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Recharge Five USB Devices in One Rack

Griffin Power DockBernie Goldbach in Cashel | Griffin PowerDock 5 in photo.

WE DON'T HAVE enought USB Cables when trying to charge our stuff so it's handy to have a PowerDock 5 around to slot things in for a boost.

The Griffin PowerDock 5 has enough room to give each tablet its own charging port along with a clear backrest. You can keep an iPad in its case while recahrging too. An illuminated status light tells when PowerDock 5 is powered up and ready to charge up to 2.1 amps per recharging slot.  We have 16 iPads running in one trolley so it's handy to know there's a rack that can recharge five in one go. Since this device exposes generic USB ports along one side, it can be used with any hardware capable of charging over USB.

And the 2.1 amps per connection means it will recharge iPads and Motorola Xoom tablets without a low power warning.

The PowerDock 5 costs $99 online.


Sunday Tech News

Sunday News TechBernie Goldbach in Cashel | Photo of Sunday Business Post.

THE BUSINESS POST in Ireland offers several leading thoughts about technology on the near horizon that I am bringing into our creative multimedia programme. You can click on the image to see a video that explains more details.

I'm posting these trends forward by five years to see how accurate Dick O'Brien's prognostications are.

Tech I Can Use

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The e-Reader for Evernote

Sony Reader PRS-T2Bernie Goldbach in Cashel | PRS-T2 Photo by Sony.

MY PERFECT CHRISTMAS present would be a Sony PRS-T2 e-reader because it boosts my Evernote productivity.

I have no real issues with my bog-standard Kindle but I need to squeeze more time for Evernote from my daily routine. I toggle into Evernote several times every day, seven days a week. I tell Evernote (via audio) where I've parked our car, I snap shots of warranties. I put all invoices into Evernote. I track expenses due from my employer through Evernote.

I also send direct messages from my Twitter into @myen. I highlight passages from books, websites and student submissions while I read. I write short summaries of audio I hear on the internet and on the radion into Evernote.

Sony's PRS-T2 has clever Evernote synchronity that would help me GTD. You set up your credentials on the device, log into Evernote, select a notebook to sync with the e-reader and you can see your Evernote life through that notebook.

I can also send content to the folder using Evernote Clearly in Chrome. Clearly's browser extension strips all the clutter off a page, and saves things without any baggage on the side or bottom or top. Clearly can save notes, create notes or scrape whole pages for reading later.

I wish the Evernote implementation in the Sony e-reader was more elegant. I have to manually send items from the reader to Evernote. That means I make several taps to switch from what I'm reading to Evernote to save and back again. That said, to have Evernote in the hand whenever I'm in an e-reading position is a big win all around.

Bernie Goldbach equates clever Evernote use to Getting Things Done.


Not Ready for Lifelogging

MemotoBernie Goldbach in Cashel | Memoto on Kickstarter.

I DON'T WANT TO start lifelogging with Memoto's clip-on camera. It's available as a clothing accessory after its Kickstarter campaign finishes.

The wearable camera is a plastic square with rounded corners measuring less than 1.5 square inches. It has a pinhole for its camera lens. Small clips on the back help attach it to collars, shirts, or straps.

It snaps two 5 MP images every minute and embeds geodata into the EXIF file of every image. Its charge lasts for 48 duty hours. When you hook the Memoto to a computer to charge, it uploads its cache to the cloud where you can view the images. According to the designers, "the camera and the app work together to give you pictures of every single moment of your life, complete with information on when you took it and where you were." It's sentient and active--which can unnerve some people.

I expect to see a few of these lifelogging cameras on people after this Christmas. I don't think it's good form to expose the pinhole to friends partying in pubs.

Kickstarter -- "Memoto Lifelogging Camera" has $270,000 of its $50,000 goal.

Bernie Goldbach has saved this technology in his stack of privacy pages.

Saorview of Katie Taylor

Newest Kitchen ApplianceBernie Goldbach in Celbridge | Photo of Saorview screen

KATIE TAYLOR approaches the 2012 Olympic boxing ring and thanks to the magic of digital terrestrial television, my in-laws get to see their first high definition gold medal.

We visited Argos for a €35 Alba Saorview unit and also walked out with a 10 euro SCART cable. I had already given a 30 euro antenna from Maplins to the in-laws and installation was simple. Connect the cables to a stupid televison and let the intelligent channel finder do its work. The digital terrestrial signal is strong enough in Celbridge to allow a small antenna in place of a larger rabbit ears.

Today, it should deliver a pathway to gold for Celbridge viewers.

Katie Taylor Semi-Final



Previously: "Living with weak Saorview" on my blog, April 9, 2012.

Brendan Farrelly -- "Punch drunk Katie Taylor article provokes outrage" in the Irish Independent, August 8, 2012.

Bernie Goldbach is collecting links on Saorview.

Tracing Foul Air

Air Quality SensorBernie Goldbach in Cashel | Image from Honeywell  

FOUL AIR has me investigating sensors that should help document a case against a defective sewerage system.

Honeywell's C7110A1010 Room Air Quality Sensor measures air quality in rooms, offices, and production bays. It should be able to detect whether we're getting foul air from sewage blowing back under our pavements and into our storm drains. I've seen mixed gas sensors used to control ventilation plants in aircraft maintenance facilities during a previous career in the Air Force. Some of those facilities were involved in spraying deicing fluid, paint removing solvents and mixing distillates. We need a device that can detect those kinds of industrial smells because the same technology displays readings in poor quality air.

Poor quality air affects several unfinished estates around Ireland. As explained by the Irish Times, residents of the Gleann Riada housing estate in County Longford have their case in front of Minister for the Environment and some top-notch consultants because authorities have been monitoring gas levels since a suspected gas explosion occurred at one of the houses in March. We don't want that in our estate, hence the air sensor as a first step.

Bernie Goldbach has links to DIY jobs.

For ItalianFoodie the Forget Mi Not

Mi-Zone Bernie Goldbach in Clonmel Image from Mi-Zone

MY TWITTERFEED tells me others misplace their belongings every time they need to leave the house. For them (and me), there's the Mi-Zone proximity alarm.

You can keep the Mi-Zone in your man bag where it alerts when you try to leave without your phone or keys (attached to a Bluetooth dongle, bracelet or tag). It also sounds off when your chipped kid wanders a few metres away.

You can get the free app, link it to the tag, and set the alert to either 3.6 or 9 metres. The alarm has a 50-hour battery life. The unit comes in black, white or pink.

Bernie Goldbach added the Mi-Zone to a wishlist.

He Died We Cried and Then We Let Him Fly as Catcopter

CatcopterBernie Goldbach in Cashel | Image from Linda Lawrey

SOME PEOPLE FIND my blog for single posts or strange memes, like the one about the "dead wife coffee table." Continuing that theme, I thought it important to make a place for a testimony to Orville, the flying cat copter.

We had two friendly cats who were run down by motorists exceeding the 30 mph speed limit outside. I buried both outside in the same road kill grave alongside the Golden Road in Cashel, County Tipperary. I never thought about stuffing the cats and keeping them around the place. But I've been in homes where stuffed heads, fish, and claws feature as part of the furnishings. The Catcopter is more art than furnishing and the video accompanying this post might not appeal to the average reader. No worries--this post is for the dozens of people hunting for the Catcopter. When I posted this item, you could find the Catcopter in more than 315,000 places online.


No animals were harmed in the making of this video. Bernie Goldbach curates links on tech sightings.

Bonus Link: "Harley Hearse" from my blog eight years ago, July 1, 2004.

Liking Klipsch S4i Reference Sound

Klipsch S4iI KNOW IN-EAR SOUND isn't really delivering the same range of audio as over-the-ear headsets but for walk-about work, it's hard to beat the Klipsch S4i in-ear headphones. Unless you want deep bass.

The S4i has an inline mic that works well with Audioboo and the cables don't seem to generate the same kind of rustling noise as I get with other earbuds. You might expect the 3.5mm plug on the unit to work with everything but it won't work for my Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc and only the earbuds work when the S4i jacks into my Nokia Lumia 800 or my laptop. You can't expect all pieces of technology to be interchangeable and there are some clever mic technology circuits embedded to the voice part of the S4i that don't work the same in other configurations. When used with iOS devices, the in-line microphone seems to reduce mechanical background noises and wind buffet. At least that's what I've noticed when making Audioboos with the Klipsch S4i. And Johnny Cash sounds just fine through the earbuds.

Johnny Cash I'm On Fire

Amazon -- Klipsch S4i reference earbuds



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