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Guy McDowell

/ Joined 13 December, 2008

With 20+ years of experience in IT, training, and technical trades, it is my desire to share what I've learned with anyone else willing to learn. I strive to do the best job possible in the best manner possible, and with a little humour. Keep in touch: Twitter - Facebook - Google+.

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Emergency Battery Hack – Make an AAA Battery Work as an AA Battery

Web Culture

Emergency Battery Hack – Make an AAA Battery Work as an AA Battery

Did your TV remote control suddenly go dead? Wireless mouse died near the end of your term paper? Need AA batteries and all you have are AAA? I’ve got a quick hack for you to get you through those last minutes until you can get to the shops for some proper batteries. Time needed is about 5 minutes, supplies needed cost about 50 cents – not including your AAA batteries. You may very well have all these items on hand.

10-09-2013
Emergency Battery Hack – Make an AAA Battery Work as an AA Battery
Gadgeteer – Microsoft’s Hardware Hacking Platform You Haven’t Heard Of

Windows

Gadgeteer – Microsoft’s Hardware Hacking Platform You Haven’t Heard Of

Microsoft is still in the innovation business. If you don’t think so, you haven’t heard about Microsoft’s open source electronics prototyping platform called Gadgeteer. You read that right – Microsoft and Open Source in the same sentence. Wanted to build a little invention you had in mind? Maybe you’re already programming C# and would like to work with some different hardware. Are you a technology teacher looking for a platform with which to teach? From the student to the professional, Gadgeteer can help you make your ideas a reality.

04-09-2013
Gadgeteer – Microsoft’s Hardware Hacking Platform You Haven’t Heard Of
Myth Debunked: 5 Gadgets You Don’t Actually Need For School

Product Reviews

Myth Debunked: 5 Gadgets You Don’t Actually Need For School

Need. Want. One is a four letter word and the other is a necessity. Listen up and heed this old man’s words as I get you set to go back to school, do some real learning, and save thousands of dollars by not buying into this computer fad. Look at me! I got an iPhone! Look at me! I can film my lectures! Look at me! I made a spreadsheet that does my arithmetic for me!

28-08-2013
Myth Debunked: 5 Gadgets You Don’t Actually Need For School
What Can You Learn From An Email Header (Metadata)?

Internet

What Can You Learn From An Email Header (Metadata)?

Did you ever get an e-mail and really wondered where it came from? Who sent it? How could they have known who you are? Surprisingly a lot of that information can be from from the e-mail header, or by using info from the email header to do some detective work. Today, we’re just going to focus on how to unhide the header in Gmail, and then look at what we can glean from the header.

13-08-2013
What Can You Learn From An Email Header (Metadata)?
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