I often have a hard time passing up odd or unusual tech when I find it. While on vacation visiting family, we popped into a Wal-Mart in a small Texas City and I spotted one of the most unusual pieces of technology that I have ever seen – The Sylvania SLTDVD9220-C is a sub $100.00 portable DVD Player with a average (for a portable DVD player) 9 inch screen and a sub-par 4 hour battery. Where the SLTDVD9220-C falls short, it makes up in a big and strange way – it doubles as an Android Tablet!
While watching the Samsung Note 8 Announcement last month, I felt that Samsung really missed the mark when it came to promoting Dex from a cool gimmick to a truly useful tool. I have owned a Dex Dock since it was released and I can really see how well it shows off the real power of the Galaxy 8 line of phones and Android as whole. I really wish that Samsung announced a Motorola Atrix style Laptop Dock for Dex along with the Note 8. Rather than take to the Twitterverse and complain, I decided to use my imagination and maker skills and do something about it. This is the first in a series of posts that I will make on this website to document the steps I am taking to build this DexTop. I will be publishing all of the steps needed and even the STL files for 3D printing as soon as I have everything done so you can build your own.
I published a video last year showing a fully functional SSH Client riding inside of my OwnCloud Install but sadly did not include any documentation on how to actually set it up. There was a reason for this as the steps were very involved and required a lot of added code that would break between OwnCloud/NextCloud Updates. I have had several requests over the past several months to revive the project but due to time limitations I have not been able to do it. Instead I have put together a basic tutorial to get your own similar setup running that has even more features than my original demo – This tutorial will be a starting point and you will need to locate the steps for your exact server setup.
I have lived in South Florida for almost 15 years and have seen my fair share of hurricanes. With the devastation that happened in Texas last week from hurricane Harvey and the imminent threat from Hurricane Irma, I wanted to do a write up on the steps I personally take to prepare for Hurricanes. I perform all of these steps prior to boarding up my windows.
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If you are a driver in the United States who wishes to get 80,000 MileUp Points which can be cashed out for $100 in eGift Cards for retailers such as Amazon, Apple iTunes, Game Stop, Walmart and Target – follow these steps to claim yours for free. The entire process takes about 10 minutes and is completely free (no credit card required). You are more than welcome to share this link with anyone that you know who shops at these retailers.
As part of the #Revolutionist76 movement announcement, System76 released a 3D printed Guy Tux Mask and shipped them to several System76 Fans all around the globe. This movement is to promote the fact that people should be in control of their software, not software being in control of the people. You can read more about this movement on the System76 Twitter Page. Furthermore you can join in via Twitter, Reddit and other Social Media Services. I have been the proud owner of the System76 Kudu Pro for almost 2 years and love it.
It has been some time since I have taken a serious look at ChromeOS but this changed earlier this month when I purchased the newly released Samsung Chromebook Plus (2017) to allow me to do some research for a future work related project. The Samsung Chromebook Pro is currently one of the highest end Chromebooks – only succeeded by the Samsung Chromebook Pro and Google’s Chromebook Pixel. I spent a few weeks using ChromeOS for as much as I could and can say that it has come a long way since the last time I played with ChromeOS however there are still a fair amount of shortcomings and several features that are best described as “half baked”. Here are my thoughts:
A few days months ago, I posted a set of instructions on how to get the LG Watch Sport to work on T-Mobile. Unfortunately this did involve users having to pay for an additional phone line at ~$40 per month so this solution was less than ideal. I do now have a better option that will cost a lot less and ultimately work better.