Syma X5SW Quadcopter Review

I have been a fan of the company Syma for quite some time. I currently own the Syma S107 and Syma X14. They have survived many crashes and still are flying. Recently I came across the Syma X5SW and was amazed at the price and FPV camera. So far I’ve been impressed. It has held up from several crashes, works well in medium winds and has good range. The camera is only 0.3 mp so don’t expect great quality. It has the ability to take pictures and record video but requires a smart phone. The videos and pictures save directly to your device. I also purchased several extra batteries which I highly recommend getting.

 

Lightning iPhone Cable

So you’re in the market for a new lightning iPhone cable that is longer and more durable than the one apple sells. If you search amazon, you’ll come across thousand of different brands. Some even claim to be authentic apple cables but reviews will prove them to be fake. Also many lighting cables will have large plastic ends that will not work with most cases and will cause your iPhone to report “This accessory may not be supported”. How to identify counterfeit or uncertified Lightning connector accessories (more…)

Ergo Depot Jarvis: Standing Desks Review

I’ve been considering a standup desk for some time now primarily for the health benefits. After some research, I decided to purchase the Ergo Depot Jarvis standing desk. Overall it’s been wonderful. It raises to a max height of 51″ which is suitable for someone like me who is 6′ 5″. Check out this calculator to estimate the correct height. It is very well built and feels sturdy with a 350lb lifting capacityI plan to buy a standing desk mat to improve the comfort when standing for long periods of time.

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Alternative to Keurig: BUNN MCU

Recently I was in the market to replace my Keurig coffee maker. I was tired of paying around .50 cents per cup and wanted to find a cheaper solution. I tried different brewing basket for the Keurig (Keurig My K-Cup and Ekobrew) but they would leak and the coffee would be watered down.

I did some research and discovered the BUNN MCU. It comes with 4 different attachments that allow you to brew a variety of tea and coffee using K-Cups, ground coffee, soft coffee and tea pods, tea bags and loose tea. (more…)

Weather Extension

Thanks ProductHunt and LifeHacker  for sharing my extension! Weather(Chrome | Firefox | Opera) extension now has over 125,000 users. If you’re enjoying the extension, please consider donating.

Weather FAQ

Behind the App: Laravel News

Weather(Chrome | Firefox | Opera) extension is a quick and easy way to check the current weather and forecast without going to an external site. Here are some of the features.

  • Uses Dark Sky API
  • Multiple Language Support
  • Geolocation or custom location by address or zipcode
  • Choose Fahrenheit or Celsius
  • Hourly forecast
  • 5 day forecast
  • 12h/24h time format
  • Weather Alerts
  • Open source
  • Chrome, Firefox, and Opera available

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Brother MFCJ450DW Printer Review

Recently I was in the market for a new color printer. My main requirement was for the printer to be reliable and the ink to be cheap.
I decided to purchase the Brother MFCJ450DW new model(MFC-J680DW) for $72.00. The main selling point is there are several companies that sell compatible ink cartridges for cheap. I purchased  a 10 pack for $18.99 which is the same price as  1 authentic Brother black cartridge. What a savings! (more…)

Retro Pi Arcade

Ever wanted to play old arcade games?  Remember the days of pacman, galaga, spy hunter and mortal kombat?  Well why not build your own arcade cabinet.

Complete List of Parts

There are many howtos on building a MAME arcade cabinet.  So what makes this one any different.  The only real answer I can give is it uses a keyboard controller to connect to buttons and joystick.  I used a standard usb keyboard.  Here is what it looks like removed from keyboard housing.

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How I made $500 from my First Blog Post

I want to start this post by stating that my intentions in starting a blog was never to make money. I wanted a place to share projects and ideas to hopefully help others.

Well let’s get to the real reason you’re reading this post. My first blog post was a guide on how to control wireless outlets from your phone using a raspberry pi. This point leads me to my first piece of advice.

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