Thursday, November 22, 2012

DeLonghi Nescafe Dolce Gusto Creativa Plus Coffeemaker

  • This is a great little coffee maker, but needs to use a replaceable metal part for dispensing coffee. It currently uses a plastic capsule that includes a thin plastic sheath above the coffee; a foil pressure shield (which punctures under pressure and a plastic base creamer device
  • I’ll see if I can get a stainless steel replacement module made up and post back later. Then I can use my own coffee and avoid plastic residues being ingested – all plastics leach small amounts of residue, no matter what the manufacturers are willing to tell us – they hedge their bets and assume it won’t kill us in the long run, a calculated gamble of sorts
  • I’ve just made another espresso using old capsule, by putting a small amount of ground coffee into the capsule and hey-presto, it works a treat. So no need to buy expensive replacement capsules Winking smile

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Sunday, June 03, 2012

Windows 8 Release Preview performance

  • Windows 8 RP really looks well polished. I like the new task manager and how it create a simple yet effective heat map on what processes and apps are causing load issues. Here I’m running the disk defrag tool; no GUI version as yet


Saturday, June 02, 2012

WIndows8 Release Preview

  • First impression is that it’s fast, stable and overall a good installation experience over the web
  • Down side, is that you have to rebuild your PC which is typical of all MS beta programs
  • I have so far installed on a Samsung slate via USB and directly to a Dell XPS. Loosing Media Centre and DVD playback is a sad loss. Depreciating functionality between betas is poor planning IMHO, but falls in line with MS policy on their SKU’s

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Apple has more cash the the US Treasury department

  • At 20:40 Max Keiser talks about how if Apple were to become a bank, that with up to 80Billion US$ they could leverage that sum to 800Billion and become a trillion dollar company equivalent to something like JP Morgan (BTW JP Morgan are likely to fold – see KR 170)

Friday, February 25, 2011

Dot matrix waterfall

Amazing waterfall
  • This is a dot matrix array driving a water printer. Impressive use of technology

Monday, November 01, 2010

Linear brushless motor

  • Here’s what looks like a first example of a linear brushless motor mounted to a standard pushbike. Doesn’t look like it has much torque, but for a first attempt, looks promising

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Filming of Toyota Auris-hybrid

  • Managed to track down the creators of the video commercial for the new Toyota Auris, Hybrid. Impressive array of technology. The wheels are surrounded by phosphorescent lighting strips used in boutique hotels and discos. The rest is lighting projectors, 3D CGI mapping overlays. The second video shows the manufacturing process of the car. You get to see how relatively small the battery pack is. The battery pack is covered for 8 years under warranty and can be factory returned and recycled. At one time it had a solar roof, but for the UK at least, they took it off, because it wouldn’t be cost effective, plus in the concept car it looks a bit distractive
  • The battery uses NiMh – Nickel Metal Hydride technology which is environmentally friendly according to Wikipedia, There is also a very interesting and revealing post on patent encumbrance by Texaco/Chevron. It’s well worth the read, because it explains why up until recently, why there have been few pure EV cars like the iMiEV on the market..