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It’s a Geek Life! HDD Watch Review

So, why an HDD watch review on a tech blog?

Well, I’m not a “watch guy”, meaning I don’t have a collection of 50 varying and expensive watches, however, I do consider myself as someone who appreciates the skill which goes into producing a timepiece. Regardless of what many millennials will tell you, I also believe you should never be without one, and a mobile phone simply will not do… 🙂

It was my birthday recently, and based on a none-too-subtle hint from me, my wife very kindly gave me the gift of an HDD watch! Needless to say, I was extremely chuffed with it, so thought I would provide a mini review here.

I originally heard about these very funky (yes, read: nerdy) watches via the biggest watch aficionado I know IRL, Stephen Foskett, who has an extensive collection and loves anything which goes tick-tock! He even runs his own watch blog, Grail Watch, which I recommend for any horologists (if that is the correct term?).

The original run of 500 watches came from an IndieGoGo campaign in 2014. In March this year, Jean Jerome, the creator of the HDD Watch, has opened up his own website for anyone who missed out the first time.

HDD Watch Review - It's more than 8-bits!

It’s more than 8-bits!

The watch itself is of a very decent build quality. The HDD Microdrive (Hitachi 4GB to be precise) has been encased in a custom (very shiny!) stainless steel enclosure, which provides both shock and water protection. A Miyota GL20 quartz movement is added, which provides accuracy to +/- 20 seconds per month. Mine seems to be achieving something within this window but with no second hand, it’s hard to tell! I’ve also caught it once or twice on hard objects and ne’er a scratch has been seen, so I would definitely attest to the build quality.

HDD Watch Review Waterproof

When did you last stick an HDD in a glass of water and expect it to keep working?!

Most of my life I have been used to wearing segmented metal watch straps with butterfly clasps, which I find to be most comfortable and secure. When I originally received the watch I did consider replacing the strap, which is rubberised (neoprene) and modeled on a PCB, with a segmented metal strap. Replacement straps are available from the vendor, including a metal expansion strap, but it turns out that this is one of the features which most draws the eye, and people often comment on this first! It even drew the eye of one of my interviewers when I was interviewing for my recent change of role, which I don’t think harmed my chances! 🙂

HDD Watch Review Closeup

There were only two negatives I would highlight about the watch, one is a “bug” and the other is a “missing” feature!

  • The bug is that there is a tiny piece of dust on the inside of the glass on my particular watch, which is then reflected in the surface of the platter as well. It’s just a bit of an annoyance, and I am hoping I will be able to clean it out whenever I eventually have to replace the battery.
  • The feature I wish the watch had, is a date window. I didn’t realise how often I actually use this feature of my current watch until I’ve had to go without it! I fully understand why one isn’t included however, as it would spoil the look of the platter, and there is nowhere else on the watch for a date to comfortably sit, even if a mechanism could be found which would allow for remote placement of this element.
Closing the Wrist Strap

I hope this HDD watch review has been of some interest!

Overall, if you want the ultimate in Geek Chic, I highly recommend the HDD watch from http://hddwatches.com. A brilliant purchase and a unique piece of history, which at only €150, is well worth the purchase price IMHO!

HDD Watch Review Geek Fashion

Domain Migration to http://tekhead.it is Now Complete!

Tekhead Logo

This is just an uber quick reminder that as per my previous post, I have now updated the domain for the blog from http://www.tekhead.org to http://tekhead.it.

The changes went live tonight (27/02/2016) around midnight, and all previous blog paths are now 301 redirected to the equivalent address on the new site. Hopefully I won’t lose too much Google juice with the new address!

So, if you have any difficulties whatsoever accessing paths or content, please let me know via Twitter, and I would be very grateful!

100th post and time for a change…

Wow! Little did I think that when I posted my first couple of silly posts in May 2010, that 6 years later I would actually be doing this thing on a regular basis and that it would have given me so many amazing learning and networking opportunities!

I originally built the blog both to remind myself of stuff by blogging about it and to test out running Ubuntu in my homelab; more fool me however, I chose Joomla as my CMS platform…

I’m sure it’s a great product, but frankly as a novice blogger it was really not a friendly platform, which discouraged me from actually using it, and for the first two years I managed a sum total of three posts! Woohoo!

I then made what was in hindsight, a very sensible decision to switch to WordPress. Since then I haven’t looked back… averaging a couple of posts every month for the past 4 years.

Novice Blogger

The funny thing I have found about blogging over this time is that I do this mostly for the enjoyment of writing and sharing information etc, yet I find myself in a permanent state of mental flagellation over not producing enough content or publishing often enough.

Like everyone I have my excuses, not least my two small children and crazily busy job, but I do what I can! I am always in awe at the amount of content some bloggers manage to generate, whilst still staying sane and having a personal life!

I don’t believe I’m the only one who feels like this… Perhaps we should start a support group and give the condition a name? How about “Bloggers Contrition”?

New Post

Anyway enough jabbering…

As to the title above, if you are a regular visitor to the site you may already have noticed some small changes going on with the domain name and titles. I am not rebranding, but I felt that switching from .org to .it and dropping the www was a nice way to give the site a bit of a refresher going into 2016.

http://tekhead.it/blog

The process itself will probably take me a couple of weeks to complete as I want to make sure I have all of the right 301 redirects in place before the final switch, but I am not anticipating this being a huge issue. If for any reason you happen to spot any of the content becoming unavailable, please let me know via a wee tweet!

Anyhoo, I’ll just wrap up by saying thank you all very much for allowing me to continue ranting on this little corner of the internet and for all the positive comments and feedback over the years. I shall endeavour to keep it up – if I can think of anything to write about!

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