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Gadget Recommendations

Gadgets are necessities to most IT professionals, especially for people who like to build things and communicate with the world wide web in front of a laptop or desktop. This category is for collating my thoughts on some of the gadgets that I enjoyed using in my daily life.

Why buy Synology DS418 NAS?

Since my adoption of digital imaging and other content creation, I had gathered huge amount of digital artefacts in my laptop. Finally, there came a day when my data was going to outgrow the hard disk on my laptop. Hence, I took the decision to invest in a Synology DS418 NAS to help me keep my data.

In case you are deciding whether to buy a Synology DS418 NAS, here are some reasons why I bought the Synology DS418 NAS.

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Helpful GPIO Pinout resources that you can reference while connecting sensors to your Raspberry Pi 3

Undeniably, the GPIO (general-purpose input/output) pins along the top edge of your Raspberry Pi 3 board is what makes it so useful for IOT projects. In case you are curious, this is how the GPIO pins looks like on a Raspberry Pi 3 B+:

GPIO pins of a Raspberry Pi 3 B+

Although there is the word GPIO on the circuit board that indicates what those pins are, there is no indication on what each individual pin does.

So how do you know which pins to connect your sensors to? Thankfully, there are several good resources that you can reference while connecting sensors to your Raspberry Pi 3 board.

In case you need it, here are some helpful GPIO resources that you can reference when you are connecting sensors to your Raspberry Pi 3 board.

Getting started with an Nvidia Jetson TX2 developer kit

When we have the right amount of data, machine learning enables us to use them for building a model that can provide answers for future questions.

Compared to CPUs, a GPU is better suited for us to build that model. This is because a GPU is very good at performing much more computations in parallel.

Although you can build your own GPU rig for machine learning, an Nvidia Jetson TX2 developer kit is easier to setup and more energy efficient. Therefore, I got myself a Nvidia Jetson TX2 developer kit to ride on the machine learning bandwagon.

In case you are wondering what is in the box and how to get started with an Nvidia Jetson TX2 developer kit, read on to find out more.

Setting up a low cost desktop computer with Raspberry Pi 3

With the advent of single-board computers like Raspberry Pi, we do not have to spend too much money on a computer that can fulfil our basic computing needs. The launch of Raspberry Pi 3 was like icing on the cake; it came with WiFi connectivity. Since WiFi is ubiquitous, the WiFi connectivity of the Raspberry Pi 3 made it a suitable candidate to be used as a low cost desktop computer in the house, office or school.

This post documents how you can setup a low cost desktop computer with Raspberry Pi 3.

Five reasons why I love my Anker 40W/8A 5-Port USB wall charger

After setting up a Raspberry Pi web server, a Raspberry Pi TV Box and a Raspberry Pi CCTV, I had utilised most of the USB chargers that I had accumulated over the years.

As a replacement for those USB chargers that my Raspberry Pis had utilised, I bought the Anker 40W/8A 5-Port USB wall charger from a local store. In this post, I document why I love my Anker 40W/8A 5-Port USB Charger.

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