urn:uuid:d90bce67-8914-59e2-b563-5ef20f58d176 Topic: Review – Ctrl blog Daniel Aleksandersen https://www.daniel.priv.no/ Copyright © 2022 Daniel Aleksandersen. https://www.ctrl.blog/assets/logo/logo-square.svg 2022-09-20T09:32:00Z weekly 10 urn:uuid:3c0ff38a-0d91-4ae4-bdbd-d48b2aeec85b 2022-09-20T09:32:00Z 2022-09-20T09:32:00Z Review: Aqara indoor climate sensor (for home automation) The Aqara temperature and relative humidity sensor for Zigbee-home automation is unreliable and it doesn’t work in humid environments (where you’d want one!) <p>The Aqara Temperature and Humidity sensor by Xiaomi is a popular option to capture indoor climate data for home-automation systems. The sensors are small, plainly designed, cheap, promise 2-year battery life, and run on the Zigbee mesh-network protocol. However, they’re also notoriously unreliable, which defeats the desired set-it-and-forget-it target for the sensor.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ctrl.blog/entry/review-aqara-indoor-climate-sensor.html">Read more …</a></p> urn:uuid:04ed7eaa-de8e-4b5c-820c-2280396fbf95 2022-06-15T15:12:00Z 2022-06-15T15:12:00Z Review: Dygma Raise split mechanical keyboard for enthusiasts The Raise is two fully programmable keyboards with eight independent thumb-keys instead of a space bar. Its unique hardware comes with unique software problems. <p>The Dygma Raise is a splittable 60 % mechanical keyboard; meaning it has no function key row, navigation keys, arrow keys, or numpad. It’s squarely targeted at keyboard enthusiasts willing to pay 350 USD for a keyboard with fewer standard keys plus a unique two-rowed eight-key space bar design.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ctrl.blog/entry/review-dygma-raise-split-keyboard.html">Read more …</a></p> urn:uuid:c0e708d7-413f-4cea-8ef7-754200c83c06 2022-05-26T16:04:00Z 2022-05-26T16:04:00Z Split keyboards give your hands a break but reduce typing flexibility A two-part split or a wavy keyboard might be a boost to your keyboard ergonomics. However, the split key layout might also imposes accessibility issue for some. <p>Split keyboards can offer greater flexibility and variety for your working posture and desktop arrangements. I’m talking about both wave keyboards that bend upward in the middle (typically branded as “ergonomic keyboards”) and keyboards that can literally split in two. However, you better agree with its designers on how to best use a keyboard.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ctrl.blog/entry/split-keyboard-accessibility.html">Read more …</a></p> urn:uuid:e9d1c113-d4de-4096-98fa-97aa9d1a0b2e 2021-11-06T15:56:00Z 2021-11-06T15:56:00Z Review: Samsung Galaxy Fit2 – a passive health and activity tracker The Galaxy Fit2 is frustrating to use, but is luckily meant to be worn passively to track your health metrics (continuous heart rate, step counter, and sleep). <p>The Samsung Galaxy Fit2 (not to be confused with the Gear Fit2) packs an impressive set of features like a sleep and heart rate monitor, in a small and budget-friendly package. However, it doesn’t help that it has a continuous activity, sleep, and heart rate/stress monitor when it doesn’t remind you to keep it charged.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ctrl.blog/entry/review-samsung-galaxy-fit2.html">Read more …</a></p> urn:uuid:699bf589-dd82-4bbd-aa00-5476050f391b 2021-10-18T11:48:00Z 2021-10-18T11:48:00Z Timberborn: a cute beaver colony sim with an unrewarding late game The post-apocalyptic lumberpunk beaver colony simulator is delightful and cute. Plenty of replay value, but there are no new challenges in the late game stages. <p>I love colony simulation games like RimWorld, Patron, and Surviving Mars; and I’ve sunk way too many hours into these games. My latest obsession is Timberborn — a <em>vertical city builder</em> inhabited by intelligent beavers that have inherited the Earth after humans are long gone.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ctrl.blog/entry/review-timberborn-colonysim.html">Read more …</a></p>