My wife and I recently had a baby. Since we have very generous family and friends, we didn’t need to spend a lot of our own money buying things to prepare for the baby to arrive. One of the items that we registered for was a Motorola MBP36 baby monitor. We were very excited when it arrived in the mail and it is not cheap. We did not want to have to purchase this ourself. This model has a lot of cool features. It has a color display that allows you to see true color as well as night vision. Also, there are buttons beside the display that allow you to change the angle that you view the baby. There is a motor inside the camera housing that makes this possible.
The monitor is cordless, so we can carry it with us all over the house. We have found this to be very convenient. Another feature of the system is it allows you to see with a 2x magnification. I use this a lot to see if my baby’s eyes are still open. Otherwise, it would be hard to see if it were zoomed out. The monitor also allows us to adjust the volume in which we can hear the baby. There are other features such as the ability to play songs as well as to talk to the baby from another room, but we have not used these features.
A couple months after having the product, we noticed that the sound would chip in and out. There were a couple times when we looked at the monitor and saw that our baby was screaming but we could not hear him. We had the volume turned all the way up. We went in his room and sure enough, he was screaming at the top of his lungs. That has been disappointing as we really like this model. I have contacted Motorola customer service and they have agreed to send me a new model. Hopefully, that one will work out better. I will update this post once I get the replacement.
So this post is more work related. A couple weeks ago, I left work to head home. Five minutes later, I got a call from my coworker who was the last person left at the office. She asked me if I could come back and give her a jump. Her car battery died at some point during the day. I was happy to go back and help, since I had jumper cables in my car.
You will not believe this. Just two days later, the same thing happened to someone else. At this point, our boss decided that we should go ahead and purchase a jump starter to keep at the office. Since I like learning about new products, I decided to take on this task. After reading online for a few hours, it seemed to me that Schumacher was the most respected jump starter brand. I went to Amazon and decided on the XP2260 model. It was only around a hundred bucks – not bad at all.
So this product is actually quite neat. Here are some of the features that it has:
1. It has an LED light. This is very useful as it will help us to see under the hood of the car especially if it’s dark outside.
2. It has an inverter which means you can run AC power off it. I am not sure when you would need this while jumping a car. I supposed if you took it with you on a camping trip, this would come in handy. It also has a cigarette lighter style 12V power socket as well as a USB port which you could use to power your mobile devices.
3. The jump starter also has an inflator on board. It says it is capable of pressures up to 150 psi. I am not sure when you would need to pump tires up to that high of a pressure, but I suppose it’s nice to have the capability.
All in all, we are pretty happy with the unit. It took about 24 hours to charge the battery on the jump starter fully. We have not actually used it to jump a car yet, but when the need arises, we will be ready!
I live in a pretty small condo. When I moved in, I realized that I had no where to put my TV stand in the living room. Yes, the room was that small. The only solution was to mount my LCD TV on the wall over the fireplace. This was a little intimidating for me as I had never done something like this before. I talked to a friend of mine and was told that I needed to go and buy a wall mount for the TV. So off I went to Walmart to find a wall mount. I was able to find one that looked pretty durable for $39.99. So I bought it and brought it home.
The installation was actually easier than I thought. All I needed was a drill, a level and a step ladder. I didn’t have another person to help me install the wall mount, but I can see how it would be easier if I had an extra person. I could feel my shoulder muscles start to burn during the installation. I forgot to mention that I had to run the HDMI cable inside the wall to the cable box so that the installation wouldn’t look like crap. After I had the mount up, I had to wait a few hours for my brother to come over to help me lift the TV up to the mount. My TV is a 46 inch LCD so there is no way that I could lift it all by myself.
Once my brother and I attached the TV to the mount, I discovered something. The TV was so close to the wall that I had difficulty getting the HDMI cable to make the 90 degree turn to the back of the TV. I could do it if I forced it but it felt like the cable was being stressed like crazy. I needed another solution. I knew that pulling the long HDMI cable back through the wall would be a real pain. I decided to make a trip down to Fry’s electronics. They literally have about 100 HDMI cables in stock of different brands, lengths, colors – you name it. After browsing in the store for 30 minutes, I found the solution. Until then, I did not know that you could buy HDMI cables that had a swivelling connector on the end. To the right, you can see a picture of the one that I bought. This thing swivel in every direction allowing you to make tight turns pretty easily. I bought a very short cable as well as a union so that I could connect the long HDMI cable inside the wall to the short swivelling one. Once I got home, I installed the cable in 2 minutes. It worked like a charm and it made the turn very easily. This was definitely a good buy.
The next thing on my agenda to buy is a hdmi splitter. I was on this website (http://hdmisplitter.co) and I think I will buy one of their recommendations. I will post about my experience later.