Machines and Devices

Time for some maintenance

Time for some maintenance

A month ago my netbook fell off my bed, whereby the battery was ripped off and broke one of the battery holder clips.I repaired it temporarely with tape, keeping the battery in place, but was not happy with the solution.Yesterday I undertook the bold enterprise (to go where nobody goes..) and opened up my netbook [...]

Inside an ATM-machine

Inside an ATM-machine

Seen in George Town, Penang Malaysia, an ATM-machine is opened up for maintenance

Handy compact UK power outlet adapter

Handy compact UK power outlet adapter

One problem I have with so called world adapters is that the’re bulky, and half of the plugs you will never use, so I left mine at home, I just have a few small adapters from US to European and European to US. Coming to Penang I looked up on internet what plugs they were [...]

Video-karaoke tuk-tuk

Video-karaoke tuk-tuk

Seen in Chiang Mai, a tuk-tuk has a video-karoake system built-in.Mounted at the roof is a convertible 15″ LCD screen made by Zulex (the black unit in the front), a 4 x 800Watt amplifier (on the left) and a 2400Watt amplifier (the black unit behind the pink box), an equalizer and switch-unit in the back. Big woofers [...]

Original lampshade

Original lampshade

Seen in a Thai restaurant called “Juice” in Chiang Mai, behind the norh of Ratchawithi Road on the corner 50 M/160Ft opposite of Roots Rock Reggae bar. A lampshade made from a Leo beer carton box and it has an adjustable flap as well.This zero-investment policy paid off, since the most expensive item on the [...]

Got milk?

Got milk?

Seen in Bezzecca, Trento, Italy, a milk vending machine called ‘Latteria’ which offers fresh milk for € 1,- per Liter or $ 4.63 per Gallon, anyway cheaper than gasoline over here.On the left you can buy bottles too; € 0,60 or $ 0.73 for a glass bottle and € 0,20 or $ 0.24 for a [...]

One Time Only

One Time Only

Last month my Movado watch was damaged by seawater coming in. Since it’s being designed in 1947 under Bauhaus influence and is on permanent display in the Museum of Modern Art in New York since 1960, it is often being referred to as the museum watch.Movado seems to be Esperanto for “always in Motion” and in [...]

Solving the US and EU power plug compatibility once and for all

Solving the US and EU power plug compatibility once and for all

Some things in live are so obvious that you forget to mention them, but a wonderful invention is the Thai power outlet, which can accommodate both flat prongs (like in the U.S. and Japan) and round prongs (like much of Europe and Asia). Since most low power electrical equipment such as chargers and adapters are [...]

Mechanical beer fridge

Mechanical beer fridge

Seen at a street restaurant in Bangkok a beer-fridge which operates very fast and needs no electricity. I don’t know where they are manufactured, but I guess they are specific for South-East Asia.At first glance the fridge looks like an old fashioned washing kettle, but inside is a double walled cylinder with a capacity of [...]