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Z-Wave Home Automation Installation Australia – Part 2

Firstly, apologies for this taking so long. I’ve been flat out with work and I’m only writing it now as a response to some comments that requested it. In order to get this done quickly I may have missed some things so please bear with me! This article continues on from part 1. First off, I’ve lived with the installed system for many months now and it’s MUCH better than X-10. Generally I’m happy with it so far. It’s far more reliable and a lot faster than X-10 ever was. Installation was reasonably smooth with my electrician, but annoyingly,...

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A quick comparison between genuine and cheap 3rd party batteries in the Canon 5D mkiii

Recently I wanted to grab a new battery for my Canon 5D mkiii. I’m regularly using it with a large lens with image stabilisation, which leads to a rather low battery life. The genuine battery (an LP-E6) costs around $85AU. After a bit of looking around for a cheaper alternative I discovered DealExtreme (a site that sells lots of cheap bits and pieces) have a battery for $16.20 here. (At the time of writing 08/09/2012). I ordered the DealExtreme version and it arrived a week later. Here’s a photo of the package that arrived. (“Goop” doesn’t exactly inspire confidence!) I...

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Apple: please add timers to notification centre

Notification center was introduced in iOS 5, and while it is definitely an improvement on what came before it, there are still a many areas where it could be improved upon. One of those areas is the ability to add new widgets, or swap out the default widgets. (Other fellow Australian’s can attest to how inaccurate the built-in weather app is on iOS). iOS 6 doesn’t seem to have solved many of these issues. In fact, apart from being able to update Facebook or Twitter via notification centre, the update seems very underwhelming. (as of beta 2) These issues...

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Can I install a small PCI express card in a large size slot? Turns out, yes.

While I’m sure many people are aware of this, it was something I hadn’t ever investigated until yesterday. My main machine is a Mac Pro (2010) which has a total of 5 USB ports. That might seem like a few, however two are on the front and I’d prefer to leave those available for external hard drives and USB sticks. Having only 3 on the back isn’t really enough. Currently I run 3 USB hubs to connect everything and this was starting to run low too. (Mouse, keyboard, USB sound, printer x2, scanner, card reader, external hard drive, hard...

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