ChromeOS Is Quickly Becoming My Daily Driver and I Think I am OK with that…

I am a person who normally relies on several computers at a time on a daily basis to get stuff done. I recently decided to try an experiment to see if I can use a Chromebook as my daily driver and I am actually not regretting it. I have been critical of ChromeOS in the past, even to the point that I wrote a scathing blog post a few months ago pointing out that major parts of ChromeOS are simply half-baked and had several short-comings. I still stand by that post however in the months since posting it, ChromeOS has evolved a bit, allow me to explain.

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[TIP] Using a VPN from the Google Play Store on ChromeOS

If you are a Chromebook owner who uses a VPN, you probably noticed that:

  • ChromeOS’s VPN Support Sucks
  • Setting up a OpenVPN Connection on ChromeOS Sucks

There are of course countless VPN Solutions on the Google Play Store however if you ever tried to use one of these, you will notice that the VPN appears to be functioning correctly however only traffic from other play store applications will flow through the VPN while the main ChromeOS traffic bypasses it – Potentially exposing sensitive data. I even wrote a long rant about this a few months ago. Fortunately there is a simple fix. Continue reading

Odd Tech : Sylvania SLTDVD9220-C – A Portable DVD Player that Doubles as a Android Tablet

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! Continue reading

Samsung DexTop – Introducing The Samsung Dex Based Laptop

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.  Continue reading

Short Tutorial – NextCloud + Guacamole

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.  Continue reading

[EXPIRED] Deal Alert : Get $100.00 In Gift Cards for Free with MileUp!

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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.

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System76 GuyTux Mask Contest and 3D Print Timelapse

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.  Continue reading