Ian Lim

46 years young. Interests: bushwalking, photography, motorcycles, gadgets, android, music ( listening and playing ), man-bags and anything else that tickles my fancy.

GL.iNet GL-MT300N-V2 (Mango) mini travel router review

REVIEW – Since my last review of the TP-Link TL-WR802n , I found a few things that I wasn’t happy with and went on the lookout for something to address the shortcomings. After searching high and low I came across the GL.iNet range of mini routers.  They have a whole series of mini routers with …

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Do you remember the View-Master stereoscopic viewer?

ARTICLE – So I’ve been cleaning up under my parent’s house recently and found my 1975 VR headset 😛 Yes, the View-Master Stereoscopic Viewer. Remember these?  3 reels of 7 stereoscopic images and a little booklet that told you the story. Luckily none of the reels have been damaged with water or age.  I pulled …

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TP-Link TL-WR802n 300Mbps Wireless N Nano Router review

REVIEW – It’s a connected world, and if you’re traveling there’s often issues or risks with the internet connectivity you find publicly available. Or maybe you just have the need for some sort of router that’s portable but you don’t want to lug around a full-size router and it’s associated cables and power supply.  TP-Link’s …

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Google brings texting to your desktop with Android Messages

NEWS – About 5 years ago ( 🙂 ) I wrote a news item on Mightytext, a neat utility that allowed you to send and receive texts on your desktop. I’ve been using this pretty much every day since.  Well, finally Google has come up with their own version otherwise known as Google Android Messages.  Like Mightytext you …

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Meet the next generation of Australian banknotes

Something that amazes me as I travel around the world is how much more “advanced” Australian banknotes are. In 1996 Australian became the first country to with a full set of circulating polymer banknotes.  Polymer has a number great advantages over cotton fibre; they’re harder to counterfeit (due to restricted access to the material), harder to rip (though you …

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Will my new phone work with my wireless carrier?

With the proliferation of cheaper Chinese phones from companies like OPPO,  Xaomi and the recently reviewed verykool Spark LTE, there has been an increased popularity in the Western markets for these well specced but well priced phones. One of the questions you need to clarified before you put down  your hard earned (not so big as buying mainstream players 🙂 ) dollars …

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Gmailify your Yahoo and Outlook Mail – One inbox to rule them all

Gmail has become the defacto standard for email these days because of its ease of use and great features. But some people still have legacy Yahoo and Hotmail/Outlook accounts. Google has supported these other email systems in their Gmail app for around a year now, but they have just  announced on their blog that they’ve …

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OPPO F1 – A camera for the selfie generation?

While OPPO might not be a well known brand outside of Asia, I’ve been watching their expansion outside of that region and their products after owning an OPPO Find 7A over the last couple of months.  Rather than make “run of the mill” phones, they’ve been trying to add functionality and hardware to  differentiate themselves. …

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Android Doze – Don’t poke the sleeping Android

Battery power has always been a Gadgeteer’s nightmare especially on phones and finally phone manufacturers are doing something about it.  Qualcomm has its Quickcharge, Oppo has its VOOC Flash Charge from a hardware perspective and there’s a a multitude of third party apps on the Google Play Store that are supposed to extend your Android phone’s …

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With an ISO of 4,000,000 the Canon ME20F-SH won’t leave you in the dark

Canon U.S.A. has just announced their ME20F-SH, a purpose built camera based on a 35mm full-frame, 2.26 megapixel  CMOS sensor.  Capable of Full HD video with a minimum illumination of less than 0.0005 lux (approximately equivalent to ISO 4,000,000), the ME20F-SH is aimed at markets where low light capture is required such as nighttime surveillance …

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