When the Surface Pro 3 came out, I was all over it. A tablet with the power of a full-blown PC, a super-high res screen and a nice stylus. As much as I thought that I wanted (needed?)–a tablet with the abilities of a PC–, what I eventually realized is I really wanted a PC with the abilities of a tablet… Read more
I just upgraded from a Surface Pro 3 to a Dell XPS 13 laptop, but found that the XPS13 could not access any shared folders on my Synology DS212j NAS even though I had no problems doing the same thing on my Surface Pro 3–both PCs are running the latest version of Windows 10. Based on what I could find, it appears to be a problem with the Linux-based NAS and newer versions of Windows 10. I tried many “solutions” without success, but after a lot of futile effort, an idea popped into my head from decades ago and it actually worked! Read more
I finally got fed up tolerating my frequent connection issues with my Slingbox M1. (Note this is using a LAN and not even going through the internet.) The most likely suspect was my cheap-ass router, flashed with DD-WRT, so I decided to roll the dice and pony-up for a high-end gaming router. I figured this type of router would do a better job of keeping a steady connection between my Slingbox and PC over WiFi. After a lot of research, I settled on the ASUS RT-AC88U Wireless-AC3100 Dual Band Gigabit Router. Read more
I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised. DVRs and cameras have got to be some of the most insecure internet devices on the planet. Definitely interesting.
Back in the day, I was a total Amiga fanboy. The show Halt and Catch Fire–which is a must-watch btw–continues to tip it’s hat to the beloved computer that just never quite fulfilled it’s full potential. Often, the name Amiga is thrown into some off-handed remarks, but in season 3 episode 9, they went a bit further and showed a partial Amiga sign at the 1990 Comdex. There must be an Amiga fanboy on the show’s team somewhere. Thank you!
Well, a funny thing happened, after ignoring my iPad Mini 2 for the last six months, I started using it again…and liking it! It seems that Apple has done a fine job tweaking the OS for the Mini 2 and iOS 10 made a huge difference. The Mini is no longer a sluggish anxiety-causing POS, but a pleasant joy to use! Wow. iOS 10 has breathed new life into it. Read more
Vafee, an international e-commerce company located in Hong Kong, sent me another pair of headphones to review, the J&L-103 Bluetooth Earphones, Sports Wireless headphones with Magnetic Function. This model is very similar to my aging Jaybird headphones, so I was very excited to put them through their paces. Read more
“An MIT spinout is preparing to commercialize a novel rechargable lithium metal battery that offers double the energy capacity of the lithium ion batteries that power many of today’s consumer electronics.”
“SolidEnergy Systems’ battery (far right) is twice as energy-dense, yet just as safe and long-lasting as the lithium ion batteries used in consumer electronics. The battery uses a lithium metal foil for an anode, which can hold more ions and is several times thinner and lighter than traditional lithium metal, graphite, carbon, or silicon anodes. A novel electrolyte also keeps the battery from heating up and catching fire.”
What’s more exciting is that they are prepping for a November launch! Here’s the full article.
It’s been almost four years since I wrote about Shairport, a Windows AirPlay emulator and a lot has changed since then. Basically, Shairport turns your PC into an iOS AirPlay device so you can stream media from your iPhone or iPad to your computer. The biggest advancement is that it now allows you to record the stream! Read more