Tag: gadgets

August 18, 2019

I’m a bit disappointing in myself. I’d previously been using my Oculus Go almost every day, but that was before Katie arrived. Then I buy this expensive new toy, the Quest, and it has been out of the box about 4 times in 3 months.

July 16, 2019

The Show 5 is wedge-shaped, like the Show, with a screen about he size of the average mobile phone. The screen is nice and bright, with a good resolution. The sound is quite wonderful, far better than the similarly sized Spot. One feature I like a lot is a physical switch in the case, which covers the camera. This is quite appropriate, as I can see this being an excellent bedside device.

May 22, 2019

My Oculus Quest arrived yesterday, on the first day it had been released for sale. I found time for a very quick look, and everything looks good. Once I am more familiar with it, I’ll blog a review.

January 22, 2019

My new gadgets, courtesy of the Alexa Developer Perks, arrived today. The Spot makes a darling little Alexa alarm clock, and although its reactive dimming might not quite go far enough for me on nights where even dull glows bother my sleep, I’ve found the…

October 18, 2018

A few months ago, I discovered that as well as the familiar (to me) “Alexa, what is the temperature”, which gives the outside temperature, based on something like Accuweather, I could also say “Alexa, what is the temperature inside” an be given a fairly accurate…

October 12, 2018

I have been playing with Alexa Skills for some time, and having great fun. Until recently, all of my skills were private. If you design an Alexa Skill but never publish it, it remains in Dev – it is accessible to all of your own…

May 6, 2018

So I took the Echo Dot, a very old phone (running Android KitKat), a SIM from GiffGaff that I ordered Thursday and which arrived yesterday, plus various cables and adapters, and went outside in the sunshine to play with my car.

April 19, 2018

More techie fun. It’s actually fairly easy to do, it was the idea that was brilliant (is there an emoji for an exploding head?) Plex media server has a “watch later” function, that can be used for watching *selected* YouTube videos. See a video while…

October 6, 2017

It’s always nice to learn something, even when it is something that you shouldn’t have to learn. For a while now I have been frustrated how my Kobo only shows series information on some books, but not others. The time it appears to work seems…

September 18, 2017

More news of 360° video cameras.

I posted the other day about my excitement over the new Ricoh Theta V 4K/360° camera that has recently been released, and then my disappointment on reading about some of the details. This ultimately led to me cancelling my pre-order for the camera.

August 31, 2017
July 20, 2017

It was while I was looking for potential better DNLA clients that I came across Plex. Plex is a server you set up yourself – either on a spare computer, or perhaps a Raspberry Pi, or even (with a paid subscription) on the cloud. From it, you can stream your music and video, with clients available for most platforms. My android phone has a client, my Windows 10 desktop has a client, both my Blu-Ray player and my Amazon Fire Stick will run it.