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    Electronic waste and recycle by providers

    Earlier I had three TVs in my house connected to Tata Sky DTH, now only one, so I have an HD set-top unused for years, a recorder HD box that is making noise, and one unused dish antenna – when I requested Tata Sky service to take them back, they flatly refused. I told them I was not looking for a buyback or cash, in fact, I volunteered to pay them for it. I feel guilty about throwing a perfectly working box(es) in the garbage and add to electronic waste unnecessarily. Unlike smartphones & say TVs, the set-top boxes are proprietary and integrated with the DTH operator’s CRM – they…

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    I got myself a gaming keyboard but I am not a gamer

    I have written quite a few times here on my love for Microsoft Ergonomic keyboard and mouse. One particular model the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Desktop 7000 I used for over a decade from 2007. Two years back I tried to have an affair with Logitech MK850 Keyboard but I quickly realised my mistake and bought a Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard, which 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 and appearing on the screen, so wireless keyboards often don’t work for me. Disclosure: I write reviews about…

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    Affordable soundbar speaker

    Now with the online classes my son is spending more time than ever on his laptop – to attend school and then to watch Netflix, Amazon & YouTube. I noticed he has been wearing his Sony MDR-10RBT headset for several hours a day. I decided to get him a good speaker system that can connect to his laptop. He was particular he is able to listen clearly to the conversations during video calls and the dialogues in the TV shows he watches. 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…

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    Logitech Brio 4K Camera & TVS 1080p Camera

    Logitech Brio 4K Camera A few months ago, I had written about what I did to improve the lighting during my video calls. Even with that the web camera in my laptop (ASUS ZenBook Pro) was not able to produce quality videos. This week my son took over my laptop as his laptop broke down. So, I had to move to my desktop PC which I did after installing Windows 10. The PC obviously didn’t have an inbuilt webcam. That meant I had to buy a new web camera. After much searching, I bought a Logitech Brio 4K from a local electronics store in Chennai (Rajam Electronics & Electricals, Station Road, West…

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    My new Oculus Quest 2 VR

    Recently I had purchased an Oculus Quest 2, a Virtual Reality Headset (VR wearable device) from Facebook. This review is my initial reactions after using it for a couple of hours. 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.  I have a Google Daydream VR that I connect with my Google Pixel 2 phone. I don’t play video games so the novelty of a VR wears off quickly. In the last two years, I have used it only for 4 or 5 times. The problem with…

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    A Sunday tip – buy a battery tester

    They could be wall clocks or torch lights or game controllers or AC remote controllers or TV remotes or the pandemic must-have the pulse oximeter, many of us have a whole lot of gadgets in our house. And all of them have one common thing… they all require batteries. 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.  The batteries come in many sizes like AA / AAA/ AAAA / C / D / PP3 (9-Volt) depending on the device type. For example, AC remote controllers use…

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    Crazy things people do with IBM PC & DOS

    When it comes to IBM PC & DOS operating system, there has always been a feeling of allure and nostalgia, even after four decades of so much advancement in the hardware and software. Today, I read a news about a young engineer from Slovak, Mr Jozek Bogin, rigging up a gear to boot an IBM PC with a FreeDOS kernel running off from a [wait for it], vinyl record. He had made a custom ROM and then cutting a VINYL record with a bootable read-only RAM drive. The IBM PC on boot looks for a floppy first, then a hard-drive, and then falls back to a cassette-loader, and this is…

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    Apple Silicon M1 is momentous

    Update on 19th Nov 2020 With the many reviews coming from third parties including The Verge, CNET & MKBHD, the Apple Silicon Mac computers seem to be living up to the promises made by Apple on stage. That’s great news. Many software developers (big firms and open-source) like Microsoft Office, Google Chrome, Tensorflow have been posting about their support for Apple Silicon, this is unprecedented for a new CPU architecture. Apple Silicon seems to be marking the beginning of the end of Intel’s x86 on desktop computing. The original post published on 10th Nov 2020: I know it is a v1 product, but still, I am so tempted to buy…