Monday, November 9, 2015

H and H 3D Plastics

I recently received a free sample of PLA from H and H 3D plastics.  Thought I would write up a quick review.   I received a sample of black, yellow and blue 1.75 PLA.

I am using a Printrbot Simple Metal.  Printed at 197C, 0.25 layer height, 0.4 shells, 10% fill. The colors look good, the black looks a little glossier than my others.  It had good adhesion to my print bed (no heat), using blue tape, wiped down with alcohol.  (Also I keep my home about 72 degrees)

Since they happened to send my daughters school colors, I decided to print out some quick earrings for her.  (the model is from Thingiverse BullDog Keychain )  I scaled it down 0.5.  I first printed it with some Peak Green filament that My Mini factory sent me, I am not sure of the brand.

Sorry the photos are not that great. I did not use any support so the loops did not turn out very well. I also used a digital caliper to check the filament, here the results:

            First end: 1.75mm 
            Middel 1: 1.70mm
            Middle 2: 1.74mm
            Middle 3: 1.79mm
           Other End: 1.77mm
            First end: 1.72mm 
            Middel 1: 1.67mm
            Middle 2: 1.67mm
            Middle 3: 1.69mm
           Other End: 1.68mm
            First end: 1.71mm 
            Middel 1: 1.71mm
            Middle 2: 1.71mm
            Middle 3: 1.70mm
           Other End: 1.72mm

These numbers seem pretty consistent with other brands I have purchased.  H and H 3D Plastics manufactures its filament in the United States. This along with a great product make it hard to buy elsewhere.  I plan to purchase some spools from them and will do some follow up reviews.  Till then check them out.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Uglee Pen

So I received a couple of Uglee Pens to try out.   These pens are like most click pens, I found them to perform like average ball point pen.   Now to the grip.  The gel grip was pretty comfortable and the pens I received had a slight bend in them.  I have to say they felt very nice in my hand, but I did not notice enough difference from other daily pens.

So if you are looking for a new pen to try out and you find them at a affordable price, you might want to give it try.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Casio EX-Z50 lives again

So, I have been searching since 2009 for the firmware for a Casio Exilim EX-Z50 digital camera.  I finally found it and it was a breeze to flash and now the camera is once again alive.  So I thought I would share this file with anyone else experiencing issues with their camera.

Now be warned I am not responsible for any issues that may arise from this procedure.

Ensure your camera battery is fully charged before beginning.

Step one download the firmware file from EX-50.bin  and place in on a SD-Card.

Step two insert the SD-Card into your camera. Power on your camera while holding the menu button. You should be prompted with a yes/no question about flashing new firmware.  Select YES.  You will then see NOW LOADING on screen.  You will see COMPLETE when the process is finished.

Step three power off the camera and remove the SD-Card.  Your camera should now be working.

Friday, August 16, 2013


So recently I was given the opportunity to review some dryer balls.  Well I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical going into it.  Then after talking to my wife and finding out how much we spent on fabric softener, I said let's give it a try.

So upon receiving the Woolzies I took some quick pictures of the packaging and read through the package info.  So lets get to the good stuff 

So what are Woolzies ?  They are 100% New Zealand wool balls.  They are supposed to naturally soften clothes, reduce static, reduce wrinkles and reduce drying time by 25%.

The package I received came with six XL Woolzies.  This is enough for a large load of laundry (eight are suggested for XL load).  All you have to do is put them in the dryer with your normal load of laundry.   So my family set out to do some laundry.  After washing the clothes without fabric softener, we put the load in the dryer with the six Woolzies.  We have a front load dryer with see thru door, so I watched the dryer in action for a while.   I was pretty shocked to see the Woolzies mix thru the laundry very well.  I can see how they may help dry the clothes faster.   They seem to create air pockets in the load of clothes, I suppose this could allow the air to circulate better and aid in faster dry times.  That is far as my trying to figure out how these work goes.

They are supposed to be noise free, but I did hear some banging around when the balls were not mixed in with the laundry.  After the dryer was done, I went to check out the results.  I was surprised to find the laundry was very soft,  I can't say I noticed any difference from when normally washed with fabric softener.   I did notice the lack of smell from the fabric softener,  But to be fair this was mentioned in the directions.  I haven't tried it yet, but the directions say you can take 2 of the Woolzies out , then apply a desired amount of pure essential oil to each ball and put them back in the dryer for 10 minutes with no heat.  This will produce heavenly smelling laundry.  I was also concerned about the possibility of the Woolzies producing more lint.  Upon inspection of the lint trap, there was no increase in lint, there may have even been less lint.

So to sum things up I am very pleased with the effectiveness of the Woolzies.   My family plans to continue using them.  According the Woolzies website six cost $34.99 and they are guaranteed to last 1000 loads.  So they will definitely pay for themselves vs the price fabric softener.  I would recommend giving them a try, worst case scenario you could take up juggling.

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

This Teddy may be smarter than your average bear.


This Teddy is going to have the ability to hold conversations.  This is all possible by connecting your smart phone.  The phone will need data (will not need a wireless plan, if it has WIFI).   I encourage everyone to head over to Supertoy's Kick starter page to see all the details.

Supertoy - World’s First Natural Talking Teddy Bear

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Samsung Galaxy S4

Just finished watching the press conference for the new Samsung Galaxy S4.  Looks pretty good.


Colors:  Black Mist or White Frost
Connectivity: 4G LTE, Wifi a/b/g/n/ac (HT80), Bluetooth 4.0, IR LED (remote control), MHL 2.0
Camera: back 13 mega pixel, front 2 mega pixel
Memory:  2 gig lpddr3,  16gb/32/64gb
Sensors:  New Infrared proximity, Temp/Humidity
Battery: 2,600mah battery, removable

Dual camera mode:  shoot video with both cameras at the same time.  Now you can add your self to the video your are shooting. Can turn it on or off while recording. 

Sound and shot:  Add sound to pictures. 

Story album:  Auto create story album from photos. Tag photos.  Partnered with Blurb to have albums printed. 

There are a lot of other new camera features. Like Drama shot and Eraser (lets you remove stuff from photos)

S translator:  can translate spoken and written words.  All with out a network connection.

Adapt display:  Screen auto adjusts brightness based on content.

S voice drive: speech recognition for while driving. Handle almost all task via voice.

Glove Friendly

Group play: play music through multiple S4 devices, can even setup surround sound.  share photos, group games, and more.

Dual Video call:  Chaton app.  use both cameras at same time.

Air Gesture: Navigate phone with actually touching it.

Air call-accept: answer phone with swipe of hand

Smart scroll/pause:  will pause video if you look away.

S Health:  S band, body scale, Heart rate monitor.    Sensors help monitor your health data.

S view cover: protect the s4 but can display key info thru transparent window.

Samsung smart switch program for moving data to new S4

Friday, February 22, 2013

Sony PlayStation 4

Well I thought I would post a link to the new PlayStation 4 specs.

Take a look and let me know what you think.  I have to say I was expecting more.  It seems that with the PlayStation 3 backwards compatibility is gone.  So anyone looking to upgrade may want to keep an eye on the news.  Hopefully Sony will change their minds.