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  • I’m Anthony from Montreal. I like to write about tech stuff.
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Leofoto LHC-60 Clamp

Convert your Manfrotto Ball Head to Arca-Swiss with the Leofoto LHC-60

I was looking for a small tabletop tripod when I discovered pretty much all of them are using Arca-Swiss style quick release plates now. It seems like an interesting system, so I wanted to try it out on my trusty Manfrotto 055 Ball Head. I quickly learned Manfrotto clamps are custom and you need to use a small adapter boss to convert the Manfrotto anti-twist into a standard anti-twist post....

January 26, 2023 · 2 min · Anthony Di Iorio
H2n

Zoom H2n Review

The Zoom H2n is a versatile recorder that has served me well since 2012. I’ve used it to make field recordings, voice overs, and even for ham radio to record satellite passes. Review The Zoom H2n can record from it’s four capsules in four modes: XY: 90° Stereo XY pattern Mid-Side: Front facing and a figure 8 side capsule with adjustable pattern or raw recording. (default 0dB = 120°) 2 Channel Surround: 360 recording from the XY and MS capsules 4 Channel Surround: Split files from the XY and MS capsules The H2n can record at up to 24bit/96kHz in WAV or MP3 from the internal microphones or an external input....

January 24, 2023 · 4 min · Anthony Di Iorio
The greatest pizza of all time

Anthony's Pizza Dough

After months of experimentation, I have finally published my pizza dough recipe! This foolproof dough makes delicious pizzas at home. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! Ingredients Bakers % Grams Flour (AP/BR) 100% 610 Water 60% 366 Yeast (IDY) 0.50% 3.1 Salt 2% 12.2 Oil 2% 12.2 Total 1003 Makes 4 x 12" 250g dough balls Print PDF 🖨️ Dough 🍕 Mix the flour, water, salt, and yeast until it forms into a dough ball Add the olive oil near end end of the mixing process Mix until the dough starts to become smooth and elastic If the dough is tough, let it rest for 5-10 minutes to relax the gluten, then continue mixing until smooth....

August 10, 2021 · 3 min · Anthony Di Iorio
Retevis RT8 Image

Retevis RT8 Review

The Retevis RT8 GPS is an inexpensive handheld radio with DMR digital voice capability, packed with many cool features, and very extensible with custom firmware. Video Review First Impressions Programming GPS to APRS Custom Firmware Conclusion Video Review First Impressions The RT8 has a solid plastic case with a nice finish. The radio is rated IP67 for dust and water resistance and has gaskets around the accessory port, battery, and battery contacts....

November 29, 2019 · 8 min · Anthony Di Iorio
S243HL

Acer S243HL Monitor Repair

Another Acer monitor bites the dust! Previously, my B243H failed a month before the warranty expired, it was repaired by Acer. Unfortunately, this S243HL was out of warranty so I took the repair into my own hands. A common fault across cheap consumer grade monitors is lousy Chinese capacitors that fail rather quickly. In this case just over 3 years. The culprit, two Su’Scon SG Series 470uF 16v capacitors that bulged....

September 7, 2016 · 1 min · Anthony Di Iorio
Rush Keycaps

Fnatic Gear Rush Mechanical Keyboard Review

Last week I reviewed Fnatic Gear’s Flick mouse, and Focus mouse pad, which means it’s time for the review of the Rush Mechanical Keyboard! The Rush is a full size 104 key mechanical keyboard available in your choice of either Cherry MX Red, Blue, or Brown mechanical switches. The keyboard features a soft touch casing, red backlighting, and onboard storage for macros. Video Review Build Quality and Features The Rush is a solid keyboard!...

March 31, 2016 · 4 min · Anthony Di Iorio
Flick

Fnatic Flick Mouse & Focus Mouse Pad Review

If you’re familiar with gaming tournaments you’ve probably heard of Fnatic before. They have 5 different gaming teams, and you can usually find them dominating their opponents live on Twitch. That being said, I was pretty excited to check out the latest gaming peripherals they had to offer. Video Review FLICK Optical Gaming Mouse Review The Flick is a no nonsense gaming mouse, with a clean design, comfortable layout, and features the flawless Pixart 3310 optical sensor....

March 22, 2016 · 5 min · Anthony Di Iorio
Focus RS

Checking out Ford's Racing Simulator

So this was my first experience on a full motion racing sim, and I was pretty impressed with how that extra layer of force feedback adds to the realism of the game. I’ve tried other rigs with vibration motors, and others with just a triple monitor setup, but this was just on another level of realism. Unfortunately, Ford’s using rFactor 1 which happens to be a 10 year old sim, and while it doesn’t exactly have the greatest graphics or physics in the world, it was still a great experience....

March 11, 2016 · 2 min · Anthony Di Iorio
Hubsan X4

Hubsan X4 Review

A few months back I took an interest in building a quadcopter. I decided to go the entry-level route and picked up a cheap quad that gets praised on /r/multicopter, the Hubsan X4. There are a few versions of the Hubsan X4: H107L - Standard H107C - Camera H107D - FPV The H107C only costs $10 more, but I don’t think it’s worth the weight of the camera and the extra energy to power it....

July 13, 2015 · 3 min · Anthony Di Iorio
Ergodox

ErgoDox Review

Preface A few months back I joined the Massdrop group buy for the ErgoDox. If you don’t know what Massdrop or a group buy is, basically it allows you to join in on a bulk purchase of a product so the group can get a lower price. Since the ErgoDox requires cooperation from component vendors, a PCB manufacturer, and a company that can do laser cutting, it took absolutely ages for the kit to arrive....

August 6, 2014 · 6 min · Anthony Di Iorio