Showing posts from January, 2015

Hibermate Sleep Mask Mini-Review

I recently bought one of these Hibermate eye-masks with ear muffs to try and get some sleep in a noisy household:

I think these cost me around $49, so I expected good things.


Relatively comfortable and easy to fall asleep in.The eye-mask in particular is better than most. Cons: The ear-muffs don't really block much sound...they just muffle some high frequencies, but I can still hear the shower, or someone speaking in another room, or someone whispering next to me, or just about everything else.The padding in the ear-muffs easily falls out when you take them off. It's not really held together by anything. The box comes with a pair of in-ear foam plugs that you can wear in combination with the muffs, and the instructions suggest you could also use in-ear headphones in combination. This may work on a plane, etc, but it just masks the issue that the ear-muffs do nothing.
For $49, I expected a lot more. I would not recommend these for noise-cancelling, and $49 for a comfortable…

Stupidly large power adapters...what the?

I've been buying a number of electronic gadgets from, which means I now have more US plugs than AU plugs under my desks at home. This is becoming a problem as I need more adapters, so I hit the local Bunnings to see what's available, here are two samples:

Why are these things so gigantic?! If I plug this into a standard 4-port power-board, it would occupy at least 2 slots, and at worst 3... Who designs them to be this large... and for what possible reason?
Note that the two from above have no step-up/step-down, or surge-protection, or integrated USB ports. They're just dumb port adapters.
And here's another favorite of mine (not): Notice the recessed port on this one. This will fit exactly 0% of DC power adapters, severely reducing its usability.
In any case, as always, Amazon to the rescue! I ended up buying around 16 of these instead:
These are small enough to only take 1 port, cost around $10 for 4, and I can plug 4 into a standard power-board to convert …