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Unboxing First Look at the ReoLink2 Home Security Camera

There are so many options on the market for Home Security Cameras which tie into the users router and an App for monitoring activity. We have seen systems with Wi-Fi capabilities as well as rechargeable or removable batteries such as the Arlo which are nice however it does mean having to climb a ladder in some cases to switch those batteries out.

This past week we were offered the opportunity to look at the ReoLink2 which not only features a rechargeable battery but can also be tied to and inexpensive mini solar panel for power! Below is our Unboxing of the ReoLink2 Camera and Solar Panel provided by Reolink for Review.

memory for your mother, for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is Sunday (May 9th). Lexar is suggesting that you consider giving portable memory storage (for data) as a gift…

At first thought, it may not seem like a great idea…but, hold on: it’s something she can keep things on and take with her anywhere she goes. She can put important information on it, like a will and health records. Pictures and videos can be available for her to show-off. And, she can copy some music files so she can listen to them.

They can be very stylish. For example, Lexar has drives available in different colors and sizes:


“…It also serves as a fashionable accessory and comes with a key chain hole so it can be easily tethered onto a key ring, attached to a backpack, or hooked to a purse or briefcase…”

To enhance it as a gift, I thought you can: purchase a USB drive…copy files to it that she will love (pictures, audio recordings, and videos of and from family)…and then give it to her on Mother’s Day. With a tissue, because there’s a good chance she might think it’s so sweet she’ll shed a tear or two…

Yeti USB microphone review

“You have a package…and it’s ‘heavy’…”

So, I’m thinking I need to warm-up to keep from pulling a muscle…until I saw the box was 10 inches tall, and 5 to 6 inches wide on the sides. It only weighed about 3.5 pounds. (Based on the description by others, maybe we Americans really do need to exercise more…)

“Look, ma…it’s a Yeti!”

(in my best Marlin Perkins voice)
“The Yeti…or, ‘Abominable Snowman’…is a mythological creature. An ape-like cryptid said to inhabit the Himalayan region of Nepal and Tibet. The names Yeti and Meh-Teh are commonly used by the people indigenous to the region…” (Thanks, Wikipedia.)

However, the “Yeti” I received from Blue Microphones connects via USB. And, it’s got “toys”.

“The Yeti is the most advanced and versatile multi-pattern USB microphone available anywhere. Combining three capsules and four different pattern settings…THX Certified…”


“THX certifies products for your entire home entertainment experience.”

“THX Certified Multimedia Products are designed and engineered for PC gaming and multimedia on the desktop.”

“…A rigid THX testing process ensures the fidelity of the recording always remains true to its source, allowing you to accurately capture voice-overs, interviews and other sound elements with confidence…”

* Ultimate recording and playback fidelity: Superior design, quality and rigorous lab testing by THX affirms the best possible recording and playback fidelity.


On the front of the microphone there is a mute button, and a volume control for the headphone jack which is at the bottom of the microphone.

At the rear is a gain control, and the pattern selector for:
Omnidirectional (picks up sound equally from all directions)…
Stereo mode (left and right)…
Cardioid (for recording sound directly in front of the microphone)…
and Bidirectional (the microphone picks up sound at the front and rear of the microphone).

Omnidirectional and Stereo modes should give better quality, because the other two modes are attempting to “reject” sound.

Available on the bottom is a threaded mic stand mount. (Sweet!) On one side of that is a Mini-USB jack, and the 3.5mm headphone jack on the other.

A ten foot USB cord is included.


When I plugged the microphone into a computer that has Windows Vista as its operating system, the microphone was installed, and it works. End of review.

I mean…that’s it. At this time, I have nothing else to report. Other than I’ve been keeping it very close to me when I sleep. And a baseball bat nearby…

I love it. Get it…use it. I plan on doing so…you will be hearing from the Yeti. And me.

Undelete (from Diskeeper) can recover files and data

I’ve been trying some products from Diskeeper Corporation. If you delete files that are needed later…or, if someone else does…Undelete could be a savior.
Undelete uses “InvisiTasking”. It runs in the background, and does not degrade the performance of a computer.
It includes Emergency Undelete, which can recover files that were deleted before Undelete was installed…if they have not been overwritten. Emergency Undelete can also be run from a CD, and USB drive.
Search Disk
You can search by file name, extension, location, locate deleted files by the date they were created or deleted, and track the owner or users who deleted the file.
Version Recovery
Undelete allows instant recovery of older (“saved over”) versions of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files. Version Recovery is integrated with Windows Explorer: just right-click on a file to recover earlier versions. Undelete will present all of the versions that are available, and allow you to open files to preview them (before you try to recover them).
SecureDelete erases files using a methodology developed for the National Security Agency and the Department of Defense. The Wipe Free Space feature overwrites free space so files can never be recovered, and there is an option to do so automatically.
Undelete replaces the Windows recycle bin with a Recovery Bin™. The Recovery Bin intercepts all deleted files, no matter how they were deleted. It has a Windows Explorer-like interface so you can navigate to files, right-click on them, and select Recover. The size of the Recovery Bin can be automatically adjusted: depending on the settings, it will purge files the Recovery Bin when it fills up on a First-In First-Out basis. If the size of a drive or volume becomes critically low, Undelete can reduce the Recovery Bin size. If more space is available, Undelete can expand the Recovery Bin to protect more files.
Undelete 2009 Home Edition works with 32-bit verisons of Windows 2000, XP, and Vista only…it is not compatible with Windows Vista Business and Enterprise. NTFS and 16/32-bit FAT file systems can be accessed, but the 12-bit FAT file system is not supported. Primary partitions, extended partitions, logical drives, volume sets, mirror sets, RAID arrays, removable disks, and memory cards can be used with Undelete.
Undelete Professional Edition is recommeneded for computers that are used for business, where data is stored locally and on network file servers. Administrators that are using an edition of Undelete Server can connect to computers that are running Undelete Professional Edition 2009 to access the Recovery Bins, and remotely browse and recover deleted files on those clients.
In addition to features noted in the home version, Undelete 2009 Professional Edition maintains Windows NTFS security so users can only access files for which they have permission.
Undelete 2009 Professional Edition works with 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 2000, XP, Vista, and Server 2003 and 2008.

USB digital TV receiver

During the Tech Tuesday segment on KOLD News 13 Live This Morning, Andy showed: a personalized coffee mug from RocketLife.Com, a World of Warcraft Battle Chest, Pinnacle Studio 12 for Video Editing and Creation, and an Encore Electronics USB DTV Tuner

The Encore Electronics ENUTV-DAT USB ATSC Digital TV Tuner is powered by the USB port. An infrared remote control, and antenna, is included.

The HDTV resolution goes to 1920 x 1080i. You can schedule for a program to be recorded. And time-shifting allows for the recording, and playback, of live television broadcasts…at the same time! Files are recorded in iPOD, PSP MPEG-4, and Windows CE-WMV formats. Images can be captured in JPEG and BMP formats…


Encore sent the unit to us months ago, and I tried it, but decided to withhold posting a review because of all of the changes in the final date for digital conversion.

A CD is included that has the software needed for the unit. When I inserted the CD into my computer, the Drivers & Utilities Installation menu appeared. The first item on the menu is Setup Utility…the second item is Setup Driver. The handbook states to install the driver, then the utility…

After doing so, I connected the device and an error message appeared: “The device cannot be detected or is not supported.” After restarting the computer, and connecting the device, it was recongized.

When I tested it I was in the northwest area of Tucson (Marana), inside of a coffee shop. The signals from the stations could not be expected to be very strong. One of the reasons I was trying to wait as long as possible about posting this review is because some will be increasing their power, but I don’t know when that will be and if there are stations in my area that will be.

I was able to get KVOA (Channel 4), and KHRR (Channel 40)…and our local PBS affliate, KUAT. KUAT impressed me the most:

“271” (channel 27.1)

KUAT 6-Kids-HD.
“272” (channel 27.2)

“273” (channel 27.3)

If you look at their website, there appear to be at least two more channels available.

Andy and I have tried other digital television receivers, and feel that…based on our experiences…outdoor amplified antennae should seriously be considered when at all possible.