Articles

Posts about a variety of topics which are not news and are not reviews.

Scientists print 15-micrometer starship Voyager to study the movements of synthetic microswimmers

ARTICLE – Several months ago I noticed an article (PC Gamer) about scientists from Leiden University (Soft Matter) having printed a 15 micrometer-sized starship Voyager using a 3D microprinter (Photonic Professional GT, Nanoscribe GmbH). They did this to study how synthetic microswimmers move through a viscous substance. Synthetic microswimmers propel themselves through a substance by …

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How I repurposed a Blink camera to create the ultimate birdwatching camera

ARTICLE – My sister and I have recently become obsessed with birds when she opened her curtains one morning and saw two Baltimore Orioles on her suet feeders. She was so excited to see a new bird that she’d never seen before that it made me start birdwatching too. I began keeping an eye on …

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Help entomologists track the range of Brood X cicadas using the Cicada Safari app

ARTICLE – If you’ve been keeping up with the news lately, you know that this spring is all abuzz (ha!) with the emergence of Brood X (pronounced Brood “10”) cicadas. A brood is a mass emergence of cicadas which are the deafeningly loud insects (males trying to attract females) that you hear in the trees. …

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Detergent sheets bring minimalism to your laundry room

ARTICLE – Do you ever have a problem with laundry pods not fully dissolving? Or liquid detergent leaving behind marks, stains, or discoloration on your clothes?  I did. And I thought I was the only one, figuring it was a user error on my part. But then I read in one of my online parenting …

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How to manage type 2 diabetes – My personal tips and tricks using tech and diet hacks

ARTICLE – I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes back in 2004 but I have never taken insulin injections or other meds for it. With a few modifications to my lifestyle and diet, I have been able to get into the pre-diabetes range and stay there for the past 17 years. Here are some tips …

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My garage has an awesome feature that yours does not

ARTICLE – For years I had this idea to decorate my garage with all the tail lights of all the cars I’ve owned. Not the originals, of course, but junkyard specials, eBay finds, etc. I finally had some free time over the holidays so I finally assembled my collection and wired it up for some …

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Gadgeteer team’s work from home (WFH) setups – Julie Strietelmeier

ARTICLE – Like so many others, COVID has changed our daily routines in a big way. For me, I’ve been working from home since the middle of March 2020. Before then, I rarely worked from home during the 33 years that I’ve worked for Cummins Inc. After a few months it started to feel like …

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Gadgeteer team’s work from home (WFH) setups – Alex Birch

ARTICLE – I was already working from home at the beginning of last year (and had been off and on over the last decade) so there wasn’t a big shift as the stay at home recommendations began to roll in. The big shift came in March when I was laid off and my wife’s company …

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Gadgeteer team’s work from home (WFH) setups – Bob Patterson

ARTICLE – When COVID hit, we knew we were in for the long haul when it came to the work at home situation. So I redid my home office. Here’s my desk setup. If you look closely you’ll see find a number of my past review items that are still in service including my Vertex …

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Gadgeteer team’s work from home (WFH) setups – Joe Porletto

ARTICLE – Having spent the majority of my life living and working in NYC, I’ve gotten pretty adept at making the best of small spaces. From the tiny one-room apartments I used to live in, to the slightly less tiny studios and startups I’ve worked for, space in NYC is always at a premium. Now …

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Gadgeteer team’s work from home (WFH) setups – Bill Henderson

ARTICLE – For years, employees at our office have been asking to work from home—to deaf ears. Covid changed all that. If anything good can come from this god-awful pandemic, it’s that we discovered that working from home is not only doable, but preferable. So much so, that my employer is now selling the building. …

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Gadgeteer team’s work from home (WFH) setups – Andy Chen

ARTICLE – About a decade ago, the government agency I work for declared they were going “paperless”. Haven’t we heard that since electronics were invented? Just before the pandemic hit, our office was starting to have an all-electronic option for nearly every kind work we do- then we were told to Work From Home. Good …

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Gadgeteer team’s work from home (WFH) setups – Jacob Haas

How It Started ARTICLE – Back in March of 2020 when Central Pennsylvania closed schools for two weeks in a “Stop the Spread” initiative, I wasn’t sure how long I’d have to work from home. I set up my own personal laptop — an aging 11” MacBook Air — and downloaded Adobe Creative Cloud and …

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Gadgeteer team’s work from home (WFH) setups – Kathleen Chapman

ARTICLE – My work-from-home setup is fairly simple. I work at the bar area in my home (first photo above) since my husband needs the space in our den/home office area (last photo above). I use a Lenovo Yoga 730 13″ laptop, a Logitech M585 Multi-device wireless mouse, Jaybird Tarah Pro earbuds for Zoom meetings, …

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