Monday, September 25, 2017

Moultrie M-880C/June 27, 2014

This is a small camera virtually identical in size to the M-880 we covered in 2013. The layout of the buttons and switches have changed. The display is still the two line LCD thus no photo viewer on this one. The 880c uses a hinged, camera in the back design which is convenient as the camera does not flop around when you open it.. It requires 8 AA batteries which are stored in a pop out tray.. It has slots for a strap and a python cable hole on the back of the camera as well as two tripod mount threaded receptacles one on the rear and one on the bottom. It supports photo, video and time lapse modes. Basically this camera looks like the M-880 and M-880i but has white flash LEDs which means it takes color photos and videos at night using full spectrum LEDS.

The set up was easy and somewhat familiar and I had this camera taking photos on the range quickly. I noticed a new setting called WI-FI SD Card. Years ago I tested many cameras with a Wi-fi SD card from eye-fi and found that because the power was cut off after the image was saved the wi-fi card did not have time to send the image over wi-fi. My guess is that this setting will leave power to the SD card longer or all the time. Also notable are settings called AC Connected and Overwrite.

When I triggered the camera in a dark quiet room I could not hear any tones or noises as I did with the M-880i. There is no filter clunk as far as I can tell and there shouldn’t be.

I managed to get some day time range sample pictures. In comparing this camera to last year’s M-880 I feel that the image contrast is poorer and that the color saturation is less realistic. The sunny photos have a haziness which I believe is an over exposure problem.

This evening I tested the camera (like MOULTRIE A-30 GAME CAMERA ) on the range and gathered some color flash samples. I must say these night shots are the best I have seen in this technology, white LED. The 60 foot coyote is clearly visible. Their claim of 70 foot flash is closer to reality on this camera. While the photos are not quite as crisp as I have seen using a strobe flash camera, I think they are pretty good. Like the day shots, I feel the color saturation is less realistic.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Panasonic Joins Push to Put Photovoltaics on More Car Roofs

Panasonic Corp. sees the future of solar on car rooftops.

The Osaka-based electronics maker has started producing a 180-watt array of solar cells (for example: GOAL ZERO NOMAD 7 PLUS ) that can be fixed to the roof of an automobile. In February, Panasonic announced that its photovoltaic module would be used on the roof of Toyota Motor Corp.’s latest Prius plug-in hybrid.

Cars represent a potentially lucrative new outlet for solar cells in an industry where intense competition from Chinese manufacturers has pushed down prices sharply. That’s prompting some manufacturers to adapt solar cells for everything from home roofing tiles and the outer skins of buildings to backpacks and tents.

“Car roofs have the potential to become a new market for solar panels,” Shingo Okamoto, the general manager at Panasonic who was in charge of developing the technology, said. “We made history in the auto industry and in the solar industry with the sun powering mass-produced cars for the first time in the world.”

New Market

Cars could hold the promise of a giant new market for solar panels from Panasonic, which also is partnered with Tesla Inc. in making batteries at its Gigafactory outside Las Vegas. There are 264 million cars and light trucks in operation in the U.S., according to the National Automobile Dealers Association.

Others are noticing the potential. Tesla Chairman Elon Musk tweeted in November that his company’s Model 3 car may come with a solar roof. He’s also beginning to sell a type of roof tile for homes featuring embedded photovoltaics. Nissan Motor Co. offers an add-on solar panel option for its Leaf electric cars, giving extra charge to systems such as the air conditioners and radios, according to Nicholas Maxfield, a spokesman for the company.

Hanergy Holding Group Ltd. unveiled four concept solar cars last year but has yet to begin commercial production. It’s seeking to develop car roofs using thin-film solar chips with Fuyao Glass Industry Group.

As of the end of April, Toyota had sold 1,350 units in Japan of the new Prius plug-in equipped with solar panels, nearly 9 percent of the total, according to the car maker.

Range Estimates

The latest Prius is the first mass-produced model to be outfitted with solar panels that provide juice for the car’s main battery, according to Toyota. Because of seasonal variations in sunlight, the amount of charge will fluctuate, meaning the average distance traveled on a single charge will range from an average of 2.9 kilometers (1.8 miles) to 6.1 kilometers depending on the time of year.

“That means you get about 10 percent of annual mileage from solar just by letting your car sit,” Okamoto said in an interview in Tokyo.

While that’s modest, developers say the amount of charge will improve over time and that the range could be extended by adjusting a car body’s design and the amount of surface upon which the panels can be affixed.

“We are aware that the panels are supplying only a small amount of electricity,” said Shoichi Kaneko, chief engineer for Prius. “But this system is still a breakthrough as we are making use of the energy we would be wasting otherwise. By filling all available space with cells, it is possible to extend the range easily to 10 kilometers.”

In its current iteration, the solar rooftop represents a step forward for Toyota as it aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from new cars by 90 percent by 2050 from 2010 levels.

Main Battery

This is Toyota’s second attempt to outfit a Prius with a solar roof. A Prius released back in 2009 had the option of a solar panel capable of producing 56 watts of power, but it was only used to charge the ventilation systems.

To come up with the panels needed for the new Prius, Panasonic engineers first began compiling a set of conditions and constraints they figured solar panels would face when affixed to the roof of a car instead of a house.

The list included constant vibration, the unpredictable appearance of shadows, and the limited amount of space for installation. Engineers also considered how to make panels fit the contours of a car’s roof instead of the flat surfaces found on residential rooftops.

To handle the variable sunlight expected from shade, Panasonic also adjusted the way bypass diodes are configured in the solar panels to ensure a smooth flow of electric current, according to Panasonic’s Okamoto.

“You’ll see panels become more common as an option, particularly on high-end electric sedans and SUVs,” said Colin McKerracher, an analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. “But the range benefits are always going to be limited. This is mostly about feeling smug.”

Monday, April 10, 2017

Step-by-Step Guide: How to Choose a Good Child Visitation Center?

Usually, in a double-income house, the parents must both decide to go back to work at some point. Studies from the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Bureaus reveal that 62 percent of American moms with kids under FIVE years of age are now in the workforce. Increasingly, consequently, child care facilities have become an essential element of a kid's growth, and inherent for a lot of families in raising a kid.

Listed below are a few ideas to allow you to narrow down your exploration of child care. If it's such a precedence, additionally it is a selection that must be made carefully.

Where to Look

Start by attempting to pick up references from some other parents in your area. This works both to locate some great facilities or daycare homes locally, and to remove alternatives. Another spot to search is the Child Care Resource and Referral Center, which is an organization that helps parents to select what's best for their child care wants and carries a listing of a number of the finest child care facilities locally.


Collect relevant informative data on the facilities before seeing them. This consists of investigating whether the facilities are sufficiently licensed by the state, and what advice the state has on the facility. The majority of states have clear laws regarding the demands of the child care worker, in addition to variables like cleanliness in the middle, quality of food supplied, and appropriate security procedures. The state must likewise have the capacity to provide for you any breaches the facilities have had. Again, the local CCRR can supply you this info.


Make time to go to and to ask questions - as many you must feel comfortable making a great choice. For example: what's the proportion of workers to kids? Just what is an average group size? Which are the qualifications of the workers? Is this facility accredited? What's the worker turnover rate? Which are the security processes?

Read the Contract

Discuss anything that concerns you or appears to be missing.

Watch the Kids

This really is a great index of the caliber of the child visitation centers. Do the kids show respect to the health professional? Are they usually joyful? What's an average program for the kids?

Call References

Preceding customers can give a great view.

Remain Involved

As soon as you choose a health professional, stay involved in the procedure for taking care of your son or daughter. Request updates on your own child as frequently as possible. Additionally, consider offering for specific trips if possible.

Here are a couple of terms which are helpful to understand prior to starting your investigation:

Certification: a recognition of a care facility for voluntarily abiding by specific standards.

Age groupings: babies are birth to 12 months, toddlers are 13 to 36 months, preschoolers are three to five years, school aged are first grade to 15 years, assorted ages are attention groups with kids which are least one year apart in age.

Babysitting: in-home care give on a short-term or periodic basis, mainly for security over learning

Health Professional: an employee who takes care of kids.

CCR&R: an organization that provides resources to parents about child visitation centers Tacoma, and helps with financial assistance, supplies referrals, and info on licensing demands.

Child Development Associate Degree: a worker who has completed a CDA class and has really been given a CDA credential.

Corporate: child care funded partly or completely by a parent's company.

Family: attention provided in a supplier's own home.

In-house: attention provided in the residence of the kid's parents.

Casual: care provided by friends are relatives that aren't controlled as a child care provider is.

Licensing conditions: the state or local standards which suppliers have to match to continue in business.

Nontraditional child care: care provided during nontraditional working hours including weekends, early hours, or late hours.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

3 benefits of Complying with Business Law

The numerous laws governing businesses can seem overwhelming for the owners of small business. Without the scope or capital for an in-house legal department, it comes down to you to ensure compliance, and if you lack understanding on your own part, this can cause significant problems.

However, business law is not something to be brushed under the carpet and forgotten about. Used to protect the rights of consumers and companies alike, a failure to comply with it could easily be levied against you if a dispute should arise, with some very serious and unpleasant consequences for you and your small business.

If you haven’t been paying attention until now, here are just a few of the reasons why you might want to make an extra effort to familiarise yourself with these important statutes.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A Personal Review of Longines Watches

I have long been a fan of Longines watches. Longines are impeccably made and stylish timepieces. Longines watches are affordable Swiss watches for the average consumer, but being affordable doesn't mean you have to forgo quality.

Longines have been making quality watches since 1832. In 1912 Longines made history in the world of sports by introducing the concept of an electric wire, which at the start and finish of a race, activated and stopped a timing mechanism. This innovation in timekeeping by Longines has ensured that Longines have been appointed official timekeepers at many of the world's top sporting events. Longines sports watches reflect this sporting history. But Longines also make many elegant watches for both men and women; I think Longines watches for women are especially beautiful. The current collection of Longines watches reflect this.

The DolceVita collection by Longines is simple and elegant in design. The face is rectangular with simple hour markers. The DolceVita dial comes in black, white or pink mother of pearl. The case comes in stainless steel, although you can buy a gold case set with 32 Top Wesselton diamonds (0.32 carat) - this comes with matching gold bracelet. Stainless steel versions can also be bought with inlaid diamonds and come with either stainless steel bracelets or white or black lacquered leather strap. Some versions of the Longines DolceVita can be worn by men, but it is as an elegant ladies watch that the Longines DolceVita truly comes into its own.

Longines claim that the Evidenza is invocative of the 1920s. I feel there is some justification in this as the facia of the watch does seem to be old fashioned - but not out-of-date. The tonneau shape of the case goes back to a Longines model dating from 1911; the tonneau shape being an oval with flattened ends. The pre owned Longines Evidenza is suitable for both men and women. The casing is stainless steel although there is a ladies gold version set 44, 0.22 carat, diamonds. The Longines Evidenza comes with either a quartz or self-winding movement. My favourite Evidenza is the one that comes in a stainless steel case with dark brown alligator strap, enhanced by 12 blue painted Arabic numerals. This model also features a moon-phase display with a 31-day calendar at 6 o'clock as well as day of the week and month apertures at 12 o'clock - a very nice watch.

The Longines BelleArti is a truly elegant ladies watch. I am fortunate enough to have been able to buy my wife a Longines BelleArti watch for her birthday. The BelleArti range are simple and understated, evoking memories of the Art Deco movement of the 1920s. The dial comes in black, silver or mother-of-pearl. All dials feature 11 Arabic figures, a second subdial at 6 o'clock and "Cathedral" hands. Some models are available with inlaid diamonds - my wife's watch is without. The casing of the Longines BelleArti is rectangular with a sight curvature of the sides, lending the whole watch a very feminie feel.

La Grande Classique de Longines styling calls much upon the earlier design traditions of Longines. The casing is a simple circle and comes in either stainless steel or gold - some models come with inlaid diamonds. As you might expect, for this classical style of watch, the faces come in black, white or mother of pearl. The Logines Grande Classique is definitely for thise of prefer the look of a more traditional watch.

The Longines LungoMare is for those who like a more modern looking watch. There is a ladies verion of this watch. The casing is round and comes only in stainless steel. The LungoMare is also water resitant to 100 meters. I really like the LungoMare. It's pure understated style. It avoids stylistic gimmicks, such as big crowns, over-sized hands and cluttered facia. This watch rivals such makes as Breitling, Tag Heuer and Rolex but priced at a more realistic price for consumers.

Longines also make the the Lingbergh watch. It commemorates the first flight across the Atlantic by Charles Lindbergh. Personally I don't like commemorative watches and I'm not a fan of the design of this watch either.

The Longines Master collection appeals to those who want the most functionality out of their watch. Most watches in this collection come with complications, self-winding mechanical movements beating at 28,800 vibrations per hour, with a rated power reserve of 42 hours. Many also come with a chronograph function. I feel the Longines Master collection is for those who want the best from what Longines has to offer.

All longines watches come with sapphire glass and superb movements. And Longines offer a broad range of designs to choose from, unlike other swiss watch makers. I like Longines watches: Longines make owning a quality Swiss affordable for the average consumer.

Friday, March 17, 2017

6 Options to Obtain Financing for Business with Bad Credit

Financing is a life blood of any business. You have to be able to tap into external funding sources to grow your business. Unfortunately many businesses, particularly those with bad credit are not able to obtain conventional financing due to strict restrictions. Recent developments have enabled many of these type of businesses to obtain the badly needed money. Keep in mind that the interest rates will be high when you try to finance your business through this alternate routes. Shop around for the best rates possible. Here are 6 unconventional options you have available for business with bad credit.

1. Private Lenders

Getting financing from someone you know can be daunting. You will have to make a list of people you think that will be able to afford to lend you money. It is not an impossible process. The answer is closer than you think. You can use a former employer. They have the money and the means to lend you cash.
Some of them give personal loans. They know who you are, so they are familiar with your character. They will find out if you are worth the risk based on your work history and attitude. They will have their attorney draw up an agreement for you to sign.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

3 Primary Elements of a Successful Business

It is now commonplace for people to turn to the world of business. Whether you want to further your career, or you just have a fantastic idea, it makes no difference. Getting into business is often the best way to make that dream come true. Starting up your own business has many ups and downs. In truth, it is not short of trials and tribulations – and it is wise to be prepared for those times from the outset. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s all bad news. On the whole, setting up a business is an exciting time for everyone involved. While there is lots to take on board, if you approach it in the right way, it will be a joy. If you are currently thinking of starting your own business, then you are probably keen to get as much advice as possible. This is a good sign, as it is those who do not seek advice who tend to fail. One of the main areas you should be concerned with is knowing where to put your time and energy. That is where we will be helping you out today.

If you are wondering what the most important elements are to the running of a business, then read on. Here are the main factors you need to get right to succeed.


You will, at various stages in your business life, hear the maxim that people are the core of business. The reason you will hear that such a lot is because it is one hundred percent true. For that reason, it is wise to take it on board when you do come across it, no matter how many times you have heard it. People are the crux of your business. With a little thought, it’s not difficult to see why that might be the case. After all, without any people whatsoever, there would be no business to speak of. However, it goes beyond that.

Moultrie M-880C/June 27, 2014

This is a small camera virtually identical in size to the M-880 we covered in 2013. The layout of the buttons and switches have changed...