Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Quick change wrench accommodates 8 different sizes

Craftsman Figure Eight Wrench- I want one in metic and inch. I know that like the TV remote I will lose it and go back to my ratchet set but I still want one. 
hint hint fathers day- $25.00 


Frigidaire Dishwasher with OrbitClean 4 times better then dogs tongue.

Ok its not often I get interested in a dishwasher but my wife and I have a battle trying to get me to wash my plates before loading it in the dishwasher. This new dishwasher from Frigidaire is supposed to provide 4 times better water coverage. If that means 4 times cleaner then I am in. Although I still think my dog does the best job at cleaning the dishes. Wife does not like me letting the animals eat of the plates. So for now here is cool sounding dishwasher with ORBITCLEAN. I guess Orbit is still a buzzword.

Frigidaire Gallery 24" Built-In Dishwasher
Model: FGHD2465NF
24" W x 25" D x 33-1/2" – 35" H
MSRP $649.00

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Quadrotor Drone Light show video

"Meet your creator"- Wicked light show done with 16 quad rotor aircraft. Looks like I need to get some more Ar. Drone 2.0 and start my show. Fun starts at 2:20

Monday, June 18, 2012

Sushi Etiquette from a Gaijin

Eat your sushi in one bite. Two bites is acceptable, however, don't put the sushi back on the plate if you bit it in half already. Once you pick it up, eat all of it and keep uneaten parts in the chopsticks ready to be consumed.
From wikihow-

Good HD antenna Review for Suburban Cable Cutters

First thing you have to realize if you cut the cable is that you will NO LONGER GET ESPN. I do find that watching games that are not televised locally like Monday night Football is a good excuse to get out of the house and head to the local sports bar. If you are OK with the lack of no local sports then cutting the cable can save you hundreds a year. I cut the cable about 4 years ago. One of the first purchases made was a solid TV antenna. I currently use the ClearStream2™ Outdoor Long-Range Digital TV (DTV) Antenna. I purchased the antenna from Best buy for $ 99.00 that way if it did not work ( LIKE MANY HD ANTENNA DO NOT) I could quickly take it back. The antenna came with mount and brackets. I did need to purchase some coaxial cable and connectors. For most of my cabling I tried to use the existing cable from the directv install. I found the Sat cable runs were to long for my antenna so I ended up just running my own coax. Most of the stations are under 30 miles from me and I get them great. I do however have some issues with some channels when the wind is blowing hard. For a mount I used the existing directv mount on the roof. You might need a antenna amplifier if you are going to go to more then 1 display and more the 50 feet of cable. Either I am saving big money but the local cable/ internet company keeps jacking those that just use the broadband service and chose not to bundle. Hurry up Google fiber!

Monday, June 11, 2012

How to watch Netflix with $99 Pop Video iPhone Projector review..

Got the Pop Video iPhone projector the other day. The Pop Video Projector is a $99 dollar piece of hardware that attaches to your iPhone. The hardware does have a battery that will require a charge off a USB cable. Battery life is advertised as 2 hours but I was only getting an hour off a full charge. Video quality is good at Video Output: qHD (960 x 540 pixel resolution). You will need to install the free app for it to function with iPhone. I found it most useful for lying in bed and watching netflix on the ceiling. The app prevents you from showing your iPhone screen live instead it browses for NON-DRM video files. I got it to play netflix by going to the web browser through the pop video app, then going to Do not allow the page to open the  netflix app. Sign in to netflix and pick a show. Again the battery life is only about an hour. Need to make a bed post mount and wire up some power. It has to be a matter of time before the iPhone has the projector light built in. I could not find away to show power points or keynotes unless you save them out as a PDF or image or mov file.
Here some more info.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

LED Lights about to get cheaper !

Cost has been a major barrier in keeping people from buying energy-efficient LED lightbulbs.

Now one of the world's largest LED makers, Osram Opto Semiconductors, says it has perfected a technique that could significantly cut the production cost of LEDs.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Ar Drone 2.0 Flight Video with 8 mph Wind

This one of my first flight videos taken with the Parrot Ar Drone 2.0. Video was recored to iPad 1 so it 25 frames per second. I now record to USB drive. Had a little trouble with the wind and almost crashed but was able to hit the land button in time. I was flying in absolute mode.


Just got the Parrot Ar. Drone 2.0 from and did a complete unboxing video. Drone comes with carrying case, 1 battery, 1 charger, indoor hull and outdoor hull. Drone is controlled by iPhone, iPad or android phone and built in HD camera that can record to flash drive or iPad or iPhone. After installing the app on my iPad and charging the battery for 1:30 I was able to quickly fly the drone for a flight time of 12 min on the battery. I have been flying other RC helicopter that tools months of flight practice on sims and with trainers. This Ar. Drone 2.0 was easy enough that I comfortable with the controls after about 3 flights. Great control called absolute for beginners.
Brookstone was fight and customer service answered all my questions. Yes in this case I got the extended warranty. Great product more then just a toy.