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Top 10 ways to take back your time E-mail
Living
Written by Peter   

Everything today demands our time - Increasing work schedules, traffic, kids, cleaning the housAxbo Sleepphasee and other daily commitments drive our stress levels to the breaking point. Below are the top ten ways that technology can help you take back some time for yourself and enjoy life just a little bit more.


1. Automate where possible – The last few years have provided quite a few options for automating daily tasks, including automatic litterboxes, robotic vacuums and mopping bots, lawnmowers that cut the grass then return to the base to charge, automatic indoor plant watering and more. These devices seem like a bargain when you factor in the hours per week they save, adding that time back into your life for things you want to do.

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Garmin vs Magellan Review - Which GPS is best? E-mail
Mobile Technologies
Written by Peter   

 

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Magellan Maestro 3210

Garmin Nuvi 360

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Rating: 3 out of 5

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Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Updated: While the models listed here are still good inexpensive choices, a full list of the most popular GPS models updated each week is available here.


Summary
: The Magellan offers a GPS with route highlighting, touch-screen and speech for a price that makes you wonder how they can possibly build, market and ship it while still making a profit. The Nuvi is a feature-rich GPS which speaks street names, plays mp3s and has an excellent interface, for about an extra hundred dollars.



Ah, the fundamental questions. Why are we here? What am I doing with my life? Where the heck am I? At least the last question can be answered by the Magellan Maestro 3210 GPS. This budget GPS recently went on sale and I decided to pick one up – After a few days my experiences are already mixed.


Upon arrival I unpacked the box and was immediately surprised with how small it looks. My parents have a Garmin Nuvi 360 (which my dad researched heavily before buying) which is basically the best feature-loaded GPS at the sub $300 price point, and the one I was originally holding out for…before I saw the Magellan on sale. I’ve used the Nuvi 360 heavily, including installing new maps (relatively painless) and exploring new cities with it – it always performed admirably, so the question in my mind was: Could the Magellan compete?

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LG Tromm Steam Washing Machine Review E-mail
Appliances
Written by Peter   

 

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LG Tromm Steamwasher

Bosch Nexxt 500 Series

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Rating: 5 out of 5

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Rating: 4 out of 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LG Tromm Steamwasher – Model WM2487HRMA vs Bosch Nexxt 500 Series - Model WFMC330SUC

Summary: The LG Tromm is a top of the line, feature rich washer with solid performance and beautiful color choices. You get what you pay for, and this washer isn’t cheap. One-time leveling of washer and leaving door open between washes solves any issues with vibration or mildew. Six months after purchase, we're still very pleased.

 



It’s just a washing machine.


This is the basis for thought as I embarked upon choosing a washer for our new house. The washer and dryer we left at the previous house were about 3 years old, though we had purchased them new when we moved into that house. It was a Whirlpool pair, top loading extra capacity and a standard electric dryer, again with extra capacity. They worked well, did their job and we didn’t give much thought to leaving them behind.

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IR543 X10 Infrared Controller - Mini-Review E-mail
Home Automation
Written by Peter   

 

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IR543 X10 Infrared Controller

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Rating: 3 out of 5

IR543 X10 Infrared Controller Mini Review

UPDATED: The introduction of the IRLinc has changed the interactions of Infrared to Insteon communications a bit, and reduced the importance of the IR543.  While the IR543 is still a valid low-cost option, the flexibility and convenience of the IRLinc (no programming X10 codes for your Insteon devices, additional dim levels, direct to dim percentage) are far superior for those looking for an Insteon infrared solution. 


Which came first, the infrared remote or the X-10 devices? Well, it doesn’t really matter, because either way you now need them to talk to each other. While there are a few options that you can buy, none are as inexpensive and readily available as the X10 IR-543. The simple receiver takes an infrared command, sent by any device capable of sending the correct sequence (universal remotes, Harmony remotes, laptops, PDA’s, Media Centers and PVR’s, just to name a few) and translates this command into a signal which is sent via the powerline to control an X-10 device. 

 

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Insteon vs X10, Zigbee and Z-Wave - Best home automation E-mail
Home Automation
Written by Peter   

 

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Insteon

Zwave

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Rating: 5 out of 5

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Rating: 3 out of 5

The promise of home automation is enticing. Press a button, watch the curtains close, lights dim and your favorite movie play – What’s not to like?

 

Helping to bring this orchestra of technology to the forefront is the decreasing cost of devices offered by a variety of vendors. You can still spend upwards of $50,000 on an integrated home automation system, but those are advanced systems installed by those with more money than time. If you're like me however, with the opposite situation – then devices such as Insteon, Zigbee and Z-Wave should pique your interest.

 

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