Greg MacLellan

January 27, 2006

Digital Camera Tips

Filed under: Asides — groogs @ 1:31 pm

Two great sites with some good (digitial) camera stuff: How to hold a camera steady, and How to take product pictures. Lots of people have digital cameras nowadays, but not many people really know how to use them (yes, there is slightly more to it than pushing the button).

January 25, 2006

I can see clearly now

Filed under: Reviews — groogs @ 5:19 pm

The last few times we’ve had a heavy snowfall or worse, freezing rain, I was harshly reminded that it was time to get new wiper blades as mine were leaving streaks – of course directly lined up so I had to either strech up high or crunch down low to see properly. So I decided to take the annoying know-it-all guy‘s advice and try out Canadian Tire’s reflex wiper blades. After aclimitizing them to the backseat of my car for a couple weeks, I finally put them on about a week ago. And then all the snow melted.

However, they did work quite well in the rain, at least as well as a brand new set of normal wipers. I drove on the highway in the rain with them, and they kept up well enough.
The real test came when it finally snowed (yikes, am I somehow happy it snowed?) yesterday. A nice wet packy snow. I brushed the majority of the snow off as usual, didn’t touch the wipers at all, and got in and turned them on. The windshield was perfectly cleaned. No streaks, and no hinges to clean ice out of. I was decently impressed. (Decently enough to blog about it anyways, if that says anything.)

I’d recommend these to anyone, espessially people who have to endure snow and freezing rain on a regular basis. They’re not a whole lot more expensive than regular wipers, but much less frustrating. I’ll do an update in a couple months about how well they fare with age, but thus far I’m happy. Thanks mysterious Canadian Tire guy.

January 24, 2006

Axbo Alarm Clock

Filed under: Asides,General — groogs @ 11:00 am

As an update to a previous entry I made about sleep cycles, it seems that someone did as I suggested and developed an alarm clock with a wireless wristband that monitors your sleep. It’s a bit pricey, at $244 US, but if that’s what good sleep is worth to you, then maybe it’s worthwhile. Doesn’t seem to actually be available just yet though.

January 7, 2006

Testing asides

Filed under: Asides — groogs @ 12:33 am

Just wanted to try implementing “asides“, as described by one of the creators of wordpress. Hopefully they’ll let me make more frequent updates, without feeling compelled to writing a full article. This is part of my upgrade to WordPress 2.0, which has already caused me some grief, including finding a couple bugs.