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12 February, 2009

two little useful gadgets

I did a small window shopping yesterday in city, and I got myself two useful gadgets among other items.

The first one is a very countdown timer.


(as usual, more photo follows...)

There's nothing special about a countdown timer. But this one is extremely useful. Why? Most timers don't have numerical pad, which means if you want to countdown for 9 minutes, you will have to press the "min" button 9 times. Which may not be a big issue for some open-source extremists, but what if you want to count down 57 minutes?
A numerical pad saves all the trouble.

The second useful gadget is a distance meter.

You don't need to use a tape ruler and walk from one end to another end to measure the distance. Plus, it can calculate the area and volume for you.
What's wrong with using a measuring tape? Unless you want to carry a bulky measuring tape, most measuring tapes are 1.5 metres or 3 metres long, which is hardly any useful distance. With a small gadget like this, you can quickly measure the distance, and can be useful to measuring some hard to reach distances (such as vertical distance, across the fence, road etc.)

The very gadgety Don should have all those gadgets well ahead of me. (to Don: Antony is poor.)

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Posted by Antony on 12 February 2009 10:17 PM | gadget

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I've had a countdown timer with a numeric keypad on my watch for awhile, but I still use a plain old tape measure for measuring distance. My measure may only be 2m long, but my father's is 7.5m. I don't really have a problem with using a tape instead of a laser-guided one.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 13 February 2009 12:05 AM.
See: you have a numeric keypad countdown timer!
Most stand-alone countdown timer do not have numerical keypad, and I found it quite inconvenient at times.
I don't have a large (heavy) measuring tape. There are times it is hard to go across to the other end for measuring. Also, the device is ultrasonic based.
Posted by Antony Shen on 13 February 2009 12:12 AM.
Well, I guess super-modern-tech people like you never had to learn the art of extending a tape measure without it bending midway.
They supposedly have competitions for that now.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 13 February 2009 6:12 AM.
Open source extremists? Now that's just blatant FUD right there. Get the facts!
Posted by Dave on 13 February 2009 7:34 AM.
I just said that a countdown timer lacking a numerical keypad may not be a big issue for open-source extremists, as we all aware, many open-source extremists have a totally different way of thinking and looking at things. What's wrong with that?
Posted by Antony Shen on 13 February 2009 9:41 AM.
If you are not careful, you can get hurt by the measuring tape.
Posted by Antony Shen on 13 February 2009 9:47 AM.
Because I am grumpy and t'eed off today, I will not comment on any of the above, lest I regret it later on...LOL!
Posted by Rev. Dr. Wu Yi on 13 February 2009 10:30 AM.
When was the last time you heard somebody actually got hurt by a measuring tape?
Posted by Don_HH2K on 13 February 2009 2:25 PM.
I once hurt myself (my hand) when I was retreating the tape.
Posted by Antony Shen on 13 February 2009 2:59 PM.
Rev. Dr. Wu Yi,
What nasty things/words do you have in mind?
Posted by Antony Shen on 13 February 2009 7:00 PM.
I once pulled a measuring tape its entire length one time, and then well let's say it broke something, I got hurt, and well that's the end!
Posted by Dave on 14 February 2009 7:26 AM.
Sooner or later we shall all have to go back to the old manual ways of doing things when the energy system fails, as it will do in the future, as we demand so much more to run our gadgets and creature comforts!!
Posted by Rev. Dr. Wu Yi on 14 February 2009 11:14 AM.
I've been thinking about getting a power generator. A very important surviving kit.
Posted by Antony Shen on 14 February 2009 12:05 PM.
You are getting nuttier all the time Ant!
A generator indeed!! LOL!!
Posted by Rev. Dr. Wu Yi on 14 February 2009 8:21 PM.
Power generator is an essential item for those survivors in Victoria bushfires.
Posted by Antony Shen on 14 February 2009 11:45 PM.
What the F*** has that to do with with either this thread or the people who no longer have their generators if they ever had them in the first place?
You really come up with some bizarre statements.
( I am cranky again today!!)
Posted by Rev. Dr. Wu Yi on 15 February 2009 11:41 AM.
Power generator gives people freedom to be not relied on the power company when the power company have problem coping with high demands.
Posted by Antony Shen on 19 February 2009 12:56 AM.
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