happy goggles

McDonald’s was founded in 1955 in Des Plaines, Illinois and while it did serve its customers some delicious hamburgers at that time, it wasn’t until 1977 that they began their treat for kids: the Happy Meal!  Today’s happy meals usually include a child-sized cheeseburger, fries, and a fun but cheaply-made toy.

McDonald’s is about to up their game when it comes to their Happy Meal toys though. Their Virtual Reality headset is known as “Happy Goggles” will debut in fourteen Swedish establishments only, for now, beginning on March 5th. The release date coincides with the celebration of McDonald’s 30th anniversary in Sweden and the week-long Swedish holiday of Sportlov, a time when families are encouraged to get outside and participate in winter sports. This brand new gadget is beyond anything else McDonald’s has … Read More

DJI drone

Drones or quadcopters are exciting gadgets. They have different uses and therefore anyone who intends on purchasing one needs to be well informed on the different types of drones available on the market. As technology changes, it has brought different uses for drones.  As a beginner you may purchase a drone to play with as a fun hobby, however, if the drone is used for business purposes (commercial) then you do need to register the drone.

Some of its uses include:

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dorm room stereo - my dad's dorm room in the early 80s

While an expensive stereo system will give you quality sound, not many students can afford the high price tags.

After all, setting up a dorm requires spending hundreds on shelving, a laptop, bedding, new clothes and maybe even a fancy new Casper mattress – depending on the hall.

But just because your stereo is on the bottom of your priority list, a limited budget doesn’t mean your dorm room should remain dull and boring.

There are several brands of stereo speakers that are super-affordable and will deliver exceptionally great sound quality.

Here are four that you should seriously consider.… Read More

funko pop star wars figure xmas gift

10 Awesome Christmas Gifts for the Nerd in your Life

Everyone’s got an inner nerd somewhere deep in themselves. Trying to find a gift for a nerd that perhaps shows his colors a little more on the surface than you, can be challenge. Trying to find the best Christmas gifts for geeks isn’t a difficult task though if you know where to look. This list of items are all available through Amazon and are all worth of geeking out over. Check it out.… Read More

DJI Phantom 3 Professional on ground outside

The consumer drone industry has come so far in such a short amount of time.

As governments try to grapple with the fast growing number of non-military UAVs, the competition between consumer drone manufacturers is intensifying.  Venture capital is pouring into new drone startups by the billions.

As different brands and models try their best to outdo each other, one particular model has emerged as an industry leader: the DJI Phantom 3 Professional.

DJI Phantom 3 Professional and controller

The Phantom 3 Professional (more detailed review + photos here) is in many ways a statement on where the future of drones is going.… Read More

paternity court tv

The Rise of Direct-to-Consumer DNA Tests

While new scientific discoveries are made all the time, not many of them manage to find their way into the consumer market as quickly as DNA testing has.

Since scientists finished mapping the human genome and identifying specific genetic markers for heritable traits, a whole industry has exploded onto the scene to sell the technology directly to consumers.

In this article, I explain some of the reasons why this has been possible and some of the consumer applications of DNA testing.

Traditionally, one had to go to a medical professional in a hospital or clinic to get a DNA test done. In direct to consumer (DTC) DNA testing however, a person can completely bypass a medical professional and access DNA testing directly.

The biggest factor behind the rise of … Read More

cinco de mayonnaise

“Sink In De Mayo” (With Margaritas)

I’ve been at this government job for less than 2 years now, and last year I learned that my employer holds a Cinco De Mayo party every year they call, “Sink in De Mayo”.  Mayo – as in, mayonnaise.

The party has a truly gross theme, but it was a lot more fun than it sounds.

Basically, every dish at the party must contain or use mayonnaise in some way. And all the drinks are served in old (clean) mayonnaise jars. Stay with me here…

For some reason, I didn’t get the email until the day of the party, and it was being held in our office right after work! So I wasn’t exactly prepared.

But let me tell you, it was a lot of fun.

I moved to … Read More

Adderall pills

Due to what appears to be an alarming loss of concentration in our society, a sharply rising number of people are being diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

The prescription drug Adderall, also known as “addies” or “smarties”, was designed specifically to help ADHD sufferers regain their focus and stay alert. It does this very well, with few side effects for people who really need the drug.

Due to its ability to improve concentration and increase energy levels, Adderall is also widely abused by high school and university students as a “study drug” for all-night cram sessions.

Adderall is also popular among athletes as a way to keep them concentrated and energetic when training & during games.… Read More

apple watch

Is The New Apple Watch A Lemon?

Many probably wonder what Steve Jobs is thinking right now about the future of Apple (RIP).

Late last year, Tim Cook announced what he and Apple investors thought would be an innovative huge hit in today’s market for tech wearables, the Apple Watch.

The fact is, though, the media is not impressed. Lukewarm would best describe the reception from most. Here are a few of the most prominent media takes on the new watch.

PC Mag: Why I Won’t Be Buying an Apple Watch

This article explains that a watch just needs to be a watch. We have phones, tablets and laptops to carry us into the world of the web. We do not need a watch doing the same thing. We need a watch to tell us … Read More

antivirus

Antivirus programs don’t work like you think they do.

antivirus programs

Do you understand what you’re buying?

The software companies won’t always tell you this, but there are three big gaps in antivirus (AV) protection that you probably don’t want to know about – but you really should.

The reality is, antivirus software is just the icing on the cake when it comes to protecting yourself from nefarious types who want to steal your identity, your credit cards and the right to access your hard drive.… Read More

web hosting

Have you ever had a light bulb moment, where an excellent idea for a website pops into your head – and all you needed was a place to host it, cheap?

You probably went to Google as a next step and typed in “free web hosting” or something along those lines. I know I have.

The path from getting your idea on paper to launching your own web site is riddled with potential pitfalls. To save you time and frustration, here’s what I learned in most recent my quest to find the best possible web hosting service for this blog.

The first few results in any online search for a web host are usually some sort of a free web hosting service. Free web hosting services operate on the principle of giving you something until … Read More

code javascript

Learning how to code used to be boring. But not any more.

CodeAcademy.org sort of broke the mold with their wildly popular 10 hour course for learning how to code in Javascript.Over 24 million people have taken this course! Today, they offer courses on Python, CSS and lots more.

Following their lead, more fun and educational programs have come online to help budding/aspiring developers to take the plunge.

All of the courses below are clever in the way they motivate you through constant positive feedback. I think they’re fun. I wish I’d had them when I got started. Or maybe not, because there would be a lot more coders to compete with!

Here are the three best FREE self-guided programming courses available today. Enjoy!

Codecademy

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I am a training god

I’ve been teaching others how to develop LAMP and web apps for over 5 years.

It’s in my job description.

And with the engineering turnover every company experiences, training is a constant state of being for guys like me.

I used to custom-build my training materials by hand for new recruits. The result was a burning need to take adderall among my students.

So, I always thought that getting access to pre-packaged education courses would a God send. Well, it is!

These days, the quality and availability of FREE online training for professional developers has come so far in such a short amount of time that I regularly incorporate outside training courses on the job.

Here are some of the best FREE online courses for developers:

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sony smart watch 2 and experia

It’s not long ago that smart watches came onto the scene.

Wearable computing technology is introducing a new era in which smaller and smaller  intelligent devices are making communications and apps even more personal. Smart watches are the latest hot innovation in this trend.

In addition to changing the way people view and use their wrist watches, smart watches and watch phones promise a whole lot more convenience than a phone.

Nevertheless, the best smart watches today are still basically extensions of your smartphone. So if you are looking to get one, you really should choose your smartphone first.

Currently there are a lot of companies fighting for the pole position on your wrist, ranging from large corporations like Samsung, LG and Apple to upstarts like Martian and Pebble. Even though they all … Read More

app overload disorder

Do you suffer from AOD (App Overload Disorder)?

I do, brother. Can I get a witness?

AOD is a horrible, stifling disease characterized by an excessive amount of time spent every day to maintain an apps habit.

The symptoms of AOD include:

  • you have more than 50 Chrome tabs open right now
  • your phone, tablet and laptop are always running out of memory
  • you upgraded to a paid Dropbox/iCloud account – to make room for apps
  • it takes you 2 hours to groom your apps in iTunes
  • you check IFTTT daily to make sure your recipes are working
  • you stay awake at night wondering when if you backed up your keyword passbook
  • your hands are permanently disfigured through constant typing of user names and passwords

I love my apps! But they’re killing me.

I use … Read More

keyboard

There are 100s of LAMP Development Tools Available Today.

But if you are just getting into developing web apps using Linux-Apache-MySQL-php – or any variation on the theme – which tools should you choose as your go-to arsenal?

I’ve been developing LAMP stack apps for about 7 years now. These days, I teach and supervise as much as I code. But I’m a pretty experienced engineer.

Listed below are my favorites utilities and apps for newbie LAMP developers. They all have a bit of a learning curve that pays off later, when you burn the oil all night.

Five Gotta-Have LAMP Dev Tools

In order to develop LAMP/MAMP/XAMPP apps you’ll need at least five types of tools in your kit. These include:

  1. A local development environment (LDE)
  2. An integrated development environment (IDE)
  3. Database tools
  4. Internet
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seiko tv watch connector unit

Back in 1985, when I was 12 years old, my father (an engineer) brought home a watch we’d both seen in the James Bond film, Octopussy, together: the Seiko TV Watch. It was known at the time as “the world’s smallest TV” (I learned that the Guinness Book of World Records named it that in 1984).  It made a real impression on me at the time. I thought my father was the coolest.

The other day, I saw Octopussy again and thought I’d go check the attic to see if the unit Dad bought was still with his stuff in my attic.  Yes it was – and it was still in the original packaging!.

After researching online for a few hours, here’s what I learned about the first smart watch I ever owned … Read More

Learn How To Code In A New Language, At Your Own Pace

Here’s a list of interactive programming courses online. No matter what your interest, you should find something here.

Most of these courses are self-paced, interactive and lesson-based, so you can fit them into your busy schedule.

Website Language Lessons
http://nova.umuc.edu/~jarc/sdsd/ C++ Yes
http://4clojure.com/ Clojure Yes
http://tryclj.com/ Clojure Yes
http://css3please.com/ CSS No
http://dabblet.com/ CSS No
http://teamtreehouse.com/ CSS, HTML, JavaScript, Objective-C, XCode Yes, with payment
http://tinkerbin.com/ CSS, HTML, JavaScript No
http://w3schools.com/ CSS, HTML, JavaScript Yes
http://tryfsharp.org/ F# Yes
http://golang.org/ Go Yes
http://tryhaskell.org/ Haskell Yes
http://jsfiddle.net/ HTML, JavaScript No
http://codingbat.com/ Java, Python Yes
http://codecademy.com/ JavaScript Yes
http://codetowin.appspot.com/ JavaScript Yes
http://trybloc.com/ JavaScript, Ruby Yes
http://eloquentjavascript.net/ JavaScript Yes
http://learn.appendto.com/ JavaScript, jQuery Yes
http://ugcs.caltech.edu/~rona/tlisp/ Lisp No
http://try.ocamlpro.com/ OCaml Yes
http://repl.it/ 15+ Languages No
http://ideone.com/ 40+ Languages No
http://codepad.org/ 10+
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