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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
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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…

Microsoft Digital Media Keyboard 3000
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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 - 11,345 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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Uniden Laser Pico Projector ULP-1000 (Microvision SHOWWX)

Written by Vlad on January 22, 2011 – 7:36 pm - 6,067 views

Uniden ULP-1000 Laser Pico Projector (sold as Microvision SHOWWX in the USA)

Imagine a portable projector, as small as an iPhone, that can project a sharp widescreen image onto any surface and does not need to be focused. On top of that, it can run for 90 minutes from its internal battery.

I bring you the Uniden ULP-1000, which is sold in the USA as the Microvision SHOWWX Laser Pico Projector.

Although the official Australian retail price is $999, I got it on special from CatchOfTheDay.com.au for $300.

Why I Bought The Laser Pico Projector

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Are Laser Pointers Legal in Australia?

Written by Vlad on October 7, 2010 – 6:35 pm - 15,932 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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