A while back I was discussing with friends the different software and hardware solutions I use to do my job. One of them suggested I write-up something that they could just read through, because explaining and discussing all of the pieces in person was taking a lot of time, I was going into a lot of detail, and they would just forget. Well, here you go.
My [Work] Battlestation – 2014 Mac Pro
A few months ago I wrote a grant to attain funds to purchase a mid-range Mac-Pro. The primary purpose of this machine was to provide a powerful development and testing platform for custom dashboard software, as well as a machine that could be dedicated to developing and renovating existing disaster recovery processes, including system backups.
Sous Vide Parts List
A friend asked if I wouldn’t mind posting the parts list for my Sous Vide setup. If you missed my post regarding Sous Vide, check it out here! My Sous Vide setup consists of 3 main parts; The Controller, The Heating Element, and The Environment. The primary controller block is what controls whether or not … Read more
Tech Demo #2 (Flappy Bird Clone Plus Other Things)
I forced myself to sit down and learn a few things. I followed a few tutorials, built on the knowledge I had from the previous tech demo, and here we go. Tech Demo #2
Tech Demo #1
So, I sorta made a tech demo for a game I’m beginning ground work on. It isn’t designed to tell a story, just show off some of the pieces of the engine.
Let’s get one thing straight; I have a lot of ideas. Some ideas are talked about enough to become a project, but unfortunately just get added to the long list of in-progress projects. I’m bad at finishing projects sometimes, sure. However, I am always thinking about the projects. It’s a problem, I can’t shut the … Read more
Old Consoles Don’t Die Easily!
I’ve had my PS3 since release. I was a first adopter of the original 60 GB version, back when manufacturers believed in something called ‘backwards compatibility’. Tangent; I’m less sore about it now, but when Sony and Microsoft changed policy to remove backward compatibility (BC) from their console lines, I was pretty pissed! At purchase, my library of PS2 games was bigger and more near/dear to me than the paltry PS3 offerings. It was important that I could still play those older games that made up the core of my library.
[TRG Review] : Nexus 7 (2013)
My history with tablets has been rather short. Unfortunately, I jumped on the ill-fated netbook train and wasted my time there when the first practical and affordable commercial tablets began to appear on the market. Contrary to popular belief, the iPad was not the first tablet… The first iPad was released in 2010, a full seventeen years after Apple’s initial PDA project “Newton” was attempted, and twenty-two years after the actual first commercial tablet, the GRiDPad, was released. For graduate school and programming interest, I attained an iPad 2 in the fall of 2011. While I never really programmed for the device, it was quite useful during school. I used a Logitech keyboard case that allowed me to forgo notebooks/pens/pencils in favor of Evernote!
[TRG Review] : Roku 3
When I was younger and still living with my parents, and even after I moved out and joined the Military, I typically used a computer to play all of my media. In the early days it was DVD media, then SD MPEG/AVIs, then BluRay, and now HD MKVs/etc. Until I moved into an apartment with friends during college I had never required a way to present media to a common area. Through some clever redirects of PlayOn and DLNA magic I was able to use my PS3 to act as a media center, but while this was satisfactory it was in no way ideal. The consideration to build a standalone Media PC was always there, but money was tight, so we made do!
Fast-forward a few years; I’ve purchased a house and now more than ever need to solve the same problem! I’ve owned several media set-top boxes. In order, the Apple TV 2 (Jailbroken), an Apple TV 3 (couldn’t Jailbreak), a Netgear NeoTV 550 (got it on a sale), a Raspberry Pi (running RasPlex), and an OUYA (video streaming is not its strong suit). Most recently, I’ve purchased a Roku 3. Here is the review!
[TRG Review] : EVGA GeForce 760 SC with ACX Cooling
I’ve had a solid 3 weeks to review and pass judgment on the latest 700 series graphics card from Nvidia. The EVGA branded 760 is a respectable entry level card, with a paltry price tag.