Kickstarter – Battery Backup for your Electronic Devices

Posted on February 26th, 2013 by Merlin.
Categories: Camping, Cell Phone, Gadgets, iPad, iPhone, Shopping, Travel, USB.

The Ultra Hight Capacity - Expedition and Adventurer

The Ultra Hight Capacity – Expedition and Adventurer

Here is a project I can get behind. I have backed about 10 different Kickstarter Projects and this is another one of their amazing ideas put into actions. I am backing the Ultimate Backup Battery.  There are three different units. I backed the 11,250 mAh Battery pack. It is stated to only take 4 to 6 hours to charge and after fully charged it can charge an iPad 1.5 times and an iPhone 7 to 10 times. This unit can last between charges too. I read on their Facebook page – a 6 week test – from freezing to 120 degrees and different altitudes. The unit only lost 1/4 of its battery power. This is mainly due to the slight circuit that checks the battery usage. I used to use the Zagg Spark – but after using it for about 9 months it failed to do any charging. They were nice enough to replace it – but the replacement unit soon failed too.  3 days past their warranty period for the replacement and I was told I would need to purchase a new one.  I loved having a nice battery pack around. Long Drives, Sitting outdoors listening to music, may places there are no outlets. So I am placing an order for the Ultra – HighCapacity “The Expedition” with dual outputs. I think I am going to order the Black one. To allow me to make a few nice vinyl cut stickers to place on the unit.



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LaCie XtremKey 16 GB All-Terrain USB 2.0 Flash Drive

Posted on September 13th, 2010 by Merlin.
Categories: Anything Else, Communication, Computing, Gadgets, Life, Travel, Weird Stuff.

Just overhear this being talked about on one of the PodCast I listen too. But I forgot to write down which one I was enjoying at the time. But this LaCie XtremeKey 16 GB All-Terrain USB 2.0 Flash Drive seems to be the cat’s meow.

With many features such as a 2mm thick full metal casing.  It is hot, cold, water, pressure and drop resistant. But only when closed. This Drive has fantastic write and read performance. And this comes with a wear-resistant braided metal cable ring. And this device performs equally between PC’s and Mac’s.

As I mentioned the metal casing can withstand a truck up to 10 tons.

And this sturdy drive can survive 200° C or 392° F or survive the frigid temps as low as -50° C or -122° F

Plus up to 333 ft deep water resistance.

This is just a really cool drive and a 16GB Drive is $74 (9/13/2010)

I can’t wait to try one of these drives out. With the speed rated at 40MB/s Read and 30MB/s Write this could be a really nice drive to have with you. Having this when you need a some files or need to save files that you need to take with you or take back home can be a really life saver knowing they are really protected.

This can also be a great place to store all your confidential info and keep it with you at all times. What a better way then with something that is this disaster resistant. Yes you can keep some of your info in the clouds but what do you do when the connection to the clouds are severed.


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Happy Easter 2009

Posted on April 12th, 2009 by Merlin.
Categories: Anything Else, Art, DIY, Travel.

Just wanted to wish Everyone A Happy Easter and Share this Great Easter Rendering of Jesus Done completely in Donated Legos – Made of 30,000 Legos – It took 40 volunteers 18 months to complete – It is a replica of Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen’s “Christus” statue. I just find this amazing. Having visited one of the Lego Stores and seeing some of their work which was amazing this done by volunteers working with the donated legos of Jesus looks stunning. This replica stands about 6 Foot Tall and can be found at the Onsta Gryta church in Vasteras Sweden.

Full Article can be found at: AP News on Google.

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Robots Invade Pittsburgh – Roboworld

Posted on April 20th, 2008 by Merlin.
Categories: Announcement, Human, Life, Pittsburgh, Travel.

Carnegie Science Center - Pittsburgh - RoboworldJust announced – Well earlier this month – Is Roboworld at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, PA. This new exhibit will be part of their permanent display –  It will cost about $3.4 million and  will emphasize three aspects of artificial robotic behavior: sensing, thinking and acting.

This Display will also  include members of the Carnegie Mellon University Robot Hall of Fame. On April 9th Anthony Daniels Dropped by for this announcement as his famous character C3PO is on display in the Robot Hall of Fame.

This exhibit hopes to help to foster kids into careers in Science, Math, and Technology and hopefully relating to the field of robotics. From all that I read on this new display this will be the largest of it kind in the nation.

I know I can’t wait till this display opens – if it is like the other displays there – it will included lots of hands on and lots of fun with a bunch of education thrown in with out it seeming like you are learning.

And as R2D2 would Say:

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Video: 2007 Computer Controlled Christmas Lights

Posted on December 23rd, 2007 by Merlin.
Categories: Art, DIVX, Hack, Life, Travel, Video, YouTube.

First: Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all the readers out there. Thanks for visiting and enjoy the lights.

This year they have about 176 channels of Light-O-Rama and 45,000 lights.
They are located in Pleasant Grove, Utah. For more information, visit!

Carol of the Bells

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A look into our Future From 1958

Posted on December 23rd, 2007 by Merlin.
Categories: Communication, Gadgets, Human, Life, Travel, Video, YouTube.

Yes, you read the title correctly – a look at the future from 1958 – The following video will show what the people from 1958 Thought the future might look like. This clip just under 10 mins long is quite fascinating. I think it predicts the GPS, TV Rear View Mirrors, The Huge Highways Signs, and Traffic Warning Systems (hmm like the ones on some GPS Units)

Excerpt from Video Info: “An excerpt from the 1958 “Disneyland” TV Show episode entitled “Magic Highway USA”. In this last part of the show, an exploration into possible future Transportation technologies is made. It’s hard to believe how little we’ve accomplished on this front since 1958, and how limited the scope for imagining such future technologies has become. Witness an artifact from a time where the future was greeted with optimism. Note the striking animation style here, achieved with fairly limited animation and spectacular layouts.

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