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My Gadgets

Nokia E71: The iPhone Killer

To be honest, I had every mood to buy the Apple iPhone 3G when it launched in India, but the price of Rs.31,000 for the 8GB and Rs.36,000 for the 16GB version was a definite put off. Especially when you compare it to the price of Rs.8,500 ($199) if purchased in the US. But I needed more reasons to heal my now bruised ambition of not being able to buy an iPhone. Googled it and came up with aplenty ; on an iPhone, transferring contacts from the phone to the SIM card and selecting multiple contacts isn’t possible, neither is can one forward or copy-paste text are also non-existent in the iPhone.

No longer was I nursing a bruised ambition. On the contrary, I was rather proud of myself for not having spent hard earned money on the iPhone.
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DIY Laptop Stands that Cost Nothing

I’ve never been too fond of laptops, but when my employer handed me a ThinkPad T60, I didn’t say no either. Soon enough I started experiencing the very problems that had always kept me off laptops till now; working on laptops can cause your neck to hurt like hell. This is because one has to bend the neck slightly to be able to view the screen. So unless I could find a way to to raise the laptop to a level somewhere close to my line of sight, constant pain was going to become the order of the day.
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My Latest Toy

Is it an iPod, another laptop computer, a new phone, or a plasma screen TV? No, unbelievably, its a mosquito zapper!

Here�s why:

A couple of years ago, there was an outbreak of dengue fever in Hyderabad and since then I’ve been stricken by the phobia that I too will fall victim to this deadly disease. This is not an exaggeration because mosquitoes everywhere seem to fancy my blood more than others, so during their mealtime, all of them converge and have a go at me. So isn’t it quite possible that one of them will be carrying the dengue virus?

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Portable Electric Blower

The best way to clean dust collecting inside your computer is to blow it away using a can of compressed air. But when I set out to get one for myself, I couldn’t. So I went in for the next best alternative, no I didn’t use my old toothbrush, I got myself a portable electric blower.

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Of course it isn’t as pretty as this or this, but who cares, as long as it does the job, which it does rather well.

Here’s the scoop. While a can of compressed air say 1 KG might set you back anything between Rs.300-Rs.1000, the portable electric blower will cost just about Rs.500 and will last long, rally long. It works equally well for cleaning other electronic products such as TV, stereo, or music system.