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TRIEDfir TESTED

LONG TERM TESTS

Fujifilm X100S

PHIL HALL

I ‘ve had a pretty busy month I with the X100S. First off I was a trip to Sardinia and I made the conscious decision to travel light, shooting purely with the X100S.

We were fortunate with incredible blue skies every day (something that seems to have continued since getting home) and these kind of bright conditions just don’t lend themselves to shooting with a rear display. This is primarily down to the new 2.36m-dot EVF compared to the still respectable 1.44m-dot EVF on the X100. It’s lovely and clear to shoot with

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Tailored time

Customizable components and anti-counterfeiting features make Vacheron Constantins Quai de l’Ile appealing to collectors. How does it hold up as a practical everyday timekeeper?

SPECS

VACHERON CONSTANTIN QUAI DE L’ILE AUTOMATIC DAY DATE

Manufacturer: Vacheron Constantin, Chemin du Tourbillon 10, CH-1228 Plan-les-Ouates, Switzerland

Reference number: X85IOP2A

Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds; day and date; power-reserve display; stop-seconds function

Movement: Self-winding manufacture Caliber 2475 SC/1; 28,800 vph; 27 jewels; index adjusted via setting screw; Glucydur balance; Kif shock absorption; 40-hour power reserve; diameter = 26.2 mm; height = 5.7 mm

Case: Rose gold and titanium, highly domed sapphire crystal with non-reflective treatment

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PREPARING THE STELL ADAPTOR 2600 CONTROLLER-TO-USB INTERFACES

Adding the Stell adaptor support into our Atari 2600 case mod will allow us to plug the original Atari controllers into the back of the 2600. just like in the old days, and use them with emulators running on the PC. It adds another point of authenticity to the case mod. Two Stell adaptor units are required: one for Player 1 and one for Player 2.

a. Pry open the Stell adaptor. To prepare the Stell adaptor. you first need to remove the external plastic housing. You can do this using a small flathead jeweler’s screwdriver to simply separate the

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POWERSKIN POPN BATTERY CHARGER

An extra battery for your iPhone that doesn’t suck

Getting your iPhone’s battery to last all day can be a challenge. We’ve all got chargers stashed around work, home, and our vehicles, but, obviously, none of those are very helpful when you’re nowhere near a power connector. By tossing the Powerskin PoP’n in your bag, you can effectively double your iPhone 5 battery life. Since it’s not a form-fitting case, the PoP’n will also charge other lightning-port-equipped devices.

The Pop’n case attaches to the back of your iPhone via suction cups. While we’re not overly thrilled with the connection —

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PADACS ENDURO MINI

Built like a tank, with enough juice to fly from JFK to Adelaide

While Apple touts 10-hour battery life for the iPad mini, there are times when extra juice can really save the day. iOS accessory maker PADACS apparently thought so, too, and decided to build an entire case around this need.

The result is the Enduro Mini for iPad mini, which stitches an 8000mAh Li-ion battery pack into the front cover of an attractive polyurethane case available in your choice of black, pink, or blue. The manufacturer claims the exterior is scratch-resistant, although we did manage to scuff it

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One Gem of a JEWELRY CASE.

We know we’ve got a popular project on our hands when everyone we show it to “oohs!” and “ahs!” at first sight. That’s what we have experienced with this rose-accented jewelry case. Several women who have seen it sitting around our office area told us that they’d love to have one just like it. Imagine the response you’ll get when you present this project to its lucky recipient.

Note: You’ll need some thin stock for this project. Cut or plank thicker stock to size.

Let’s Begin With the Carcase

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From a 1/2-thick piece of cherry, cut the carcase sides

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NZXT Phantom 530

A few more inches on the inside would make it Kick Ass

NZXT’s full-tower Phantom 530 case re­minds us of the title character in Beverly Hills Ninja. The case tries hard to be sleek, quiet, and perfect, but just a few tiny missteps (or a mountain of them, if you’re Chris Farley) keep this chassis from at­taining killer black-belt status.

For example, it’s a bit odd to find the case’s reset switch behind the sturdy front panel. We’re not sure why NXZT couldn’t just split the real estate used by the case’s larger power switch up top, for the sake

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MOCKING UP THE . DESIGN

Before starting the modifications to the Atari case, we’ll connect all the components together outside the case to make sure they function properly and without conflict. By mocking up the system like this, it will help you figure out if you need extra components and what parts (if any) you can discard. Also, by installing and configuring all the necessary software now. you’II find that when it’s time to stuff all the components into the case, the computer will be ready to power up right away. Mocking up the design also acts as an early “burn-in» test, so if there

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I would like to share with you my experience of trout fishing in our mountain rivers. Since in most cases, I prefer lures another bait, it will be just about them. Imagine a light with little depth roll with two in the bottom of the pit. What kind of bait to choose, as efficiently as possible to fishing on this promising place? The discovery of last season for me was voblerok from the company Duo Toto length of 42 mm in the form of a minnow. This lure is actively playing even with mild twitching and is suitable for fishing on areas with moderate currents and shallow. It differs quite good flight characteristics, both for its size.

So I come to this very tumbleweed Put Toto, perform the above casting pits, so that the lure was on the edge, use a light twitching. Out of fish — a miss, even a miss. Finally blow — and beautiful trout on a hook! Gently I am getting fish, shoot the hook, be sure to hand while soaking in cold running water, so the fish do not get burned because of the temperature difference, and releases it to the native element. That’s right, let go, the next time again to see this beauty, because the beautiful fish in my life

Continue reading I would like to share with you my experience of trout fishing in our mountain rivers. Since in most cases, I prefer lures another bait, it will be just about them. Imagine a light with little depth roll with two in the bottom of the pit. What kind of bait to choose, as efficiently as possible to fishing on this promising place? The discovery of last season for me was voblerok from the company Duo Toto length of 42 mm in the form of a minnow. This lure is actively playing even with mild twitching and is suitable for fishing on areas with moderate currents and shallow. It differs quite good flight characteristics, both for its size.

INSIDE MOUSEY

How a mild-mannered computer mouse becomes a fast, freewheeling photon-hog.

Analog (non-optical) mice pick up movements of the ball with two axles that turn gear-like wheels. The teeth rotate between IR emitters and recep¬tors that capture the flickering shadows to read horizontal and vertical directions and speeds. Reverse-biasing the diode emitters turnsthem into Mousey’s “eyes.”

Mousey’s bumper (from one of its buttons) empties a capacitor-full of current across a relay, temporarily crossing the motors’volt¬ages and throwing Mousey into reverse.

Randy Sargent’s Herbie (below) was the first LM386-based bot. It finished last in the 1996 Robothon’s line-following race, but went on

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