Xiaomi Mi Smart Home Gateway Teardown video

I’ve pulled enough things apart to see what makes them tick. So I’ve decided to put them on video, with some commentary.

Here’s the first installment, a teardown of a very solid little Smart Home Controller from the massive Chinese tech powerhouse Xiaomi.

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What are we going to do with all the Pictures?

I know I’ve taken loads of pictures over the past few years.
Pictures of all sorts of places, all of different resolutions. Some taken during the day, some at night.
I have a digital picture collection that has pictures from about 6 different cameras (and thats excluded all the not-so-great pictures that were taken with Camera Phones)

The question is, what am I supposed to do with all the pictures?
I’ve had a load of them printed by MyPhotoAlbum and I’ve got a few DVD’s full of pictures, and I’ve got about 3GB of pictures on my laptop as we speak.
I was considering uploading them to Flickr, but whats the point? 99% of them wouldn’t interest anyone.

But, as usual, some very clever people have come up with a few very clever things to do with the worlds photo collections
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Why do I always feel guilty after renting a movie?

I rented a few movies from the local Xtra-vision for the weekend.

So we get all cozy on the couch, with a pizza and some popcorn.
First, we get the 2 minutes of Disclaimers and Copyright notices, in 23 different languages. And then a notice from the FBI, in a few hundred other languages.
Then we’re forced to sit through a “Downloading-a-movie-is-like-stealing-a-car” clip, which you cannot fast forward, skip or even pause.

Why must I watch this? I rented the movie. I paid for it. Why must I be forced to sit and watch something that doesn’t apply to me?
How dare they dictate what I can and cannot do in my own home, on my DVD player.
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