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Re: "I want an outdoor wireless security camera"
(from feelys 8 years, 7 months ago)
I recently read about these cameras in a blog about family safety information. I searched the Internet for surveillance cameras, wireless and found these: http://www.espow.com/wholesale-security-surveillance-surveillance-cameras-wireless-camera-sets.html

They are wireless surveillance cameras that look good and the price is reasonable. Check them out for yourself and then decide to purchase! But quality is good and see if I can help you.
Re: "I want a babysitter"
(from mieyun 8 years, 9 months ago)
As a working Mom, I've had to use both Care.com and Sittercity.com for finding a babysitter and a part-time driver to take my 10-year old daughter from her after school program to her dance and flute lessons (were we this busy as kids, and were our Mom's working this hard???)

From my experience, they are relatively comparable in features. Your best bet is to try out their free services or pay for a single month to see which one has the most sitters listed in your area.

For what it's worth, I had absolutely no luck finding anyone via Craigslist. I wasted hours, if not days...yeah it was days...ugh...interviewing a bunch of people in person and on the phone. I sifted through the unqualified and inexperienced "sitters" there to no avail.

I ended up getting a month-to-month Sittercity subscription and found a great part-time local college student driver for my daughter. I hated having to pay for a sitter search service, but I *LOVED* having someone else spend the hours sifting and pre-interviewing. Just compare the listings between a subscription site like Sittercity or Care to Craigslist and you'll see what I mean!

From my notes, a quick cost comparison of the two:
Sittercity's monthly subscription ranges between $12/mo and $35/mo depending on how long you sign up for. They also offer a 7 day free trial and seem to have a perpetual offer of a 15% off deal for new users. Just go here and try using the code TAKE15.

Care.com has a free option that displays limited sitter profiles and job postings. Their paid subscriptions are exactly the same as Sittercity's, ranging from $35/mo for month-to-month use and $12/mo if you sign up for a year.

Good luck!
Re: "I want an outdoor wireless security camera"
(from mitch 8 years, 9 months ago)
This is the wireless camera that I bought a few months back and that I use to monitor the approach to my driveway. It's highly rated with 3.5 out of 5 stars from 49 customer reviews. 67% of reviewers give it 4 or 5 stars.

Wireless IP Camera with Pan & Tilt, Night Vision, 2 Way Audio, Apple Mac and Windows compatible, Color (Black) - Price: $89
  • very simple to setup

  • auto night vision

  • browser-based pan, tilt, scan controls

  • supports 640x480 and 320x240 video resolutions

  • wireless connection (WiFi)

  • port for a wired network connection (RJ 45)

  • motion detection alarm

  • Mac and Windows compatible

It works very well and is much cheaper (1/2 to 1/3 the price of buying in a store like Best Buy). It connects to my wireless network and lets me view it via a regular browser on my computer or iPhone. At this point, I'd be totally lost without a remote view down my driveway, so I'd classify it as a big success. Not sure if the above video camera will work outdoors though, maybe under an eave.
Re: "I want an ultralight laptop"
(from wantbox 8 years, 9 months ago)
You can do corded video out from the MacBook with the Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter (Price $29).

If you have an Apple TV connected to your "regular" TV you can stream music, video and photo content from your laptop to TV (Price $99).

As far as watching TV on your laptop, I've found the Slingbox to be an excellent solution. You connected it to your "regular" TV and add it to your home network. Then you download a client on your laptop which connects to the Slingbox.

Sling Media Slingbox SOLO (Price $159).

If you only want to stream the video from your cable box or satellite feed to your computer, then the Solo is all you need. If you want to stream multiple devices (Roku, DVD player plus your main feed, then you should get the Sling Media Slingbox PRO-HD SB300-100)

Good luck!
Re: "I want an ultralight laptop"
(from mitch 8 years, 10 months ago)
I just went through this process myself and decided on the highly rated Apple 13.3" MacBook Air (NEWEST VERSION) (with the 4 GB RAM and 128 GB Flash Storage) plus the optional external Apple Macbook Air SuperDrive.

Cost came out to about $1,377 on Black Friday (costs around $100 more normally). If you go this way, the $100 upgrade from 2GB of RAM to 4GB of RAM is very much worth it.

I really hated my Sony Vaio (VGN-SZ440, FWIW), mostly because it came pre-installed with a buggy and bloated Windows Vista, but also because the hardware quality and engineering was exceptionally poor:
  • tons of dead pixels on the screen

  • super hot and the loud fan always running

  • fan has worn out and is now even louder

  • fingerprint sensor never worked right, etc, etc...

I have, however, always had pretty good luck with Dells. Nonetheless, I'm done with Windows for a while and am giving the MacOS another chance after a decade-plus hiatus.

Ultimately, I chose the MacBook Air because of the super cool form factor, the featherweight size and my love of Apple's hardware and software design (I love you, iPhone. I really do!)
Re: "I want a long-lasting cordless phone system"
(from mitch 8 years, 10 months ago)
According to ConsumerSearch, the best cordless phone is the Panasonic KX-TG6512 (Price: $49).

One of the listed features:
"ECO Mode: Using your handset near the system's base unit lowers overall power consumption, extends the handset's battery life, and results in less frequent charging and need to change batteries."

A snip from ConsumerSearch's analysis:
"The KX-TG6512 earns overwhelmingly positive reviews from consumers on sites like Walmart and Amazon, with only a handful of customers reporting that the ringer could be louder."

It's top rated on ConsumerSearch and rated very well on Amazon (4 out of 5 stars, 47 reviews).

There is also a 3 handset package (Price: $69).

And a 5 handset one (Price: $126).

Also, check out this similar cordless phone want to yours.

One really nice feature of this phone system is that you only need to program your phone book contacts into the base station and then each of your handsets has access to it. Even if you add another handset later, once it registers with the base station it will have all of your contact numbers. Very nice feature.

Most importantly, the phone also has crystal clear sound, a great range and an excellent battery life because of their ECO mode low power consumption feature.
Re: "I want an outdoor wireless security camera"
(from mitch 8 years, 10 months ago)
For me, the main thing to look for in these WiFi surveillance cameras is the ability to connect them to your home wireless network and see the video feed right in your browser, be that Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft IE or Apple Safari. If the video is viewable in a browser, then it is viewable on a smartphone like an iPhone, Blackberry, Android, or Palm.

A lot of cameras are additional units that fit into a dedicated system with their own DVR, video receiver and monitor. When buying a single camera, you don't want that, especially if you don't own the base components. The models listed below are stand-alone cameras which can connect to your home network and be viewed via a browser.

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OPTION #1: Wider Field of View, Shorter Viewing Distance
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Foscam FI8904W Outdoor Wireless/Wired IP Camera with 15-20 Meter Night Vision and 67° Viewing Angle - Silver - Price: $95
  • Very wide viewing angle to capture more visible area, night vision up to 65 feet away

  • Simple to setup, friendly GUI, remote viewing, record from anywhere anytime

  • Weatherproof for outdoor installation

  • Motion detection alert via email or image upload to a FTP server

  • Supports all standard browsers and can be viewed remotely using a smartphone

  • Built-in WiFi (b/g) supporting WEP, WPA and WPA2 encryption


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OPTION #2: Narrow Field of View, Longer Viewing Distance
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Foscam FI8905W Outdoor Wireless/Wired IP Camera with 30 Meter Night Vision and 22° Viewing Angle - Silver - Price: $93
  • Narrower viewing angle to allow viewing farther distances from the camera (up to 100 feet when using night vision)

  • Simple to setup, friendly GUI, remote viewing, record from anywhere anytime

  • Waterproof for outdoor installation

  • Night vision up to 30 meters

  • Motion detection alert via email or image upload to a FTP server

  • Supports all standard browsers and can be viewed remotely using a smartphone

  • Built-in WiFi (b/g) supporting WEP, WPA and WPA2 encryption


NOTE: Be warned that these cameras are possibly Chinese knock-offs designed to look like Foscam cameras which would normally sell for around $150. If you can fight your way through the likely poor user documentation, you can get yourself a good camera for a much lower price.

If you can't, you should probably buy the Foscam FI8905W Wireless Outdoor IP Camera Waterproof WPA on Foscam.com and pay the full and official price.

NOTE 2: My indoor camera is a Chinese-made option with poor documentation, but I was able to get it installed and running pretty quickly on my home network. Overall, I'm happy with its performance, features and the much lower price I ended up paying for it. If it were me (and it will be, since I need an outdoor camera) I'd give one of the Amazon cameras listed above a shot. Since it is Amazon, you can always return it without hassle.

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"I want a babysitter" posted on Dec. 3, 2010, 1:03 p.m. [2 replies]

"I want an outdoor wireless security camera" posted on Dec. 3, 2010, 12:57 p.m. [4 replies]

"I want a long-lasting cordless phone system" posted on Dec. 3, 2010, 12:55 p.m. [2 replies]

"I want an ultralight laptop" posted on Dec. 3, 2010, 12:46 p.m. [3 replies]

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