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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.


Omesh Tickoo and Ravi Iyer’s Making Sense of Sensors (Apress)

Author: James Gray | Files under syndicated

In today’s data-driven world, we are surrounded by sensors collecting
various types of data about us and our world. more>>


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.


Briggs and Stratton 8,000 Watt Elite Series Portable Generator with StatStation Wireless

Author: James Gray | Files under syndicated

Although Linux Journal readers might not equate Milwaukee with tech, a new
Briggs & Stratton product portends the bright future of smartened
“legacy” devices from the industrial heartland. more>>


Android Candy: That App Is for the Birds!

Author: Shawn Powers | Files under syndicated

Usually bird-related apps involve pigs and anger, but if you’re a bird
watcher like myself, there’s another bird app you must download. Cornell
Labs has released a free app called Merlin Bird ID that helps identify
birds you see in the wild.


Hodge Podge

Author: Shawn Powers | Files under syndicated

For every article, I try to write something that is interesting, entertaining,
educational and fun. Sometimes I even succeed. Many other times I
have some things I’d like to talk about, but there’s not enough of it
to fill the space.
This time, I decided a disjointed
hodge podge would be the theme. So let’s just have a virtual nerdy talk
about stuff, shall we?


Android Candy: Digital Funnies

Author: Shawn Powers | Files under syndicated

One thing I truly miss about the “old-school” way of reading the newspaper
is that I don’t get to read the funny pages. No, that’s not all I would
read (although admittedly it may have been the first page I turned to),
but a little levity always makes the day better. I’m not a big fan of
graphic novels or even comic books, but the daily funny pages are just
my speed.


Android Candy: Quick Games

Author: Shawn Powers | Files under syndicated

The biggest problem I have with gaming is that it takes far too long to
get “into” games. I’m generally very busy, and my gaming time usually
lasts as long as it takes for the dentist to call me in from the waiting
room (or possibly how long it takes me to use the bathroom, but
let’s not go there). more>>