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Are you the kind of very important person that needs to have one eye on stock prices every second? Are you constantly juggling appointments so much that opening up a dedicated calendar app to see when you’re free is just not efficient enough? You’re a very busy person, I know that. Panic Status Board is here to help. Now you can use your iPad to keep an eye on all of the things, all the time.
I’ve spent the last 5 years of my life searching for it and countless thousands of dollars in the process. I’m talking of course about the holy grail – the ultimate media center. Truth be told, I still haven’t found it. There is no one solution that suits all my needs, that can do everything and do it with panaché – but some of these 5 hardware options certainly come close.
With my head held low with shame, I publicly admitted last week that I’m a digital hoarder. My once blazingly fast Mac is now left with just 100GB of a 1TB drive left. I’ve already shifted all my downloads onto a NAS, but now I’m left with a legacy of nearly 20,000 photos and MP3s, which together add up to at least 200GB of space. There is a better way to store your media that doesn’t involve using all the space on your local hard drive – using either network storage, or an external drive.
You can learn literally anything on the Internet — and one of those might just go on to pay your bills someday. Sharpening your skills online is an open door to improving the quality of your life. You could be surprised at how the Internet could help you shallow out the learning curve once you decide to start with and learn about a new hobby. Here are my pick of 8 hobbies you can get started with online, which might eventually pay you back one day in the future.
Yes – I’m a digital hoarder – and my hard drive was so full I had to buy a 4TB NAS. Movies, music, photos, eBooks, stock footage — I just know I’ll get around to watching, listening, reading or making use of them someday. Without the proper tools (or counselling, probably) a collection like that can quickly grow out of hand. But I’m not here to judge – no, I’m going to enable you. These tools should help, at least until you realise it’s time to purge yourself of these meaningly virtual things.
Say the words “motion controller” to any serious gamer, and they’ll screw their face up and scream gimmick. The WiiMote, Playstation Move, Xbox Kinect – none of these have made any real difference outside of casual and fitness gaming. Which makes it even more surprising to learn that Razer – a company traditionally known for pro-gaming accessories – also produces a motion controller for PCs. This is the Razer Hydra, but how does it hold up for real gaming, and is it an essential bit of kit? Find out in this review, then join the giveaway to win a free unit!
Going viral used to mean a disease epidemic, but now it’s something all content creators crave. You could rely on the quality of your content alone – if it’s good enough, people will share it, right? Maybe. But you could also help things along by offering something extra of value to those who do share – a coupon, a download, or a smiley face sticker in the mail. Today I’ll show you how to create your own like/tweet/+1 to unlock system with a little jQuery and the native APIs.
LEGO is a product that transcends generations – I still have a few boxes in the loft. It is one of those few brands that has adapted well to the changing times – introducing themed sets and more recently expanding to create the Mindstorms line. Today we’ll be reviewing LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0, the next generation, version 2.0 of the core Mindstorms product. And we’ll be giving this $280 set away to one lucky reader.
A wise man man once asked “if a website exists in the forest of the Internet and no one visits it, does it truly exist?”. I made that up actually, but the point is solid – a website is useless if it has no traffic, and in order to get traffic you need to be listed on Google. You could argue that Google isn’t the only search engine and Bing matters too, and … but you’d be wrong. Google is the search engine that matters, and if you want to get listed you need to play by their rules. Here are 7 crucial tips to get your blog listed on Google.
As summer rolls in (and out again, for the famous week long British summer), the time for garden parties is upon us. You’ve set a theme and instructed everyone to come in costume, but as the host your job is the hardest: food, decorations, perhaps activities and games. So here, my fellow party planners, are (at least) 12 sites that should be your first stop for inspirational ideas to help you pull off that perfect party.
There’s a pretty good chance that you have things. Many kinds of things in fact, from gadgets to toys, books to power tools and piles of DVDs. What if there was a way to organize them all? To catalog them digitally in some way, get stats on your collection, show it all off somehow and manage that vast network of friends that you keep lending aforementioned things to? Say hello to Delicious Library 3 ($25). If you’re struggling to keep track of a vast physical library of stuff, it may be exactly what you need.
Do you have a couple of external hard drives lying around and a Raspberry Pi? Make a cheap, low powered networked attached storage device out of them. While the end result certainly won’t be as impressive as a $500 NAS device like the Synology DiskStation, it will give you a low-powered bit of network storage – particularly useful if you’re getting weary of having all your data rifled through by the prying eyes of the NSA – you can hide this in the attic.
Forget the Playstation 4 or the Xbox One – I’ve seen the future of gaming, and it is neither of them. The Oculus Rift is amazing – and with $16 million in fresh funding, the team are hard at work on the consumer version. A few months have passed since the dev kits dropped, and we’ve now seen an explosion of demos. Some are good, some are bad, but some are so cool they ought to blow your mind. If you have a Rift and want to find something else to try out, or if you’re not convinced yet that this is the future – this list is for you.
Who can argue with a $40 computer? Especially one that also forms a good base for electronics projects! I certainly can’t. But the hardware alone is only one side of the story: you still need to run an operating system. Join me today as I explore 7 different OSes you can install on your Raspberry Pi, right now. Disclaimer: some are significantly more useful that others.