Bridgelux Vero vs Cree CXB efficiency

Looking for the best LED efficiency: Vero 29 vs CXB3590 vs CXB3070

Collecting data from Bridgelux/Cree datasheets and the Cree tool, and figuring out what’s the most efficient way to go… within reason.

15W Greenhouse LED grow light - Turned on (1/2)

Going cheap: Looking inside the “Greenhouse 15 watt 126-led”

A look inside (yet another) E27-based grow LED… this time, a mid-priced model that looked cheap from the get-go, and despite being advertised as 15W, only pulls 3W from the wall.

130W unbranded LED grow light -

Disassembling a generic 130W (132x1W) UFO grow LED

Opening up another UFO grow light. This time, a 130W grow LED that uses 132x1W leds (SMD5630). I take a look at the internals, measure the voltage, make comparisons to previous leds, etc.

Quick Fix: Plastic Impact Sprinkler sticking

If you got one (or more!) of the low cost plastic spring-loaded impact sprinklers that tend to come in 2-packs, you may have found that one (or both) of them have a tendency to stop rotating. Whether it’s made by Orbit, Yardworks, Nelson, or another brand, the plastic models tend to be cheaply made and a

Repairing a broken spider (on a Whirlpool Duet Washer)

If your washing machine has a broken spider and you’re thinking of trying to repair it, the steps I went through on mine are listed here.

How to replace bearings in the Whirlpool Duet WFW9200SQ02 washing machine

A number of Whirlpool washers end up with bearing problems. You can throw it out, pay $ for a new basket, or replace the bearings. I did the latter.

1500W oil heaters – Bionaire vs Garrison

A comparison of 2 locally-available 1500W oil-filled heaters. Each have their strengths and weaknesses, depending on what features you’re looking for.

Winegard HD8200U installation and review

Winegard makes wonderful large heavy-duty antennas. I go through the assembly/installation process and provide a few thoughts at the end.

Review – a couple Honeywell Air Purifiers

I exposed a couple locally-available air purifiers to a smoky room. Here’s how it turned out.

Power consumption of various household items…

Ever wonder how much juice the items in your house use? I tested a number of items and you may find the results surprising.

PST online payments in Manitoba

The Government of Manitoba is getting a little more high-tech! You can now process PST payments online.

Leliana’s Song – Find the Mages’ Cache

Having trouble finding the Mages Collective Cache in DA:O? I sure was.

VLC Mac Stutter – the fix

Addressing stutter on the Mac using VLC 1.x, with a screenshot to help along the way.

Mac OS X Drivers for the HP Color LaserJet 1600

Trying to get the LaserJet 1600 working on Mac OS X isn’t a simple plug-and-play experience, though it is possible.

Prime95 for Mac OS X

Trying to find Prime 95 for the Mac was a little tricky. After a fair bit of searching, I finally came across the download link.

Energizer CHDC-CA Compact AA/AAA NiMH Battery Charger Review

A review of the Energizer Battery Cooker. I mean… Battery Charger. No wait, I was right the first time.

Kill A Watt P4400 Review

A short look at the Kill A Watt power device – an item that helps you check the power consumption of each of your devices.

Wake up and find you can’t move, breathe, or cry for help..?

My encounter with sleep paralysis.

Could a linux-based Google OS compete with Microsoft Windows?

Pondering the possibility of a Google-based operating system. Maybe one day?

Wireless High-Speed in Rural Manitoba

A look at the current (and limited) High Speed internet options in rural Manitoba.