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DIY Kyoto Wattson: Energy Monitoring made Elementary

MiscellaneousWritten by Martin Regtien on .

Read more: DIY Kyoto Wattson:  Energy Monitoring made ElementaryWatts in a name?  Well, that must have something to do with electricity, doesn't it? 

It's pretty elementary as Sherlock Holmes would say to his inquisitive offsider, Watson.


I love the name that DIY Kyoto has given to this energy monitoring device. 

Do It Yourself Kyoto is also pretty indicative of the type of company behind this. 

So let's see what the Wattson is capable of telling us apart from all the pretty colours and numbers.


Seagate Show: FreeAgent and Maxtor Drives – A Quick Overview

StorageWritten by Martin Regtien on .

Read more: Seagate Show: FreeAgent and Maxtor Drives – A Quick OverviewA slew of Seagate drives landed on our desk the other day in the middle of what seems like the hard drive hunting season: after the initial flurry of excitement about increased SSD capacities it looks like hard drives are back in the limelight with new capabilities.



We will be doing in-depth reviews on a number of them such as the Drobo robotic storage system, the Rebit and hopefully also the Seagate BlackArmor.



For now, let's have a very quick look at what else Seagate offers:


Bluelounge The Sanctuary- One Stop Charge Station

Industry NewsWritten by Kevin Cheng on .

Read more: Bluelounge The Sanctuary- One Stop Charge StationI am the first person to admit that I have plenty of gadgets and my rooms are cluttered with various different chargers despite my best attempts to consolidate and minimise. 

The Bluelounge "Sanctuary" appeals with its simple and compact design where my gadgets can be charged at one convenient location. 

The Sanctuary, on surface, looks like an open box.  Hidden below the top tay is an universal charger with 12 built-in adapters to cater for most popular gadgets on the market.  It is also large enough to accomodate items that are part of one's daily routine such as car keys and wallet, making it a one stop shop before you head out for the day.


The Sanctuary is available here for USD$129.95.  Full compatibility list available on the website.

Popcorn Hour A-100 Network Media Tank Review

VideoWritten by Paul Moons on .

Read more: Popcorn Hour A-100 Network Media Tank ReviewIn creating the original Xbox, Microsoft unwittingly helped create the single most affordable and feature packed media player of the Standard Definition age. The free open source Xbox Media Centre (XBMC) software - when coupled with a modified Xbox - sets the standard for home theatre playback.

Is the Popcorn Hour A-100 the new High Definition equivalent?

Swann Communications Digital Private Eye - Reviewed

MiscellaneousWritten by Martin Regtien on .

Read more: Swann Communications Digital Private Eye - ReviewedThe need for security – often in the form of covert surveillance – is rapidly increasing in our modern world.

Our homes and businesses follow the trend set by governments and law enforcement agencies.

I was looking around for an unobtrusive recording device that would have motion activation and take reasonable good pictures at set intervals.
I think I've found exactly that when I came across the Swann Communications Digital Private Eye. And as a bonus it also functions as a webcam.
Let's see what it is all about.


Belgium, the Movie - a Short Review

MiscellaneousWritten by Ashleigh on .

Read more: Belgium, the Movie - a Short ReviewIf there is one thing that fascinates me it's flying low and slow and taking in the scenery below. 

I am lucky that I can do that in the course of my work as an aerial photographer but there are plenty of places that I haven't been to and love to see from an aerial perspective. 

Belgium is not one of those places.  I have flown over this small country many times when living in Holland but it is one thing to just fly over it in the course of your work than to be able to sit back in your lounge chair, to relax and let the whole scenery unfold before you on a high-definition screen.  It is the same difference as cooking your own meal or going to a top-notch restaurant for a gourmet dinner.
Belgium, the Movie, subtitled Enjoy Your Flight over Belgium, is such a gastronomic delight, so to speak.  It portrays Belgium as few tourists (or Belgians!) will ever experience it: flying through Brussels, following the grand boulevards in your helicopter -- not all that much higher than treetop level...

Powermonkey eXplorer Portable Charger - Reviewed

AccessoriesWritten by Kevin Cheng on .

Read more: Powermonkey eXplorer Portable Charger - ReviewedBeing no stranger to gadgets, travelling and with an almost obsessive desire to pack lightly, I am constantly on the look out for the next best thing to help reduce my gear charging burden when on the move. 

Is the powermonkey eXplorer the answer to my recharging needs? 


Let's swing into the review and have a look. 


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