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Toys for the Boys

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Toys for the Boys

I am a committed gadget freak. I say this with confidence as I have just purchased an Owl Wireless Energy Monitor from Argos.
This device has nothing to do with WiFi or Bluetooth in the IT sense but is a display and sensor connected wireless.
The sensor fits on the positive cable between the meter and the consumer unit.
The display shows power consumption in Kw, cost or greenhouse gas emission.
When I saw it advertised I said to myself...'I have to have one'
It's currently telling me my PC set-up is using 510 watts.
Edit: 'in the IT sense' added in deference to Pierre's chastisement  Sad
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what do you mean "nothing to do with WiFi or Bluetooth", how do you think the signal gets from the sensor to the display, or have you also got a tame magician?
Its great for seeing how  much you waste  on standbye, and how much ere in doors uses,  dishwasher,washing
machine and tumble dryer uses.
also you get a daily, weekly and monthly total, I think its the same as mine, it doesnt keep the weekly or daily toatals, so if you want them you have to copy them.
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Committed gadget freak. It has to follow form over function though, and yet still be very nice to look at...
EDIT: Whoops. I meant form follows function, but it still has to be very nice to look at. Sorry...
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what do you mean "nothing to do with WiFi or Bluetooth", how do you think the signal gets from the sensor to the display, or have you also got a tame magician?

Edited my original post Sad
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you get a daily, weekly and monthly total, I think its the same as mine, it doesnt keep the weekly or daily toatals, so if you want them you have to copy them.

Mine doesn't either but it's still quite an eye opener.
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It has to follow form over function though, and yet still be very nice to look at...

I suppose the Owl does not fully follow this convention as it does have function over form but only just Wink
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  from the publicity "blurb" on the link by strat
Saves money by reducing energy bills through simple and efficient energy saving practices


Will you really save £50 by buying this unit  for £49.99 ? Huh Huh Huh    I hope so ................ Roll eyes
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I suppose the Owl does not fully follow this convention as it does have function over form but only just

Post edited... I am in agreement with you sir. Function is more important than form, but form still has to be good.
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Will you really save £50 by buying this unit  for £49.99 ? Huh Huh Huh    I hope so ................ Roll eyes

I'm an Earthling not a Ferengi.
Your statement would violate the 1st law of Gadgetry which states that:
'A Gadget must NOT provide monetary return equal to or in excess of it's original Purchase Price'

PS The way electricity prices are going at the moment this gadget is in serious danger of breaking that law all on its own Sad
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For those of you who don't wish to invest so much. Maplins (for example) sells a plug in power meter. No good use for monitoring overall household usage but plug it into a mains socket then plug your device into it. You can then see how many kWh your fridge, PC or whatever uses over a period. The Maplins one is currently £27.99 but don't pay that much. It seems to on sale for "half-price" most of the time.
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In my OP I used the word wirelessly which Firefox took offence to. I therefore changed it to wireless.
I have just looked up wirelessly in the on-line Oxford Dictionary and the only occurrence was in their Terms and Conditions.
How can they use it in their Terms and Conditions if they don't have a definition for it Huh Huh
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'Wirelessly' is correct - 'wireless' is an adjective, whereas 'wirelessly' is an adverb, and an adverb is what you needed in your original post. The OED does also define 'wirelessly', but it does so within the 'wireless' entry, as it is just a derivative:
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Hence wireless v. intr. to send a message by wireless; trans. to send (a message) or inform (a person) by wireless; wirelessly adv., by wireless.

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or as the New Shorter Oxford says
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With ref. to sound transmission now increasingly old-fashioned, being replaced by radio exc. in Hist. contexts.wirelessly adv. without wires; by wireless: L19
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Why would I ever need dictionaries when I have.......The Forum Cool Grin
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that wasnt an Internet definition, It was a copy of the New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary that came with a Magazine, just one of my gadgets
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...but it was delivered to me via the Internet, complements of The Forum. Smiley
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Your statement would violate the 1st law of Gadgetry which states that:
'A Gadget must NOT provide monetary return equal to or in excess of it's original Purchase Price'

Wonder if this would qualify,  not strictly a "gadget" but probably covered by the rest of the above statement
I saw this in a front garden in Suffolk whilst living that way.....  It`s on my website, with another one.....