Category Archives: Gadgets and Tech

Canon SX230 HS Sample Photos

Today I had the chance to take the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS for a stroll. My mother in law recently purchased the camera and my wife has one of its predecessors, the SX210. Overall Canon has made some nice enhancements to this latest model and it truly is a splendid little camera for walkabout photography. Its main draw being that it packs an amazing zoom range in a relatively small package. Overall I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

Snazzy Olympus XZ-1 grip (w/photos)

Here is a very cool new grip for the Olympus XZ1: New Olympus XZ1 Grip — now shipping!http://www.kleptography.com/rf/Richard Franiec’s Camera Accessories The camera’s default grip definitely provides adequate handling for me, but I can see this 3rd party grip making it even better. 🙂 I should probably also clarify, my wife has the cool XZ-1 but she is kind enough to let me use it! One more photo of the grip, from R.F.’s Picasso page:

Upgrading a Dell M4400: Dual Hard Drives, 2.8GHz CPU, 4GB RAM

UPDATE: new post with specific M4400 upgrade questions and tips as a result of questions from commenter David. NOTE: you can also view all the entries in this Q & A series… The Dell M4400 has been my laptop of choice for almost a year. For my birthday I upgraded it to 4GB RAM (from 3GB) and swapped out the P8600 CPU for a T9700. The P8600 is a 2.4GHz dual core chip (25W) with 3MB cache, the T9700 is

Raon Digital EVERUN UMPC S60H

As part of my bought and sold series of blog entries, here is a copy of my eBay auction for the the Raon Digital UMPC S60H Ultra Mobile Personal Computer. This was truly a cool little mini-tablet way before iPads were all the rage 🙂 Raon Digital EVERUN UMPC S60H The EVERUN features the “classical” UMPC look, with the keyboard and control options placed on both sides of the 4.8-inch LCD display, which has a resolution 800 x 480 pixels. Moreover,

Canon HV20 1080i MiniDV HD Camcorder 3.1MP Camera

Title: Canon HV20 1080i MiniDV HD Camcorder 3.1MP Camera Subtitle: Like Brand New. FREE USA SHIPPING! Up for auction is a gently used Canon HV20 HDV Camcorder. Camera has low hours of use, is fully functional and shows little to no signs of wear. Items included in this auction: HV20 HDV Camcorder Battery Pack Compact Power Adapter Stereo Video Cable ??? WL-D87 Wireless Controller ??? IFC-300PCU USB Cable ??? CTC-100 S Component Cable Digital Video Solution Disc for Windows and

Projects this weekend

This was a wonderful weekend at home. I worked on some fun projects and did some “business” work. Samantha played with some new toys (stroller, etc.) and cooked some delicious delights. Also, before the weekend got here, we had a lot of fun going out to eat with my mom and dad to celebrate my dad’s birthday! Even before that, we had a great Valentine’s day (which I still need to post an entry about…) But now back to the

Favorite homebrew computers: 1997-2010

Some people enjoy building hot rods, or building model airplanes. I enjoy building computers. The first PC I built was in 1997, I was a sophomore in HS. I can still remember researching all the parts, using a computer in the HS science classroom (I didn’t have internet at home at that time). Tom’s Hardware and Anandtech were my primary sources of motherboard and CPU reviews.  Those two sites helped me immensely in choosing the best components for my “first