Tag: gadgets

May 18, 2012

I spent a little more time with the Bloggie 3D today, experimenting with settings. In my earlier post, I commented that my first test 3D video was a little shaky. I put this down to it being shot in a bit of a hurry, as…

May 18, 2012

I’ve been playing with Dropbox recently, which is a cloud service that allows you to easily share files between multiple computers and mobile phones. I know that some people have the opinion that Dropbox is not as secure as it claims, but I’ve read up…

April 29, 2012

A couple of years back, I treated myself to a pocket video camera – a Kodak Zi8. I had big plans to do various things with it – including some music videos and perhaps some cooking demos on YouTube.

My first outing was to the Gadget show, where I filmed as much as the SD card would take; subsequently I filmed some other local events, just to get a feel for it.

But I was greatly disappointed, as almost everything I filmed had audio sync problems. I spent a long time online, and discovered this was not an isolated problem. The Zi8 saves to a MOV file, and uses a fairly obscure codec, little used by anyone else. As a result, films worked with the Kodak software, but loading it anywhere else (or exporting it), I found I had syncronisation problems.

I should have really returned it for a refund, but I was hoping to find a solution. In the end, the camera got put away, and my dreams of video editing were forgotten.

Then the other day, I saw that Amazon had the Bloggie 3D camera reduced to 89 quid. Last time I looked at this, it was over 200 pounds. So even though I have bought too many toys lately, I decided I had to have one.

April 11, 2012

Some of you who know me will think I have gone mad. I had a new grill delivered yesterday. Yes, in addition to the pellet grill and the Weber Kettle. It is a Kamado ceramic cooker. These are beginning to come onto the popular market,…

February 24, 2012

[Note: thankfully this issue has now been resolved]

After it got dark, I was able to do the final test, and the answer is a minor *sigh*.

I really don’t know what it is about equipment manufacturers and backlit keys and displays, especially for machines meant for the bedroom. Am I the only one who thinks the bedroom should be relatively dark?

February 24, 2012

I realise that I have been posting a lot about my CPAP lately – obviously, it has been on my mind at lot. If all goes well, this will be my last such post for a while.

February 6, 2012

I have a Casio AP60R electric piano. It isn’t the best electric piano in the world (although it ain’t bad), and it is getting on a bit, but I like it. A couple of weeks ago, I was moving a heavy object, and it slipped…

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…