Monday, April 30, 2007

Latest gadget acquisition - looking for info

A friend who is leaving the country for a year or more gave us a Sharp Hi8 Camcorder (VL-AH50). It had an American power supply - easily fixed with a local plug and we should be able to pick up blank cassettes easy enough. The onscreen menu makes it easy to understand all the features, but I'm interested in locating a manual, accessories, etc.

It only has AV output so any recommendations for digitisers/converters for connecting it to a laptop so we can save movies to DVD would be useful.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Random gadget

There is a gadget on my desk I've not used all that much but is is quite useful and cleverly designed. It is a NeoBeam torch. I got it free with some diskettes years ago.

It looks like an ordinary penlite torch but what makes this especially clever is the spare bulb that is included inside the bottom of the torch and that you switch it on by twisting the top, which also changes the angle of the beam. It has a rugged metal construction and is the sort of torch that will probably last forever. There is a big clip on it for connecting to belt loops etc.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

What, exactly, is a gadget?

Wikipedia defines a gadget as “a device that has a specific practical purpose and function. Gadgets tend to be more unusual or cleverly designed than normal technology”, which is probably a somewhat vague definition, which doesn’t touch on any of the connotations of the word, nor explains how one man’s gadget might be another man’s everyday technology.
Gadgets are devices that enrich your life in one way or another, usually in a way that can be perceived to be more elegant than another way of solving the same problem. One example is keys with built-in lights: Strictly speaking, you could do perfectly fine without, or you could carry a torch with you, but if you live in an area with little lighting, and find yourself struggling to find the key hole to your house frequently, a key with a LED light built in has added benefit. Whilst not particularly high-tech, this could be considered a high-tech solution to a low-tech problem, and it can be argued that this device could be a gadget.

Read the whole article by hajejan

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Got Milk?

A desk built for Macs and other gadgets. It has hidden cables and adjustable height but I think the coolest feature is the fish.

Thursday, April 5, 2007

A MuzGadgets Birthday

MuzGadgets brother #4 has a birthday today.

Hope you have a great day bro! Looking forward to your gadget stories.

Carlsen Cards has a gadget themed e-card:

Wednesday, April 4, 2007


Technorati has got some gadgets for tracking what people are blogging about. Our blog is listed and has a Technorati profile.

Monday, April 2, 2007

Gadgets in the Eighties

When I was about 11 or 12 I bought myself a solar powered radio hat. I might have a look at home to see if I can find it and take some photos for you all to see.