Review: Micca 15-Inch Digital Photo Frame

by Brad Nelson4/11/17

I like taking photographs. But once taken, what do you do with them? You can print them on a photo printer, but I’ve found inkjet printers to be problematic, at best. Unless you’re constantly using them, they tend to dry out. More » • (91 views)

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Review: Toro Ultra Blower/Vac

by Brad Nelson8/12/16

My reliable, if difficult-to-start, Black and Decker leaf blower finally gave up the ghost. It was a gas-powered unit. The advantage of gas-powered is freedom from an electric cord. More » • (595 views)

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Review: Astro Tab A10

by Brad Nelson5/28/16

A couple of days ago my Acer A500 10” Android tablet died. I tried all the tricks I could find online to revive it but it remained stuck at the boot screen. You could power it on or off and get past the Acer logo screen to the Android boot screen which even animated the logo as usual to show that something must be happening. More » • (1369 views)

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Review: Nikon D3300

by Brad Nelson5/1/16

This will be a synopsis “trust me” review. There are many good reviews of the D3300 on the web (which generally put it at the top of the list for starter DSLRs) and I suggest you search some of them out before spending hundreds of dollars on a camera. In my review, I’m not going to go into every geek detail except the ones that I think are relevant for a rich overview. More » • (817 views)

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Hoover Air Cordless Series 3.0 Bagless Upright

by Brad Nelson11/29/15

There’s a back-story to this purchase that you don’t want to hear about. Suffice it to say, there is a Sears employee out there who never wants to see me (and my mother) again. Add a tenth circle to Dante’s hell in terms of shopping for vacuums. More » • (991 views)

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Vitchelo V800 Headlamp

by Brad Nelson11/29/15

I’m trying to do a little catching up with the techie devices, large or small, that I’ve acquired over the last year or so. An LED headlamp for hiking was one of those acquisitions. More » • (1034 views)

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Magellan RoadMate 3045

by Brad Nelson   5/5/15

Recently I acquired a Magellan RoadMate 3045 GPS for the car. I acquired it in a roundabout fashion. A friend works for a rental car agency. More » • (2859 views)

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The Well-Equipped Peeping Tom

by Brad Nelson   2/18/15

I recently upgraded my binoculars from an old pair of Halco 7 x 35 (pictured at bottom) to the Bushnell (10 x 42) Trophy XLT which can be purchased at Amazon for about $107.00.

I was spurred to action to upgrade the other day while out hiking. I took along the Halcos to a favorite mountain top which has a glorious panoramic view of the Northwest, including Seattle on one side and the Olympic Mountains on the other. More » • (1837 views)

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Die, Epson, Die

by Brad Nelson   10/4/14

There are several things that need to be wiped off the face of this earth: the malaria parasite, “radical” Islam, and Epson inkjet printers, the kind that eat $30.00 cartridges with their endless “cleaning” cycles that never do actually clean or unclog anything but simply use up the ink until the cartridge is useless. Never again. More » • (5578 views)

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Pedal Power

by Brad Nelson   8/5/14

You’re looking at the newest member of the family, the Fuji Nevada 29 1.7. It was sort of a belated birthday present to myself…with the infusion of a little cash from a family member. More » • (5072 views)

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Cassettes are, like, so 70’s

by Brad Nelson   7/14/14

I went to a garage sale on Saturday and picked up a brand new (never been unboxed) Yamaha KX-R430 RS stereo cassette deck. More » • (12074 views)

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Tablet Computers

by Brad Nelson   6/25/14

I may be in the market for a new tablet computer. What I currently have is an Acer A500 10.1 tablet computer. It’s a couple years old and has been very reliable. It has a lot of great ports that you don’t find on most other tablet computers (such as a full-size USB port). That was one of its best selling points. More » • (3977 views)

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eBook Readers

by Brad Nelson   3/16/14

Unlike the iPad, the Android tablets (I run ICS 4.0.3) do not come with a good built-in book reader. I’ve been using Cool Reader, which was the best add-on reader I could find at the time when I bought the tablet a couple years ago. It is very customizable (a must for me in terms of the typography) and fairly easy to use. More » • (3245 views)

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Garmin eTrex 20 overview

by Brad Nelson   3/2/14

I gave this little device (and it is indeed a little device at 1.3 x 4 x 2.1 inches and 5 ounces) a real workout last summer. Normally when you think “blogger” you think slightly overweight and out-of-shape. Well, I do carry about 25 lbs. more than I need to. But I’m not out of shape…relatively speaking. More » • (5461 views)

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Black Box Down

by Brad Nelson   2/26/14

Today I’m christening the StubbornThings “TechBlog.” This is a place for all things techie, include reviews of technology or just thoughts on technology (or simply experiences with technology, as you’ll soon see). As with most things here, this sub-blog is somewhat a creative free-for-all. If you have something interesting and/or informative to say about technology, by all means, submit it for inclusion. More » • (2173 views)

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