Category Archives: Gadgets and Tech

Olympus OMD E-M1 in the snow

The Olympus E-M1 is an amazing photographic tool, so what makes it even better? This camera can withstand the elements! Here is southern Missouri we generally do not get much snow but the past couple days left us with nearly a foot of snow. Of course that meant it was time to test the E-M1’s weatherproofing. It did not disappoint, after shooting admirably in the frigid weather I let the E-M1 hang out in the snow for a bit… Of

Fuji X100 review

This review of the X100 comes at an odd time, years after its initial release and in the face of many new competitors. Today you can pick up an Olympus E-PL5 and 17mm F1.8 lens for a price that is in the same ballpark as an X100.  That makes for some pretty tough competition. This review would read a lot differently if this were 2011, but time marches on and this is my view as of Dec 2013! 🙂 This

Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro display blanks when on battery?! [SOLVED]

Q. When I unplug my Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro from the wall the screen goes blank. When I plug it back in the screen comes on. Unplug it and it goes off again?! How do I fix this! -Terri A. Hi Terri, your display brightness may be set to zero for ‘battery’ mode. Please try pressing your brightness+ key (it looks like a little sun with a plus sign and it is shared with the F6 function key) and see

How to enable Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga backlit keyboard? [SOLVED!]

The Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga is available with a backlit keyboard, here are photos of mine: However, Lenovo makes the “on” button for the keyboard backlight a little hard to find… you have to press the Fn key + the Spacebar key to turn enable/disable the backlight. 🙂 Overall, a very nice machine with a rather cool keyboard! PS here are some other Lenovo laptops that use the same keyboard shortcut!!!

Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro and ThinkPad Yoga max external resolution

I am getting ready to test the max external display resolution for my ThinkPad Yoga and my wife’s Yoga 2 Pro (the new version of the Yoga 13). I will test the OneLink dock as well. 🙂 Reports indicate that 2560×1600 and 2560×1440 are possible. http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/Idea-Windows-based-Tablets-and/Lenovo-Yoga-13-max-resolution-for-external-monitor/td-p/1248815 https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/Idea-Android-based-Tablets/External-Monitor-at-2560-x-1440/td-p/1063879 http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/ThinkPad-Edge-S-series/Thinkpad-Yoga-Insufficient-external-display-resolution-over-the/td-p/1334903  

High-end NAS roundup

I have been looking for a new 5 to 10 bay NAS for backup purposes. There are a lot of nice options on the market right now. Here are some links and articles that have been helpful to me so far: LimeTech – AVS-10/4 Mass-Storage Serverhttp://lime-technology.com/avs-104-server/We talked to several digital media enthusiasts and professional audio/video installers to come up with the ideal server for their needs in the AVS-10/4 Mass-Storage Server. It’s also a great… Thecus N10850 Top Tower Reviewed

Why I may never (again) buy a Drobo

Drobo = Great Idea I love the idea of Drobo. A storage device that: protects your data, is easily upgradeable, and is dead simple to use. When it comes to the reality I find things less rosy. Before I continue this review let me make note that there seems to be a conspiracy theory out there about negative Drobo reviews. I do not know if the theory is correct or not but many negative reviews seem to be met with

Using Parrot Zik headphones with Windows 7 / Win8 [solved]

Recently I tried pairing some Parrot Zik headphones with my Dell E6430 laptop. The pairing was quite easy but there was no sound when playing media files etc. 🙁 The solution for me was to: Disable the Parrot RFcomm service Specify that my ‘headset does not have an LCD’ After doing that, the headphones worked quite well with Windows! 🙂 It would have been nice if everything would have just worked right out of the box but overall I still rate

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