Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Time Lapse of Pictures from Space - (nebraska) - Space Balloon

Time Lapse of Pictures from Space - (nebraska) - Space Balloon

4 years ago, the weekend before I started medical school I decided to get my girlfriend at the time (now wife) to help me send up a space balloon. This was at the beginning of the craze and all I had to go off of was a couple parts list and put together many pieces from different projects to make this work. Bought cheap canon camera to run alternate firmware on in order to create time lapse. Bought cheap Boost mobile phone that game with free data for month in order to text myself the gps coordinates of phone. Added extended battery to phone that ran off AA's from energizer. Secured it all in cheap beer cooler. Added weather balloon, rented helium tank from party company. Somehow it ended up working out, but took a couple 1 hour drives to search for the small box in a large farm area. Totally worth it in the end with the pictures I captured. Check out a small portion of the pictures below as well as a time lapse video on youtube. Check out flickr album for all the pictures, https://www.flickr.com/photos/33632129@N08/sets/72157638392789614/page1/

Flight Map in Nebraska


http://austinandersen.wix.com/space for more pictures and information
 

Blowing up Balloon with helium tank


Landing gps coordinates sent from boost mobile phone


Takeoff





















Near Highest point before balloon pops


Balloon Popped!




Retrieval, was stuck in tree

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Add Front Bay USB 3.0 to Hackintosh Build - InfoZone 3.5-Inch Front Bay USB 3.0 Expansion Port and Card Reader (SY-HUB50044)




InfoZone 3.5-Inch Front Bay USB 3.0 Expansion Port and Card Reader (SY-HUB50044)
Just wanted to let people know about issue I was having and found this device to be the culprit. 

I needed front USB 3.0 ports on hackintosh build for convenience. Found this on Amazon and as a bonus it had a memory card reader. Works perfect with good reads however after several months of troubleshooting, I finally realized this device will prevent sleep in OSX. Decided to get external USB 3.0 port to correct the issue.

Pebble Smartwatch for iPhone and Android (Black) Review






Upgraded to this from Nike Fuelband

Pros

  • Easy to setup
  • So much potential
  • Number of apps and watchfaces increasing by the day
  • Absolutely love the notifications on my watch instead of having to pull phone out to check (also a con, see below)
  • Battery life
  • Waterproof - so far so good in shower and pool
  • Integration with runkeeper


Cons

  • Still early in development
  • Its a very well known issue but notifications sometimes (understatement) drop from IOS (Deleted space like the recommend and try and clear background apps but still have issues with getting all notifications - IOS 7.04 Jailbroken)
  • No activity monitor/pedometer integrated without having to be in exclusive app or companion running on phone


Final Point
Lots of potential but I would wait until they integrate sensor on board in newer models. I returned mine due to the fact that their are no sensors, the notifications stopped working almost everyday. I moved on to a fitbit, but looking forward to the Apple iWatch!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Coolerguys 120mm USB Fan with Cabinet Mounting Bracket Review

Coolerguys 120mm USB Fan with Cabinet Mounting Bracket






Excellent cooling solution. Its so hard to find a cheap mounting plate so this is the best I could find. Bought 2 of them for my media server cabinet. I replaced the filter bars with cheap ones from ebay that keep out dust. Fans are very quiet and move decent amount of air. Looks very professional when built into cabinets. USB cords aren't too long so I needed an extender, but nice to be able to plug 2 of them together to save USB port.

If you need thermal control I would recommend this kit and adding a 4 pack of fans yourself here




This is what it looks like as finished product on my media center




Case Logic SLRC-205 SLR Camera Sling (Black) Review





After some research and trials of different bags, Case Logic SLRC-205 Camera Sling Bag is my current favorite bag to carry my Canon 70D + 50mm Prime + 18-135 IS STM + 70-300 IS lens

It's very easy carry this bag. It feels very light and the shoulder strap is very comfortable.

In the main compartment, I put my Canon 70D DSLR with 18-135 IS STM lens, this is tight fit but works. A large camera body + lens may have a hard time getting in without removing the neck strap.

In the extra lens pocket I was able to put a Canon 70-300 IS II lens and a Canon 50mm prime lens stacked. The nice little touch about that pocket is it has an elastic band near the bottom. A nice feature is elastic band at bottom of lens case to hold it in tighter.

There is also a spare pocket for small things like memory cards, battery, filters etc. It is more accessible than the side pocket, which is blocked by the tripod holder.

There is a filter pocket. The two filter nets inside it hold 67mm filters fine, though the smaller one is better suited for a 58mm filter.

The tripod holder is a very very nice feature. I have a full-size (62") tripod that I got on amazon and fits very nicely. There are two velcro strips to hold tripod in without the risk of losing it.

The shoulder strap is very comfortable and well padded.

The interior padding is decent. It's not super thick, but should be okay for minor impact.

While the zippers secure the bags well, the main compartment has two zippers. ONE OF THEM BROKE WITHIN 2 MINUTES OF USING. I could deal with using one, but the SECOND ONE BROKE THE NEXT DAY. This is the only reason why I knocked it down to 4 stars. I returned mine to amazon and ordered another so hopefully that was just a bad case.

Overall, it's a very well-designed bag for a small DSLR with 3 lenses (one small and 2 large). Importantly, it is in a compact design with good ergonomics and holds all the crucial items.

Pros:
- Holds many essential items for daily casual shooting
- Well Built (minus zipper)
- Well thought-out design
- Very accessible pockets
- Excellent value

Cons:
- ZIPPER QUALITY SHOULD BE UPGRADED (see above)

Review of Legrand CMK30 30-inch Flat Screen TV Cord Cover Kit

Legrand CMK30 30-inch Flat Screen TV Cord Cover Kit




Absolutely perfect. Material is very tough so you would probably need electric tool to cut it to your dimensions (I used electric saw). Mounting options are nice and there is plenty of room for my HDMI, ethernet, and power cord.

Pros
-Great design
-Sturdy
-Flexible mounting options
-Plenty of space for necessary cords
-Very nice look without cords hanging down

Cons
-Very strong material so electric tool is most likely needed to cut