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Wireless security cameras for your home: Convenience with some challenges

I have been experimenting with various options for home security cameras for a while. After I got some good results with the Ring Stick-up Camera in my backyard, I added a Ring Pro doorbell and another Stick-up camera in my driveway. I also have a Nest indoor camera in my family room.

All the cameras use WiFi to . . . → Read More: Wireless security cameras for your home: Convenience with some challenges

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Smart Lighting – Initial Thoughts on Philips Hue Light Starter Kit

The recent Amazon Prime Day had some interesting geeky offerings. One of them was the Philips Hue Light Starter Kit that comes with a Hue Light Bridge and three white and color Hue Light bulbs. The regular list price for the kit is around $199, and it was on offer for about $120.

After having used the . . . → Read More: Smart Lighting – Initial Thoughts on Philips Hue Light Starter Kit

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Review: Ring Stick-up Cam with Solar Panel

I have been looking for ways to mount security cameras around my house to get good coverage of all doors and windows. If the cameras can be mounted in the yard, pointing towards the house, it is possible to get large areas covered with a relatively smaller number of cameras. That would mean that the cameras . . . → Read More: Review: Ring Stick-up Cam with Solar Panel

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Review: Black and Decker – Electromate® 400 AC/DC Portable Power Station/Jump-Starter/Compressor

Electromate-400 is a power-pack, jump-starter and air compressor, all rolled into one – a very handy device to carry in your car on road trips. . . . → Read More: Review: Black and Decker – Electromate® 400 AC/DC Portable Power Station/Jump-Starter/Compressor

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Review: Jabra BT 8010 – Mono for Phone and Stereo for Music

Do you play a lot of MP3 or other music on your cell phone? If so, a typical Bluetooth phone headset does not really give you the best of music because it is mono. If you would like to use a headset for your normal phone use and also occassionally to listen to music, then the . . . → Read More: Review: Jabra BT 8010 – Mono for Phone and Stereo for Music

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MemoPad: Your Handy-Dandy Electronic Notepad

If you have used a PDA or a smartphone, you are most likely familiar with an application called MemoPad (on Palm devices) and something similar. It is really just a text application where you can key in some notes for yourself. Having used PDAs and smartphones for a few years, I consider this as one of . . . → Read More: MemoPad: Your Handy-Dandy Electronic Notepad

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How Smartly Do You Use Your Smartphone?

Do you own a smartphone or do plan to get one? What do you plan to do with it? Why did you consider getting one?

A few years ago, I used to use the Palm based Visor Neo Personal Digital Assistant (PDA), where I used to store my address book, notes, calendar, etc. I used to carry . . . → Read More: How Smartly Do You Use Your Smartphone?

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Palm Centro: Now Available Unlocked

Palm is now offering its new Centro as an unlocked smartphone. This is surely a move to keep its Treo users from moving to iPhone and Blackberry that have been gaining popularity in the recent months. This is Palm’s smallest smartphone to date. One thing that even die-hard Treo fans find hard to accept is Centro’s . . . → Read More: Palm Centro: Now Available Unlocked

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Buffalo LinkStation Pro Duo NAS – Web Access

I have been using my Buffalo NAS Box mainly as a network fileserver and a repository for backups so far. I tried the Web Access feature today, and it works quite nicely.

This feature allows you to access any assigned share on your disk through a web service. For example, you can create a share called . . . → Read More: Buffalo LinkStation Pro Duo NAS – Web Access

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Review: Canon EOS 40D DSLR Camera

This was my father’s day gift this year from my wife and kids. I have been using it for only the last day or so, and here are some quick impressions.

The kit is EF 28-135 IS USM, and contains:

The EOS 40D body, with eyecup, body cup and installed battery for the data/time clock.
Lens: EF 28-135mm 1:3.5-5.6 . . . → Read More: Review: Canon EOS 40D DSLR Camera

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