While it didn’t make sense for me personally to use a wireless charger in the car, it may work for you. Here’s how I made one out of all Samsung accessories without any soldiering skills. » Read more: Assembling a wireless car charger
As mentioned in my last post, I decided to fully embrace the concept of wireless charging. It’s a very cool concept but doesn’t fit the mold for some of the typical charging scenarios. I’ve been on a quest to build a platform agnostic in-car setup for my mobile. I was very frustrated when Apple kept changing the connector for audio/charging and therefore went with Bluetooth for the audio portion. The last thing I needed was a way to universally charge and I thought Qi wireless charging might be it. » Read more: Wireless charging, is it a myth?
True to my word I bought the Galaxy S4 the week I got back from vacation. It’s simply awesome. It took a little while to get used to the larger device size but I picked up an iPhone 5 the other day and wondered how I ever squinted at that tiny little screen. I picked up an iPhone 4 and actually gave a full “ha!” out loud. I am just floored by all of the features and options with this phone. My only disappointment initially was that their isn’t a stable version of Cyanogenmod out there for GS4 (SPHD-720) yet. The good part is, I really got to have some hands on experience with TouchWiz and it has come a long way since I used the Samsung Galaxy S 4G. I would have missed out on the amazing camera software in TouchWiz not to mention some of the really fun features . My Bluetooth is working much better now. It turned out that it was Waze that was intercepting the pause/play controls.
I went whole-hog on the wireless charging and purchased a Tylt Vu, Samsung Galaxy S4 charging kit and the Samsung Universal Car Mount. My plan is to integrate the charging kit into the car mount with some mad dremmel skills. I’m hoping I’ll be able to connect the car mount to my proclip like I was able to with the Samsung Infuse car mount I was using for the GS3. I’ll post when I get it done.
I also picked up 2 packs of TecTiles 2 in my order to give those a try. I installed NFC Task Launcher and created a 4 minute timer for my french press process. I simply set my GS4 on top of the coffee grinding after I’ve ground the beans and it starts the 4 minute brew timer before I plunge and pour the coffee.
Google Now was the hook. I immediately fell in love with the intuitive and simple nature of the Google Now app and it’s great little “cards” that show my next event, how long to get home, current flight status and a whole host of other great information. Google voice search lives up to everything Siri failed to deliver. It’s fast, accurate, responsive and informative. I wanted more, but to get more, I had to do the unthinkable, I had to give up my iPhone 5. » Read more: iOS to Android – Take 2
My NAS emailed me about a 3 weeks ago telling me that a drive had failed.
This email was generated by the smartd daemon running on:
host name: shank-nas DNS domain: dhcp.theshanks.net NIS domain: (none) The following warning/error was logged by the smartd daemon: Device: /dev/sdc [SAT], Self-Test Log error count increased from 0 to 1 For details see host's SYSLOG. You can also use the smartctl utility for further investigation. Another email message will be sent in 24 hours if the problem persists.
I ignored these messages for a while, after all, this drive had just been replaced. It was part of a 2-drive enclosure that I purchased from woot a few years ago. The enclosure starting stalling on data reads in November of 2012 and I sent it in for RMA repair. They send me a new unit with supposedly new drives. Less than 1 month later, this one starts failing. Go Hitachi.
I’ve officially exceeded 500 titles on my HTPC and recently had a scare in which one of the drives in the LVM array started exhibiting errors. I decided it was time to separate the disk from the front-end and put some redundancy in-place. I checked out some of the turn-key solutions like Synology and QNAP. It seemed steep to spend $650 for an enclosure with no drives so I set out to build my own. » Read more: Home NAS
MythTV has been serving me wonderfully for years. It’s an incredible system and is still my primary media solution to this day. Unfortunately, the tools provided for managing video metadata have fallen a little behind. I recently switch away from Boxee and gave XBMC a try. What a fantastic front end and the media management tools are perfect.
My wife and I watch Star Trek Voyager each night to fall asleep (I hear you snickering). A minor frustration is that I have to fast forward through the intro credits, and I also have to exit out at the end, select the next episode and then get through those intro credits in a few minutes. It’s a really minor annoyance but one I am proud to say I have overcome with the build-in EDL (edit decision lists) that are supported by XBMC. » Read more: Cutting Credits with EDL in XBMC
It was winding up to be a normal Friday evening when I received a call from my wife, someone at the school where she teaches had gotten into her purse, taken all of her cash and her iPhone 4. “What do I do?”, she asked.
It’s a really dangerous game, stealing an iPhone, it’s even more dangerous when the owners husband is a geek and fancies himself a bit of a detective. » Read more: iStolen? iGotItBack: Tales of recovering a stolen iPhone
My school district recently switched from Verizon to Sprint for service allowing me to select a new phone to replace my Verizon Blackberry 8830. In the interest of understanding the Android camp, I choose a Samsung Epic 4g (Galaxy S) running Andoid Froyo 2.2.1. Based on release dates this puts the generation on par with my iPhone 4. My goal is not to replace my iPhone 4 but to understand if it would be possible and what I would lose (or possibly gain) in a switch to Google’s promising mobile OS. » Read more: Dabbling in Android