Time to Set Up That Server!

Take a deep breathe, because this next step to creating the ultimate media center is going to walk you step by step on how to set up your server.

Here’s Step Two!


Shopping List for the Ultimate Media Center

My husband has been working on quite a project lately. Of course it has required hours upon hours of sitting in front of the t.v. and computer to get it accomplished.  It really is an interesting build. This week, he published what you will need to get the job done.

Check it out here!

Is the text to video app by Wibbitz a taste of the future?

Wibbitz has developed a mobile app that allows it’s user to literally watch a news article on a video with Version 3.0.  This is a new concept that takes big news stories and turns them into 1 minute long videos.

How it works is the app skims through the text of the article for details like names, locations, and numbers. Then, it mashes all these details through photos, maps, and graphs from around the web to create a video.

This is something new, creative, and down right awesome. I want to try it. Unfortunately, it is only available for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch and it is not optimized for the iPhone 5.

Maybe this is just the beginning for article to video technology.

I Want a Shrinky Dinks Robot!

First off, HI everyone! It has surely been a long time since I posted anything here. But here I am!

Anyway, I’m here to share my giggly excitement about a simply, cute little “robot”. Some engineers apparently made a little robot out of paper and shrinky dinks. This little guy crawls without any 140807145900-largeassistance from the engineers!

“Getting a robot to assemble itself autonomously and actually perform a function has been a milestone we’ve been chasing for many years,” said senior author Rob Wood, Ph.D., a Core Faculty member at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and the Charles River Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). The team included engineers and computer scientists from the Wyss Institute, SEAS, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Even though it is so simple, we are going in the right direction into building robots that assemble themselves into workable form. I’d say that is an accomplishment.

Included in the build of this little guy, engineers added a two motors, two batteries, and a micro-controller.

You can read more here.

The Moto X has been unleashed… to a resounding “meh.”

Today Google / Motorola unveiled their new baby, the Moto X. The phone has been assembled (That’s a key word here, no one is claiming the parts are manufactured here) in the USA, and sports customizable looks, if you are on AT&T anyway. The phone has a 4.7″ 720p screen which should look great but just can’t outclass the newest flagships from HTC and Samsung.

The X sports a dual core, 1.7Ghz processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB storage and Android 4.2.2.

The price is said to be $199 on contract. If this phone were to come out last year I would have been drooling just to touch one, but with superphones like the Droid DNA being offered at $50 on contract or even the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One for $99 I can’t see a compelling reason to jump on this one.

I really wanted Motorola to pull this off. Competition is an excellent thing in the smartphone world, and it makes things better for us as consumers but if they are going to topple Samsung off of the Android high horse, Motorola is really going to have to up their game.

Good luck, Moto, you’ll need it…

Why Are 3d Printers a Big Deal and Are They Dangerous?

3D Printing. Sounds intriguing and everyone seems to be talking about it.

It may seem like a simple idea – but, there is some work required to make the machine print in 3D.

For one, you need to know how to work CAD (computer-aided design) software. This allows the user to design a 3D object on their computer that is then sent to the 3D printer. Once the machine is sent the information, it begins printing the object in layers and in some cases a laser can be used to harden the material.

Once you get that down, just about anything can be printed and it is an amazing concept. 3D printers have so many uses for personal use and businesses alike!

You can get a 3D printer from Cubify for about $1,300!

There is even a website full of products made from 3D printers that you can buy! I’m surely going to use this website in the future!

The medical field could definitely benefit from 3D printing. In fact, it has paved the way for the idea of bio-printing. This idea can prevent future deaths due to the infinite waiting list for organ transplants.

However, some say this device is dangerous.

According to a study from the Illinois Institute of Technology, 3D printing can be as dangerous as smoking cigarettes!

How, prey tell can it be so dangerous?

Blame the ultrafine particles (UFPs) that apparently spew out of the printer into the air as it is constructing layers of said objects. These UFPs can be inhaled and deposited in the lungs, which at the very least can cause asthma symptoms.

According to Gizmodo,

Researchers measured the amount of UFPs let out into the air when a commercial printer (the study doesn’t specify which brands) creates a small plastic item. And the emission rates were high — about 20 billion particles per minute for a 3D printer working with PLA material at a relatively low temp and upwards of 200 billion/minute for those working at higher temps and with other materials.

Despite the fact that these printers may be dangerous, they can still make an awesome Yoda:

The HTC Droid DNA

Why My Money Went to a HTC Droid DNA Instead of a HTC One

As you may have seen, I had a glowing review of our HTC One review unit, however we don’t get to keep those nor does T-mobile work at our office. You may have heard that HTC’s golden child is coming to Verizon but as of yet they have not announced a date. With an upgrade past due sitting in my account I had a choice to make, and I eventually chose to purchase an HTC Droid DNA rather than wait for the HTC One.

The main reason I chose to get the DNA instead of buying the (admittedly amazing!) HTC One boils down to cost. Due to some credible sources, I have figured the One to be approximately $200 on contract, while the DNA is a paltry $50 as of this writing. It may be hard to believe, but writing random musings and hocking used laptops does not make one independently wealthy especially when I am responsible for feeding 2 little geeklings.

If you find yourself in the same situation you might want to consider this option yourself. The DNA may be 8 months old and use a slightly older processor but this thing is not “Last Years Phone.” It is a 5 inch 1080p screened behemoth with a 1.5 Ghz, quad core processor, and 2 Gb of RAM. Those are specs that run with the current big boys even if it doesn’t have all the gimmicks and add-ons as it’s younger skinnier brother.

The DNA comes with Android 4.1 overlaid with sense 4, but to be honest that means nothing to me. The stock OS lasted for approximately 5 minutes before I replaced it with Cyanogenmod. Running the lighter, vanilla Android styled ROM the DNA flys just as fast as any other “superphone” (yes, that is a thing now) on the market.

Despite losing those amazing front-facing speakers, and that oh-so-sexy aluminum chassis, I think I made the right choice. I might still experience a tinge of phone envy here and there but I have managed to turn a couple of heads myself especially with my phone in it’s stylish case that I would have never been able to bring myself to hide a One in.For your money, the DNA will get you almost as much bang for quite a bit smaller of a buck. Agree, disagree? Feel free to blow up my comments section.