Mythbuntu + Nvidia, HDMI and HD video + audio

After fighting with Cent7 for quite a while and having several issues, I decided to try Mythbuntu. It has a much newer version of Myth packaged with it, and has appeared to be simpler in nearly every way. However, although the process is supposed to be simpler, there were still many tricks that needed completed […]

CentOS 7 + Nvidia, HDMI and HD video + audio

I just went through the process of installing Cent7, and although the process is supposed to be simpler, there were still many tricks that needed completed for it to work properly. So as I went through the process, I updated my documentation from 4 years ago to reflect what needs done today. The card I […]

AngularJS Directive for responsive clicks in mobile web apps

If you’ve ever done any web development specifically for mobile devices, you may have noticed that clicks don’t always seem responsive.  This is probably because the device takes extra time to determine whether or not the user is trying to click a button on the web page or to scroll the page. Fortunately, the touch […]

Setup a credit agency security freeze

About 3 years ago I decided to investigate implementing a security freeze on my wife and I’s credit files at all 3 reporting agencies.   Its been long enough now that I’ve seen a lot of the benefits and disadvantages of implementing a security freeze, so I thought I would share my experiences with the process, […]

Don’t lose your Contacts again, use Google

Have you ever lost all of your phone numbers or contacts? Do you have trouble keeping them all up to date? Have you ever found yourself without your phone or computer and you need to get in touch with someone? Here’s an example from my personal life:  I arrived on a week-long business trip in […]

Tasker: Android missed notification reminder

One interesting nuance of Android is the inability to repeat notifications.  So for example, you missed a call or there was a calendar appointment notification.  If you happen to miss the initial notification, there is no mechanism for follow-up notifications to be triggered. There are many apps devoted to this in the market, but I […]

64GB SDXC with Samsung Galaxy Tab 2

I just got a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10 in) on Black Friday for a measly $269, what a deal!  After ordering the device, I decided I wanted to get a nice big SD card for it to store all of the movies and content I was sure to load onto it.  So then I […]

Multi-OS: PC, Mac, iOS & Android

As we move towards a more connected world, the operating system or device that you are using is becoming less important. We started to see this when Google released their Chromebook – a device that uses the web browser as the operating system.  Now we are spending more and more of our time connected to smartphones, […]

Tasker: Alarm clock, improved

One handy little app that I’ve found is Night Clock for those nights away from home and no alarm clock around.  However, I’ve always found that all night or alarm clock apps for Android are way too bright and act light a giant night light shining in my eyes.  So, I built a very simple Tasker […]

Creating a Virtual Desktop with Dropbox

I’ve been looking for a way to make myself completely device-independent, i.e. it doesn’t matter what device I am on I can log in and start working exactly where I left off. Services offered 100% in the cloud like Google Drive (previously Google Docs) are an obvious choice, but have their limitations – especially since I […]

Tasker: Sleep mode with text message reply

Ever get tired of going to bed (early or not) and being woken up by a friend’s unimportant call or text message?  But you can’t just turn all sound off, what if someone needed to get ahold of you in an emergency? Enter Tasker, a nifty little Android app that lets you take complete control […]

Installing Chrome & Flash with audio in Centos 6

Installing Flash in Linux has never been very easy.  However, Chrome for linux has now bundled Flash player with it, which does seem to simplify the process.  However, audio was still a trick to get working correctly, so I thought I would share the steps I followed to get everything up and running successfully. Install […]

Linux, Nvidia, HDMI and HD video + audio

One of the great things about newer video cards is that they will handle both video and audio in one device, and pass both through the HDMI cable.  This is a huge advantage for media center type boxes running MythTV, XBMC, Boxee, etc, as you can connect your media center directly to your receiver or […]

Automating your world with Tasker

The best part of Android is the ability to make it do exactly what you want it to do, rather than what someone else thinks you want it to do.  Android by itself does a pretty good job of allowing customization, but to accomplish complete customization and automation of your mobile world, we’re going to […]

Form auto-save with jQuery serialize()

A friend of mine pointed me toward the jQuery .serialize() method, and after discovering this wonderful method I’ve gone kinda crazy on the possibilities.  The most useful use of this method is a very simple auto-save mechanism for web forms.  Here’s how: Form setup A brief description of the form setup: In your web form, […]

Land-line replacement with Google Voice

For many years my wife and I continued to pay the exorbitant amount of money to my local phone company for a land-line that we never used.  My wife and I argued about it whenever I took the time to read the bill and remembered how much I was being ripped off.  The big argument […]