Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Citizen watch from Ebay

The Citizen automatic watch adventure started a couple of months ago when I was browsing on eBay for mechanical vintage watches. I was looking for old soviet watches when I came across a Citizen automatic 21 jewels "reconditioned".
The watch cost me 11.5 $ shipping included.
3 weeks later the watch arrived. It looked just like in pictures.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween to all of you that enjoy dressing up in weird, scary, sexy, or just grouse costumes. This year the by coincidence I was at Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle according to Bram Stroker) on Halloween night.
dracula castle halloween transilvania romania visit
photo source: www.bran-castle.com

It felt overwhelming, the tourist crowding in where similar to an ant's nest, you couldn't take a step into the castle without stepping on someone's toe. The good thing, I didn't step on Dracula's toes, so I live to see another day.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Stitching pictures into a panorama


If you want to capture a whole scene in a single picture your digital camera might not be your first choice. Even if you have a wide lens it might not be enough for the entire scene. It is easier to take the phone out of the pocket, set it in panorama mode and just take the photo.
But there is an easy and simple way to do the same thing with your digital camera, even if the camera does not have the panorama function.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Download Youtube video or audio free

If you are searching for video or audio Youtube downloader check out DVD Video Soft. The programs are great and free. You can find there not just youtube to MP3 or Video converter but a lot of other programs.

Download mp3 format

If you want to download only the audio from Youtube the simplest solution is Free YouTube to MP3 Converter.
Download the software and install it, it is free.
After you install it go to Youtube, find the desired video and copy paste the link in Free YouTube to MP3 Converter. The software is able to save in different file formats and different quality settings. The only inconvenient are a few adds.
Another solution would be installing a software like Audacity, and recording the audio from the stream. The minus to this solution is the fact that you actually have to play the video and let Audacity record the audio (it's like copying cassette tapes)
There are online solution for converting a video stream to audio but not as good or fast as the program provided by DVD Soft.


Downloading video format

If you need the video as well then go for Free YouTube Download. It works the same way as the YouTube to MP3 Converter. Just copy paste the link into the program and when ready press Download.
Are there better free software out there ?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Great small portable games



I'm a user and a big fan of portable apps. Just putting all the useful stuff on a thumb drive an having it everywhere you go is incredible. Between the useful programs, I have on the thumb drive I have also some great games. I sometimes kill time by playing the coolest and smallest games ever made. Being portable makes them more appealing. You don't need to be connected to the internet to enjoy all of the below games presented. You just need to have a thumb drive (nothing fancy).



Friday, August 15, 2014

Better ebook pc reading experience




For a good reading experience on the pc, you first need to find a pc reader software, preferably one that has a library management. To help you choose one or more, take a look at: Best ebook reader software for pc. You can use if you have the ebooks in .pdf or .rtf format, software already installed on the pc like Adobe Reader or Microsoft Word.

To make the experience of reading a book on the screen of the computer you need to make the reading as comfortable as possible for your eyes.


Zenith Z-19, photo by Ajmexio


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Best ebook reader software for pc

To enjoy the experience of reading books on the pc you need first to find a desktop ebook reader that suits your needs. Finding the perfect ebook reader is difficult. The feel of paper in the hands, or the smell, for many readers is something that can’t be replaced.




















The ebook readers for pc that made my list are:
Calibre
Adobe digital edition
Cool reader 3
Sumatra PDF reader

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Bicycle commuting - part two


bicycle commuting urban
Photo by Tejvan Pettinger

What to wear and what to take on the commute:
You can wear business clothes on the commute, but you have to pace yourself to stay dry. If you have to carry things with you a backpack is not the best way to go. It is most likely to sweat a bit with the backpack. A courier or postman bag should be better. A rack on the bike would be the best option. If you can travel light, use a fanny pack or one of the cool running belts.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

DIY Phone and Tablet Stand

I have planned for a long time to build a phone stand. I feel it is very practical: at home or at the office.
Because I was postponing the build of the stand for some time I chose the path of paper. My first origami project. I was ambitious at first but the final result was ... not so good. It was simple to make, it holds the phone in place, it did as was advertised, but after less than a week with the origami stand on my desk, I abandoned the idea of holding the phone with an A4 sheet of paper. I just wanted something more cool and solid.
(If you are interested in an origami stand you can find good tutorials on google and youtube)
Finally, I found the time and willingness to do it.


Prototype #1 is out :
phone tablet stand diy metal


Even though is not perfect I consider it awesome. I just love the metallic feel and look.

Characteristics:
- stands on a desk, table, or flat surface
- it can hold a phone or a tablet in portrait or landscape mode, or two phones in portrait mode
- it keeps the phone at a good angle, which allows you to see the screen without having to raise the phone from the desk

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Bicycles and mustaches

A lot of things have changed in the bicycle industry over the course of history. Now you have bicycles for every type of riding you do, different frame sizes, no more one size will fit all. You get gears, a lot of them, less weight and aero performance but one thing that is still the same ...
















Saturday, June 28, 2014

Bicycle commuting - part one

bicycle commuting

Cycling to work can be done you don't have to be that fit, and can be lots of fun (some days).
Whether you are: in love with your bike and want to ride it every day, 
you love the environment so much you don't want to burn fossil fuel, you are to cheap to go by car or you just want to exercise using a bike to commute is a good idea.

If this idea is growing in your mind, read the post and find out a few useful information and tips gathered in 2 years of commuting.

Monday, June 16, 2014