Leica X Vario Camera: APS-C Compact Isn’t Cheap, But It Is a Real Leica

I love good digital cameras, and you definitely get a lot of value for what you pay for, since mine has lasted me about 7 years. That being said, it’s no Leica (just a Nikon.) With their latest announcement, Leica showcases another elegant take on compact cameras.

leica x vario camera compact

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Flat-pack Laptop Stand Offers Form & Function

I’m sitting here, typing this post on my desktop computer, but more and more people are using laptops as their everyday machines. Heck, I use a MacBook Pro to get stuff done whenever I’m not at home. The trouble with laptops is that they can get pretty hot. Here’s a cool laptop stand, that packs down flat for easy travel.

itamar neiger laptop stand

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Panasonic Lumix ZS20: Thinnest 20× Optical Camera

There are quite a few compact digital cameras on the market right now, and since manufacturers keep releasing new ones, it’s not always easy to decide which you should get. If you’re looking for a compact camera, but want a long-range optical zoom, the new Panasonic Lumix ZS20 is supposed to be the slimmest point-and-shoot with a 20× zoom lens.

panasonic lumix zs20 01

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The Smallest Laptop Desks You’ve Ever Seen

If you don’t have much space and need an extra workstation, which is a given when more than one person is working from home, then you’ll need a laptop desk. These desks can be quite small and compact, but they’ll get the job done when you’re in a bind. While there are better-looking permanent solutions, these will perform well if you choose well.

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Ricoh PX Camera: Basic Looks for a Rugged Interior

I’ve always been extremely careful with my Nikon D200, but it’s hard to do so all of the time. That’s why there are more and more durable cameras on the market. One of the latest is the compact Ricoh PX.


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Small Washing Machines: Perfect For Renters

020911_rg_SmallerWashingMachines_01.jpgWashing machines are needed in most apartments and homes since they can make your home life quite a bit easier most homes have some. However, with smaller homes and apartments, it’s always been an issue when you’re trying to find the space for a full-sized washing machine. There are alternatives, including smaller apartment-sized washing machines that will fit in most places.

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Clatronic Washing Machine Is Small & Perfect For Renters

032610_rg_ClatronicWashing_01.jpgIt’s true that washing machines are great to have around when you have a big family, but there are a lot of people for whom something a lot smaller would make a lot of sense. It’s true that the age-old custom of spending a night at the laundromat still holds, but this small washing machine is just nice to have around.

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Panasonic Lumix GF1 Field Test & Travelogue

Himalayas photographed by Craig Mod with a GF1

This is an awesome review, makes me want to get a GF1 and use it as an everyday point-and-shoot. The photos it takes are also pretty darn good. It’s a 12.1 MP micro 4/3 camera. It also shoots HD video. In Taiwan, the body only costs $680 while with the 14-45mm lens or the 20mm pancake lens, it costs $772. Here’s DPreview’s review on the camera.

Zanussi: A Stylish Compact Dishwasher for Smaller Kitchens

081709_rg_zanussicompact_01.jpgCompact appliances are great for people who have less space in their kitchens. From compact fridges to compact dishwashers, there is a solution to everything. We’ve seen quite a few of counter top dishwashers, but none of them looked quite like this. It’s quite stylish and we wouldn’t mind having one ourselves. This nicely finished dishwasher cleans your dishes without taking up too much space.

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Compactification and Metrisation

Some great notes from Dr. Terence Tao’s lecture on compacity and metric spaces.

Metric spaces are sets with a measure of distance between each of its elements. Compact spaces are spaces in which each sequence (xn) admits a converging sub-sequence. This is called the Bolzano-Weierstrass property and such compact spaces are called sequencially compact. There is a more general way of defining a compact space, by saying that each of its open covers has a finite subcover.