Tag: gadgets

The biggest gadget: Toyota Prius PHV Sep 10, 2017

My most bulky gadget needed an upgrade. I've been a devoted Toyota Prius fan ever since my first leased car. Later I've owned another one, which almost lost a wheel once. The latter turned eight years old last March so I've decided to trade it for something more modern.

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Review: Xiaomi In-Ear Headphones Pro HD Jun 3, 2017

I'm not really into reviewing gadgets, but in this case it's worth doing it. Today I'd like to review Mi In-Ear Headphones Pro HD by the well-known Chinese make Xiaomi.

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Fixing whining noise from a DC adapter Oct 30, 2016

I've stumbled upon a cute and convenient DC adapter the other day, with four USB charging ports (up to 4800 mA total), a power socket, and a tablet stand. All of that for less than € 15. USB charger with power socket and tablet stand.

A bit later turned out there's a pitfall, too: it produced annoying whining noise. The noise was quiet but clearly audible in silence, especially while the adapter was unloaded.

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Ambient backlighting for Samsung LED TV Jun 12, 2016

Being quite happy with my 75 inch whopper Samsung UE75HU7500, the only thing I wanted to do about it was giving it ambient backlighting. When watching TV in complete darkness your eyes get quickly tired because of the stark contrast between the bright screen and its dark surroundings. Even though this device features an ambient light sensor, which is used to automatically adjust the screen brightness, the contrast is still all too harsh.

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InfoPi (a.k.a. DIY Google Now) May 7, 2016

When a geek gets bored, he usually dives into home automation. And when there's nothing more left to automate, he blogs about it.

When leaving my house I usually check the weather forecast for today and if there are any train disruptions. The thing is, it takes precious time and I'm usually in a hurry. Therefore the idea of having all the useful information on a single display was in the air for quite a while. Recently I've finally got to implement it. Please meet InfoPi.

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Separate the sheep from the phones Apr 30, 2016

Moore's law teamed up with the Chinese electronic device industry are inserting new steps into the Lansink's Ladder. Next to the sections for used fluorescent bulbs and batteries, which are classified as klein chemisch afval (household hazardous waste), Albert Heijn grocery stores have now added a separate opening for used mobile phones! The gadget-recycler.

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