Ikea Malkolm Swivel Chair

Malkolm Swivel chairAlthough I am only a casual home office user, my workstation takes pride of place in my living room.. My substantial L-shaped glass desk has been the home of many an hour of hard work and inspirational thinking.. However, my office chair has always left (until now) a lot to be desired. Despite the role it plays at my workstation, I thought I’d get away with a frugal investment in a cheap chair …. How wrong was I!

After somewhat of a long shift at my desk one day, I decided enough was enough and the cheap chair had to go.. So I headed off to Ikea, not renowned for it’s office furniture, but still carries a good selection. Especially for the casual home office worker.

A quick hunt around, and several sit downs later I was greeted by what was soon to become my cheap chair replacement. The artificial leather caught my eye across the showroom, pretending to be a much more expensive full leather chair.. Yet with the vegetarian at heart.. (No cows where harmed whilst making this chair – at least, I don’t think they where!?)

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4X3 Motion Digital Pedometer review

4x3 Pedometer

The 4×3 Motion Digital Pedometer is an utra slim digital pedometer that is small enough to slip into the smallest pocket, plus it is supplied with a lanyard that allows the user to wear it around his or her neck.

The manufacturers claim that it provides superior accuracy in any position using the worlds most advanced Tri-Axis Technology thanks to its built-in 3D  Tri-axis motion sensor which measures vertical, horizontal, and sideways movement.

The pedometer tracks the wearers distance travelled, their speed, and the number of calories burned. it will count up to one million steps, and has a useful 7 day memory option which re-sets itself at midnight every night so that each days activity is measured individually and totalled up at the end of the week. the display also offers a sports timer, a digital clock, and a calendar, all of which can be viewed at night thanks to the blue backlight. all of this is powered by a small lithium battery which is provided and is pre-installed in the pedometer, there is a clear plastic isolator strip protruding from behind the battery casing cover which pulls out to allow the battery to connect when you loosen the small retaining screw on the battery cover using the small pozi headed screwdriver that is thoughtfully supplied with the pedometer.

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KineMaster: Edit and share video straight from your Android device

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KineMaster is the flagship video editing and sharing application from the boffins over at NexStreaming, who are primarily known for their NexPlayer and NexSound products.

In the Google play store KineMaster gets a well-rounded rating of 4.3 stars, below is my hands on review of the app. The review is based on video editing on my Google Nexus 7 which, although sports a small form factor – working with KineMaster is painless.

Hands On

KineMaster contains just about everything you could ever need for video editing. The app uses clever design, and simple drag and drop functionality to provide powerful video editing tools to both new android user and power user.

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PicStick – Personalised Posted Photo Magnets

picstickSince the introduction of the very first digital camera, and even more so the photo capable mobile phone – physical prints of photos has rapidly become something for only the most treasured picture. No longer are people traipsing down the shops with the film canisters in hand, hunting for the 1-hour photo processing shops.

However – a physical print of that moment in time encases it, enabling endless enjoyment and whats more, they make excellent gifts.

Many companies spotted this opportunity and gap in the market to provide physical prints from digital media. Some offering first class service, allowing printing on everything from a mouse mat to a xylophone.. With options comes complexity, and some services out there require a degree in computer science to work! That was until now, a new kid on the block, PicStick has reared up from the myriad of web-based services – to offer a no fuss solution to personalised magnets!

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New Relic, Software Analytics Service Review

New RelicThe web is home to a plethora of webpage uptime and performance monitoring, all bringing something special to the table. The majority of which also offer a completely free of charge option, so as a webmaster there’s really no excuse to not monitor your website offering. As there are so many services out there, it can be difficult to choose which one to use.

Hopefully on the back of this post, you’ll understand why I decided to go with New Relic for monitoring my servers and sites. New relic is a software analytics company that started out life as an Application Monitoring service back in 2008, founded by Lew Cirne. Headquartered in San Francisco, California with offices in Portland, OR, Seattle, WA and Dublin, Ireland.

Rather then detail all about the New Relic organisation check out this infographic

Worlds Apart

New Relic is not just your average site monitoring solution, it actually gives you access to full application statistics in real-time. Which can prove invaluable when trying to track down your site/application/servers bottleneck. Not only do you have easy access to site dashboards, allowing a ‘at a glance’ view of your application and servers performance – you also get in depth transaction and cross application tracing facilities. Whats more, as most web developers are busy people, New Relic offers email alerting, meaning you don’t have to (unless you want to) sit and watch the dashboards and reports until there’s an issue. A true ‘setup and forget’ solution for those on the go.

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