away too much? I myself see this trend continuing so although mobile technology Has come a long way; maybe it’s gone a step too far?

What are your thoughts?

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Old git’s guide on technology – technology growing up

Lets investigate this title a little, am I an old git? Well git; many friends would call me at times (by the way; git is a British slang word meaning stuff like idiot, fool, bugger and to maybe use a stronger word as bast@#d – you get the meaning). Anyhoo back to being a git; at times yes.. Old? Well not so sure on this as depends on perspective. As in my early 40’s some would classify this as now being old but.. others not.

So; having spent sometime shooting down the first 2 words in my title let me detail why this is being written. It really more about me and technology as I have grown to give insight. Kind of came about as I was watching a few weeks back a video about how the Commodore 64 became 30 and thinking about how my technology life has changed.

So, this story start back sometime in the late 1970’s to 1981. We weren’t a rich family, in fact money was certainly tight so purchasing technology back then was really a no no. To give you an idea I believe we didn’t even have a colour TV until I was mid-teens (around ’84ish) and so watch everything in black and white. This would certainly be an alien concept to kids today including my own (do they still even make B&W TV’s now?).

Anyhow, so technology wasn’t cutting edge in my house and often watched TV at a friends in colour. Anyhow, moving forward my first really introduction to technology in a computing sense was when we got our TV game for Christmas; this I believe was late 70’s but could have been 1980. Anyhow, basically back in them days a TV game consisted of a box that plugged into your TV and two sets of paddles with buttons. Most games on there were varients on pong (you had say football which has 2 paddles on screen and box round area with two goals). The system I had also had some motorbike games which you used paddle for speed to try and jump a number of cars.

Here is a link to information on a similar if not the same TV game system I had back then and just in case in future years to come; if page gone here is a picture of said system

Lovely ah. But this was cutting edge tech and me and my brother played many a hour on this TV console until it broke after years of service. This certainly drove my technology want and next to come was our Atari 2600. We had the classic woodgrain one and not the second gen (for want of a better description) which had a matt dark grey base. Again for those that have never seen this then here is a link to the Atari 2600 Console and a image of the one I had

Now this was a game machine. You plugged in cartridges to get your different games and had classics such as Pacman, Space Invaders, etc. Now; compared with today’s standard of games many would look at this and think “O my god, crap graphics!”. But back then this console was like the PS3 or xBox 360 – it was cutting edge in gaming. We used to play games for hours on end and pacman (where you got a life for every maze you finished) we used to have like 200 lives to play with.. But this was the console to have and even now some still going on eBay.
Atari were cutting the technology back then and my first introduction to touching a computer was in a electronics shop where they had an Atari 400 computer and Atari 800 computer (images below)



These were real computers that could also take cartridges. Although for a number of weeks when we visited story (every other week we went and used to pursuade my mom to go into the shop) I used to just type my name until one day some kid showed me :

10 Print (“Your Name”)

20 goto 10

That little program kind of hooked me onto computers. So, we have to move quite quick here now as I have lots to cover… Next in line of my technology advancement came my ZX81 with 16k expansion I bought of a friend. the ZX81 Computer (image below) was the predecessor to the ZX80 which I would have loved as it came in kit form. This was a great calculator; I mean computer to start with (I do have a much more powerful calculator at home) and I did many a small program and even altered my basic flight sim game (written in basic) to have fun.

I bought the ZX81 with pocket money from my paper round but then next computer my parents bought me was my Commodore 64; again image below.

The Commodore 64 Computer was the computer of the day to have. Don’t get me wrong, there were a few classic computers of that day like Oric 1Dragon 32 and even the Mattel Electronics Aquarius (this is lesser known but a friend of mine had one and the D&D game on it was classic). Of course, not to forget the real competitor to the Commodore 64 which was the Sinclair ZX Spectrum which was the next one on from my old ZX81 of course.
Anyhow, the C64 was the computer of the day for gaming and is also what made me write this blog. I had mine for about 3-4 years although friends had them for much longer. This had dedicated sound with Sid, great graphics and 64k of memory. You were required to buy the separate specialized tape deck for the C64 from which you read your games and wrote your programs. By the way, for many of the impatient gamers today that have to wait 30-60 seconds for a game to load; imagine having to wait 15-20 minutes hehe.
The C64 was the computer that drove me to playing computer games and writing computer programs. Again gaming on them had the state of the art games and sound and programming in the in built basic was fun and interesting.
I did fall off the computer wagon for a while as after the C64 I went back to a console which was the Sega Master System.

On this we played many a fun game and was again merely plugging in a cartridge. This was also the start of the Sega and Nintendo battle of the consoles (I never owned a Nintendo until the Wii).. This was a short fall as had this for around 6-12 months before going to my next computer which was a Atari again.
This one was an Atari 520STFM which I got around 1988/9

At the time the Amiga was going string but part of me didn’t want to go with the classic in crowd and also I was able to get one of these easier than the Amiga at that time. Graphically this was close to what the Amiga could produce with only the odd game being slightly better. But I loved my Atari STFM. This was also my first introduction to owning a computer with a floppy drive.
Again this pushed my learning to program skills as we (myself and another friend who bought this) got hold of HiSoft Power Basic and started to write a database. We never actually finished it but did have a majority of the system written.
Later 1990 I decided to go with my friends (especially seeing my other friend with a 520 had moved) and move over to the Commodore Amiga 500.

After purchasing my 500 I went out on extras. First came the 512k expansion giving me my 1Mb (1024k) which we really needed for games, demos, etc and my external second drive. Next game my Philips CM8822 Mk1 monitor; and finally my Action Replay Mk3. This was the first system I had actually spent money on upgrades and extras and ran with it for around around 2 years till around early 1992. I swapped the setup for a 386SX20 laptop which was state of art then.
However, having that for just a few weeks I sold on as missed my Amiga so decided to go for a Amiga A600; which I then sold after a few months to buy the Amiga A1200 on the weekend after its release. I still have a A1200 today although slightly upgraded as I changed the Roms to be 3.1 and have a 68030 upgrade board with about 8Mb of memory. I also have a CD Rom drive so if had had all this back in 1992 when I bought it I would have been loving it.

As it was though I was only destined to own my Amiga A1200 for about a year. In 1993 I decided to go back into education and because I was doing computing I sold my loved A1200 and bought a PC. It was a generic build 386SX16 and came with a 512k graphics card, 640k of ram and a green screen monitor. It did also come with the full Wolf3D game so had some fun playing and found many a public domain game buying the disks from sites.
Yes; for those that have never lived without the Internet; back then you had public domain software and bought the disk with it on from suppliers. Same a big patches for games (I remember getting my Ultima 7 upgrade from them). Not long after that I got a grant funding my college work and was able to upgrade my system to a 486SX33 with 1Mb ram and also got a 1Mb trident graphics card. O they were the days.
1994 I went to University (as a mature student of 24). There I was introduced to the Internet which is probably my longest used technology along with Sun Microsystems and Linux (again I still use Linux today). The internet (and linux) was a bit different back then with text based webpages. Not long after I started using it then you could put a picture on your page – those were the cutting edge days. I also remember in 1995 some of the computer science final years doing work in Java which was an influence on my as I did my final year project in Java.
As I say, this was my biggest time of technology growth although computer wise I only went from a 486SX33 to a 486DX4-100 in the summer of ’95. However I had been influenced greatly by computer programming back then (well that was what I was doing as a course really) and the internet.
Summer of 1996 I did another upgrade to a P133 (or rather an equivalent chipset) but still staying with the PC. Back then I was coding lots and remember having a 2400Baud modem and logging into one of the free trial internet providers. But for most part used my university internet along with a zip drive (100Mb a disk) to get files – along with 96 or so floppies for my linux distro – installing was a LONG process).
We’re moving quicker now as this is getting to be a essay. Summer 1997 and graduated; started working for a small development company but then left and went to work from a LARGER tech company where I got to play with loads of tech like Risc system based computers etc. Summer ’98 got a P200MMX processor.
Moving even quicker 1999 moved, got P2-400. Over next few years it was P3-666 then into AMD processors in early 2000’s (around 2003). I didn’t go back to Intel until the C2D came out as prior to this I was using AMD 3800 X2 processor. Anyhow, since then I have gone C2d, Quad core then onto i7  (had 2 generations).
But also over the past 3 or so years I have also gone with some Apple Mac systems owning first a Mac Mini (intel first dual core) then a C2D Macbook Pro, C2D iMac, G5 Power Mac, Xeon quad core 3Ghz Mac pro and now finally have a i5 Mac Mini which suites my Mac needs perfect running After Effects and editing suite. Some may say why not bigger but you be surprised how well my i5 2.5Ghz Mac mini with 8Gb ram runs it and such a small box.
I haven’t mentioned the xBox and xBox 360 along the way as well as the Wii but I do have all these still plugged into my TV. However, computers still are the top tech that I own and work with.
When I was starting in computers is was a Nerd thing and nobody that was cool so to speak would have anything to do with the geeks. However, these days computers are the thing and the better you have the higher your standing. The Internet and social media has brought computers even to those that were too cool back in the day..
This is a brief history of my tech and you can see it has progressed well over the past 30 year or just over. What about you, have you got a similar tech history? I would love to hear how your technology has progressed.
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Technology, Using the right tools for the job

No this may sound blatantly obvious but what you have to ask yourself first is “Do I know what the right tools for the job are?”. I have found in the past that this second question has never been asked or answered and so people have ploughed ahead with tools, adding plug-in’s and trying to make the tool to be the right tool. Certainly some of the tools I work with at the moment in my day job are in this category having plug-in on plug-in. That’s not to say that this final resulting tool doesn’t do the job, though in most cases it is missing one or two things it can’t do; and a little research before probably would have pulled up a better solution (I know this for one as I have used other tools in other roles that did what they wanted – but I was too late to this role to alter).

But another example of this is when creating an online product. So, you want to create a tool that is a cloud based product. What do you use to code it? At this point you have the Java guys saying Java, ASP guys saying, PHP people…. and so on. But which is right? I once went for a job interview where a product was written in ASP (old VB) and it worked well but the founder said to me “if I were to write it now I would do it in Java”.

So, moral.. Before you undertake any work independent on what it is; identify all the tools and choose the best one for the job and not just choose your favorite.

Personally I am in this scenario now – just learning myself some PHP code and maybe Ruby to see what best fits. As a side note, anyone that wants to get involved in some joint business thinking please let me know. We could start a hangout :-)

If anyone wants to share their experiences of right or wrong tools then please leave a comment ..

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