Tag: gadgets

October 20, 2011

A while ago, I posted that I had bodged together a pair of prescription passive 3D specs. They worked well, until I decided I could improve on the taping of the lenses, and managed to completely mess one of them up. Meanwhile I discovered these…

October 1, 2011

A couple of days ago, I mentioned that the shelving unit I had prevously bought to stand my (original 2D) TV on turned out to be too high for my new 3D TV. This is because the tv stand provided with it pivots from side…

September 30, 2011

Tonight, I am playing with a new toy, the ProQ Eco Smoker. This is cold smoking, not hot. The small mazelike device (the ProQ Cold Smoke Generator) is filled with wood dust (“today, I will be mostly using oak”) and set to smoulder with a…

September 29, 2011

Lots of stuff happening here, but I haven’t been finding the time to write about it. I have a visitor staying with me – Sovay is a collie belonging to and , who are off for a few days. It has been pretty painless, apart…

July 7, 2011

I haven’t done that much on my Barbduino BBQ Controller project for about a month. No good reason, other than simply doing other stuff. After hesitating over how the device is going to connect to the outside world, I decided to abandon the idea of…

June 4, 2011

Earlier, I posted about my plans to build a digital controller for my Traeger pellet grill using the Arduino open source microcontroller board. I’m new to the Arduino (although not to programming), so my first step was to buy a simple Arduino experimenter’s kit and…

May 21, 2011

About the same time that I bought my Kindle, I noticed the Wii Guitar Hero Warriors of Rock full band kit was being sold by Amazon for a ridulously low price of 60 quid. I ordered a copy, on the principle that even if I…

May 11, 2011

Is anyone else (who reads this) playing with Arduino? It’s a kind of open source electronics kit. I’ve just ordered the StartFun Inventor’s Kit to get me going, which is a heap of varied components together with an Arduino Uno controller – an easily programmable…

April 14, 2011

I’ve been making good use of my Kindle since I got it, in particularly reading successive Dresden Files novels. I think Amazon should actually give this device away – it makes it so easy to buy another book. Anyway, in an earlier post, I was…

April 1, 2011

FM radio reception has always been a bit hit and miss in my area, which is why I have a couple of DAB radios around the house. However, my bedroom clock radio is still an old FM model (10 years!), and lately, I’ve found things…

March 29, 2011

Back in January, I wrote that I had been thinking of getting a Kindle, but had been put off by the relative prices of ebooks to paperbacks. A couple of things have happened since then to give me a new view on things. During my…

February 27, 2011

Duh

Wanting to copy some MP3 files to my HTC Desire, I have been frantically searching for the USB lead for it, which had to be there somewhere. Then I realised – it is the same lead that is dangling out of the power supply.