A Review of the DVR Spy Watch

The DVR Spy Watch is an incredible piece of technology that puts a video camera, still camera, a microphone, and a digital video recorder into a working men’s watch. By compacting all of this technology into such a small area, this device can be use by Law Enforcement, private investigators, or people who need to gather video evidence for one reason or another, yet remain incognito and discrete.

This video spy watch has a resolution of 640 x 480, and records at 30 frames per second (fps). It has 8GB of internal memory, though the battery will die well before that is filled. While the video is not HD quality, for what it is, it is very clear and colorful, especially when you have a lot of nature in your picture. The color is very rich and lush when you photograph flowers or colorful objects. If you can hold the camera still, the photo and video images are clear. The more you move the camera when it’s filming, the blurrier it will be. Minute movements are amplified due to the miniaturization.

The DVR Spy Watch is made for easy operation by a person who is wearing it on their arm, and it can be used if you are left or right handed. It films out of the 2 O’Clock position on the dial. When you wear it on the top of your wrist, you can act normal and start recording. You need to make sure you are pointing the face of the camera exactly at what you want to shoot, as our first videos were of the sky and the ceiling. You have to aim the face of the camera at what you want to video, as that is what is being recorded. If the watch is pointing at the ceiling, that is what you will film.

It’s probably easier to use if you are left handed, as you can control the ON/OFF switch with your left fore finger naturally, otherwise you have to come up across the top of the watch with your right hand, and curve your right fore finger around the top of the watch to reach that button.

Either way, the video watch is easy to use. The battery needs to be charged for 3 hours, and you can do that with the included cable. The left side has a knob that unscrews, and and you insert a 3 ring mini jack plug into the port, and the other end goes in the USB port. This is also how you upload the video and still picture files. On the left side of the watch, above the USB port at the 9 position, is the ON/OFF switch, and below it, is the RESET button. On the other side is the microphone and the time adjustment.

Pressing the ON/OFF button for a couple seconds turns on the status light, which is located at the very top of the dial. It’s angled so you can pretend you are looking at the time, and you can see the tiny blue light. This is stand-by mode and you always return here before you turn it off.

The watch will automatically start recording in 2-3 seconds, and the status light will twinkle a greenish yellow. This is record mode, and it will record in 30 minute increments until the battery dies, typically 60-90 minutes. You can stop recording at any time by pushing the ON/OFF button again, and the status light will go back to blue.

You can do one of three things; 1. Start recording more video by pushing the ON/OFF again, 2. Enter still picture mode, and start taking still pictures, or 3. turn the watch off.

To start recording agan, push the ON/OFF button, and it will go back to twinkling green, record mode. Stop recording by pushing the ON/OFF again, and you are back to stand-by mode.

To enter Photograph mode, quickly push the ON/OFF three times. In this mode, the status light will alternate between blue and green. Hold the watch still and press the ON/OFF button again. Hold still for 2 seconds while it takes the picture. You can take as many pictures as you like until the battery dies, or the memory is full; usually the former. To exit photograph mode, quickly press the ON/OFF again three times.

To turn off the DVR Spy Watch, hold down the ON/OFF for 3 seconds and the blue light will twinkle green, then turn off.

The video spy watch comes with a USB cable for uploading video and charging, and a “AA” battery field charger that will record the internal battery in about three hours. I have tried this battery charger on the DVR Spy Pen, and I have not had a lot of luck in getting it to record longer than the limitations of the internal battery at one time, though I’ll keep experimenting.

You can upload the video to a PC, and watch it in Windows Media Player, KM Player, or VLC Media Player. Sadly, it won’t work at all on an Apple computer; it does not even recognize it. However, if you can somehow download the video to a PC or flash memory reader first, you will be able to play them on your Mac.

Let’s go over the pro’s & con’s:

Pros:

  • Easy to use and operate
  • Discrete video recording
  • Large clear color video
  • Also takes still JPG pictures
  • AVI format works natively on a PC
  • Acceptable audio with low or no background noise

Cons:

  • Won’t work on an Apple computer
  • Audio effected by loud background noises like music, traffic, wind, and crowds
  • Recording time limited by battery life, not memory size

HP Pavilion Elite HPE-390t Review For All

HP Pavilion Elite HPE-390t model desktop PC is not for you, if you are looking for cheap computer with minimum features. This desktop PC is definitely costly when compared with other HP computers, but the features are highly advanced. So, is worth to spend on this computer which is built with advanced features to assist you in your business needs.

* The review of this elite series computer starts of with its price. If you want to bring this computer to your home/office, you need to part with $1900. This cost is for the basic features and if you want to add any additional tools or features, then the price tag may go up further. So, decide here whether to continue to read this article or not.

* Most of the desktop computers manufactured and released in elite series were expensive. So, there is no surprise that HP Pavilion Elite HPE-390t model is rated high. The main strength and weight of this model is its Intel Core Processor. The processor is supported by turbo boost technology which helps you in handling multiple tasks effectively and efficiently. You can simultaneously work on this system and as well as run the internet. The speed does not diminish or the system does not hangout when you are working with numerous folders. Some computers take more time to download movies, games and other video related files, but this exclusively and powerfully designed HPE-390t model can download even large files in minutes/seconds. The machine is supported by DDR3 RAM which boosts the speed of the system by consuming very less power. With basic model you will get 9GB of RAM and this can be upgraded up to 24GB. The hard disc capacity is also more which allows you to store large files, videos, images, games etc.

* Windows 7 operating system is genuine software to run your computer and this model also functions on the same operating system. HPE-390t offers three type of operating system, namely Windows Home Premium, Windows Professional and Windows Ultimate.

* HP Pavilion Elite HPE-390t perfectly matches the requirement of a business person. Yes, if you are a professional you are 100% eligible to purchase this highly advanced machine. But, it does not mean that it is not suitable for personal use. HPE-390t is an ideal choice for your personal and home use also. This machine can be used as your entertaining machine. This works alternate to your television. You can play games, watch videos, download online games etc. The system is assembled with superior sound card. The picture quality and sound clarity you get through this system is highly professional. So, professional web designers can also use this system for their business purpose.

* This is a good looking, totally concealed desktop computer that is necessary for every home and office. The glossy finish and beautifully designed computer contains some front USB ports, DVD writer cum reader, 15-in-one card reader etc. There are many other optional tools to include in this HP Pavilion Elite HPE-390t model and the most important thing is that this machine is also upgrade friendly. So, if you could not spend more dollars on this machine, purchase the machine basic specification and upgrade it in future.

Best Web Browsers: Rekonq Browser Review

Rekonq is the default web browser in Kubuntu. This lightweight application loads web pages fast and comes with many great features such as a unique loading address bar and tabbed browsing. Many users claim that Rekonq is an excellent example of lean, straight-forward open-source software. Smooth scrolling, auto scrolling, and RSS support are other major highlights.

This easy to use browser is based on WebKit and has a minimalist interface that most users prefer nowadays. Rekonq allows you to load sessions, store sessions, preview web pages, and manage multiple tasks. Its development is based on the advanced KDE technologies and on the amazing features provided by the WebKit rendering engine.

Like Google Chrome, Rekonq has an integrated address bar where you can enter URLs, search the web, and view your navigation history. This URL bar also shows when a page is being loaded. Users can also rearrange tabs with the mouse, search only parts of the URL from the location bar, and track downloads history. Other important features include:

• Java and Flash support

• Built-in ad block

• Unique loading address bar

• Tabbed navigation

• RSS support

• Proxy support

• SSL info support

• Downloads history tracked

• Auto-scrolling

• Bookmarks manager

• New tab page

• Tight KDE desktop integration

• Fast performance

• Minimalist interface

• Simple and intuitive GUI

• Private browsing

• HTML5 support

• Web inspector

• Page previews

• History tab

This web browser comes with an automatic subscription to Easylist filter, which is updated weekly. Users can also ser up manual filters to block specific elements from web pages. Rekonq uses your chosen default applications to handle media files and PDF files. It also supports KIO services, including proxies, cache, cookies, and network settings. This application aims to make organizing tabs into sessions possible by supplying an easy to use GUI known as “panorama view”. This feature enables users to modify the tabs in a session, save a session, and load sessions. A session is a group of tabs.

When you move the cursor over a tab, you can preview its content. Another notable feature is the Private Browsing mode, which enables users to surf the Web anonymously without leaving any traces of their activity. Rekonq also comes with a built-in ad-block that is quite effective. You can also use the Web Inspector, which is similar to the Firebug for Firefox and the Developer Tool found in Google Chrome. RSS feeds from websites can be saved to Akregator, the default feed reader in Kubuntu.