MiFi - a portable 3G WiFi hotspot


Finally, WiFi in the train...

The Novatel Wireless MiFi is a small, battery powered device that creates a 3G data connection and a local WiFi field so that all your WiFi gadgets can get on the internet using that one 3G connection.

This is great if you are out and about where there is no WiFi and you have devices that can only connect to the net using WiFi. Now you have your own portable WiFi hotspot that will work everywhere there is 3G or even EDGE or GPRS coverage.

Club DVDnet - Netflix for Finland


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I have been testing Club DVDnet for one month now - it's like Netflix but in Finland. You pay a fixed price per month and they send you two (plastic) DVDs per (snail) mail. Once you have watched the movies and returned them, they will send you two new ones. You need to keep a "wish list" with at least 15 movies in it and they will then pick two from that list whenever they send you movies. After one month I still have not gotten my top-options, only movies further down on the list.

Out with the Apple TV - In with the Asus O!Play HDP-R1


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The name is not catchy, the box is plastic and the user interface is terrible.

But the Asus O!Play does one thing my Apple TV has never been able to do; it can access video files in different formats on my network attached hard disks (NAS) and display them on my TV.

I bought the Apple TV when it was first introduced and I'we gone trough all the versions from 1 to 3 but my Apple TV still does not do that one thing I expect it to do. I have also tried to install the XBMC media player among other things but it still comes up short.

The WiFi bathroom scale


Withings scale

The Withings WiFi bathroom scale may seem like a strange gadget and a far fetched use for WiFi but it makes sense. Withings offers its users a nice web interface for tracking measurements over time using fancy graphs - it measures weight and fat mass based on electrodes in the glass surface. As long as all users of the same scale have somewhat distinct characteristics, the scale automatically identifies its user.

...and there is also an iPhone application for accessing your data, complete with push notification.

Full circle: how the Canon S90 brought me back to aperture priority


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Some 20 years ago I discovered photography using a just barely automatic Minolta XG-M that did not even have auto-focus. I quickly learned to use the camera in "aperture priority" (Av) -mode where I chose the desired aperture size and the camera calculated a shutter speed to go with it - and since I wanted sharp images and shallow depth of field, I always kept the camera on maximum aperture.