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New post card and more coming!

I plan on working on a series of post cards and other print materials with my art.

 

I started with this one that you can use as an any occasion card.

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Please email me if you if you are interested in purchasing any.

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MS-DOS Games from 1995

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I remember a bunch of these, but had forgotten about many of them (Discworld among them)!

 

Adding a simple and useful clock to Chrome

I use a dual display setup right now in Windows 10. I was using 3, but I had 2 die, and scavenged one, so I am back to 2 (or really about 1.5).

I am not aware of any way, without using a 3rd party tool (like DisplayFusion), to show the system clock on multiple displays in the start menu/dock in Windows 10, but I did find a simple and flexible clock for the Chrome toolbar.

This helps out when video is maximized on the display with the system tray clock.

Customize the clock in the toolbar.

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Supports reminder and different interval chimes (on the hour, every 15, or every 30 min)

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Check out Clock for Google Chrome™.

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Late night video playlist 01.03.2016

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Urban Explorers Climb the Massive Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro During the Night

“Francine Christophe was a little girl in France when her father became a POW and she and her mother were shipped off to the camps…”

“At the town of Wagah, a major road crosses the border between India and Pakistan. Every evening at sunset, they hold a ceremony to officially close the crossing for the night. Soldiers from both countries come out, lower the flags, strut and salute, then close the gates on each side of the border.”

A Fascinating 1938 Short Film That Shows How Dramatic Sound Effects Were Made for Serial Radio Shows

Watch full episodes of the PBS series “In Defense of Food”

THE BIGGEST GAME BOY EVER?

Pics from the 2nd day of 2016

I am trying to take photos every day, but I already have only done so 50% of the days so far this year.

2 pics from downtown Berkeley.

I was trying to get the lights in the foreground, but it messed up the exposure.

Hopefully 2016 will be the year of a real camera with with RAW abilities! 🙂

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Making your own smart mirror

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If you ever wanted a mirror that displays info for the day, you are in luck.

There is a a relatively simple project for Raspberry Pi as well as another similar project for Android that make just such devices.

Thinking about doing one or both as I have an old Android Nexus 7 (gen1) tablet and 2 Raspberry Pi that are not being utilized right now.

 

(some of the) Best songs of 2015

Catching up on season 2 of Serial

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Catching up on Serial Season 2.

New season 2 episodes on Thursdays

Season 2 is a different story than season 1, so you don’t need to listen to the first one before the second, but you can check out season one here.

 

Auld Lang Syne On Theremin

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BONUS synthness!

12 iPads, In Different Rooms, Synced Wirelessly Via Ableton Link

2016 Linkblog day 001: New CA laws for 2016, Dieselpunk generator, and how to be better in 2016

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This Dieselpunk Shrine Hides a Century-Old, Fully Operational 800 HP Motor

15 Ways to Be a Better Person in 2016

New laws to have wide-ranging impact on life in California

The Best New Mobile Music Apps Of 2015

3D printed digital sundial is brilliant and insane

 

How “omnipotent” hackers tied to NSA hid for 14 years—and were found at last

You Don’t Need to Boil Your Pasta, Just the Water

James Cameron Urges Environmentalists to Go Vegan

Some older air travel pics from around this time of year.

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Early morning videos 12.15.2015

 

First (free) programs to install for Windows

Must have software for new Windows machines

For every new computer I buy or setup for someone else, I spend some time remembering all the software I regularly use in Windows. Here is a collection of my favorite programs. Most are completely free. Be aware when you install them, that it is common for software publishers to include other bundled software from which they earn some money. If you do not want to install these additional programs, make sure to pay attention to all the screens during the installation process.

First things first! Should I upgrade to Windows 10? Probably!

Microsoft released Windows 10 as a free upgrade for many Windows users in July 2015.

If you are running XP, Windows 7, or Windows 8 and your computer meets the minimum requirements, then Windows 10 is probably a great choice for you.

Hold off if you have older or weird devices as that is likely the last part to catch up (updated device drivers).

I have upgraded a netbook that originally had XP as well as a Windows 8.1 laptop that shipped with Windows 7 and a Windows 8.1 tablet. I have had no issues with any of these devices and pretty much any app or program that run in Windows 8.1 will run in Windows 10.

I am still waiting to update my machine that acts as a home server and my primary work computer (the one I am using now), but I am going to give it some time and will probably upgrade that machine as well.

Here are a few reviews of Windows 10

The basics

Malware and virus prevention software

If your machine doesn’t include anti-malware or anti-virus software, or if it includes a demo version, a great first install is Windows Security Essentials. It is free and works for Windows Vista, Windows 7. Windows 8 and Windows 10 both include Microsoft Defender. Make sure to uninstall any anti-virus program before trying a new one.

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Cleaning your PC and maintaining the registry

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CCleaner is a wonderful free program that I have installed on all my Windows machines. It works in all versions of Windows from XP to Windows 10 and there is also a version for OS X. It includes both a registry, and a file scanner that looks for things like local cache, temporary files, and registry settings that can be cleared. This can be especially useful if you install and uninstall software often.

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Notepad++ is a multiple tab based text editor with options for programming. It is far more robust than the basic notepad included with Windows machines.

Playing Video and Audio files

Windows includes a pretty good media player, Windows Media Player, but sometimes it doesn’t play everything. VLC is a great program that pretty much plays all the video and audio formats you will encounter. There is also a “Metro” version for Windows 8 and 10.

Web browsers

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Microsoft has made some massive improvements in Internet Explorer 9-11 (included with Windows 8), and Edge is a good option in Windows 10, but they still lack the plugin and extensions offered by Mozilla’sFirefox and Google’s Chrome. It is also a good idea to have a spare browser on hand in case something goes wonky with your main browser. One nice feature is that both Chrome and Firefox offer Android versions of their browsers that can sync bookmarks, passwords, and other user data.

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Windows 7, 8, and 10 all include theSnipping Tool application, but as anEvernote user, I have come to enjoy using Skitch. It offers a basic screen capture function and has additional annotation features. If you use Evernote, it allows you to sync those images to your account but you can also save them locally.

Remote System Access

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While the Pro and Ultimate versions of Windows do include a Remote Desktop protocol server, the less expensive versions do not and the price difference is pretty significant. TightVNC is a free option that is available for non-commercial use. It includes both a server and client version. The server allows you to connect to your PC from another computer, while the client allows your machine to connect to other PCs. There are client programs that allow you to connect to your computer not only from another Windows computer, but from pretty much any operating system including Android, iOS, Linux, and OS X. TeamViewer can also be a good option.

Music, images, and media

Winamp is no longer updated nor supported by AOL and you can probably find a way to playback most of your content using Windows Media Player (WMP), but it is reliable and doesn’t use much system resources. So it can be helpful if you just want to listen to music and WMP or VLC are just not cutting it.

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Plex media server is a good option as a home upnp server as well as a solution for streaming you home media to a mobile device on the go. The remote streaming requires the premium service, but the server itself is free and does a great job of finding useful metadata for your movies, TV, and music.

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Paint.net is a pretty great and useful graphics editing program. It may not be as straighforward to user as Photoshop, for being free it really does most of the things I usually need a graphics program to do.

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Network

utorrent is a great BitTorrent client that is cross-platform. Whether you are downloading Linux distributions or some rare 1960 British TV show, it fits the bill. Make sure to read each install option or you might end up with bundled software installed.

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Opera is a wonderful standards-compliant and cross-platform browser. Good to have in your browser toolbox for trouble shooting and a super option if you are on a slow network connection.

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Filezilla is a utility for FTP, SFTP, and other file transfer. Use this to update your website via SFTP/FTP or to download content from FTP servers.

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PuTTY is an Telnet/SSH client. Use it to connect to remote computers (Linux, FreeBSD, OS X, etc.).

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Tools and utilities

Password are a problem for most people, but Lastpass will let you keep all of your passwords locked down, manages your passwords, can generate new ones, and provides a feature to audit your existing passwords as well. You will need to pay to use the mobile app, but the website service is free.

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7-zip has more features than the compression included with Windows and has support for more archive types then native Windows as well as better handling of archive files.

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Malware Bytes is a good tool to use to help track down potential malware on your computer. Good to use on a regular basis so the internet cruft doesn’t accumulate!

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Documents

I use a few programs for formatted document editing (anything not a plain text file).

Google Drive is great for collaboration and to backup your files and photos. There is a limit to the drive space for free accounts, but you can pay for more space.

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Libre Office is based on Open Office and is a great alternative to Microsoft Office. It also has better chart and graphing functions than Google Drive and is cross-platform.

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You can use the free version of Evernote to organize and tag your thoughts, projects, recipes, images, voice notes, hand written notes and more. It is actually a service that is hard to describe until you start using it. I love it and pay for the premium version which bypasses the monthly upload quota of the free plan.

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Journal tool

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I used a paid service for years to keep a journal. That site, ohlife.com closed in 2014 and I went a year without a good replacement. I recently found the app and service Journey and it meets my journal needs rather well and even ads some features that Ohlife lacked.

There is a web version, Chrome app, iOS, and Android versions and it used your Google Drive account to store the entries.

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Nate Baker vinyl release show at Lost Church

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Sploid Short Film Festival

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Sumer

The Pavement

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The Fleeting Little Life of Peter Wright

All available on the Sploid Youtube channel.

Journey journal tool

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I kept a digital journal for more than 4 years, but sadly the company (OhLife I miss you!) closed shop. I have not been as good about keeping a journal since, but heard good things about Journey and finally started using it.

So far I dig it. You can use it on pretty much any device and the interface is simple and automates recording some aspects of the day including location and weather.

 

It is free and available as a Chrome app, an Android app, and via the web.

So far I’ve just been using the Chrome app, but dig it. Give it a try if you are in need a a digital journal tool!

new mad max: 8-bit treatment

Tokyo, Venice, and Switzerland from a drone

work in progress

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