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CyberPower PR2200ELCDSL UPS – Not Just for when the Lights Go Out....

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Miscellaneous

Read more: CyberPower PR2200ELCDSL UPS – Not Just for when the Lights Go Out....
To survive as human beings we need air, water, food and shelter. In this modern age you may certainly add electric power to that short list. Without adequate power all but the basic agrarian societies would collapse.

Have you experienced a power outage lately? If you were in South Australia recently you would have experienced a major inconvenience at the very least when everything went dark. And even when the power goes back on the dramas are not over yet for many businesses where computers did not shut down properly when the power tripped.

Enter the Domain of the Uninterruptible Power Supply.
How can a UPS benefit not only businesses but also households?

We will have a look at why UPS units are lifelines for electronic equipment.

Specifically, we are looking at the 2200VA unit from CyberPower.

A Long Distance Photographic Affair - Synology DS716+II Review

Written by Paul Moons on . Posted in Storage

Read more: A Long Distance Photographic Affair - Synology DS716+II ReviewThe Synology DS716+II is a scalable high performance Networked Attached Storage device, featuring 4K transcoding and through its DSM operating system, features a cornucopia of software enhancements.

So obviously, we chose to focus on the DS716+II as a remote photo back-up device.

Wait, what?

Read on for our long distance review.

 

4Cabling 18RU Half Height Server Rack – Why Your Business May Need One

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Storage

Read more: 4Cabling 18RU Half Height Server Rack – Why Your Business May Need OneWe reviewed many a server rack over the years, from very small ones to a Godzilla-sized one. In researching and reviewing these enclosures we’ve come to appreciate why any growing business would want to have one.

Today we will look at a medium sized server rack and explain some of the considerations that go into selecting the right one for your business.

BISSELL CrossWave -- Waving Goodbye to the Mop and Bucket Brigade!

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Appliances

Read more: BISSELL CrossWave -- Waving Goodbye to the Mop and Bucket Brigade!
In my college years I did a stint of janitorial duties that included quite a bit of floor mopping so the “joys” of using the mop and bucket have scarred me for life....
Many different solutions have been created over the years to get rid of dirty floors.

One specialist purveyor of floor care products, BISSELL, has just brought out the CrossWave, which probably is one of the best arguments to ditch the mop and bucket altogether. And perhaps the vacuum cleaner too!

Just follow me in my dirty tracks....

UPRIGHT - How to Keep Your Back Straight with the UPRIGHT Posture Trainer

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Miscellaneous

Read more: UPRIGHT - How to Keep Your Back Straight with the UPRIGHT Posture Trainer

Like a lot of people that are fairly tall I have always suffered from a bad posture. That is not helped by a mainly sedentary work environment...

Well, now there is an app for that! Coupled with a device that will attach to your lower back which you can calibrate for when you sit perfectly straight, it will signal when you revert back to slouching. It is a training device which you can wear for up to 45 minutes a day to remind your back how great it is to feel straight again!

That’s the theory, but how does it work in practice?

QNAP TS-453A – a Multi Media NAS as Karaoke Machine?

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Storage

 Read more: QNAP TS-453A – a Multi Media NAS as Karaoke Machine?

A Network Attached Storage system is a jack of all trades, a Swiss Army knife of interconnected computing, based on a bunch of drives that play nice with just about any computing platform.
That is my definition anyways...

But a NAS as a karaoke machine is a bit different. Mind you, it is just another app that will run nicely on this particular QNAP model in addition to the host of other standard NAS applications.
So QNAP has done something different to make this machine really sing and dance.

Let’s have a look and listen.

 

OLIGHT SRmini Intimidator II Rechargeable Flashlight – Be Intimidated!

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Miscellaneous

 Read more: OLIGHT SRmini Intimidator II Rechargeable Flashlight – Be Intimidated!

Let There Be Light!
From the beginning of creation light was essential for our existence and survival. The trouble is that in our electrical age we don’t give it a second thought: just flip a switch. But what if you’re in the great outdoors, at night in a power outage or in a survival situation?

You want a reliable, rechargeable light that will last a long time and will illuminate a vast distance. It would help if you can vary the output and if, for life-threatening situations, you can blind an opponent with a dazzling strobe light. So essentially, you are looking at a flashlight like the Intimidator from Olight.

Let’s throw some light on the subject.

Synology DS216j - Small Form, Big Punch

Written by Kevin Cheng on . Posted in Storage

Read more: Synology DS216j - Small Form, Big PunchSynology launched the DS216j Network Attached Storage (NAS) recently, the successor to the previous year's DS215j. The sleek and modern slim two bay form factor and price tag is aimed squarely at the SOHO, workgroups and small office environments. The previous year's model was well-received by and large, with thanks to Synology, DigitalReviews get to see how the latest revision performs.

 

Blackvue DR650GW-2CH + Power Magic B-100 - More eyes on the road

Written by Kevin Cheng on . Posted in Automotive

Read more: Blackvue DR650GW-2CH + Power Magic B-100 - More eyes on the roadI think most of us have watched dashcam videos at some point - Meteorites exploding over a city, crazy drivers on the road, and the occasional aviation disaster just to name a few. There is even a website dedicated to dashcam accident videos. BlackVue was kind enough to ship was a DR650GW-2CH, the successor to the DR550GW-2CH reviewed by us a few years ago. In addition to the camera kit, we also received the Power Magic B-100 kit to go with it.

You could say I am a little late to the dashcam party, the truth is that I was a little slow to the realisation to the potential value. I mean, my beloved Saab did get sideswiped by a taxi while it was parked (no they didn't leave a note and the distinctive yellow and green paint on the paintwork left me no doubts at all). Amongst other not-at-fault accidents, it was eventually written off by having a pretty large branch falling on it. On average I drive between 20,000 to 40,000km a year, thinking back, some of the miraculous near misses on the road would have made for interesting footage. Fast forward many years, let's see what the DR650GW and the B-100 can do together.

 

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