Hi guys. I wanted to link my video tutorial that I have recently uploaded to help those who are trying to install Raspbmc on to their SD card to run the XBMC program on a Raspberry Pi. It can be a little confusing so I made an easy to follow video.
If you are confused by what the heck I just said in the paragraph above don’t worry I will break it down. The raspberry pi is a micro computer that many are using as a mini home theater PC. The Raspberry Pi runs Linux, or other variants of operating systems. Two that are popular (because they run the the XBMC interface) are RaspBMC made by a guy named Nazarko and Raspbian made by some other guy (forgive me I don’t know the developer). I have only installed RaspBMC.
The RaspBMC operating system needs to be installed over the web with a live internet connection. The SD card must first be prepped so when you first plug in your Raspberry device it will know what to do. Think of the card as self booting and self installing. Once you follow my video and install the RaspBMC software then you install the SD card into the Raspberry device, plug it in and it takes it from there and finishes the software install. Believe me, its a lot easier than it sounds.
With any upgrade there are bound to be problems. With the new Mavericks OS update from Apple I have experienced two really unfortunate issues. 1) My copy of Adobe After Effects no longer works and 2) I can’t write to or read any NAS files. Adobe’s suggested fix is a creative cloud membership at $49.00 a month and all will be peachy…right? No thanks. At least I found a “work around” for the NAS issue. Just in case you’re wondering a NAS is a “NETWORK ATTACHED STORAGE”. Basically a hard disk (or a series of them) that are connected through the ethernet to your home network so all your devices can access the data. The problem was very strange at first. I could see the drive and the folders but as soon as I tried to drill down into them BLAMO! Error-0 message. That was it, I assumed I was fried until I googled and found out that Mavericks now uses SMB2. Server Message Block is the way the computer talks to the server (or hard disk) and enables it to send and receive data…there is a version 1 and 2. I am trying to keep it simple and I … Continue reading
Ever since Vincent LaForet rocked the world with Reverie, the video and DSLR camera world has never been the same. Vincent picked up the Canon 5D MKII and made a quick film that showed everyone that the DSLR format was perfect for the indie film maker and hobbyists. It also proved that you no longer had to spend $10k-$20k for the cinematic quality and look. The only problem was that even the 5D MKII was too much money for me to justify. The Canon T2i was the answer that guys like me were waiting for. The T2i was less than $1,000 and had many of the same attributes that the 5D possessed. Large sensor (not the same but still large compared to camcorders), good in low light, ability for great out of focus background and artistic bokeh. Although it was a shaved down version it was enough to satisfy at 1/3 of the 5D’s price. In fact, with regards to visual quality it was identical to the Canon 7D because it shared the same exact sensor. The 7D was and still is one of the most popular sports cameras on the planet. The Canon T2i is now like an old friend. Its … Continue reading
After giving my daughter her record player that she requested for her birthday I was drawn in while testing it out. Everyone was out of the house and I listened to an entire side of a Gordon Lightfoot album. It really brought back memories of easier times.
There is a tangible physical nature that’s hard to explain. You held music in your hands. Watched it spin and respectfully would not lift the needle to rush to the next track. You would actually listen giving the song it’s due. That’s what the artist wanted. That went away somewhere along the line. It was born of a slower time when we could spare the hours to share an experience never to be interrupted by the beep of a text or a ring of the phone. I was young but do miss it a little. Fire in the fall, thanksgiving dinners and easy times. You only communicated with the ones you were physically with. Engaged. Not distracted. Enjoying just being there, right then. It was more NOW and less EVERYTHING ALWAYS.
I am a contractor so its very hard to get me excited over tools. To me a saw is a saw and a drill is a drill. I am jaded I know but every now and then something cool comes along and the kid in me gets all giddy. One of my employees came to me the other day stressing that he had a next to impossible job of nailing a hanger (construction support device) in a tight location. I remembered seeing these once but had a hard time finding this until I hit the shelf at Home Depot. There is a gadget called a Palm Nailer sold next to the air compressors and nail guns in Home Depot. Its made by home depots own house brand RIGID and it is only $69. The nailer fits in the palm of your hand and drives the nail in place with repeated pulses of air with a “tapping” system similar to a jack hammer. Its only 5-1/2″ deep and seems to be built very well. The nose of the nailer has a magnetic charge so it holds the nail in place until you are ready to drive it in. Its very fast and … Continue reading
Ok, I am tired of hearing about my friends and family losing “all” of their pictures. “I had it backed up!” they say. Let me tell you, putting a bunch of photos on an external drive and calling it backed up is irresponsible and very risky! Don’t worry I am not judging I am speaking from experience. I once had a hard disk in a docking station with over 1 terabyte (that’s alot BTW) of personal photos and videos. I got my foot tangled in the power cord and just tipped it over and the drive, while spinning, landed on the soft carpet. Literally it fell maybe 3 inches. I waited for it to spin down and then re-inserted the drive into the dock and I heard the “click, click, click” of death. All data was gone. I even sent it off to a company in Miami for recovery and NADA!…I got nothing back. Sad story but true. Hard Drives are physical. They can, no they DO fail. All too often I hear of people going out, buying an external drive and writing all of their photo and video data to the drive and then deleting the original data from … Continue reading
The topic of synchronizing a common calendar across an entire family’s set of devices came up at my neighborhood pool yesterday. (I know…we are that boring.) I couldn’t actually remember how to do it so I was unable to explain it to my friend. I went through the exercise of doing it all over again step by step to share with others and refresh my own memory. A couple of years ago I was struggling with trying to keep my family in Sync. We have 6 members in our household and trying to get everyone on the same page was impossible. I did a little research on how to do this and finally came across a method that works for me. I now have a unified “family” calendar that I can place entries and reminders and everyone sees the same thing. We have 5 iPhones, 2 iPads and two Macs. This isn’t an Apple promo but its just the way I am set up. Its not always perfect because like anything its subject to the user “garbage in garbage out”. At least I give my self a fighting chance, right? Here is what you do…You set up a new GMAIL … Continue reading
One complaint that I often hear about the iPad is that there are no ports or card reader slots. One device that helps with this is the Camera Connection Kit. The camera connection kit allows you to import pictures from either your Camera (via PTP protocol) or straight from the SD card. The USB adapter in the kit also allows you to connect other devices like a USB microphone. Importing your pics couldn’t be easier. Just plug an SD card with your pictures on it into the adapters card slot. Connect the adapter into the iPad. The iPad then auto detects the photos and gives you the choice of importing all or just the ones you select. Once you’ve imported it also gives you the option to delete the pics from the card. If you decide not to delete the original pics from the card, during the next import the iPad automatically detects pictures that have already been imported and will not duplicate their import saving space. ** Special Note – You can also (if formatted correctly) import a video from an external card to your iPad and delete it once your are finished viewing it. Taking several videos on … Continue reading
The Bosch DLR130 is a unique measuring tool. It measures using a laser pointer and it is very accurate. For as long as I have been in the contracting business I have used a tape measure for my estimating and field work. Well, things have changed a bit and I must say for the better. The DLR130 enables me to effortlessly walk a room and obtain just about any dimension I need. It can measure a straight line, area of walls (length x width) and volume of rooms too (length x width x height). Just choose to the type of measurement, put the red laser on the target and push the button. Once the red laser dot shows up it gives you a dimension right away. I have tested this at close range and it is accurate to within about a 1/16 of an inch. I have also measured items as far as 150 feet away although I cannot vouch for absolute accuracy at that distance. Walking around the room playing and measuring the distance from me to my children (cautious not to shine it in their eyes) a lightbulb went off. This is not only a good tool for … Continue reading