Will Santa bring me a Raspberry Pi?

As the last days of November fall away, a December release date for the Raspberry Pi computer is starting to look likely.  I’ll have to send Santa an updated wish list. Thankfully, the elves in the UK are working overtime to get the Raspberry Models A and B ready....

Insanely Great – Steve Jobs 1955-2011

I’m having a tough time with the passing of one of my childhood heroes. Steve was a part of my life starting with my Apple II 16K. Steve and Woz set me on the path to my career in computer science/engineering. I owe them more than I can ever...

Waiting for the Raspberry Pi

Last May, some engineers in the UK started showing off an insanely small $25 whole computer on a tiny circuit board – not much more than an ARM processor, a USB port, and an HDMI connection. Plug in a keyboard and connect a TV and your you’re ready to...

Apple most valuable US company (briefly)

For a brief moment today, Apple Computer’s market capitalization surpassed Exxon Mobil Corp’s making Apple the most valuable US company. By days end, Exxon regained the lead but the statement has been made. Apple made it to the top despite the evil that is/was Microsoft, despite self inflicted wounds...

RIP: Decent non-camera cell phone

Like many others, I work at a site that prohibits camera cell phones. In my case, that includes phones left in your car. Every year, it gets harder and harder to find an acceptable cell phone with decent sound and basic hands-free features. Many carriers no longer even offer...

iPod Nano Watch

Legend has it the Steve Jobs has discussed the possibility of an iPod watch. The TikTok watchband makes the vision a reality … perhaps, a little earlier than Steve intended. Thanks Kickstarter! But unlike a true Apple product, using a sixth generation iPod Nano is short of Jobs perfection....

Scout – The Autonomous Transatlantic Boat

One of my latest non-guilty pleasures is funding worthy projects on kickstarter.com. Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative people ranging from writers, film makers, artists, musicians, engineers, and designers. I’ve been focusing on projects that are either geeky or local. Or, in this case, both! I found a...

Shady Lea Art Studios Open House

Tis the season to support local artists and craftspeople ! The Shady Lea Mill, a local southern Rhode Island treasure, is having their annual open house. A great place to visit and maybe, just maybe, find that one of kind Christmas gift you’ve been searching for. SATURDAY AND SUNDAYDEC...

Peek Email Devices Bricked

I enjoyed my Peek Classic while it lasted. Every Peek Classic and Pronto is now a brick after the company was dropped by their wireless provider. Peek is switching to T-Mobile for service but many users will be without service for days or weeks. Peek is offering existing customers...

Amahi Home Server Plug Edition

A $99 Sheevaplug, a USB hard drive, and some free software equals an easy to use and VERY LOW POWER home server. What I’m talking about is the Amahi Linux Home Server, or what Amahi calls a HDA, for “Home Digital Assistant.” Each HDA delivers all the functionality you...