Electricity as a shower (Understanding Volts and Amps)
August 21, 2015
Normally electricity and water don’t mix, however today we’re just talking analogies. When working with electronics, it’s very common to see questions along the lines of “My project requires X volts, is it okay to use Y power source” or “My Raspberry Pi requires 1 amp, will a 2 amp power supply burn it out?”. If you don’t know electricity, this makes perfect sense to ask. Rather than answer specific questions, how about an analogy?
Two full charges with the Pebble Time
June 30, 2015
Thursday, a week ago, I received my shiny new Pebble Time in red. It was quite exciting to receive; I had been looking forward to playing with it since the Kickstarter. While I had an original Pebble, I didn’t wear it much for a variety of reasons. I’m betting $200 that version 2 will have worked out all the major flaws and provide a much better experience.
(The New) iPad 3 Review – Solid unit, uninspiring upgrade
April 11, 2012
So the “The new iPad” or the “iPad 3” (depending on your preference, mine is for the latter) has been out for a couple weeks now. As is my custom, I got my hands on one (16 GB 4G Verizon) and took it for a test drive. Since the iPad 3 really has only a few features that are different from the iPad 2, I’m just going to talk about those features and my thoughts on the upgrades. The new upgrades are the processor (which I’m going to skip, yawn), screen, battery, 4G, and camera.
Hands on review of the 4th generation MacBook Air (Mid 2011)
July 27, 2011
MacBook Airs and I have had a tenuous relationship for many years. I have had an original first generation Air (Early 2008) unit loaned to me for the last several years. Sometimes I’d use the machine a lot and sometimes not at all. My main issue (besides my lack of love for Apple) was that beyond the size/weight, it just wasn’t that amazing. Everything about the Air underwhelmed me. Sure it was light, but the screen was just okay, the battery was lackluster, the speaker sucked and it wasn’t powerful at all. Last week, I got my hands on the new 4th Generation MacBook Air (Mid 2011 model) and I’ll honestly say, my opinion (including my lack of love for Apple) has been changed.
Review: Kindle Lighted Leather Cover
September 1, 2010
<a href=“http://www.amazon.com/Lighted-Leather-Burgundy-Display-Generation/dp/B003DZ166Q/?void=fidelis" title="[amazon] Kindle Lighted Leather Cover, Burgundy Red (Fits 6” Display, 3rd Generation Kindle)">The <a href=“http://www.amazon.com/Wireless-Reading-Display-Graphite-Globally/dp/B002FQJT3Q/?void=fidelis" title="[amazon] Kindle 3G Wireless Reading Device, Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 6” Display, Graphite, 3G Works Globally - Latest Generation">Kindle 3 makes for the 5th Kindle I’ve bought (previously 2 Kindle 1’s, a <a href=“http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0015T963C/?void=fidelis" title="[amazon] Kindle Wireless Reading Device, Free 3G, 6” Display, White - 2nd Generation">Kindle 2, and <a href=“http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-Wireless-Reading-Device-Display/dp/B0015TCML0/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1283354343&sr=1-3&void=fidelis” title="[amazon] Kindle DX Wireless Reading Device (9.7" Display, U.S. Wireless)">Kindle DX Gen 1), it also marks the first Kindle I’ve actually <a href=“http://www.amazon.com/Lighted-Leather-Burgundy-Display-Generation/dp/B003DZ166Q/?void=fidelis" title="[amazon] Kindle Lighted Leather Cover, Burgundy Red (Fits 6” Display, 3rd Generation Kindle)">bought a case for. The Kindle 1 came with a case, albeit not a great one. For most of the life of the Kindle 2, I didn’t have one, but fairly recently I was given a beat up spare to use. I stick the Kindle in my fatigue pockets all the time, and the case makes it so I don’t have to worry about breaking another screen (did that with a K1). Since I’ve had the case on the K2, I’ve grown somewhat attached to having it. I figured it would be nice to have another… and let’s be realistic… this new case has a freaking light built in! How cool is that?!