Air Hogs Helix Ion - The Hand Size comparison

The Helix Ion: Durable, a bit clunky, and has an interesting charger (quadcopter review)

The Air Hogs almost-indestructible “Helix Ion” quadcopter – a quick look.

Bridge rectified LED

Running LEDs (almost) directly from AC – a brief overview / how-to

Running LED’s from a simple bridge rectifier: a look at my little project.

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.