Twice the HomePods, at a discount.

A few ago I found out that Verizon was selling second generation HomePods in “Midnight” at a discount.

I ordered two of the HomePods immediately since I like the original HomePods sound than their “mini” counterparts.

Both HomePods were delivered the next day.

Two (HomePod) boxes with invoice from Verizon priced at $349.98 before sales tax.

As of this writing, Verizon has sold out of the “Midnight” HomePods.

Going 2.5 Gbps part deux

Late last year, I added a 10 Gbps Ethernet adapters to our Synology DiskStations. I installed NETGEAR 10-Port Gigabit/10G Ethernet Plus Switch (GS110EMX) so that 8 computers we have at the office can each have full Gigabit connection to the main DiskStation.

At home office, I have TP-Link TL-SG108-M2, 8 Port 2.5 Gigabit Switch installed. That’s because 10 Gbps switches are still expensive, and I’m also concerned about the amount of heat they currently generate.

Anyway, I’m now 2.5 Gbps compliant at home office.

uni USB-C to Ethernet Adapter 2.5 Gbps, Type-C (Thunderbolt 4/3 Compatible) to RJ45 Adapter

This post is all about “Clicks”

I just received “Clicks” keyboard case for iPhone today.

iPhone 15 Pro Max with “Clicks” Keyboard Case in “London Sky” color

I backed the project some months and months ago and opted for the “London Sky” color for iPhone 15 Pro Max.

I did not have any phones with “full” physical keyboard before. I used other people’s Blackberry phones or something similar. It is a bit weird to hide physical keyboard on touch-screen phones.

Well, I might post a follow up or two about this keyboard case if i could overcome the urge to procrastinate.

P.S. This post is written using said keyboard case, and in no way an endorsement of the product. I paid for this keyboard case.

Going 2.5 Gbps

I’m installing a 2.5 Gbps switch ( TP-Link TL-SG108-M2, 8 Port 2.5 Gigabit Switch) at my home office. I would go with 10 GBPs switch but it is still way too expensive and generating excessive heats.

I’m expecting some improvements for devices that support Wifi 6e.

UGREEN USB-C to USB-A Cables for iPhone 15 and CarPlay


I just received a few UGREN UGREEN USB-C to USB-A Cables today.

UGREEN USB 3.0 Fast Charging Cable, 3.3ft

UGREEN USB A to USB C Cable, Type C Fast Charger Cable 6.6ft

UGREEN USB C Cable 2 Pack USB C Fast Charging Cable 3A USB Cable 6.6 ft

All of the cables are braided and thin, as the 6.6ft versions are thinner than its 3.3ft counterpart.

All 3 cables can be used with iPhone 15 and CarPlay in cars that only have USB-A ports.

In previous post, I tested an Anker PowerLine II UGREEN USB-C to USB-A Cable for iPhone 15 and CarPlay compatibility. Yes it is compatible, but the cable itself is thick and a bit too stiff. I’ll be using this cable as USB-C data-transfer cable with computers.

iPhone 15 and CarPlay: Anker PowerLine II USB-C to USB 3.1 Gen2 cable

If you’re looking for iPhone 15/iPhone 15 Pro and CarPlay compatible USB-C to USB 3.1 Gen2 cable, you might want to try Anker PowerLine II cable.

I happened to have a braided Anker PowerLine+ II USB-C to USB-A cable that I bought back in 2018; which is no longer available for purchase. It works with iPhone 15 for CarPlay; for CarPlay-compatible automobiles that are still equipped with USB-A port.

Anker PowerLine+ II and Anker PowerLine II Cables

I also have some other USB-C to USB-A cables. Almost all of them are not CarPlay compatible as they are primarily charging cables; not for data transfers.

I just received Anker PowerLine II USB-C to USB 3.1 Gen2 cable; it works with iPhone 15 and CarPlay.

Anker PowerLine II USB-C to USB 3.1 Gen2 cable

I’m ordering a few more cables to test if they work with iPhone 15 and CarPlay.