Trail Running, Running Belt, Light Hiking Hydration Pack

We have a great Osprey Talon 22 that we can use for big day hikes, but sometimes it is more like a quick two hour jaunt and it seems like overkill. So off to find a nice fanny/lumbar/hiking/trail running pack that let’s us carry say two liters of water and a phone and a flash ...

Upgrading our Aquarium PC

After two years of loyal service, our Aquarium PC died and one of the graphics cards caught fire (as noted). We pulled it out and found the rest in good shape with the major problem being: 1. The CPU Fans (there are two of them) have always spun slowly because of viscosity of the mineral ...

Crib and Baby Shower things

Crib Recommendations. (Subscription required) has a good set of recommendations. The main one is that you don’t want the older style where the sides drop (they are dangerous), so get used to hoisting your baby with a crane (:-) Some places to look and also looking at Amazon ratings Graco Lauren. This has a good ...

Mouse Pads

Well our Razor mousepad seems to have just decided to start folding in on itself. Pretty inconvenient. So on to look for something better. There don’t seem to be many reviews of these things, but Amazon has a nice sort of mouse pads for gaming by rating: SteelSeries QTK+ is the highest rated at Amazon. ...

Aquarium PC catches fire

Ok, our trusty Aquarium PC wouldn’t power up. It has been in mineral oil for close to three years now. Taking it out is quite a mess, but it is amazing how clean the components are. Here is what we discovered: 1. The CPU Fans on our Noctua NH-14D were burning out. there is too ...

BenQ BL3200PT 32-Inch QHD AMVA Monitor Review Verdict – Tom’s Hardware

Well need to buy some monitors and it is a tough time right now. The best values are the ASUS PB27Q which is a vanilla 27″ 1440p monitor. But the 4K monitors are coming and what you really want is a 32″ 4K, but they are horribly expensive. This BenQ is a nice compromise if ...

Canon Pro9000 printer profiles

Canon U.S.A., Inc. says (this is the 93rd time that I’ve reviewed this). So obscure to use a two letter code and lower is higher for quality. And where do you get the driver? You have to actually go and install their printer driver I think. It comes with the driver. Argh! Understanding Canon ICC ...

Spinning Wheel of Death on the Mac

I’ve been getting a strange hang on my old iMac (24 inch early 2008 if you can believe that!). When I try to use the Finder, I get the spinning wheel of death for anywhere from five minutes to a day. It does eventually recover. In a reading about.com, it says that this is because ...

Using 4K displays and Ultra HD TVs with Mac computers

This is a complicated topic. There are three things to know to get UltraHD (aka 4K) running with your Macs. The main thing is how to get to 60 hertz so it is a reasonable experience using it as a display. The other issue is if Apple supports their “Retina” technology so the fonts are ...

Monitor Buying Guide

It is an interesting to see how the market has stabilized for computer monitors, the 27″ 2500×1400 category has stabilized and the new UltraHD are not quite affordable yet. So here are some choices. Going through¬† Anandtech and TNTCentral as technical site, then¬† Amazon customer ratings for reliability and having a quick over from Wirecutter ...
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