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    Sony Bluetooth Headset WH CH510

    I have been using for some months now, the NG Earsafe which are open-air Bluetooth headphones and Soundcore Life Note. Recently my son took the Soundcore from me, so I wanted to buy a new headset for me, this time I wanted an over the ear headset so that it is less damaging to my ears. I went with Sony WH-CH510 for INR 2999 (USD 40) from Flipkart. Disclosure: I write reviews about products that I have bought for my usage and paid in full. There were no sponsorship or advertisement, or commission of any sort involved in this post. It has been a day and I like the headphones;…

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    Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite 2020

    My mom wanted to watch YouTube on the Sony (non-smart) TV we have in our living room. This meant I had to buy a Google TV (used to be called Android TV) stick that connects to the TV’s HDMI Input. Right now, I have a Google Chromecast 2 connected to this TV, using which I can cast any content from an Android phone or Google apps from my iPhone or iPad. It doesn’t have a remote control, so my mom can’t go to say YouTube without having a smartphone. So I was considering my options.   Last year, I had bought for my son, a Nokia Media Streamer device for…

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    Simpler Speaker, Microphone & Headphones

    It so happened that the last few weeks I was approached for multiple gadget recommendations by friends and family. The speaker, microphone and headphones that I suggested to them worked out well for the recipients that I am sharing the details here for the benefit of you, my readers. Disclosure: I write reviews about products that I have bought for my usage or my friends and paid in full. There were no sponsorship or advertisement, or commission of any sort involved in this post. Last year, I suggested to my friend, who conducts a lot of online classes, Lenovo IdeaPad C340, which turned out to be the perfect computer at…

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    The PC I assembled for running Plex Media Server

    For years now, I have had a dedicated computer in my house to run the Plex Media server, hosting my media content (Photos, Music, Home Videos & so on) and also as a server with a copy of the data I have in the cloud storages (Dropbox & Onedrive). For a few years it was an old iMac and last year I upgraded to an AMD Ryzen 7 PC. During the pandemic as I had a need for a new PC for my work, I converted the PC for Plex from Windows Server 2019 to Windows 10 and turned it into my main workstation. With Plex gone away, I started…

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    Where did my weekend go?

    It is another Monday morning & I get up wondering where did my weekend go? I was super busy the last few days and I was not doing any paid work. Instead, I was doing sysadmin tasks at home: Assembling a #Windows10 PC for #Plex Media Server & creating the media libraries within it; Install #PopOS Linux on an old laptop for testing; Cleaning the numerous #MicrosoftAzure subscriptions I have accumulated over the years, bringing them under one login; and Moving to #Microsoft365 E5 Dev from E3 plan On Facebook, a few friends had asked me the configuration of the above, here you go: Plex Media Server running on Intel…

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    Access your phone from your Windows 10 PC

    Today’s Windows tip. Apple (Mac/iPhone) owners please look elsewhere. If you are using a PC running Windows 10 (upgrade for free to the latest build easily) and own a modern Android especially a Samsung phone (most of the Galaxy series sold in the last few years) then you will thank me for this tip. The list of supported Android phones is here. On your PC, look for a free app from Microsoft that comes with Windows 10 called “Your Phone”. Once you have it set up (instructions from Microsoft & from Samsung), you can stop picking up your phone every time when a notification alert appears in your phone, to…

  • Gadgets,  Microsoft

    Bought Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard from the USA

    I have written quite a few times here about my love for the Microsoft Ergonomic keyboard and mouse, I have been using the various models for over 15 years. The favourite model for me was the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Desktop 7000 released nearly two decades back. After the keyboard wore down, I tried Logitech MK850 Keyboard but I quickly realised I was missing the split design of the Microsoft keyboard. Then, I bought a Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard, which initially felt fantastic but was a disappointment due to its poor connectivity with Bluetooth. I am a fast three-finger typist, so it annoys me when a keyboard lags behind my keypress…

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    Work from Home in India – Lights, Camera & Mic

    The pandemic has intensified the move to work from home and virtual presentations, online speaking engagements and podcasts. For any of these video/audio events, it is important you have a decent work setup at your home. It doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune. There are plenty of videos on YouTube as well on how to do these cheap. I have written in the past here about my experiences with various lights, microphones and camera. In this summary post, I will bring them all together for your convenience. Disclosure: I write reviews about products that I have bought for my usage and paid in full. There were no sponsorship…