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Apr 26-27,2008 (WeekendEdition)

Things in the RainyDayGarden started blooming a little earlier this year because of April's warmer than usual weather.  The tulips, forsythia, and various other bulbs have been flowering for about a week now.  The first iris opened this weekend.

We try to water as little as possible.  As a result, the ground is always a bit on on the dry side.  However, it does promote deep root growth and select for plants which will make it on just rain water alone!  This year we plan on helping with water retention even more by mulching.

To minimize our lawn work (mowing, watering, etc...), we are contantly making new flower beds.  This weekend, we opened up a new plot and moved a bunch of day lilies and iries from another part of the garden to the new bed.  We are looking forward to seeing this bed take shape over the course of the year.  [Permalink] - Wan Chi Lau


Apr 25,2008 (FotoFriday)

Since we got a good bunch of emails from folks commenting on their color preferences regarding the Camera Armor, we thought we would post some shots of the black version.

There were also a few requests for more close-ups... so here are some of the back and side.  Note the details of the mold on the buttons.  This is particularly important from a usability perspective.

It is Friday and we don't want to make you all think too hard, but we would be interested in knowing if there IS a good reason for one color over the other.  So let us know your preference and WHY.  We'll give out two prizes at the end of May for your efforts.  One winner will get something for the most innovative reason for the use of a color.  Another winner will be just because they were lucky.

BTW, April still has some unclaimed RainyDayPuzzler prizes... hurry, the end of the month is almost here! [Permalink] - Wan Chi Lau


Apr 24,2008 (TechniquesThursday)

"Drifting" is a phenomenon which has turned into a sport in some circles.  A reader pointed us to this interesting diagram illustrating the basics of the technique.

So, if you are tired of slowly meandering around those spiral ramps at your local car park, master the "drift" and get up or down those ramps in record time.  Just make sure your car insurance has collision coverage and the payments are up to date.  [Permalink] - Wan Chi Lau


Apr 23,2008 (WowUsWednesday)

Once in a while we get a product in house that is just so cool that we wonder why it took so long for someone to come up with it.  The GPSMirror from Cheetah Advanced Technologies is one such product. 

This Scottish company combined a GPS detector with a rear-view mirror.  Why?  More on that later.  For now, just click on the images and get a closer look at this high-tech mirror.

The GPSMirror can also be interfaced with selected radar detectors to enhance the radar detector's capabilities.  How? More on that later.  For now, take a closer look at the interface unit.  It is pretty much plug-and-play.

So what does this product actually do?  The GPSMirror will help you avoid getting snagged by the revenue-raising "red-light cameras"  popping up all over the place.  And it does it while enhancing your driving safety.

We'll go into more detail on why this product is brilliant in the next installment of the FirstLook report on this GPS Mirror.  If you can't wait, surf over to the Cheetah site and read more about it.  [Permalink] - Wan Chi Lau


Apr 22,2008 (GPSTechTuesday)

Last September we gave you a FirstLook at the Navigon 7100.  Even though it was a pre-production unit, we loved all of the features we tested of this GPS...especially the "RealityView" graphics.

Navigon has not been standing still.  This year they released a thinner version called the 2100Max.  This unit has the same 3D views, but an enhanced set of GPS specific features.  We'll have more to say about them in the FirstUse report.

The 2100Max is thinner, but the display size is the same (4.3" widescreen) as that of the 7100.  Like the 7100, the 2100Max has an SD slot for maps.

The Navigon 2100Max comes complete and ready for use right out of the box.  Just mount the holder, attach the GPS, plug in the converter and you are good-to-go!  [Permalink] - Wan Chi Lau


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