Tag: Gadgets

Little Kitchen stocking stuffers from gloves to mandolins

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(Ok, post election but still stressed, so more posts of random junk.) But if you want to round out your kitchen, Cooks Illustrated (subscription required) has some great recommendations: Mercer’s Culinary MercerGuard Cut Glove. So this is a thin glove that keeps you from cutting yourself accidentally. Great for mandolines in particular but also for…

Update on installing Chinese input on Blackberry

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Well, I keep referring to my “own”:https://www.tongfamily.com/gadgets/blackberry/chinese_blackberry_and_cingular_blackberry.php page that explains how to install Chinese input on the Blackberry. The two main steps that work for Blackberry 8700 and 8300 Curves is: * “Hong Kong CSL”:https://www.blackberry.com/Downloads/entry.do?code=EEFC9E10EBDC4A2333B42B2DBB8F27B6 is still after two years the easiest way to get the Chinese versions. These are not multilingual. Chinese is handled…

Compact Florescent Light Bulb Guide

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There are zillion new CFLs around and it is so confusing. “Popular Mechanics”:http://www.popularmechanics.com/home_journal/home_improvement/4215199.html did a review of them that seems to be the only up to date one. Going to Loews was so confusing. They cost between $1-$12 each and the lifetimes, colors and so forth seem so different. Here’s a quick summary: * CFLs…

Time Machine Slow Initial Backup

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We’ve found Time Machine incredibly, incredibly slow on the initial backup. Even with gigabit ethernet, it would backup may 3GB after 2 hours. With the way we use machines at work, it would just start over all the time. “Macrumors.com”:http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=379066 has some advice about what to do: * Turn off Time Machine * If you…

Beware of Mobile Sidewalk!

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Beware of theses guys at “Mobile sidewalk”:http://www.mobilesidewalk.com/ a buddy of mine, Brian, told me about them, I browsed their site and then they asked me for my mobile number. Little did I realize that they would start charging me $10/month via T-mobile for a service I never used. Amazing that folks can get away with…

Inflight Power Recharges through audio jack

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Another in a set of clever ideasInflight Power Recharger Cables Finally you can power your handheld device while in-flight from your coach passenger seat! What it does is take the power that comes out of the headphone jack and converts it into a USB power outlet. So you can charge your cell phone or your…