Watering your lawn using Rachio Smart Sprinkers

Upgrading my “dumb sprinkers” to Rachio’s smart spinklers was a great thing for me to do.  Here are the 4 reasons why: 1 – It’s Easy to Program It is so much easier to use a computer or smartphone to program the timers and/or control the sprinklers.  It’s fast, simple and I can do it from anywhere. 2 – It Knows More than I do The Rachio timer is connected to the internet so it knows when it is […]

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The Amazing Amazon Echo

The Amazon Echo was quite a surprise when it was released in late 2014.  A smart speaker/virtual assistant that works with your voice.  Even though it’s a pretty cool device, it took a while to gain popularity.  This was partly because it wasn’t available to the general public for the first 6-months or so. I’ve grown to really love it.  The array of mics around the top of the Echo allows the device to know where […]

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The Pains of Supporting Crowdfunded Projects

In recent years crowdfunding has become a pretty big thing.  Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the internet. I’ve never started a crowdfunding project myself but I have a few friends who have found a lot of success using it as a funding method.  I’ve also created videos for crowdfunded campaigns.  Most crowd funded campaigns have […]

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WeMo Light Switch by Belkin

About 6 months ago, I installed WeMo light switches in my house.  These switches allow you to control your lights a number of new ways: Using your Smartphone Set to a Timer Using your Computer Using your Voice with help by the Amazon Echo or other service Old fashion way using your finger on the switch For the most part, they work great.  They connect to your home network through your Wifi connection. There are […]

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Canon’s New Flagship 1D X Mark II

I’ve been using Canon’s new Flagship DSLR for the past few months for both video production and photography.  The Canon 1D X Mark II is quite an amazing camera.  It shoots up to 16 frames-per-second which is why it was a favorite camera for the professionals shooting the Olympics in Brazil this summer.  The ability to shoot that fast can help you capture the exact moment the athlete crosses the finish line.  While I have not used it […]

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Can’t Twitter just be Twitter?

Some people get twitter.  Some people don’t.  Whether you use it or not, with over 300 million active users and over 350,000 tweets per minute, it is a social media powerhouse. For anybody who isn’t familiar, twitter is a social network where users can share short (140 character maximum) thoughts called tweets.  Users can follow and reply to other user’s tweets. The big problem that Twitter has is that it isn’t growing.  Investors like growth. […]

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Are We Witnessing the Birth of Google OS?

In response to recent articles and gossip, I’ve been asked the following question by concerned individuals: “Is Google getting rid of the Chromebook?” The answer is quite simply, Absolutely not.  This week, it was reported by the Wall Street Journal that Google would fold the Chrome Operating System into Android.  This got everybody talking and wondering if this is the end for the Chromebook. Chrome OS is one of the most stable and secure operating […]

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What is a Chromebook?

When I first heard that Google was creating an operating system that was basically just a browser, I thought it was silly and nobody would buy one.  Looking back, I now think that it wasn’t a silly idea, it was a brilliant idea. A Chromebook is a laptop computer that runs an operating system called Chrome OS.  Unlike many of today’s laptops, a typical Chromebook has less memory (RAM) and very little hard drive space.  It doesn’t […]

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A is for Alphabet, G is for Google

You may have heard that the company once known as Google has decided to change it’s name.  While this is technically true, you probably won’t ever see a difference in the way you use Google services. Back in August, Google officially changed it’s name to Alphabet.  It a statement, co-founder Larry Page said: “Google is not a conventional company. We do not intend to become one….Our company is operating well today, but we think we […]

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