Gadgets

Kevin on December 1st, 2011

My Nest learning thermostat arrived this afternoon.  When I arrived home I began the installation process, which took about 10 minutes.  Once Nest was installed, I connected it to our wireless network, updated the unit’s software, inputted our zip code, and named the Nest (I chose the rather imaginative, “Hallway”), and set it on its […]

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Kevin on October 26th, 2011

What would an Apple developer do if he or she had the chance to totally revamp the lowly home HVAC thermostat? One answer is provided by the new Nest “learning thermostat.”

Developed by two former Apple iPod execs (Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers), the Nest programs itself based upon your actions and actual behavioral patterns, and as a result, anticipates your cooling & heating needs, thereby saving energy.

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If you’re in the market for an ultra small, insanely bright LED keychain flashlight, check out the new Photon Micro-Light II Pro. First production is limited to 500 pieces; full production won’t begin until late summer 2011. The Micro-Light II might be tiny, but it boasts impressive specs: Simple squeeze-button on/off — Easy operation even […]

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Kevin on October 28th, 2010

From the TSA blog: Electronic items smaller than the standard sized laptop should not need to be removed from your bag or their cases. It’s that simple. Only electronics the size of a standard laptop or larger (for example Playstation®, Xbox™, or Nintendo®), full-size DVD players, and video cameras that use video cassettes must be […]

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Kevin on October 26th, 2010

The Highs: Indisputable “cool” factor, great looks, compact & simple The Lows: You’ll pay a price for all that cool The Verdict: Gotta have gizmo for the iPhone or iPod power user One of the remarkable features of many Apple products is their outstanding battery life. The iPhone 4, for example, boasts up to 14 […]

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Perhaps I’m just unlucky, but in the last decade I’ve had two hard drives (one desktop, one laptop) suffer complete meltdowns, to the point where all the files were lost.   The good news is that I’d backed critical files on CDs (the horror!), and more recently, jump drives.  Non-critical files, aka everything else, such as […]

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Kevin on September 9th, 2010

As mentioned here a few weeks ago, I’ve been experimenting with an iPad that’s on loan from our IT department. In truth, I basically grabbed it one day and have thus far seemingly escaped the attention of the IT Overlord. This post (being composed on the device in question) won’t help. This will hardly be […]

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