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    My gadgets

    As a techie, I've been starving for new gadgets lately. Due to a series of events, this is changing and a new stream of gadgets is flowing.

    Gadgets adquired during the last 2 weeks:

    - ATC2K helmet video cam... haven't use it much but if feels darn good to own it.
    - Garming Nuvi car GPS... Being use extensively to find new routes.... I LOVE that thing.

    Gadgets ordered, that should arrive in a few days:

    - MyBook World Edition 1 tera-byte, external HD... connects to the lan so all computers can use it. I know it's gonna be a blast and a much needed addition to my space starving network.
    - Flash card reader shaped as a 3.5 floppy drive for PC (cuz I keep loosing the usb readers).
    - Some cheapo 160Gb HD to finish a computer build for wifey.
    - Some cheapo ($4.35 on newegg) 2GB SD cards.... just cuz they are so frigging cheap that I had to.
    - Cheapo NiMh AAA/AA battery charger.

    Older gadgets that should be mentioned:

    - My Konica/minolta 6megapixels camera... it's 5 years old and still works like new. Still with the original battery. It's friggin amazing. It's like mike first Tonka toy truck.
    - Zen 4gb mp3 players that plays video (120x120 I think), has recharchable battery and doubles as a very handy voice recorder with a dedicated "record" button. I love that thing. It never fails.
    - Lexmark E320 laser printer... this one died a week ago. But I actually picked it up from the dumpster 5 years ago. It was used and abused by a retail store, till they upgraded. I put in a new toner and have been using it all this years. I printed thousands of pages on that thing. It deserves a well earned "rest in peace".

    Future gadgets:

    - New printer of course. I want it laser too, for the quality and with great toner durability. Would love it if it can scan/copy/fax too. Will adore it if it comes network ready with an RJ45 port. Doesn't have to be color.
    - Maybe a haupage video tunner to make a linux based DRV if I can come up with the free time for the project.

    Future DIY gadgets:

    I really want to get a garage door opener and take it apart, unsolder the pieces. Then make a PCB that could fit INSIDE the handlebars and reassemble it there. Mount it on handle bar with a micro button on the handlebar end plug.

    PS: I don't love all gadgets on earth. I do hate cellphone and their monthly bill. I really do.

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    we use a laserjet 3055 here at the office. color scans, B/W printing, RJ45, also a fax. It has a few quirks where we have to reset it because its not answering incoming faxes (dedicated line), but otherwise it seems alright to me.

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    At home I'm surrounded by gadgets that work.

    My homebuilt network, a huge media server, Slingbox, dual monitors, all a geek could want.

    At work I'm surrounded by crappy old gadgets, most of which I'll toss rather than cursing friends with their built-in poor performance and frustration. The only reason I'm posting this is that I bring a laptop from home. You know...something running a newer OS than Win98.
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    i feel your pain, i was running win98 at work up until march of this year, on 1GHz Pentium 3's with 128MB of ram

    on to new gadgets! i want a cyclocomputer.

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    Slingbox... hmmm good one.

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    Let me know how you like the Wester Digital Mybook. I have been looking into that drive and have read mixed reviews. Specifically, I am wondering if the drive can be hooked up directly to a PC via the USB connector or if that is for daisy chaining only. I am also wondering if you are satisfied with the transfer speed of the drive. A common complaint is that it's slow.

    Thanks!

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    [quote=RubenX;7581194]
    I really want to get a garage door opener and take it apart, unsolder the pieces. Then make a PCB that could fit INSIDE the handlebars and reassemble it there. Mount it on handle bar with a micro button on the handlebar end plug.[QUOTE]

    That is a great idea. I have a miniature remote that would work great for this. I'm all over it like a tumble bug.

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    check radio shack for circuit boards, you could just saw them in half and then daisy chain them? moisture might be a problem, but you can get coatings to dip the electronics in first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RubenX View Post
    As a techie, I've been starving for new gadgets lately. Due to a series of events, this is changing and a new stream of gadgets is flowing.
    Going down the list...

    Quote Originally Posted by RubenX View Post
    Gadgets adquired during the last 2 weeks:

    - ATC2K helmet video cam... haven't use it much but if feels darn good to own it.

    Awesome.

    - Garming Nuvi car GPS... Being use extensively to find new routes.... I LOVE that thing.

    Google Maps FTW. The Nuvi is cool tech, though. I'm a natural navigator.

    Gadgets ordered, that should arrive in a few days:

    - MyBook World Edition 1 tera-byte, external HD... connects to the lan so all computers can use it. I know it's gonna be a blast and a much needed addition to my space starving network.

    The better challenge would have been to make a 1 TB box that runs Linux and have it act as a server...no GUI either

    - Flash card reader shaped as a 3.5 floppy drive for PC (cuz I keep loosing the usb readers).

    Retro.

    - Some cheapo 160Gb HD to finish a computer build for wifey.

    BTW, I hope things are getting better between you and your wife.

    - Some cheapo ($4.35 on newegg) 2GB SD cards.... just cuz they are so frigging cheap that I had to.

    Good Lord, why do I miss all of the deals!!!

    - Cheapo NiMh AAA/AA battery charger.

    Older gadgets that should be mentioned:

    - My Konica/minolta 6megapixels camera... it's 5 years old and still works like new. Still with the original battery. It's friggin amazing. It's like mike first Tonka toy truck.

    That's pretty cool. Should warn you that I bought a Minolta DiMAGE 3MP camera back in the day, and one fall pretty much messed up the sensor. Get an SLR, and then DEASSEMBLE it. That's fun!

    - Zen 4gb mp3 players that plays video (120x120 I think), has recharchable battery and doubles as a very handy voice recorder with a dedicated "record" button. I love that thing. It never fails.

    Zens are the ****. My Zen Micro from 4 years ago still works.

    - Lexmark E320 laser printer... this one died a week ago. But I actually picked it up from the dumpster 5 years ago. It was used and abused by a retail store, till they upgraded. I put in a new toner and have been using it all this years. I printed thousands of pages on that thing. It deserves a well earned "rest in peace".

    I hate Lexmark. Sorry.

    Future gadgets:

    - New printer of course. I want it laser too, for the quality and with great toner durability. Would love it if it can scan/copy/fax too. Will adore it if it comes network ready with an RJ45 port. Doesn't have to be color.

    LaserJet?

    - Maybe a haupage video tunner to make a linux based DRV if I can come up with the free time for the project.

    MythTV.

    Future DIY gadgets:

    I really want to get a garage door opener and take it apart, unsolder the pieces. Then make a PCB that could fit INSIDE the handlebars and reassemble it there. Mount it on handle bar with a micro button on the handlebar end plug.

    That would be really awesome.

    PS: I don't love all gadgets on earth. I do hate cellphone and their monthly bill. I really do.
    Meh. I've fallen off that path; too much of my money goes to my damned bike and camera now!
    Ride more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by black_box View Post
    i feel your pain, i was running win98 at work up until march of this year, on 1GHz Pentium 3's with 128MB of ram

    on to new gadgets! i want a cyclocomputer.
    That's not pain; that's comfort.
    Now Windows 95, without the OSR2.5 patch...that's like doing a double century on a beach cruiser; painful and pointless.
    Ride more.

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