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A descendent
A descendent

Sunglasses >

(on Wikipedia)
https://www.luxottica.com/en/eyewear-brands/luxottica

I loved the sunglasses from The Arrival - (1996 movie), and thanks to Product Placement Takes Off, these may be from Luxottica. The Ray-Ban Chaos RB3140 are likely a direct descendent.

I haven't come anywhere near close to confirming the actual make and model.



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Hardware > Phones (Android > Android 10) >

(on Wikipedia, manufacturer)
https://web.archive.org/web/20210118012459/https://www.umidigi.com/page-umidigi_power3_activity.html

A fantastic mid-range phone, notable for a 6,150 mAh battery, NFC and near-stock Android 10.

  • Abandoned, as CVE-2022-0847 was not fixed.
  • Subject to the dirty Pipe security exploit (CVE-2022-0847).
  • The whole company is not recommended, as they neither update their devices nor even remove spam on their forum e.g. this.

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A Rebel in Time - (1983 book), by Harry Harrison image

Entertainment > Reading >

(on Wikipedia)
https://www.michaelowencarroll.com/hh/n24.htm [ 1 ] was http://www.harryharrison.com/n24.htm

A man tails a racist who goes back in time to arm the slavers in the upcoming American Civil War.

Fair I guess. Not particularly time travel or science fiction, but once it gets into things it's more of a period piece; not my thing.



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Entertainment > Reading >

(on Wikipedia)

Kids, the only survivors of a shipwreck, survive on a paradise island.

It's interesting, but not great. I stopped just before reading the chapter "A View to a Death" because it had been boring up to that point, and I could tell it was going to spiral into stupidity without a proper lead and reason for it.

IPEVO VZ-R image

Hardware >

https://www.ipevo.com/products/vz-r

A document camera.

On-device buttons, optical zoom, native H.264 hardware.

Garbage; do not buy this overpriced toy. It's only "good" because it comes with a stand, but newer webcams are coming out with the threading for mounting to a simple $20 stand.



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Kobo Aura ONE 01a

Computers >
Hardware, Reading >

(on Wikipedia)
https://www.kobo.com/
https://ca.kobobooks.com/products/kobo-aura-one

An E-book reader.

Because this is my first e-reader, I can't judge it against it's peers. It works well.

It is spectacular hardware-wise. Its software works, but it is sometimes obviously or even critically lacking. It lacking a file browser and respecting directories is bad enough that I can't really use it for its intended purpose, and almost regret buying it.



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todo - there are more notes to be added, I've just been busy/lazy.

Alpine white
Alpine white

Hardware >

(on Wikipedia)
https://www.dell.com/support/home/en-ca/product-support/product/inspiron-11-3180-laptop/overview

This is a low-end low-cost laptop. It was on extreme sale, and as it has USB 3.1 it'll do fine.

Very highly recommended: This thing is awesome in every way. Exception: It's childishly-glossy and doesn't have enough drive space for Windows 10; Linux is fine though.

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