January 2010 - Gadget Victims


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My first FI8904W! (Outdoor IP camera)

1/29/2010 10:29:00 PM 144
Since there is no suitable solution to place one of my FI8908W outside, I decided eventually to go for a proper outdoor IP camera.

So I ordered a FI8904W and decided I'd become a bit more knowledgeable about it by giving it a thorough inspection on arrival.
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Shortcuts to some IP Camera functions

1/27/2010 08:31:00 PM 88
The following is a selection of CGI functions that can be used with Foscam ip cameras. They are issued through the URL line of a browser and can be used as convenient shortcuts to features that are not ideally accessible in the original UI, like the network activity led, which is located on a page that requires a reboot while the function itself could be activated instantly.
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Power Failure Light

1/22/2010 10:52:00 AM 2
There are so many power failures in my area that my next post might well be a review on a clever UPS unit. But the last incident reminded me of a silent but clever gadget I installed some time ago.
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Start up guide for new wireless IP camera users

1/13/2010 11:23:00 AM 159
The information in this post may seem very basic to people who have a wireless IP camera for some time, but, we all tend to forget how confusing and frustrating our first steps may have been setting up these gadgets the very first time.
I'll try to second the network settings chapter in the IP camera manual  (even though a true geek never reads the manual) to help passing the blocking points of the wi-fi setup procedure.
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LG BD390 Blu-Ray player with Wi-Fi

1/10/2010 06:10:00 PM 1
I was watching this Blu-Ray player for a few months and after having compared the features and prices with other Samsung and Sony players, it ended up as the logical choice. It took less thant a week to arrive from a German eBay shop that beats my usual providers (Amazon, Komplett, Pixmania) in terms of price and stock availability.

The installation was surprisingly easy and quick: after about 15 minutes, the unit was Network-connected, Region-hacked, and Firmware-updated ! Never mind the user manual was only in German (I downloaded the EN version from lge.com), it was really not necessary!
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