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“PiVPN : How to Run a VPN Server on a $35 Raspberry Pi!”

“A $35 Raspberry Pi can work as a very effective VPN server. You'll gain access to your local network resources remotely and have a secure connection to the Internet.”

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“I tried Pi-Hole for the first time... (DNS level Ad Blocker)”

“Google wants to wage war against Chrome users in a potential new update. An update that can disable them all together.... "Out of Safety". So I can either switch over to Firefox again or explore Pi Hole as a Network/DNS level Sinkhole/Ad blocker.”

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“Apollo AGC Part 1: Restoring the computer that put man on the Moon”

“We embark on the restoration of a very rare and historically significant machine: the Apollo Guidance Computer, or AGC. It was the revolutionary MIT-designed computer aboard Apollo that brought man on the Moon (and back!). Mike Stewart, space engineer extraordinaire and living AGC encyclopedia, spearheads this restoration effort. In this first episode, we setup a makeshift lab in his hotel room, somewhere in Houston. The computer belongs to a delightful private collector, Jimmie Loocke, who has generously allowed us to dive in the guts of his precious machine, with the hope of restoring it to full functionality by July 2019, the anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing.”

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“Adam Savage's Computer History Collection!”

“We're back in Adam's cave to check out some of Adam's computer history collection, including recent acquisitions from the early days of digital computing. Adam shares the significance of each piece and why these he loves collecting these artifacts that together tell the story of human ingenuity. ”

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Flip phone

If you don't have a smartphone, a flip phone may be the best simple phone you can have.

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❝Apple Music Event 2001-The First Ever iPod Introduction❞

“Here we see Steve Jobs introducing the very first iPod at a low key event in 2001. The rest is history.”

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❝The First iMac Introduction❞

“Here we see Steve Jobs introducing the very first iMac in 1998.”

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Thirty-five years ago today - ❝Steve Jobs presenting the first Mac in 1984❞

“January 24, 1984: Apple founder Steve Jobs presented the first Macintosh computer. The Macintosh 128K.

In memory of a genius. Farewell Steve.”

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Jot

Back in my Corporate Clone days, I started with an index card case.

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Pefectly right

It turned out that the screw holes were not centered in the screw channel.

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Claude Shannon

“The mathematical prodigy who gave the world ‘bits’”

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So crazy it might work

“Microsoft's Plan to Beam Internet Over TV Frequencies Is So Crazy It Might Work”

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“The Secret Project to Create the iPhone: WSJ Documentary”

On the iPhone's 10th birthday, exclusive interviews with the secret Project Purple team; former Apple executives Scott Forstall, Tony Fadell and Greg Christie recount the arduous process behind turning Steve Jobs's vision into one of the best-selling products ever made.

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Ten years ago today…the iPhone went on sale

Steve Jobs introduces iPhone in 2007

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Playtime

“At this amusement park, drive the heavy machinery you loved as a kid”

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Slowly

David Kronstein fell in love with the capture of high-speed video while a teenager watching Mythbusters. He wanted one of those expensive cameras so bad and thought he had a shot at one in 2006 when an Olympus i-Speed 2 started at a bid of $150 on eBay.

When the bidding surpassed his college budget, Kronstein said, “Screw it, I’ll build one.”

Ten years later, he not only built the camera, he is making it available to average consumers at a tenth of the usual price. (High-speed cameras used in laboratories and TV production studios average around $25,000.)
     — David Pieirni, Affordable slow-mo camera lets you stop a speeding bullet
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Another reason to be careful of the Internet of Things

The best defense would be for everything online to run only secure software, so botnets couldn’t be created in the first place. This isn’t going to happen anytime soon. Internet of things devices are not designed with security in mind and often have no way of being patched. The things that have become part of Mirai botnets, for example, will be vulnerable until their owners throw them away. Botnets will get larger and more powerful simply because the number of vulnerable devices will go up by orders of magnitude over the next few years.
     — Bruce Schneier, Botnets of Things
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The caregiver and the iPhone

Besides the battery, the most important upgrade was the Touch ID.

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Star Trek phone accessories

Other than the Star Trek look, I'm not sure what these do better than my Motorola H720.

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Homemade playdough

The homemade stuff means you can customize with colors, plant cuttings, blood, and essential oils for the purpose.


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Utility knife

Bar none the best utility knife handle I've ever owned.

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Maglite Mini extras

Make the Maglite mini more useful

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Watch glass

These 100mm watch glasses have polished edges

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Giant test tubes

…the world's greatest test tube for kids (and sloppy technopagans)

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Labelwriter

One of the most surprisingly useful tools I’ve ever owned

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The new tools and labware page

I'm adding a new page from my Evernote notebooks.

Expect to see one massive listing of really neat tools I use, but it's going to take a while.

Enjoy.


ETA: After a lot of thought, I am just going to make these individual entries with the appropriate tags.

It makes more sense and sticks to my sloppy notebook metaphor.

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The right scissors for the job

I may get another thirty years out of them.


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Kinda Sorta EDC

The last month or so I’ve been wearing these cases in the small of my back.

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Where you need it

Put scissors where you can find them

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Headset

Bluetooth makes it work better Read More...
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Telephones are time wasters

Don’t let it control you
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Master your keys

My key system explained Read More...
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For Kids

More than what is on screen Read More...
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Modularity

On the go means modules Read More...
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Mythbusters reboot

Worth another look Read More...
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Good enough

What I carry is what I use Read More...
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Soft tool

Not all face flannel is equal

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Smartphone heresy

I was PDA when PDA wasn’t cool

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