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Flashing Telephone Ringer Lets You Silently Know When Someone is Calling

A flashing telephone ringer, also called a telephone strobe light, phone strobe flasher or silent telephone ringer, is a small device that you connect to your landline telephone socket. When…

Flashing Telephone Ringer Lets You Silently Know When Someone is Calling
Logitech Z4 Stereo Speaker System

If you want good stereo speakers under $100, the Logitech Z4 is an excellent choice. It's a 2.1 stereo speaker system consisting of two satellite speakers and a subwoofer, providing…

Logitech Z4 Stereo Speaker System
Bosch IXO 3.6V Cordless Screwdriver

The Bosch IXO Cordless Screwdriver is a portable motorised electric screwdriver. It is shaped like a cute little mini-raygun from a 1950's sci-fi movie and is very comfortable to hold…

Bosch IXO 3.6V Cordless Screwdriver
Portable Digital Luggage Scales Weigh Anything That Can Hang On A Hook

When travelling by plane, have you ever checked in at the airport counter only to be told that your luggage is overweight? All those cool gifts, souvenirs and duty free…

Portable Digital Luggage Scales Weigh Anything That Can Hang On A Hook
Vlad’s alternative design for the new UTS Business School (Dr Chau Chak Wing Building)

The University of Technology, Sydney has officially unveiled the new design for the $150 million Doctor Chau Chak Wing Building, which will host the new Business School.

This building was designed…

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Microsoft Digital Media Keyboard 3000

Written by Vlad on August 26, 2010 – 11:27 pm - 1,744 views

Microsoft Digital Media Keyboard 3000

The Microsoft Digital Media Keyboard 3000 is sturdy, feels pleasant to type on and has a spill resistant design. It has extra hot keys for document editing and controlling media playback. It connects to your PC via USB. I paid $40 for it at Harvey Norman.

Why I Bought the Microsoft Digital Media Keyboard 3000

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Billion 5210SRC ADSL2+ Modem & Router With Annex M

Written by Vlad on August 25, 2010 – 8:53 pm - 2,475 views

Billion 5210S RC ADSL2+ Modem & Router with Annex M

The Billion BiPAC 5210S RC is a basic ADSL2+ Modem & Router with both USB 2.0 and 100Mb Ethernet ports for client computers, and support for the ADSL2+ Annex M extension. It is perfect for when:

  • You only have a single desktop computer or laptop accessing the Internet
  • You already have a good wireless router and are either upgrading your old ADSL modem or are switching from Cable to ADSL.

I purchased it from MegaBuy for about $55.

MegaBuy Technology Superstore

Why I Bought the Billion 5210SRC ADSL2+ Modem & Router

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SwissGear Wireless Presenter with Laser Pointer

Written by Vlad on August 22, 2010 – 6:12 pm - 1,897 views

The SwissGear wireless presenter is a small handheld remote control for PowerPoint presentations. It also has an inbuilt red laser pointer. It is manufactured by Wenger, who are famous for being the official supplier of Swiss Army Knives to the Swiss Army.

The wireless presenter works by transmitting to a USB receiver, which you plug into the USB port of computer running the presentation, which can be a PC or Macintosh. The receiver can be anywhere within a 10 metre (approx 30 foot) radius of the wireless presenter. When not in use, the USB receiver is safely stored in a slot underneath the remote control, preventing it from being misplaced.
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ASIX AX88178 USB 2.0 to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

Written by Vlad on August 13, 2010 – 9:59 pm - 3,649 views

USB Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

The easiest way to add high speed Gigabit Ethernet networking to a Laptop, Netbook, Media Centre PC or Desktop PC is with a USB Gigabit Ethernet adapter.

All USB Gigabit Ethernet adapters that I have seen are based on the ASIX AX88178 chipset. Detailed chipset information and drivers are available from ASIX’s website.

I paid about $60 for two generic-branded adapters on eBay that I imported from China. I have these adapters installed on two Windows 7 x64 machines that have been running 24hrs/day for 3 months and have never missed a beat. They are also supported under Linux.

Why I Bought the USB Gigabit Ethernet Adapters

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Mini USB 2.0 SDHC SD/MMC Card Reader Review

Written by Vlad on August 10, 2010 – 4:07 pm - 1,045 views

This small USB card reader lets you use any SDHC card or MMC card as a USB drive on your PC. I got this from DealExtreme, and the best thing about this device is that it is small and for $1.87, it included shipping to Australia.

Why I bought the SDHC Card Reader

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Sandisk Extreme III SDHC card Transfers at 30MB/s

Written by Vlad on August 10, 2010 – 3:04 pm - 1,192 views

The Sandisk Extreme 30MB/s SDHC cards are currently the fastest Class 10 SD cards on the market, with a maximum read and write speed of 30MB/s. This makes them ideal for speeding up your computer with Windows 7 ReadyBoost and for speeding up your digital camera when taking continuous shots or transferring pics to and from your computer.

Why I bought the Sandisk Extreme 30MB/s SDHC card

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