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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.

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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, Gadgeteercan 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)?
3 Ways To Make Your Smartphone Communications More Secure

Android iPhone and iPad

3 Ways To Make Your Smartphone Communications More Secure

Total privacy! Or so we think, as our words and information went flying through the air. Not so: First it’s word of warrantless wiretapping, then it’s word of newspapers, lawyers, insurers and more hacking your communications, who’s next? How do we stop this? Unfortunately, laws are very after the fact, so you need to take some measures right now. This is where we look at how to secure your smartphone communications to make cherry-picking your information a lot harder.

12-08-2013
3 Ways To Make Your Smartphone Communications More Secure
4 Alternatives To The Pebble Watch

Product Reviews

4 Alternatives To The Pebble Watch

The Pebble E-Paper Watch (which we’ve just reviewed and will be giving away) has a lot of interesting functions, is highly customizable, and raised over $1 million within 28 hours of being put on Kickstarter. Maybe the Pebble isn’t exactly what you want though. Maybe you’d like a different look or functionality. Money talks, and these other smartwatch innovators are ready to listen. Some of these are concepts and some are already on the market! Which one do you want? Maybe all of them?

08-08-2013
4 Alternatives To The Pebble Watch
Cyber Bullying Unmasked – The Tragic Case Of Cassidy

Internet

Cyber Bullying Unmasked – The Tragic Case Of Cassidy

Kids can be cruel. Almost as cruel as so-called grown-ups. That cruelty has found its way on to the web and into the lives of countless young people who thought they might be able to escape the harassment by enjoying their on-line pursuits. It is very likely this is the story of an untold number of girls and boys the world over.

24-06-2013
Cyber Bullying Unmasked – The Tragic Case Of Cassidy