Yeah, 'Academic' here is more of a stretch than usual... Having been locked down/working from home for however long it's been (12 months? 18 months? a billion years?], and having been using the same computer, tablet, and phone during this time, I've been getting antsy for a new device, particularly one that either fills a... Continue Reading →
[Academic Tech] – Microsoft Surface Go 2 (m3), the new best companion device?
I have previously waxed lyrical about the original Surface Go, claiming it was the perfect companion device. I stand by that statement - the size and power was great for travelling around, writing and reading documents, and just generally having by your side. But, the Surface Go came out in 2018, and it's starting to... Continue Reading →
Surface Pro X review (and comparison with Surface Go)
I test out the Surface Pro X as a replacement for my Surface Go. I try out x64 compatibility too, using the latest Windows Insider preview.
Rennaisser Raphael 520BT vs Surface Pro pen
Reviewing the Rennaisser Raphael 520BT pen for Surface devices
[Academic Tech] Samsung Galaxy Buds Live (vs Sony WF-1000xm3) review
When the Galaxy buds live were announced, I was excited that they might be all that I'm looking for in a pair of truly wireless earbuds (TWE); comfortable, modern, with active noise cancellation (ANC) and with good mics. The initial reviews seemed to corroborate this, with some caveats, so I ordered a pair to give... Continue Reading →
[Academic Tech] Sony WF-1000XM3 wireless earbuds review
This post contains amazon affiliate links, but remember to shop around and support local businesses if you can! I recently purchased a new set of earbuds, the Sony WF-1000XM3. This is for personal use (music and podcasts at home and during commute), and potentially as a headset for the multitude of Zoom/Teams/Skype meetings and the... Continue Reading →
Upgrading the arduino photogrammetry to use InfraRed LEDs to trigger the camera
I've detailed my Arduino photogrammetry setup, first here when it just used my phone, then here when I cludged together a physical trigger in the form of a servo motor. That worked really well, and I've made a bunch of models with it that have come out absolutely superb. However, to get the servo motor... Continue Reading →
Moving from Endnote to Zotero
A running theme of this blog (and my work in general) is in using freely available software when I can. There's multiple reasons for this; the main and most obvious being saving money. But there are other reasons too - losing access when changing institutions (or when licensing changes and something becomes unaffordable) is a... Continue Reading →
Extending my Automated Arduino photogrammetry setup to include a DSLR
Extending the arduino photogrammetry setup to turn the turntable by an arbitrary amount, then trigger an android phone and a DSLR, then move the turntable again and repeat.
Use the Xbox Game Bar in Windows 10 to record tutorials
In these days of working from home, you may need to explain how to do something visually on you computer. Windows 10 has a built in screen recorder in the Xbox Game Bar, and I've been using this to record short tutorials for this website, and for students accessing information for the first time online.... Continue Reading →