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Brief Blogs for Week Ending 2012-08-09

Comprehensive article on Lifehacker has lots of advice on how to protect your gadgets from theft: http://t.co/HGJ6UeRI ->

Excellent tip: To find great deals on Gumtree/eBay/Craigslist, include the search keyword "moving"…

Gadget Diary – Digital TV for my Grandparents

I visit my grandparents regularly on Sundays. They are almost 90 years old and live in North Bondi.

A while ago, I bought them the Economy Digital Set Top box, which…

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
SCA Illuminated Digital Air Pressure Gauge

The SCA Digital Air Pressure Gauge lets you quickly and accurately measure the air pressure in your car and bicycle tyres.

The pressure gauge is fully electronic and displays the measured…

SCA Illuminated Digital Air Pressure Gauge
Brief Blogs for Week Ending 2012-07-26

From Lifehacker: how to make your smartphone the most important tool in your toolbox - http://t.co/LEcqyReW ->

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Bosch DLE 70 Laser Distance Measuring Tool – The Tape Measure of the Future

Written by Vlad on April 29, 2011 – 9:58 pm - 11,333 views

Bosch DLE70 Laser Rangefinder (distance measurement tool) with spirit level. Also shown mounted on tripod and being used to measure the distance to a wall

The Bosch DLE 70 is a portable laser rangefinder (distance measurement device). You use it like a laser pointer to mark any target object whose distance you want to measure, and then press a button. The rangefinder will then display the distance to the target on the LCD display. The DLE 70 can measure any distance between 5cm and 70m with an accuracy of plus/minus 1.5mm. This is a fantastic replacement for tape measures and ultrasonic distance measuring tool.

It weighs 185g (6.3oz) and is powered by 4 AA batteries. It dimensions are 9.8cm x 5.8cm x 2.7cm (3.86in x 2.28in x 1.08in) – about the size of two small tape measures next to each other – and it comes with a handy belt holster.

It retails in Australia for around $270. I purchased it on eBay for $170, inclusive of shipping.

Why I bought a Laser Distance Measuring Tool

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Are Laser Pointers Legal in Australia?

Written by Vlad on October 7, 2010 – 6:35 pm - 15,905 views

James Bond in Goldfinger (1964), as played by Sean Connery - in a precarious situation involving a laser

Yes, Laser Pointers are legal in Australia, but they have become more heavily regulated since mid-2008. The Australian Customs Service and most Australian State Governments toughened regulations on laser pointers due to the actions of a few idiots who were shining them at passenger aircraft.

Many people who I’ve spoken to seem to think that laser pointers have been banned in Australia. This is false. To summarise the legal consensus, it is legal to buy laser pointers in Australia, provided that the emissions power is less than 1 milliwatt (1 mW) and that you have a reasonable excuse for owning one and having it in a public place.

I have been doing some reading and this is my understanding of the current situation as of October 2010:

It it legal to buy laser pointers within Australia?

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SwissGear Wireless Presenter with Laser Pointer

Written by Vlad on August 22, 2010 – 6:12 pm - 2,124 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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