Homebrew Wanker™! Review of the Pinter fresh brewing kit

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A big red cask in a sea of cardboard.

Do you like beer? Do you like cider? Would you like to brew your own? Would you like a frustrating experience? Well, gang, do I have a treat for you! This is the Pinter from the Greater Good Fresh Brewing Company. It promises to introduce you to the wonderful world of beer and cider brewing.…

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DroidCam – use an old Android as your Webcam

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A settings screen with options to stream over WiFi or USB.

Turn your Android phone into a USB webcam with DroidCam. I can’t believe it took me a whole fucking year of pandemic-time to discover this app. My laptop’s webcam is… basically fine. It’s a cheap 720p sensor with a tiny lens. It doesn’t really cope with low light, and the picture is a bit fuzzy…

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Preview: Virgin Media’s Intelligent WiFi Plus Pods

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A plug in unit with two ethernet ports.

Virgin Media have provided me with a test unit of their new Intelligent WiFi pods to review. They’re useful, but come with some annoying limitations. If you have a big home, put a pod in every room and you’ll have fast WiFi broadcast everywhere. Well, that’s the theory. Limitations The big limitation is that both…

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Review: Aftershokz Titanium Bone Conducting Headphones

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Set of black headphones.

Welcome to the world of endless conference calls! My last pair of headphones broke after a few months of constant use, so I decided to treat myself to a new, sturdier pair. These Aftershokz are SEVENTY QUID! Which is about £40 more than I usual spend on a pair of cans. But these use magic…

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Review: G9070 Robot Vacuum

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A round robot.

It has been over five years since I added WiFi to a Roomba. Technology has come a long way since then. I’ve just bought a WiFi enabled mopping robot for under £150. This is the snappily named Muzili G9070. It is a rebranded Tuya model – more on that later – which is available under…

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Man Goes And Perishes – inside some cheap motion sensitive LEDs

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Circuit board with PIR sensor.

I was recently asked to review some motion sensitive LEDs. Not usually my thing, but they charge via USB – so why not! It has the most bizarre product description I’ve seen: Always nice to review a gadget which comes with a reminder of your own mortality… pic.twitter.com/wGJYcWCVyJ — Terence Eden (@edent) October 7, 2020…

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Review: YumAsia Mini Panda Rice Cooker

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Rice cooker which looks a bit like a panda.

I read this wonderful article about the invention of the rice cooker and, because I am easily influenced, bought one. This is the YumAsia Panda Mini. It seemed to hit the sweet spot for physical size and price. For £80 you get a rice cooker, steamer, and utensils. Makes enough rice for 2 people. Although,…

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Review – 1440p Webcam – too good to be true?

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A generic looking webcam.

We’re all stuck on endless video calls now, right? So it behoves you to share your face in the highest resolution possible. Because your colleagues deserve to see your wrinkles. Most laptops have pathetic 720p webcams built in. Which is weird, because even the most basic smartphone has a front-facing camera capable of 4K photos.…

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Review: TEAC USB Floppy Drive

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A disk drive.

This rather generic USB Floppy Drive has just arrived for me to review. It’s sold by Dainty / ChuangZhiJLB – but it has the same internals as every other floppy drive on the market. It worked instantly in Linux and MacOS. Shows up as a USB drive. Shove a disk in there and your OS…

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Review: A portable battery with USB Power Delivery

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Ports on a battery.

The fine folks at Poweradd have sent me one of their gadgets to review. This is their 26800mAh USB-C power bank with Power Delivery. It’s pretty similar to most normal portable batteries – but because it has USB-C-PD, it can charge MacBooks, Nintendo Switches, and other high-power devices! Let’s take a look: In the box…

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