Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Random pictures - books

Source: Brian Dettmer Art made from books....

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Canary - first look

I had ordered a Canary via Indiegogo quite some time ago, and when it was delivered I put it in a cupboard and promptly forgot all about it... Months later I pulled it out, and today I set it up - plugged it in, downloaded the app from the Google Play Store, and set it up. The Canary's specifications:

  • 1080p HD Camera
  • 147° Wide-angle lens
  • Automatic night vision
  • Motion detection
  • 3-axis accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Capacitive touch
HomeHealth TechnologyTM
  • Temperature
  • Humidity
  • Air quality
Audio & Siren:
  • High-quality microphone
  • Built-in speaker
  • 90+ dB siren
  • 2.4GHz Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n)
  • Wired Ethernet
Size & Weight:
  • Height: 6 in (152.4 mm)
  • Diameter: 3 in (76.2 mm)
  • Weight: 0.87 lb (396 g)
Some pictures -


And the view:

Canary Reviews:
Canary Smart Home Security Device review C|net
Canary Home Security System: Hands-on Review! (YouTube)
Review: Canary security camera learns your habits as it keeps watch 
Canary review: A sophisticated home-security system packed inside a camera

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Random chart - waste

Source: Managing waste in emerging markets

"... Economic growth in emerging economies is bringing prosperity, rising living standards, and overdue relief from poverty, but increased consumption typically increases resource use—especially the use of plastics—and waste production...

The Philippines is a case in point: it produces 2.7 million metric tons of plastic waste per year—600,000 metric tons in metro Manila alone. While the country has high waste-collection rates overall (84 percent nationwide), 17 percent of collected plastics is lost into the marine ecosystem after collection because of illegal dumping and poor landfill siting and operating practices. For uncollected plastics, the ocean-leakage rate is even higher, at 31 percent. The economic losses in tourism, fisheries, and healthcare are considerable. We estimate that each metric ton of uncollected mixed waste represents an average loss of approximately $375.

As Inge Lardinois and Arnold van de Klundert wrote 20 years ago: “By almost any form of evaluation, solid waste management is a growing environmental and financial problem in developing countries. Despite significant efforts in the last decades, the majority of municipalities in the developing countries cannot manage the growing volume of waste produced in their cities...”

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