Monday, September 16, 2013

Solar Power Review - Keeping Your Tech Powered While Camping

I recently picked up from Harbor Freight Tools the following solar power kit: 45W Solar Power Kit (#68751) for just over $150 (including tax).

Solar-kit

Over the course of the last couple of months I've been able to try out the kit on several camping trips were there was no easy electrical grid access.  The camping environment was pretty sunny but not always 100% full sun.  The time of year for all the trips was summer and the location was Southern California.  I ended up setting up the kit on the top of our small camper.

The main reason I picked up the kit was to keep all of my tech gear charged so I could keep tabs on email, news, and any tech issue with my sites.  This was usually less than 1 hour a day which worked out well for my needs, and expectations related to being on a camping trip.

The gear I was able to keep operational using the kit included: cell phone, tablet, WIFI card, and a laptop during trips lasting up to 7 days.

I was suprised during the main daylight hours that the inverter could charge directly: the cell phone, tablet, and WIFI card.  To keep my laptop charged I needed to capture to an emergency car battery system, and then use 3rd party car charger/inverter to get the right power levels to keep the laptop charged.  I was also able to keep charged a USB battery pack so I could run my WIFI card during non-daylight hours when needed.

One other lesson learned, was to turn off all electronics while sleeping.  This helped keep all the devices more readily available the next day then keeping them in standby/sleep mode overnight.

All in all the system worked very well and I'd recommend it.

Updated: 3/16/2014

September 16, 2013 in Gadget, iPad, Media, Mobile, Recommendation, Reference, Technology, Tips, Travel | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Saturday, May 07, 2011

@technewsradio Roundup Posts for May 7th, 2011

The following is a summary of @technewsradio posts to Twitter:

  1. ASIS Bookstore (security pro organization) has announced over 26 new books via their online store
  2. SWFTools is a collection of open source utilities for working with Adobe Flash files (SWF files)
  3. Amazon online cloud services has a bunch of demos available - including Travel Log (Sample Java Web Application)
  4. Google has fixed a SketchUp 8 "dreaded shadow bug"
  5. Franklin Covey's PlanPlus for Outlook (version 7) is now on sale for $80 (vice $100) 
  6. Looking for a open source mind mapping tool?  Then check out Free Mind
  7. Microsoft Press has announced 3 more books in their Step By Step series: Microsoft Word 2010, Excel 2010 & Project 2010 
  8. Wired.com has an interesting article "Wired—Geek Power: Steven Levy Revisits Tech Titans, Hackers, Idealists"
  9. Listening to "A Witness to a the Egyptian Revolution" by Doug Kaye (Executive Director, The Conversations Network) via http://bit.ly/i35GC7Delete
  10. Per Kevin Devin at FriendsInTech.com - A good tool for finding Creative Commons (CC) images on Flickr is here http://bit.ly/gOtgMPDelete
  11. the Microsoft & Nokia deal seems to leave HP WebOS, BlackBerry, and Intel out of the loop with Apple (#2) & Android (#1) being top dogsDelete
  12. red5 is an open source audio/video (FLV & MP3) server that also supports H.264 
  13. Steven Levy's classic "Heroes of the Computer Revolution" has a new 25th Anniversary Edition

May 7, 2011 in FriendsInTech.com, Gadget, Linux, Macintosh, Media, Microsoft, Mobile, Networking, Open Source, Recommendation, Security, Twitter, Windows | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

TECH NEWS RADIO PODCAST #370 | 2010-07-14 | Portable Audio Recording & Podcast Distribution

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Today's podcast examines portable audio recording options and some podcast production and distribution technologies.  Links mentioned in this podcast include:

Feel free to follow along with Steve Holden at: TwitterFriendFeed, and/or Delicious.  For tech news only updates follow TechNewsRadio on Twitter.

This podcast is sponsored by SCOTTEVEST and Amazon.

July 14, 2010 in Apple, Gadget, iPad, Media, Mobile, Podcast, Podcasting, Recommendation, Technology | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Twitter Updates - Google, Amazon, Windows, Chrome, TweetDeck, iPad

The following is a summary of tweets posted to TechNewsRadio@Twitter over the last week:

  • This WEEK in GOOGLE42 bit.ly/9SYkfL Check out: Ribbit, Android Kindle app, Google Reader Play, Diaspora, Google Wave open to all
  • Per @LeviathanChrons the podcast novel "Leviathan Chronicles" has a big update on 5/26 http://bit.ly/8ZzfDq
  • Amazon has announced a Asia Pacific Region AWS datacenter in Singapore (EC2 S3 SimpleDB RDS SNS CloudWatch Cloudfront) http://bit.ly/9NMCNc
  • TechPodcast.com Roundtable is today - Sat. May 22nd at 1pm PT / 4pm ET - Stitcher Radio, Green Screen HowTo, 5 Top Windows Utilities
  • standardizing all my computers with Google Chrome as the default browser - it seems to be faster, more reliable, etc than Firefox
  • TweetDeck 0.3.4.1 seems like a nice upgrade: more meaningful icons, location, scheduled updates, translations, etc
  • OpenOffice.org is looking for proposals their 10th year conference in Budapest, Hungary from 08/31- 09/03/2010 http://bit.ly/b6d6cQ
  • Checking out Apple's "iPad : The Missing Manual—New from O'Reilly" - new book $25 - http://oreil.ly/90aNZO
  • Mark/Space has announced Android Calendar Sync Version 1.4 Beta bit.ly/aDLSrX
  • The new Apple OS X Snow Leopard Security Guide is now available online http://bit.ly/9Rm19H via PDF http://bit.ly/cSanMT
  • Slysoft.com has released AnyDVD6.6.4.2 with support for Avatar, more encryption updates & other fixes http://bit.ly/c0tub1
  • Willow Garage has a new open-source initiative for institutions and universities to build upon a robot platform bit.ly/9muTgs
  • OpenBook Specification for ePub (xhtml, css, etc) - some tools: Calibre & Adobe InDesign http://bit.ly/bGryk8
  • Just installed the new VMWARE 3.1 for Mac -- reports about Bootcamp VMs being faster seem true - more info: http://bit.ly/vmware31
  • PhatWare has announced WritePad for iPad - an advanced handwriting recognition software http://bit.ly/aSuNXT
  • Checking out Tweekdeck v0.34.2 (upgrade from v0.34.1) --- I wonder what is new?
  • Checking out PersonalBrain 5.5 (visual information management) for Mac, Windows, Linux http://bit.ly/bpWZ7Y [free 30 day demo]
  • AppleCentral.com is now the new "centralized" home for MacTech, Now Software, MacNews, MacsimumNews, MacMinute, etc
  • Manager Tools Effective Manager Conference at Denver Marriott City Center has been announced for June 7, 2010 http://bit.ly/akUuI3
  • SitePoint's newest book "Create Stunning HTML Email That Just Works!" looks like a good HTML intro: http://bit.ly/cs7ZCk
  • How to Upgrade Your MacBook's Hard Drive bit.ly/benw4m -- Is a good reference!
  • Anyone interest in an Apple iPad meetup in San Diego, CA - Wednesday, June 9, 2010 http://bit.ly/985fSY

May 30, 2010 in Apple, Books, Collaboration, Conferences, Development, Enterprise, FriendsInTech.com, Gadget, Linux, Macintosh, Media, Microsoft, Mobile, Networking, Open Source, Podcast, Reference, Security, Storage, Technology, Twitter, Weblogs, Windows | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Unboxing Newton MessagePad & Apple iPad - TechNewsRadio Special Report

Steve Holden at TechNewsRadio.com and his family do a dual unboxing of an Newton MessagePad 100 and a new Apple iPad 16-GB.

Feel free to follow along with Steve Holden at: Twitter, FriendFeed, and/or Delicious.  For tech news only updates follow TechNewsRadio on Twitter.  You can also get other great podcasts and content at FriendsInTech.com.

You can also watch the video on YouTube if you want.

More information about the topics, products, etc can be reviewed via:

This podcast is sponsored by SCOTTEVEST and Amazon.

April 3, 2010 in Apple, FriendsInTech.com, Gadget, Media, Mobile, Podcast, Tablet PC, Technology | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Twitter Updates - Evernote, SimpleDB, Beatweek, Dynamism, Python, Etc

The following is a summary of tweets posted to TechNewsRadio@Twitter over the last week:

  • checking out an old reference from my Evernote library - Digital Home Recording Tips, Part 1 - O'Reilly Media [bit.ly/cRgYOm]
  • For all you database guru's out there - Amazon SimpleDB now supports "consistent reads and conditional puts & deletes" [bit.ly/d2gHGk]
  • How to get Windows updates in an ISO image so you can burn them to DVD for systems not connected to the Internet [bit.ly/9JUsMS]
  • if you do internet based research & data analysis then you might want to check out Context Discovery
  • There is now a video library of content for igniteshow.com that is scheduled for March 1-5, 2010 across 60 locations on 6 continents
  • Checking out the new Beatweek (formerly iProng - music, new media, podcasting, mobile gear) fan page on http://www.facebook.com/beatweek
  • Opus.com has announced iMacros for Chrome - automates common tasks such as posting feedback, checking visitor statistics & downloading info
  • Dynamism.com has the new viliv S10 tablet computer with 10.1” HD LCD, multitouch swivel screen, Intel Atom CPU, 10 hour battery, optional 3G
  • the other "Steve Holden" is offering an online course Python 1: Beginning Python ($199) 
  • SlySoft.com has announced the AnyDVD (HD) 6.6.2.3 Update - this is a great Windows DVD copy/backup program that works well with Handbrake
  • Mark Minasi has shared some great Microsoft Active Directory tips related to ADSIEdit & LDAP 
  • VIZIO’s XVT Series HDTVs now come with integrated & upgradeable Internet Apps (Demand, Flickr, Netflix, Rhapsody, VUDU & Yahoo TV Widgets)
  • Oracle recently released VirtualBox 3.1.4 with improved stability & bug fixes.
  • OpenOffice.org Conference (OOoCon) will be from 08/31-09/03/2010 in Budapest, Hungary

February 28, 2010 in Development, Gadget, Linux, Networking, Open Source, Podcast, Technology, Twitter, Windows | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

TECH NEWS RADIO PODCAST #362 | 091215 | Parallel Development, RFID, Ubuntu & Conference Pointers

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This podcast is sponsored by SCOTTEVEST and Amazon.

Today's TechNewsRadio.com podcast examines the following topics:

Links mentioned in this podcast includes:

We also play a promo for FriendInTech.com's Christmas Special that is expected to be release on Monday, December 21, 2009.

Feel free to follow along with Steve Holden at: Twitter, FriendFeed, and/or Delicious.  For tech news only updates follow TechNewsRadio on Twitter.

This podcast is sponsored by SCOTTEVEST and Amazon.

December 15, 2009 in Business, Conferences, Development, Enterprise, Gadget, Linux, Open Source, Podcast, Security, Technology | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Monday, November 09, 2009

Twitter Updates - Microsoft, Outlook, Power, Mobile, Server, Mac, Security

Over the last week the following were posted to TechNewsRadio @ Twitter.com:

November 9, 2009 in Apple, Enterprise, FriendsInTech.com, Gadget, Macintosh, Microsoft, Mobile, Networking, Recommendation, Technology, Tips, Twitter, Windows | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Twitter Updates - InfoSec, Tech & Kids, Storage, Tips, Research

Over the last week the following were post to TechNewsRadio @ Twitter.com:

October 18, 2009 in Current Affairs, Development, Enterprise, Gadget, Games, Macintosh, Microsoft, Mobile, Security, Storage, Technology, Tips, Windows | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

TECH NEWS RADIO PODCAST #353 | 091006 | Cloud Computing Services, NEC Projector, iPod Case, Conference Pointers

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This podcast is sponsored by SCOTTEVEST (SeV) - makers of fine tech clothing.

Today's TechNewsRadio.com podcast mentions the following links:

We are giving away a Tom Bihn Checkpoint Flyer in the Black/Steel color pattern with a 15" laptop compartment to celebrate the start of our 5th year of podcasting.  Listen to the podcast for directions.

We also played a promo from the Geek Cred Podcast.

Sorry, no microbrew recommendation or podcast recommendation.  Hopefully next week.

Feel free to follow along with Steve Holden at: Twitter, FriendFeed, and/or Delicious.

This podcast is sponsored by SCOTTEVEST (SeV) - makers of fine tech clothing.

October 6, 2009 in Apple, Business, Conferences, Enterprise, FriendsInTech.com, Gadget, Media, Mobile, Podcast, Recommendation, Tech Rag Tear Outs, Technology, Tips | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack