Not happy with changes to Kinder Surprise

Updated: Since I wrote this post and made the video, I have learned that Kinder Surprise and Kinder Joy are two different products and what had happened is that Kinder Surprise was temporarily taken off the market due to shipping concerns during the warm months. Now both are back on the market and I'm happy [...]

CFL vs LED rate of adoption

I think it was sometime in 1997 when my college (Middlebury) ran an energy efficiency campaign and held a few sessions for students where they could learn about new technologies, such as CFL (Compact Fluorescent) bulbs. Those who attended were given their very own CFL bulb, for free. Prices then were about $20-30 per bulb. [...]

Hardware preview: DroboElite

➡ Updated 1/14/19: I have revised my opinion of Drobo devices. After experiencing multiple, serious data loss events on multiple Drobo models, even recent ones, I no longer consider them safe for my data. Today, November 23, 2009, the new DroboElite becomes available from Data Robotics. It's the top of the ladder when it comes [...]

Hardware preview: Drobo S

➡ Updated 1/14/19: I have revised my opinion of Drobo devices. After experiencing multiple, serious data loss events on multiple Drobo models, even recent ones, I no longer consider them safe for my data. Today, November 23, 2009, the new Drobo S says hello to the world. It's a supercharged, triple interface version of the [...]

Camera preview: Canon EOS-1D Mark IV DSLR

The Canon EOS-1D Mark IV pro DSLR was officially announced by Canon today, October 20, 2009. The specs are really good and they show Canon's been hard at work on a solid response to Nikon's latest DSLRs. Many photographers were disappointed with Canon because of their 2008-2009 DSLR product releases, which didn't seem to keep [...]

Are camera guns a lost art?

A little while back, photos of a camera gun made the rounds on all the cool blogs, and people everywhere thought they were new and exciting. How easily we forget... Camera guns -- analog cameras and film cameras mounted to gun barrels or provided with pistol grips -- were more common in the 60s and [...]

Turning trash into usable products

Ann Wizer from XSProject Foundation (as in "excess") is making custom-designed bags and other products from non-recyclable plastic waste found in Indonesia and the Philippines. She buys the raw materials from trash pickers, whom she pays at above-market rates, and, using trained artisans, creates beautiful products from trash that would be clogging landfills, streets and [...]

CableJive SoundDock and iStubz cables

Back in 2008, I bought a SoundDock cable from CableJive, which allowed me to connect my 1st gen Bose SoundDock to my Mac. Since we bought our SoundDock, Bose has come out with a 2nd gen SoundDock, which has a built-in auxiliary input, making the cable unnecessary. Still, we weren't about to buy a new [...]