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Hello,

I don’t have much hair left since I passed the age of  25. It is no point going to the hairdresser, so I use a hair cutter machine. When I moved to Sweden in 2007 I bought a very simple machine in a local general store. The machine is called Coline. This brand is rather low-end, Clas Ohlson has many type of appliances within this brand.

The machine is battery driven and has a partly plastic blade.

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Coline

Coline

The battery degraded during the years, despite that I tried to take care of it. Being a Ni-MH unit I tried to deplete it before I started charging. End of 2014 it really became unstable in its operation (motor revolutions variated very much), so I decided to go for a new unit. I speak some rubbis, my wife convinced me that I should buy a new unit. Then she bought me a new unit actually 🙂

I made some research and used my “extensive knowledge” about hair cutters. None of the battery driven hair cutters convinced me, so I started to look at the ones that are driven on the mains. Much better selection. You can find some pretty serious machines with cord for much less money than the ones on battery drive.

I am partly German, so I liked very much the brand MOSER. Their products mean business, just look at them. These are machines that you usually see at the barber.

I decided to go for the Moser 1400. I really like that they even show the core of the electric motor. This is a nice touch…

Motor core

 

I tried the new machine and it is a bliss to use. You can select the length between 0,1 to 3 mm. I cut my hair to 3 mm, so no need to play around with any interface. Just select the length, lock the lever and off you go.

The machine is very silent and has a good feel and weight. The cord is not disturbing for me, not being dependent on degrading battery power is a clear advantage. The motor feals strong, no speed change when cutting hair. The unit feels very solid and stable.

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It is easy to remove the blade and clean the unit. Video instructions.

Made in Hungary, funny.

Made in Hungary, funny.

The two units side-to-side look similar in size. But the feel of the Moser is much more serious.

Coline vs Moser

Coline vs Moser

The weight is also different. For me more weight means more metal and more quality.

Coline weight: 217g

Coline weight: 217g

Moser weight: 436g

Moser weight: 436g

As I understand on some markets this unit is sold under the brand WAHL, as well. Probably US.

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After using this machine I have the feeling that with some maintenance and cleaning it would serve me for 20 years. The construction is solid and shines quality. The weight and the feel provides confidence, that this is a professional item.

The real bonus was the price. The Moser costs exactly the same money I payed for the “cheap” plastic Coline cutter. Quality does not have to be expensive, it looks like.

With best regards,

Sir Crash a Lot

2013 in review

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NAS installation

Hello,

I studied the possibility of adding a NAS into my home network for some time. NAS stands for Network Attached Storage. It is basically a small home server that can provide additional storage and/or backup solution even.

You can either build one or buy one. Building is lot of fun if you know what you do and have time for setting up the result. If you build one you can even have a lot of performance. If you buy one ready-made device you will not really need to worry about setting it up, you are provided with handy wizards. That is my way, I am far from being an expert.

I read a lot of reviews, figured out that I would either pick a Synology or a QNAP device. They are the best as far as I understand.

Checked out the specs and prices on both sides and then finally went for a QNAP TS-419P II device. It has 4 bays, you can either use 3.5″ or 2.5″ discs. I went for 3.5″ SATA discs, 3 terabytes each. My strategy is to start with 2 discs at once, these will be set up as Raid1 or Mirror configuration.

This will provide good data safety, since data is duplicated. You get some speed benefit as well, since data can be read and written at increased speed. Only capacity will suffer, you don’t get double capacity. However if you add 2 more discs you can upgrade to Raid5, where you get a lot of storage and good data safety as well.

Installation is easy. You read the manual and follow the steps. Mount the drives, fix them with bolts, be sure to choose right size depending on disc size. You need different for 2.5″ and 3.5″ discs. The trays slide in place and the drive connectors get connected when you lock them in place.

If you have gigabit speed router you can have decent speed even with a slow hard drive. Since I wanted to have silence, I went for 5400 RPM discs that are cool and silent. The more speed you want the more heat and noise you have to tolerate. A note on discs: always choose discs that are approved by the NAS manufacturer. Then it will work for sure.

In a review of the predecessor model you can see what speeds are possible. My very simple testing of moving favourite car show episodes from the computer to the NAS showed approximately 50 megabytes per sec speed. Decent enough for me.

Sound is depending on what you perform on the device. The device can be set up to go into sleep (or standby) after a defined time period of inactivity. Then the disks shut off and only the cooling fan will run. It is controlled by temperature sensors, can be adjusted either manually or automatically. Rather quiet, even in a living room. You can even define a shutdown and startup schedule if you want to save energy. The device can wake up on LAN input.

If you have disc-intensive operations the discs will sound as well. This noise is depending on the type and amount of discs you use. I haven’t got an accurate device to measure noise, however on my phone there is an application that can measure noise levels. More like a gimmic than accurate results, though.

When the discs were doing some copying I held the phone close to the device and measured noise. There was some background noise (my wife doing something in the other room), so this is far from being scientific. Anyhow, a picture of the readings. Low figures are like idle fan noise, high numbers are peaks of disc noise and ambient.

Only fan noise: 27 dB

Peak: 54 dB

It is important to choose hard drives so that their seeking noise is not disturbing. Softer tonality can be less disturbing than sharp “metallic” seeking noise.

Both Synology and QNAP has browser-base interfaces. You type in the IP-adress of your NAS and access then through graphical interface. Even I can fathom it.

You can do a lot of settings, it would be beyond the scope of this short review to talk about them. There is handy live demo on the homepage of both manufacturers, so you can try out how it works.

Right now I am moving all my RC-related files onto the NAS, so that they are both safe and won’t take up space on the computer itself.

All-in-all I am very satisfied with the device, can recommend it.

With best regards,

Sir Crash a Lot

Hello,

I purchased a shiny new Hobbyking HD Wing Camera recently. Did test it but haven’t wrote a post yet. Now it is high time then.

This camera is slightly bigger than the simple keyfob camera. To summarize the parameters I can write a small comparison for you. HD camera first, SD keyfob second.

Resolution: 5 megapixel vs 0.3

Video resolution: 1280×720 vs 640×480

Memory card needed: Class 10 MicroSDHC (on both)

Price: 35 USD vs 15

Weight: 30 gram vs 15

Wide-angle lens: YES vs NO

Battery life: 2 hours vs 3/4

If you compare the two it is a no-brainer actually. To have decent wide-angle you have to get a converter for the keyfob camera. That jacks up the price to same level as the HD Wing Camera. And then image quality just decides on favor of the HD camera.

Using this camera is very easy. You can find the manual on Hobbycity homepage or just Google on RD32 camera. It is some sort of action camera, that is waterproof and you can mount it on your bike or cross buggy. Or whatever extreme sport you might do.

Appearently this is the same board, but no waterproof shell. Only the circuit board and some shrink wrap around. Hence the price. It is no GoPro, but does not cost 220 USD either.

I made some very simple comparison test. Had the old SD camera and the new HD camera in my hand and tried to pan them around.

I will need to try it out in flight as well. With some tweaks it can be used as FPV camera. Can record and broadcast same time. So quite a versatile unit.

Best regards,

Sir Crash a Lot