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WatchAir TV/DVR Antenna Review 2018

The WatchAir TV Antenna/DVR Recently on one of my Amazon binge shopping runs I came across this weird but cool device called the WatchAir “Smart Antenna”. The WatchAir is a hybrid Antenna/DVR that you can access via applications on the Android and iOS platforms. There are also other apps being rolled out on Smart TV/Devices and possibly a PC or Mac app in the future. When I tested my unit I was able to access it from an Android tablet, iPad, FireTV and Samsung TV.  The various application interfaces are very fluid and easy to navigate. The initial configuration of [...]

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How to crop a layer in Serif Affinity Photo

This guide will show you how to crop an image in Affinity Photo. This is a workaround until an “official” method exists:   1. Select the Marquee Tool 2. Marquee Select the area that you want to crop 3. Go to the “Edit” menu and click on “Copy Flattened” 4. Go to the “Edit” menu and select “Paste” 5. Select the “Move Tool” (Black Arrow) 6. Position the cropped image 7. Right-click on the original layer and delete it. 8. Final Cropped Image Hotkeys if you’re into that stuff 😊:   M > Ctrl-Shift-C > V > Ctrl-V > Right-Click original layer > Delete Layer Tell your Friends:Click to print (Opens in [...]

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The Ra̶̷m̶̷b̶̷l̶̷i̶̷n̶̷g Musings of an Aging Millenial

The ENIAC is as legendary as it was useful. when it was invented in the early part of the 20th century it ushered in a new era, the age of “The Computer” had arrived! Fast forward a few decades to the present and you will see that the world is now vastly different than it was in a time where Vacuum Tubes stood where transistors now roam. Almost every device on the market is “Smart” and with the emergence of the Internet of Things, it will only be a matter of time before every single device on this planet [...]

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Cheap Windows Tablet as MIDI Host

The MIDI Chronicles | Recently I purchased a Launch control XL to accompany the Novation Circuit that I’ve had for a while now. I think that I may have been a little too excited when I acquired my new toy because I completely overlooked the fact that it requires a USB MIDI host for the two devices to communicate. Since MIDI messages can’t be natively routed over USB a middle man needs to be present. Novation suggests the Kenton USB Host and the iConnect MIDI 4+ which are very good at what they do but with one almost impossible to find and [...]

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Davinci Resolve 12 “No OpenCL”

I recently installed the free copy of Davinci Resolve 12. I haven’t had the opportunity to fully test the program yet but it looks to be leagues above my current video editor (Movie Studio 13 Platinum). I watched a few videos of the software in action and it is impressive especially when used for its highly revered grading capabilities. So when I ran the program and received the “No OpenCL Acceleration Hardware Detected”. I was afraid that I would need to upgrade my video card (Radeon HD6950), but I knew that based on the system requirements of Resolve my card should [...]

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The Consumer Hard Drive Debate

Over the course of working on and around computers, I’ve found that there is one thing that people always seem to be concerned about, and that’s hard drive performance/reliability. The hard drive is one of the most important components of a PC and can be best classified as a semi-permanent storage medium for all the data on your computer. With Hard Disk Drives now available on the market in sizes that are in excess of 10 Terabytes, I can see why someone would be concerned with drive performance and reliability. In this blog post, I’m going to provide a [...]

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My experience with Powerline Networking

Powerline Networking | The network cable has been around since as far back as I can remember. Ethernet as we know it was patented by the Xerox company in the mid 70’s and standardized by the IEEE n the 80’s. As much as people dislike running cables and networking the “right way”, it is a method that has stood the test of time and even the most complex networks depend on physical cables. The network cable has faced stiff competition over the years. The first true competitor to challenge this mainstay was WiFi. I think it’s fair to say that [...]

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The Age of the Interconnected Society

  I remember a time when the internet was a place to work. You were either researching stuff or uploading the results of the stuff you researched. It wasn’t a “fun” place, it wasn’t chic nor sexy. The worldwide web was just that, a platform for communicating with your peers in ways that never existed before, gone were the days of snail mail and penpals. You could now correspond at the speed of light and that was only the beginning. Fast forward to the year 2016. The information superhighway is now flowing with vast amounts of digital traffic. The floodgates [...]

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iPhone SE, sometimes less is more!

iPhone SE | Phone technology has been advancing at a rapid pace in the last few years. There are now mobile devices with specifications that rival computers. Initially, the mobile trend was geared more towards portability. Practicality and functionality were not at the forefront of phone design. A good example of the form over function design process was the Motorola Razr. These phones were ridiculously thin and even though they had advanced features such as cameras, speakerphones, MP3 Ringtones etc. They were limited in their capabilities and could never really be considered Smart-phones. This was the age of Palm Pilots [...]

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Introducing the Amazon Tap & Echo Dot!

AMAZON TAP & ECHO DOT | When the Amazon Echo was released from the amazon stables. I was one of the first people to write about the device. I eventually pre-ordered, received and love my Amazon Echo or “Alexa” as she likes to be called. When I initially reviewed the product I had a few questions on expandability and how Amazon planned on extending the capabilities of the device. Well, my questions have been answered with the introduction of Amazon’s two latest devices with the Alexa “engine” at the core of their hardware. Enter stage left (and right), the Amazon Tap and Echo Dot. Amazon [...]

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