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).
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.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Updates from Twitter - iPad, DEFCON 19, Podcasts, Mobile, Amazon, Etc
The following items were recently posted on @technewsradio:
- USB hub allows simultaneous syncing of 49 iPads http://t.co/OO9H7HW
- DEFCON 19 Podcast Review #security #news #research #hacker #conference http://t.co/rbCr7hK
- SpokenWord.org gets about 1000 new programs every day & they are looking for curators of categories to make the content more organized
- BigBlueButton is a open source collaboration and training system that integrates a bunch of open source projects http://t.co/mEL5dDS
- PC World has more details on the recent news from Qualcomm about their planned updated Snapdragon mobile processor http://t.co/lQQO8y4
- YouTube has a great overview presentation on how "Prezi for iPad" works http://t.co/sHFJBSo
- Amazon EC2 is now supporting Virtual Machine (VM) Import to Amazon EC2 instances http://t.co/35n2UtJ
- IObit has announced a freeware version of Game Booster v2 for Windows that is geared for improving game performance http://t.co/Q0lWB4D
- Via Box.net ... you can get e-signatures features via DocuSign services integrated with documents stored on Box.net
- Getting started with project management? - "scope, time & "cost" - a good reference at Wikipedia http://t.co/oVIzQIX
- "Heroes of the Computer Revolution" original book looked at hackers & nerds from the late 1950s to the early 1980s http://t.co/H4Vz2kM
- arborjs.org - a graph visualization library using web workers and jQuery http://t.co/Zao0gyv
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:
- Yahoo's Podcasters Mailing
- Zoom H4n
- Zoom H2
- Edirol R-09
- Zoom H1
- Marantz 660
- Apple iPad
- WordPress Audio Player
- Google Player
- Playtagger from Yahoo
- Amazon CloudFront
- Encoding's Apple & Amazon Streaming
Monday, July 12, 2010
TECH NEWS RADIO PODCAST #368 | 2010-07-12 | Apple iPad Review & Book Pointer
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Today's podcast is a quick review of the Apple iPad and a pointer to a new book "iPad: The Missing Manual" [ISBN: 978-1-4493-8784-6] by J.D Biersdorfer with David Pogue. Links mentioned in this podcast include:
- Steve Holden's iPad Review (Part 1)
- Steve Holden's iPad Review (Part 2)
- How to automatically load PDFs into iBooks
- Steve Holden's Newton & iPad Unboxing Video
- David Allen's Getting Things Done (GTD)
- Missing Manuals Series
- Apple iTunes
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
TECH NEWS RADIO PODCAST #364 | 2010-07-06 | Having Fun With Your Apple iPad
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Today's podcast is a pointer to an O'Reilly webcast entitled "Five Ways The iPad Can Entertain You" with J.D. Biersdorfer the author of the book "iPad: The Missing Manual." The webcast is going to focus on: Books, Photos, Movies, Music, and Maps; plus offer time for Q&A. The webcast is currently scheduled for 10 - 11 am on Friday, June 9, 2010. You can sign up via: REGISTER >
We also play a short promo for Chuck Tomasi and Kreg Stepp's companion podcast called "Teach Yourself WordPress in 10 Minutes ... in 10 Minutes" that is a great supplement to their book "Teach Yourself WordPress in 10 Minutes".