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The £3.99 Guitar Tuner

December 6, 2008 Leave a comment

I’ve been looking for a new guitar and bass tuner recently, and had my eye on one of the many clip on tuners now available. A recent browse of Ebay turned up a seller with lots of Cherub Technology tuners for auction, starting at £3.99. They looked good, but then most Ebay items look good no matter how low the quality. It was only £3.99 (though the £3.99 postage was way too expensive for an item of this size) so I placed a bid and won the item for the starting price. It arrived today, and I have to admit it’s a lot of guitar tuner for the price.

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Is this the coolest toy ever?

June 15, 2008 1 comment

Take one radio controlled car. Add a video camera with wireless transmitter and slimline video glasses. The end result is you in the drivers seat of a white knuckle ride in your own garden (backyard for US visitors)

Is this the coolest toy ever?

Apple and Microsoft to adopt Blu-Ray?

March 10, 2008 Leave a comment

Blu-Ray reports that both Apple and Microsoft are in talks with Sony to add Blu-Ray drives to their hardware. Does this mean we may finally have an easy method of storing and transporting the High Definition video we’ve been shooting for the past couple of years? Apple’s iMovie HD was released in 2006, and only allowed burning to Medium Definition™ DVD. Now the latest format war is over can we have an industry standard High Def disk? Just to keep us going until we all have super fast internet and modern media delivery systems so disks aren’t needed.

The obsession with small

March 10, 2008 Leave a comment

Olympus E-420I noticed anandtech has an article about the Olympus E-420 titled ‘Olympus E-420: World’s Smallest Digital SLR‘. Why are electronics companies so obsessed with making everything smaller? Mini, nano, it’s always smaller than the last version. Is this another race like the megaherts battle of CPU speeds or the megapixel count of digital camera’s? To borrow a phrase from elsewhere, size isn’t important. Ergonomics and ease of use are.

It’s fine to make a tiny pocket sized digital camera when the buttons are on a touch sensitive screen since they aren’t crammed into every piece of available space. Same with a pocket music player like the iPod touch. Some things just don’t work as well when they are shrunk too far. A couple of years ago I bought a Nikon D50 Digital SLR camera. The choice at the time was between a D50 and the Canon 350, and until I tried both camera’s the Canon 350 had the edge. As soon as I laid hands on them the Nikon was the only one for me. It just felt comfortable in my hands, all the controls were where my fingers fell. The Canon was too small, my pinkie fell under the body and the controls felt cramped. So here’s an idea. Instead of offering different colours how about consumer electronics are sold in different sizes for different ages and levels of manual dexterity?