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Old 10-01-08, 02:50 AM   #1
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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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Old 10-01-08, 08:05 AM   #2
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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.

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Old 10-01-08, 09:40 PM   #7
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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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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...

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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!
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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.
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.
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