Quick Product Reviews (old now)
Some short reviews. Not scientific, and problems could be unit
specific, or operator error ! Mostly covers products I either had
problems with, or *particularly* like and would like to recommend.
(This page is a quick, first pass.)
Sharp Aquos P series (LC-26P50E) 26inch LCD TV
More to come.
Digitus DA-70305-1 Card Reader (0DDA:2027), 16-in-1
Nice that it can be used both internally or externally, but under
Linux it would die quite easily: the power light goes out and cards
can not be mounted. I now use it externally, just plugging it into my
keyboard USB socket when required.
Additional problem is that a CF card can get pushed right inside
the unit if you are not careful. But when it is used externally you
can easily shake it out again !!.
Philips CDRW1610A CD burner
Loud compared with my original (cheap) CD-ROM drive and compared with
my new DVD/CD burner. Could not get Windows 98 to recognise it, does
not support DAO, died after little use, but quite sometime after it
was bought (see my various other fixes for
Sharp Zaurus SL-C3000 Linux base PDA
Incredibly sharp (no pun intended !) screen, solidly made and nice
keyboard. Linux brings lots of flexibility and customisation options. I
am very happy with it, even though I have only had the time to scratch
the surface of what is possible with it. Expensive ?
But not the product if you just want a basic, "point-and-shoot"
See my Sharp Zaurus SL-C3000
Philips DVD-612 DVD player
My first DVD player, basic and cheap model but serving me very well
since 200? despite quite heavy? usage (probably averages 1 film per
night, every night for ? years.)
Passive Energy House
In September 2003 we moved into a flat in low-rise block of 39
flats/maisonettes, amongst a certain amount of cynicism from people
we spoke to that a flat/house does not need any additional
heating. The warmth is provided by: good insulation, keeping the
warmth produced inside (from people/equipment) on the inside by good
draught proofing combined with a fresh air/heat exchanger system and by
solar heat entering though the large, triple glazed windows. (But
there is a small bathroom radiator and also an air pre-heater in the
heat exchanger which we have never used yet)
Result: yes, it does work. Despite prolonged sub-zero temperatures
outside the inside temperature has never dropped below 18 degrees, and
is usually 19-20 degrees through the winter. An additional bonus is
the thick walls, and triple-glazed windows block a lot of the outside
noise. But in summer you do need to keep the sun off those large
See my Wohnsinn page.
Minolta Dimage A1 digital camera
Nice pictures, nice hold and to use. Lots of features (I am slowly
learning !), but can be used on fully automatic to do snaps. I like
the manual abilities: full manual override for exposure and focus,
manual zoom and manual pop-up of flash unit.
(For use with Linux see my Minolta
Dimage A1 page.)
ZOX 20 Lowracer
Very stable lowracer: see my ZOX 20
page. A great "Sunday Racer" !!
Very nice delta trike: see my Hase
Kettwiesel page. My main commuter bike for 3 years now, fast and
stable, cheap (for a recumbent trike).
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