Monthly Archives: June 2010

iPhone death grip frustrates iPhone4 buyers

No, your iPhone is not going to die, but be careful how you hold the phone for the best reception. Originally thought to occur due to a design issue related to the wraparound antenna which is unique to the iPhone 4, it is now suspected to be a software problem as well as a design flaw. Reportedly, Apple technicians are on the case and there are rumors of a firmware update within the next week. Rumor has it that the issue is related to radio frequency calibration of the baseband. The problems are Read more [...]

Turn your old PC fans into mini wind generators

Here's a great project that you can do either to experiment with wind turbines or to generate some energy! While the amount of energy produced is not overwhelming, this project can sure get your brain moving in the right direction. The best thing about this project is that you probably already have everything you need lying around: Thick plastic bottle Old PC fan, bigger the better! A few feet of small wire A piece of wood about 1.5" square and around 20cm long Two lengths of steel Read more [...]

Using the iPad for business

Apple sold 3 million iPads in 80 days and is still having a hard time keeping the iPads in stock - a situation that is not totally unexpected, but even analysts are revising their projected sales figures upward based on what they call the 'strongest product cycle in the company’s history, led by the iPad and iPhone 4'. In terms of apps, there are over 11,000 apps already developed for the iPad. What is surprising the analysts is not the number of apps available but the number of businesses Read more [...]

Keeping up with the newest smartphones

Buy a smartphone in May, chances are that you can buy a bigger - better - upgraded - faster - prettier - cooler phone in June. It's been that way for years with PCs and notebook computers so why should the smartphone market be any different? I'm still waiting on my backordered HTC Incredible, but we already have 3 of them in service on our plan. They've quickly become the all-time favorite phone at West Florida Components. Powered by a 1GHz processor, these phones are fast! Other favorite features Read more [...]

Gift ideas for geeky dads under $100

Fathers Day is Sunday! Still struggling to find a gift? Here are some great ideas for that special geek father in your life for $100 or less: Iomega iConnect Wireless Data Station Easily connect up to 4 USB drives for wireless network access or remote access. Excellent for backing up all thumb drives, external drives and networked computers; then the external drive can be safely stored off-site. Access the stored and shared files from anywhere via the internet. All of this for under $100. Jawbone Read more [...]

What is a wind turbine?

A wind turbine is a rotary device that draws energy from the wind. This is different from a windmill, which draws energy from the wind but that energy is directly converted into mechanical energy used by some sort of machinery. Wind turbines are converted into raw electricity. There are two main types, horizontal and vertical axis, of which the horizontal axis is more common. What are the differences between these two? Horizontal-axis turbines have the main rotor shaft and generator at Read more [...]

Application information for Allen Bradley resistors

Allen Bradley resistors are one of the best sellers on the West Florida Components web site with good reason. The following information has been compiled to aid in the everyday selection and application of Allen-Bradley hot molded resistors. The statements should be helpful in evaluating the use of all types of AB hot molded resistors in broad general terms, and are not to be interpreted to be precise or exact. A comprehensive list is made of the standard normal resistance values in their Read more [...]

How to extend battery life on your iPod

Doesn't it always seem to happen that the iPod battery dies just as you arrive at the gym? Here's a sad truth: the more complex and feature-laden your mobile handheld device is, the quicker the battery is drained. Fortunately, there are some non-essential apps and features that you can turn off on the iPod and other handheld devices that run on batteries. Here's a partial list of some apps and features on the iPod that can be adjusted to extend the life of your battery: backlight hold Read more [...]