Category Archives: Big Boy Toys

Gear, or Big Boy Toys. Reviews and thoughts.

My first attempt at HDR

Discovered AEB (Auto Exposure Bracketing) on my old Canon EOS500D / T1i

Review: Lifeproof iPhone 4 Case

So I’d been eyeing this case for a couple of months now, and I just couldn’t bear to drop SGD120 on it. I tried to a couple of times, but always walked away empty handed. It would have come in handy during the marathon – it pissed down… but the ziplock breast milk bag I used held up just fine :-)

This was gifted to me by a buddy. I was like wow! He had bought it for himself but didn’t like it. So I bought him dinner for it.

It’s basically a tupperware for the iPhone. I would have liked it in black, but hey who cares!

Water tested and installed it tonight. Here’s some pictures I got.

Edit 22 July 2012:

OK I’ve used it for a couple of days. A few pointers.

  1. The casing doesn’t make the phone much wider or thicker. But definitely longer.
  2. No sticky rubbery bits to foul up the draw from pocket
  3. Only the power plug that comes with the iPhone works. None of the aftermarket plugs would fit. Forget also about using a dock – even with an extender.
  4. The unit comes with a screw-on adapter for earphones – which is the ONLY way earphones will plug in. If you leave that at home, then you’re screwed. Pun unintended.
  5. The sound coming from the casing is a little muted / muffled. Not awful, but noticeable.
  6. Lastly, I haven’t noticed any of the grease marks between the screen cover and the screen. Works well!

Tilley T4IS Hat

Gone bald and been hankering for a nice hat. Been looking at the Tilley for some years now, but been to cheap to splash out. Also, not too many local shops stock them, and selection used to be limited. Found a retailer that did have a good range, and dragged wifey with me to see.

I had my mind set on a narrow brimmed hat, because the Outdoor Research Helios Sun Hat I have, while great for shielding me from sun, doesn’t do too well in the wind. I was thinking a TWP2 Sou’Wester – wifey disapproved. She did like the T4IS, which I thought I could grow to like – and bought. She said a guy with my frame looked weird in a narrow brimmed hat.

Out-of-focus shot wifey took of some time spent on the farm.

Also considered a boonie hat from some of the specialty makers out there. Slangvel is a disabled US veteran who makes them – his stuff on eBay. Another is Stubby Boonie. But I am not really going for the military look.

I think the Tilley is a pretty good look! And hopefully the last hat I ever buy.

IS stands for insect shield, and is supposed to keep the bugs off…

Bosch Car Batteries

18 months after getting my GH7, the non-maintenance free battery that came with the car gave up the ghost. A friend came along, jump-started it, and we made it to a shop nearby and changed it out for a Bosch S3 battery.

Another 1.5 years down the road, the battery was showing signs of needing to be replaced. I drove to the same shop and this time round they sold me a Bosch S5.

I don’t really know what the difference is, but I guess the proof of the pudding is in how long it’ll last. Fingers crossed.