New purchases thread!


#584

Where’d you pick these up from? Been looking at the original compass for years. and that EL Dock looks the goods


#585

Our good friends at Try and Byte


#586

Just picked up a Raspberry Pi 3B+ to have a tinker with HomeAssistant.io and HomeBridge.

Be interested to see what else it can do, I’ve been living under a rock when it comes to RPi stuff, just need to dust off my Linux commands - hopefully, they’re still in my brain somewhere


#587

You don’t really need HomeBridge with Home Assistant, HA has a built in Homekit bridge component now - https://www.home-assistant.io/components/homekit/
edit also one can pass HomeKit devices back the other way to Home Assistant with https://www.home-assistant.io/components/homekit_controller/

I’m currently only using devices which are both HomeKit and Amazon Echo compatible so have stopped using Home Assistant as I don’t need a kludge in the middle. It’s a pretty great bit of software though, with an excellent community behind it.


#588

A7iii


#589

New dashcam. Old model but suits me.

Also new Philips Dreamstation Auto CPAP (well, not new, “gently used”). And now I am broke.


#590

Good choice - the A119 is a great little dash cam!


#591

Apple Watch S4, Space Grey with black band and LTE.

It’s so nice and quick compared to my S0!


#592

Posted this elsewhere but got an amazing deal on a 256GB Iphone X from Officeworks, they price matched a very brief price of $1439 on Amazon so I got it for $1367. I was going to wait for the XR but very happy with it.


#593

The A119’s great little units, we have two with the GPS base and CPL filters… although I think I still haven’t installed the second filter.


#594

Decided to invest in some tools. If there’s one thing I don’t mind spending a little extra on, it’s tools, because nothing ruins a project in progress more than needing a tool you don’t have.

Aside from the typical screwdrivers, ratchets, extenders and metric sockets, I also purchased a Makita GA4030 4" Grinder with grinding and cutting discs, and a Makita HP1630K 710W 16mm Hammer Drill.

While I’m seriously enjoying the Makita tools, the best purchase of the weekend was undoubtedly the Fluke 179 True RMS multimeter. My $15 Jaycar special “Fruke” knockoff has worked well but lacks some functions I’ve wanted for troubleshooting Logic Boards and more complex circuits, like a temperature probe, auto-ranging and accurately measuring circuits that operate on non-sinusoidal waves like square or sawtooth.

When it comes to electronics I have some serious learning to do still, but a decent multimeter always comes in handy.

The reason it was the best purchase is because these retail for around $630 new including GST. This one is in excellent condition, came with the accessories, and was only $99 used. I’ve since disassembled it for cleaning and have confirmed it is a genuine unit. Pretty damn chuffed about this one.