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If Not This Then Stringify

Author: Shawn Powers | Files under syndicated

I love IFTTT (If This Then That),
although it usually works
well, it’s more and more common for triggers to fail. Sometimes they
don’t fail, but take several minutes to activate. When you want a light
to turn on as you enter a room, several minutes of delay clearly
can be a deal-breaker. more>>


Android Candy: My World, in a Lock Screen

Author: Shawn Powers | Files under syndicated

It feels weird to mention a Microsoft product in Linux
. But to
be honest, there are some cool things coming out of the Microsoft Garage
One of those things is
“Next Lock Screen”,
which is an Android app that brings interactive tools to the lock screen.


Android Candy: Exploding Kittens!

Author: Shawn Powers | Files under syndicated

I don’t very often play games. I know that seems odd, because I do often write
about gaming. Honestly though, I very rarely actually take the time to
play video games. Recently, however, there has been an exception to that rule.


Mistral Solutions’ 820 Nano SOM

Author: James Gray | Files under syndicated

One of the smallest System on a Module (SOM) solutions currently available in
the market—measuring a mere 51mm x 26mm—is Mistral Solutions‘ 820
Nano SOM. The company predicts that
its new 820 Nano SOM solution is “destined to be a preferred SoM in the


Low Tech High Tech

Author: Shawn Powers | Files under syndicated

Google Cardboard should be terrible. Really, it should. It’s literally
made of cardboard. I remember as a kid some cereal boxes came with spy
glasses you had to cut out of the box itself—and they were terrible. But
Google Cardboard is amazing. Granted, you need to add your $750 Android
phone to it, but that’s already in your pocket anyway.


Android Candy: the Verbification of Video Chat

Author: Shawn Powers | Files under syndicated

People who study the history of languages probably will look back at our
current time and scratch their heads. We keep inventing verbs! First,
Google became the verb we use for searching. Then, “Facebooking” someone
became a viable way to contact them. Heck, I forgot about “texting”
someone. It seems we just keep taking perfectly good nouns and making
them verbs. more>>


Listen to Me Cheaply

Author: Shawn Powers | Files under syndicated

I listen to a lot of books. A lot. And honestly, although I’ve written about
the “Listen” app for audiobooks, I tend to use Audible more than anything
else anymore. Part of the reason is the Android app finally has more
fine-grained speed settings. (I prefer around 1.4x speed.) iPhone people
don’t have that seemingly simple feature. Just saying.


Android Candy: Landing on the Moon, with your Thumbs

Author: Shawn Powers | Files under syndicated

I do a lot of system administration with my thumbs. Yes, if I’m
home, I grab a laptop or go to my office and type in a real terminal
window. Usually, when things go wrong though, I’m at my daughters’ volleyball
match or shopping with my wife. Thankfully, most tasks can be done
remotely via SSH. There are lots of SSH clients for Android, but my
favorite is JuiceSSH.


Be Kind, Buffer!

Author: Shawn Powers | Files under syndicated

I like to tweet. Not like a bird (well, not usually), but
tweeting on Twitter. I like to post silly pictures and say silly
things. Unfortunately, a few things usually happen:

  • I take a bunch of photos within minutes of each other.

  • I want to post to Twitter and Facebook.


Android Candy: Facebook Everything?!?!

Author: Shawn Powers | Files under syndicated

When Facebook decided its messenger app would be an entirely separate
program from its regular app, I was ticked off. I didn’t want to have
a second application in order to send private messages. It seemed like
a needless extra step. And, I stuck by that opinion until I realized I could
integrate regular SMS and MMS messages into Facebook Messenger.