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  • An iOS user talks Android – April 30, 2016

    Android has come a long way in the past several years and during that time, there has been a Hatfield/McCoy divide among Android and iOS users. Until recently, the only smart phone I have used is the iPhone. Since standing...

  • Use Gist to archive and share code snippets – April 04, 2016

    This is a short post for those new to coding (Arduino, CSS, HTML, Python, Javascript, Ruby, etc). Lately, I’ve been reactivating my dormant coding skills. As I complete projects and tutorials, I often like to save my code, or snippets...

  • Mirror a monitor connected to a Raspberry Pi on a Mac – March 24, 2016

    There are several tutorials available online that demonstrate how to setup a VNC connection to a Raspberry Pi from a Mac; however, most of them use TightVNC. This is fine if you want to control your Raspberry Pi remotely...

  • Easily install openHAB on a Raspberry Pi – March 20, 2016

    This post shares the process I use to install openHAB, the “vendor and technology agnostic open source automation software for your home,” on a Raspberry Pi 2. While I use the Raspberry Pi 2, this process should work on...

  • Bullet Review: New Trent Arcadia dual port AC charger – February 26, 2016

    New Trent once again provided me with an opportunity to review a new product; the Arcadia dual port AC charger. When I received an email that the product was available for review, I must admit, my decision to...

  • Connect Chromecast to hotel (captive portal) Wi-Fi – November 29, 2015

    The Chromecast, while a great device, has one huge flaw. Unlike the Amazon Fire TV (or Stick), it does not have a way to authenticate into a hotel that has a captive portal web page. This is an omission...

  • Book Review: The LEGO Architect – September 19, 2015

    No Starch Press sent me a prerelease copy (release date: September 24th, 2015) of their latest LEGO related title, The LEGO Architect. I AM GLAD THEY DID! Everyone knows that I am a huge fan of Allan Bedford’s

  • Goodbye TextExpander, hello Dash – September 16, 2015

    For several years TextExpander has been my go to Mac text expansion utility. There was a brief switch to aText; however, I came back to TextExpander because it has more polish and better community support. Recently a new...

  • The electronic devices we use – September 15, 2015

    I’m often asked what electronic devices we use on a regular basis. This post lists those devices and provides a bit of information about their use and location in our home. This is a live, and very unorganized, list that...

  • Geeking Out – August 31, 2015

    Last week Julie McClure with our local newspaper, The Republic, stopped by my office for an interview. The original intent of the article was to focus on this blog and the gadgets I review. She became aware of my...

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