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Heller 5 Fin 1000W Column Electric Oil Heater

The Heller 5-fin 1000W Electric Oil Heater is an oil-filled radiative heater. It consist of parallel metal columns (fins) with hollow cavities and a sealed reservoir of oil. A heating…

Heller 5-Fin 1000W Electric Oil Heater
Gadget Diary – Shopping at Woolworths

It was really hot here in Sydney on Saturday night, so I went to Woolies, just before midnight, to get myself some cold bottles of soda water and Pepsi Max.…

Micro USB Cables for the HTC Desire and other HTC Android-Based Smart Phones

Earlier this year, I replaced my 2007-vintage Nokia E70 with an HTC Desire, which runs Google Android (originally 2.1, now upgraded to Froyo 2.2). It is by no means a…

Micro USB Cables for the HTC Desire and other HTC Android-Based Smart Phones
Brief Blogs for Week Ending 2012-09-13

Lifehacker: "Top 10 Tricks for Turning Your Junk Into Money" - tips on selling old, unwanted stuff - http://t.co/YZsYtLG1 ->

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…

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Confidence Stow-A-Bike Foldable Exercise Bike

Written by Vlad on July 10, 2011 – 2:21 pm - 14,788 views

The Confidence Stow-A-Bike Foldable Exercise Bike - unfolded position on left, folded position on right

This is an exercise bike with a folding frame, designed to be easy to set up and put away when you’re not using it. If you are short of space in your bedroom or living room, this is a godsend.

It has a magnetic resistance system with 8 resistance settings and a 4-function cycle computer that tracks your riding time, speed, distance, and calories burnt. The cycle computer is powered by a single AA battery, so no mains power is required.

It weighs 17kg (approx 37.5lbs), so it is easy for a single person to carry with two hands.

When unfolded, it takes up 88cm x 45.5cm (2.9ft x 1.5ft) of floor space, with a maximum height of 126.5cm (4.15ft)

When folded, it reduces to 52.5cm x 45.5cm (1.7ft x 1.5ft) of floor space, with a maximum height of 147cm (4.82ft)

It also features non-skid foot pedals with straps, and a height-adjustable padded seat.

I bought it on special for $100 from oo.com.au, during their end-of-financial year sale. It is also available on eBay.

Why I Bought The Confidence Folding Exercise Bike

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Skypix Portable Scanner for People On The Go

Written by Vlad on September 9, 2010 – 4:24 pm - 6,595 views

Skypix Portable Scanner - elevated left hand view showing micro SD slot

The Skypix Portable Scanner performs colour and greyscale scanning with a maximum resolution of 600dpi. It is shaped like a wand, which you slide across the document you want to scan. This allows you to easily scan pages from books and magazines, which is not possible with portable page scanners, like the popular Fuji Scansnap series.

The scanned images are saved in JPEG format onto a MicroSD card. The scanner connects to your computer via a mini USB cable and it appears like a removable flash drive – all the scanned JPEG images are placed inside a folder.

It is powered by two standard AA batteries, which provide enough power for about 200 scans.

It weighs just 210g (7.4oz) and is 25.4cm (10″) long – 4.4cm (1.73″) longer than the width of a sheet of A4 paper. The Skypix portable scanner is 3.05cm (1.2″) tall and x 2.79cm (1.1″) wide. This makes it easy to fit into a backpack or handbag.

The scanner comes with a drawstring bag, mini USB cable and a CD with bundled OCR software.

I bought it on eBay for just under $100 including shipping.

Why I bought the Skypix Portable Scanner

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