New Battery and SSD for a Mid-2010 MacBook Pro 13

I have this MacBook Pro 13 and I needed to replace the battery and add an SSD drive to bring the Mac back to life. It’s a mid 2010 MacBook Pro 13 model A1278 MacBookPro 7,1. The original battery was bad and started to swell.
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Impact Super Clamps With Ratchet Handle or T-Handle

I recently decided to pick up a couple clamps to use in my studio. I decided to by three Impact Super Clamps. I ordered one Impact Super Clamp with a Ratchet Handle and two Impact Super Clamps with T-Handles. You can use these clamps to hold various photography and video gear. These clamps are like gaffer’s tape in that they can be used to hold all sorts of stuff.
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Using the Belkin Wemo Mini Smart Plug as a Light Timer

I bought a Belkin Wemo Mini Smart Plug. With the Smart Plug and other Wemo devices, you can control your home’s lights and appliances using your existing Wi-Fi network. The Wemo Mini Smart Plug retails for $35, but you can current buy one on Amazon for about $25.
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Logitech MX Anywhere 2S Wireless Mobile Mouse For Mac And PC

Today I wanted to unbox and tell you about my Logitech MX Anywhere 2S Wireless Mobile Mouse.

I bought this mouse a couple of months ago and it’s been sitting on my studio desk waiting for me to do an unboxing video. You see I already own the predecessor, the Logitech MX Anywhere 2, and I loved that mouse so much I decided to pick up a second one so I could have one on both the my office desk and my studio desk.
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Etymotic hf3 Earphones Plus Headset

I recently picked up a pair of Etymotic hf3 Earphones + Headphones. The hf3s are a high end noise isolating earphones and headset for use with the Apple iPhone. You can pick up a pair of hf3s on Amazon for $120. That’s a lot of money, but these are a premium product. Etymotic Research invented in-ear technology in the 1980s and the are the makers of high end earphones, hearing testing, and hearing protection products used by professional musicians.
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My LED Shop Light Killed My Wi-Fi Network

I bought a WINTEC 4ft LED shop light at Costco, I really liked it but I had to return it because it killed my Wi-Fi network. When the light was on, my 5Ghz wireless Wi-Fi AC network would slow to a crawl. Shortly after Access Point (AP) name would disappear from the choices on my Mac, iPad, or iPhone and Wi-Fi would completely stop working. My router is set up for both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz wi-fi, but the 2.4 GHz network didn’t appear to have any problems. I ended up returning the light for a refund.
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Omron Evolv Wireless Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor Review

I recently picked up Omron Evolv Wireless Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor. I have wanted an electronic Blood Pressure Monitor (BPM) for a while now so I decided to try out the Omron Evolv. The most important feature of any BPM is that it accurately measure your blood pressure and I had read that the other Omron models have tested accurately so I am hoping the Omron measures up.

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Unboxing Monoprice Performance Instrument and Vocal Mics

In my latest video I unbox two microphones from Monoprice.
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Changing Bicycle Pedals: Pedal Wrench or Hex Key

I recently needed to swap my mountain bike pedals on to my road bike so I could keep riding the trainer this winter after my the cleat holes on road shoes gave out. It’s been years since I needed to remove pedals and almost didn’t remember that while most pedals require a pedal wrench, SPD pedals use 6mm allen wrench or hex key. Today I wanted to put my road pedals back on so though I’d show you how.
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Unboxing the Manfrotto Pixi Mini Tripod

Today I wanted to tell you about the Manfrotto Pixi Mini Tripod. You can use this as a table top tripod or an handle to hold your camera. I plan to use it with my iPhone and other smartphones for shooting time lapses and well as a handle while shooting video.
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I Broke My CHEMEX Coffeemaker!

A couple of weeks ago I came home and my wife was being extremely nice to me. Almost too nice. She pointed over the the counter and there was my CHEMEX with the top cone cracked and held together with tape. After seeing the tape, I asked her did she think I wouldn’t notice but she assured me the tape was there just to keep the pieces together until I came home and decided what to do with it. She told me she banged it with a plate while putting away the dishes.
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Connect Your MacBook Pro to a Desktop Monitor With Apple’s Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter

Today, I wanted to tell you about Apple’s Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter. With this adapter you connect your MacBook Pro to any external desktop monitor, TV, or projector that has a VGA port.
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Connect Your MacBook Pro to a Desktop Monitor With Apple’s Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter

Today, I wanted to tell you about Apple’s Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter. With this adapter you connect your MacBook Pro to any external desktop monitor, TV, or projector that has a DVI port.
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Connecting Your MacBook Pro to Your Desktop LCD or LED Monitor

Do you want to connect your MacBook Pro to an external monitor? In this article I’ll tell you how and explain what you need to know.
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I Ordered a Pair of Wide Cycling Shoes – Lake CX160X

Well after some searching I ordered a pair of wide cycling road shoes. I picked up a pair of Lake CX160X Road Cycling Shoes. I ordered a pair of of 46 wide. They set my back $67.49. Which for a pair of cycling shoes which didn’t break the banks. Now, these shoes were definitely a closeout model. Looks like the new model is the CX161x for 2017.
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Connecting Your MacBook Pro to Your HDTV

Are your trying to figure out how to connect your MacBook Pro to that giant LED / LCD TV in your living room? In this article, I’ll tell you how.

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Brewing Coffee With the CHEMEX Coffeemaker

In this video I show you how I brew coffee with my CHEMEX Coffeemaker. The pour-over method of brewing coffee takes a little longer and is more effort than using an Automatic Drip Coffeemaker but I think the coffee tastes much better.

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Rode VideoMicro with Android Phones

Today I decided to try out my Rode VideoMicro compact microphone with two different Android phones. Check out my video to hear how they sounded.
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Ztylus Smartphone Rig vs Shoulderpod S1 Grip

Somebody asked me which smartphone tripod mount grip I liked better the Ztylus Smartphone Rig or the Shoulderpod S1 iPhone Pro Grip. Today I thought I’d share my thoughts.

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Glass Top Cover for CHEMEX Coffeemaker

Today I thought I’d show you this really cool accessory I bought for my CHEMEX Coffeemaker.
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CHEMEX Coffeemaker Filter Options

Today I wanted to tell you about the different filter options available for for the CHEMEX coffeemaker. I bought a 100ct box of the CHEMEX Square Natural filters. The retail for about $9 bringing the price to around $0.09 per filter.

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Why Is It So Hard to Find Wide Width Cycling Shoes?

I have really wide feet. This makes shopping for shoes difficult. But, it makes shopping for cycling shoes a disaster. And, while shopping for wide width shoes and sneakers has improved in the last twenty years or so with the rise of the Internet and online shopping, shopping for cycling shoes hasn’t seemed to improve as much.

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Unboxing the CHEMEX Filter-Drip Coffeemaker

I recently bought a CHEMEX Filter-Drip Coffee Maker so I thought I’d do an unboxing video for those of you who are interested. I chose the Six Cup Classic which is the CM-6A model. The CHEMEX is a manual pour-over coffee maker.

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Ztylus Z-Grip Smartphone Rig Update

Today I was planning on doing a comparison between the Ztylus Z-Grip Smartphone Rig and the ShoulderPod S1 Smartphone Rig. Both the Z-Grip and S1 are clamps you attach to your iPhone or other smartphone to use as a handle or attach your phone to a tripod.

But as I was preparing to do my comparison, I checked my Amazon link for the Ztylus and found out the link is now going to a different product. When I search Amazon, I now only see the Z-Grip for sale as part of a $40 and $50 bundle. This is really disappointing because when I ordered my Z-Grips they were only $9.95 which was a great deal.
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Is A Plastic Coffeemaker A Bad Idea?

Lately my coffee has a funny taste to it and I’m wondering if it has to do anything with the fact that is coffee maker is made almost entirely of plastic. I like a good cup of coffee, but I am a long way from a coffee connoisseur. About 10 years ago, I switched from ground coffee to buying whole beans and grinding my own coffee. I buy beans from Starbucks, a local coffee roaster, or Costco to save a few bucks.
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Changing the DPI Setting on the Logitech MX Anywhere 2 Wireless Mouse

Recently viewer, alfredo, from YouTube asks

Hi, maybe you can tell how to change DPI setting on this mouse?

Hi Alfredo,
Acording to the SPECS & DETAILS on, the MX Anywhere 2 Mouse is set to 1000 DPI but has a range between 400 and 1600 dpi and can be set in increments of 200 dpi. They don’t really make it clear how to do this but it looks like it can be set using the Logictech Options software. I installed the software on both my Mac and PC to check it out, and they don’t have a setting marked DPI but have sliders for pointer speed and scrolling speed.
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Using the Rode VideoMicro Microphone With a Mac or PC

A youTube viewer, Raj, recently asked me if he could use the Rode VideoMicro microphone with a computer. I wasn’t sure so I decided to try it on my 2015 MacBook Pro and my wife’s Window’s 8.1 Dell laptop.

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Ztylus Z-Grip Mini Smartphone Grip from eBay

After waiting almost a month, the Mini Smartphone Rig Clamp Mobile Photography Grip Tripod Mount Stand I ordered on eBay finally arrived.

You may recall from an earlier video, I bought these smartphone clamps to use with my iPhone 6 and the Rode Video Micro Compact On Camera Microphone. What is cool about these clamps is that they have a cold shoe mount on the top which I can attach the Rode to.
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Ztylus Z-Grip Mini Smartphone Grip

Today I wanted to show you the Ztylus Z-Grip Mini Smartphone Grip. The Z-Grip is a clamp you can use to hold your smartphone to stabilize it for video and photos. The Z-Grip has a 1/4″-0 mount on the bottom so it can be attached to a tripod or other photography gear that includes a 1/4 20 stud. The clamp had two padded jaws to hold your smartphone. The clamp is spring loaded and has a tension screw on the front to secure the jaws. The Z-Grip has a cold shoe mount on the top. This is perfect to mounting the Rode Video Micro on top. Simply slide the cold shoe plate on the Video Micro into the slot and tighten the screw on the microphone.
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Rode VideoMicro with iPhone 6s On A Windy Day

In this video I compare the Rode VideoMicro Compact Microphone with the iPhone 6s’ built in microphone. It was a very windy day in New England, the wind is blowing hard, the leaves are rustling, and there was all sorts of outdoor power equipment running off in all directions. Its leaf season and people were out in full force cleaning up.
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Logitech MX Anywhere 2 Wireless Mobile Mouse for my MacBook Pro

About 10 years ago, I switched to back tto a MacBook Pro from Windows, ironically because I needed a Mac for my job. And why Apple makes great notebook, I really don’t like the Apple Magic Mouse. I had this great mouse, the Logitech MX Anywhere Wireless Mouse that I used with my PC. This is a great mouse, and I even used it with my Mac. The only thing I didn’t like was having to move the Logitech wireless unifying receiver back and forth between my PC and Mac.
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Bluetooth Not Available Mystery – MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015)

One of the problems I’m having with my MacBook Pro 15 is that Bluetooth stops working. The little bluetooth icon in the top right menu bar turns grey and gets a little squiggly line through it. When I click on it, it says Bluetooh: Not Available.
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Attaching a Rode VideoMicro to an iPhone or Android Phone

Today I thought I’d answer a question about how to attach the Rode VideoMicro to an iPhone or other smartphone.
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Rode VideoMicro with iPhone 6 Update

My last video about the Rode VideoMicro turned out to be pretty popular so I thought it was time to add some updates.  To recap, the Rode VideoMicro is an affordable on camera microphone that  lets you record better sounding audio with  your video.  The Rode VideoMicro comes with a shock mount that is designed to attach to your camera’s hot or cold shoe mount.
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Replacing the Batteries in Your Logitech K800 Wireless Keyboard

Do you have a Logitech K800 Wireless Keyboard? Does the keyboard no longer hold a charge? Does the charge LED just flash red? In this article I’m going to show you how to fix it.
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GRIFITI NOOTLE Universal iPad, Galaxy, and Tablet Tripod Mount

In this video I take a look at the Grifiti Nootle.
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Neewer Broadcast Studio Microphone Boom Scissor Arm

Last year I bought Audio-Technica ATR2100 Dynamic USB Microphone to do some audio recording projects. It’s a great microphone for the money, but I wanted a boom arm to mount it my desk while recording.

The ATR2100 has a street price of around $60. I wanted to get both a boom arm and a shock mount to isolate the mic from vibrations on my desk and keep it out of the way when not using it. Naturally, I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a boom for a $60 microphone. I ended up buying the Neewer Broadcast Studio Microphone Mic Suspension Boom Scissor Arm Stand and I’ll share with you what I learned.

I bought the Neewer on eBay for $31.95 with shipping. The package included:

  • the boom arm
  • integrated XLR cable
  • desk clamp
  • shock mount

Clearly this lot of kit for $32. Heil and Rode booms start at $80 and that is without a cable and shock mount. So I was hoping for this was going to be a good deal.

When the Neewer arrived I unpacked it and my first thought was this arm is really small. It only measures XX from top to bottom fully extended. If you were mount the clamp on the back of a large desk, the microphone might not reach the front.

The build quality on the arm is similar to a inexpensive scissor lamp you might pick up in Target or Walmart. That isn’t a complaint, again the whole package only cost $32.

Neweer includes an integrated XLR cable for your microphone. The XLR cable is integrated into the stand, you can’t remove it. Having the cable integrated into the arm is makes it a clean set up and its pretty nice. There are some downsides though. If your microphone doesn’t use an XLR connection, you can’t use the cable and it will be in the way unless you decide to cut it. Also, if you wanted to upgrade your cable to a different length or better quality you won’t be able to swap the old one out. Something to consider in when making a buying decision.

The Neewer also includes and integrated shock mount. Unfortunately my ATR2100 microphone doesn’t really fit into the shock mount. I had to pad the shock mount with some cardboard to get it fit. This isn’t really the fault of the Neewer. I spent way to much time trying to find the right shock mount for the ATR2100. That’s another story I’ll have to write about.

I set up the Neewer boom arm and mounted it to the side of my desk. This solved the issue with the arm being short. One really weird issue I had was this arm was really stiff. The bottom of the arm didn’t seem to move or articulate. I decided the arm was just really cheap. One day I pulled it hard and I heard a plastic crack. I found a small piece of broken plastic on my desk. I checked the arm and it was fine and in fact the bottom would now move the whole arm now articulated. I am wondering if there was some type of plastic clip on their that I didn’t remove and I finally broke it.

While this arm is really small and the shock mount didn’t fit my mic, I’d say this is an OK product if you are on a tight budget. You get what you pay for. I ended up switching to a Heil microphone and Heil boom. I still use the ATR2100 but not the Neewer boom. I think if I had a strict budget I could have made this work in my setup.

I think if I was making a buying decision today and I had the money I would have opted for a more expensive boom and shock mount for the the ATR2100. A Rode arm and the proper shock mount would have cost me about $120 to $150. Thats is two to three times the price of the microphone but the setup is much better.

Below is a link to a similar Neewer Boom Arm on Amazon. Note that the pictures show the boom with a microphone and a pop filter mounted in front of the mic but those items are not included.

What about you? Are you shopping for a microphone boom arm? Are you using the Neewer or a different boom? Leave a reply below and share.

Shoulderpod S1 Pro iPhone Grip Unboxing

In this video I take a look at the Shoulderpod S1 Pro iPhone Grip. The S1 is a filmmaker handle, tripod mount, and traveller stand for your iPhone. You use the S1 to stabilize your iPhone when shooting video. You can use it as a handle to hold your iPhone, attach it to a tripod, or use it as a stand to prop your phone up on a table.

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Griffin Mic Connect Microphone Interface for iPhone and iPad

Today I take a look at the Griffin Mic Connect Microphone for iPhone and iPad. The Mic Connect allows you to connect allows you to connect a high quality XLR microphone to the headset jack on your iPhone or iPad.
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OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock

I recently picked up an OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock to use with my new Retina MacBook Pro 15. Connect the Thunderbolt 2 Dock to the thunderbolt port on your Mac to add a number of ports to your Mac.
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Using a Rode VideoMicro Microphone With the iPhone 6


I recently picked up a Rode VideoMicro Microphone for use with my iPhone 6. While this microphone is meant for use with cameras it works great with my iPhone 6 but there are some details you’ll need to know before buying. The Rode VideoMicro was built to use with cameras. You attach this microphone to your camera to record high quality audio when your shooting video. The built- in microphone on most cameras are not very good so with the VideoMicro you can record better audio and improve the overall quality of your videos. The Rode VideoMicro retails for $89 but you can find it online for as low as $59.

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First Look at the Schneider Optics iPro Lens System for iPhone 6

Today we are going to take a look at the iPro Lens System for the iPhone 6. The iPro Lens System is a set of lens and a smartphone case that let you take better photos with your iPhone’s camera. The iPro Lens System is made by Schneider Optics.

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Annex Quad Lock iPhone 6 Case and Bike Kit Part 2

In my second video I show you how I mounted my Quad Lock case to my road bike. So far the Quad Lock case and mount have worked well. My iPhone 6 has stayed in place mounted to the stem without any problems even though it was a little scary at first given that it I’m mounting a $800 phone to my bicycle. My road bike has an odd shaped stem which made mounting a little more difficult. I think if I had a more modern stem the clamp or base would make better contact with the stem. Perhaps I’ll try to add a shim between the mount and the stem to try and improve the fit. One reader suggested that I try using the other O rings included it the kit to better secure the mount although I haven’t tried that yet. Check out the video below for more details though. What do you think? Are you using the Quad Lock or interested in picking one up? Leave a reply below and share.

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Checking Out the Annex Quad Lock iPhone 6 Case and Bike Kit

I recently picked up an Annex Quad Lock iPhone 6 Bike Kit so that I could mount my iPhone 6 to my handlebars when riding. I don’t have a cycling computer so I thought I’d try using my iPhone 6 with with the Wahoo Fitness App. The app can track time, distance, and speed using the phone’s built in GPS. It can also display my heart rate from my Mio Link Bluetooth Heart Rate Monitor. It can also connect with cadence sensor and power meter, which I don’t have, but maybe in the future.

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Fixing Sleep and Wake Problems with My MacBook Pro 15

I had a MacBook Pro 15, Early 2011 (MacBookPro8,2) and while ago it started having a problem with sleeping and waking. It seemed as though whenever I left the computer didn’t go to sleep. And when I put it to sleep from the Apple Menu, it would always wake up at some random interval. And it didn’t seem to be sleeping with the lid closed because I would find the battery would be dead when I returned.
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Manfrotto Klyp+ and Klyp Cases for the iPhone

As part of taking photos with my iPhone I want to be able to attach it to a tripod or monopod to stabilize it. Great photos require a stable camera and I am always on the lookout for ways to stabilize my phone.There is no shortage of products to do this but sometimes it hard to get a clear understanding of how to use these products.
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ALM mCAMLITE for iPhone

Today I am going to take a look at the Action Life Media (ALM) mCAMLITE for the iPhone. The mCAMLITE for iPhone improves ergonomics and protects your phone when used for photography and video work. The mCAMLITE can be used to mount your iPhone to a tripod or shoulder rig and so that your can stabilize your shots. The body is made from billet aluminum so it is strong an study. It’s shaped like a camera body with one side having a machined like a camera grip.
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Fixing Low Voices on Your TV

My wife and I were always commenting to each other that we can’t clearly hear the voices on on Samsung LED TV. When we turn up the volume the background music and sound effects get too loud but we still couldn’t hear the voices clearly. After living with this problems for a few years, trying to adjust a number of different settings on the both the TV and the Verizon FIOS cable box I finally solved the problem by adding a sound bar.
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Comparing The Manfrotto 190XPROB and Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 Tripods

I made this video to do a quick size comparison between the Manfrotto 190XPROB and Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 tripods. I was trying to decide which model to buy and didn’t really understand the size difference between the two products. The video quality is the best but I hope it illustrates the differences.

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Taking a Look at the Glif Tripod Mount and Stand for Smartphones

Today we are going to take a look at the Glif, a tripod mount and stand for smartphones. Use the glif to attach your smartphone to a tripod to take better pictures and video. If you like to take photos or video with your smartphone, the glif can help you hold your photo steady by mounting it on a tripod. If your camera app has a timer or you have a remote shutter you can get out in front of the camera yourself.

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Osrso Mini Ballhead Tripod Camera Mounts

In this video I take a look at mini ball head tripod mounts. You use a mini ball head to attach a camera to a tripod, monopod, or what ever type of DIY camera mount you have. Recently I have been doing a lot of smartphone photography and video, and want to be able to mount my camera, and mini balls heads are great for mounting smartphones and light weight cameras.
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Welcome to

Welcome to This is the home of random tech and geekery. What does that mean? I don’t know I had to pick a tagline.

On a more serious note, is a place where I’ll share random tech tips, DIY, and other things I am working on. Sometimes I am working on a project or have bought some products to try and I wanted a place to share that information with others. I know many times I have searched the Internet for ideas and information about products I want to try or buy. Sometimes you find what you are looking for, other times you have to figure it out yourself.