Media - new toys
Yaaaay, the "Pokit Pro" multimeter I backed back at the end of 2019 finally arrived! I got the one that comes with the Arduino starter kit and holy crap is there a lot more stuff in it than I was expecting. 😮
Posted on 23 June 2022, 12:38
The camera tripod we currently have is "Velbon" brand, I've had it for YEARS and tbh it's not great. It gets the job done but it's not what you'd call sturdy or hugely stable. It wasn't too much of an issue until we got a Peak Design camera strap that has a (quite standardised) plate on the bottom of it that the Velbon doesn't work with. To attach the camera to the tripod we had laboriously unscrew the base plate of the hand strap, screw the tripod attachment into the camera and put it on the tripod, then undo all of that when we were done. I'd had enough and decided to get the Peak Design Travel Tripod, and man it's impressive. It's WAY more compact than the Velbon, but far sturdier and can go both higher and lower than the Velbon as well, and it's attached by a single ball head so you can adjust it every which way and then just lock it in place and bam! You're good to go.
Posted on 12 June 2022, 19:50
Turns out my compressor arrived sooner than predicted!
Posted on 24 February 2022, 10:44
IT'S HERE! ...and the compressor isn't coming until next week. 😭 #FirstWorldProblems
Posted on 21 February 2022, 10:52
Both my USB guitar input and electronic drum set have headphone jacks on them, and no way to get actual audio out of them without plugging into that. If I'm using headphones by myself that's fine, but if I want to be showing someone else while hearing what I'm doing, it's a bit of a problem! I looked into Bluetooth speakers that have 3.5mm jacks as well (we've got a little Bluetooth speaker that I use to listen to music from my phone when I'm out in the back room doing my painting and it does okay, but the sound quality's not great plus it lacks any way of getting audio to it except Bluetooth), and decided to get the Audioengine B2. It arrived today and is both very handsome and sounds quite good!
Posted on 14 December 2021, 12:14
One issue I didn't foresee with the new monitor is that it's SO wide it catches the glare from the window right next to me. And because it doesn't have the anti-reflective coating that my iMac had, unless I run it at a higher brightness than I'd prefer, I struggle to see the very left side of it when the sun is shining directly in. I ordered a monitor arm so I can play around with the positioning more, and it arrived today. Looks so clean and tidy! To properly do this rearranging, though, I've subsequently realised that I ALSO need a laptop stand that can move the laptop higher than my current one, so now I've had to order one of those too, heh.
Posted on 18 November 2021, 15:10
Before and after. 😎
Posted on 13 November 2021, 13:26
Posted on 12 November 2021, 14:05
Given the 34" LG monitor I'd been eyeing off was entirely unavailable everywhere, I'd decided to just stick with my iMac-in-Target-Display-Mode setup for when the new MacBook Pro arrives. Unfortunately it turns out that the iMacs with Thunderbolt DO NOT work in TDP with M1 Macs. 😞 So I'd be without a proper desk setup. On a lark over the weekend I decided to check for that monitor again, and lo and behold it was in stock! Ordered one and it just arrived. 🎉 I can't actually USE it until the new MacBook Pro arrives though, because I don't have remotely enough space on my desk for my old iMac plus the new display. 😛
Posted on 9 November 2021, 12:49
At work, when you hit ten years of service, amongst other things you get a thousand dollars to put towards a gift of some sort. I couldn't think of anything I wanted so got an Apple Store gift card, intending on putting it towards my eventual M1 MacBook Pro, but like a huge dingus, I entirely forgot to apply the gift card when I ordered the MBP last week. Fortunately we also needed to upgrade the old 2012 Mac mini so I put it towards an M1 Mac mini instead, and it arrived today! 🎉
Posted on 26 October 2021, 16:24