Wanna See Six Destroyed British Castles Rebuilt Digitally?

Sorry, not a dead body this time, y’all. But this is still awesome, and much less graphic, smelly and vomit-inducing; I PROMISE! Onward and NoeMan Studios have come together to digitally rebuild some of the most historic castles in the United Kingdom. Why? Well, at one time, these structures were strong, proud monoliths — ranging from castles, churches, stately houses, etc. — that commanded the … Continue reading Wanna See Six Destroyed British Castles Rebuilt Digitally?

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“The Game Console” is THE Video Game Book for Gamers Who Stare at Consoles…

…not TOO MUCH unlike the Men Who Stare At Goats. Anyways, Evan Amos wasn’t happy with the lackluster image quality of gaming console Wikipedia, so he started taking and sharing pictures of his own consoles. This venture of passion would lead to Amos to create The Game Console: A Photographic History from Atari To Xbox. Amos’ book, now available for purchase from physical and digital bookstores, is a wonderful hardbound tome consisting of 250 pages of video game systems from the first generation (the Magnavox Odyssey, Pong consoles, etc.) all the was through to the current, eighth generation of game consoles. Continue reading ““The Game Console” is THE Video Game Book for Gamers Who Stare at Consoles…”

Introducing ‘Unico,’ the 3-Second Smartbrush Mouthpiece

The common rule-of-thumb is that it should take roughly 2 minutes to properly brush one’s teeth, which pertains to using some elbow grease with a manual toothbrush to the convenience of electric toothbrushes. Now, the Unico, a “smartbrush mouthpiece” as its creators call it, claims that it will clean your teeth in only three seconds. Yes, THREE SECONDS; that’s 2.5% of the old rule-of-thumb’s time!! This sounds like it’s straight out of science fiction!!

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Meet the Kodak Printomatic, the Hybrid Instant Camera…

I remember the first camera I ever owned: a Kodak Pocket Instamatic variant, which did INDEED use traditional film, but it was the wide, “B-shaped” type of film cartridge (known as the 110-format) rather than the typical roll of film.  Since then I’ve upgraded to dedicated digital camera (including a Kodak EasyShare) before utilizing my smartphone like most people (I’m using my Google Pixel XL). Today, Kodak is now a name licensed by another company, C+A Global, and they are now introducing the Printomatic, their company’s take on the Polaroid Snap (introduced in 2015). Continue reading “Meet the Kodak Printomatic, the Hybrid Instant Camera…”

MiniDisc – Doc’D #62

In this technology-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the history, implementation and lasting legacy of the MiniDisc media format.

1) MiniDisc Community Portal [minidisc.org]
2) The Oddity Archive, Episode 120: MiniDisc [https://youtu.be/HRlm7_ARJjI]
3) “RIP MiniDisc, 1992-2013” by Sascha Segan for PC Magazine, February 1, 2013 [http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2415014,00.asp] Continue reading “MiniDisc – Doc’D #62”

Roku – Geek Me Five #23

In this episode of Geek Me Five, host Montez McCrary will be discussing five simple and interesting facts about the Roku streaming set-top box.

1) The Official Roku website [www.roku.com]
2) “19* Hidden Roku Tricks for Streaming Success,” PC Magazine [https://goo.gl/bXHELy]
3) The Official Roku Blog [https://blog.roku.com] Continue reading “Roku – Geek Me Five #23”

FotoJet, an AWESOMELY Simple (& Free) Web-Based Photo Editing Suite

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There exist many photo editing programs, both online-based and offline-based.  In a sea of options, I wanted to see what made PearlMountain Technology Company’s FotoJet a practical online photo editing program. It must be said that it certainly helps to have had some experience with other photo editing products before jumping into any program of that type. Fortunately for newcomers, that won’t apply for FotoJet, as it lets you edit photos, create collages, make photo cards, posters and practically anything else with the greatest of ease, which — in my mind — makes it one of the best free online photo editors/collage maker available today. Continue reading “FotoJet, an AWESOMELY Simple (& Free) Web-Based Photo Editing Suite”

Now You Can Get Physical Boxes for your Digital Steam Games

Steam Game CoversAny game that you purchase from Steam is digital; they exist entirely on your PC or on servers. But because they’re digital, doesn’t mean that they have to remain JUST digital. Steam Game Covers is a site dedicated to the creation and hosting of templates people can use to make their own physical cases for Steam games. Much like we’ve been doing for those games we purchase second-hand that don’t come with covers, after you back up your game on a disc, print out a cover, put it in a CD jewel case or DVD case or what have you, and viola: now you have a physical Steam collection on your shelf or desk or box or attic. Continue reading “Now You Can Get Physical Boxes for your Digital Steam Games”

HUZZAH! GOG accepting old CD keys for Digital Games!

Are you one of those gamers (i.e. LIKE ME) who have a pile of old PC game discs cluttering up your home for use on an certain type of operating systems **cough** Windows 95 **cough** Windows XP **cough** they no longer use? Every now and then, I like to go back to one of those old games and not have to buy a new physical copy when the disk of THAT SAME GAME is right in front of me! Well, the good people at GOG.com are working on a solution for us as their new Reclaim service allows gamers to input valid CD keys for physical games that we already own to redeem free digital copies. Plus, since it’s GOG we’re dealing with, these games have been updated to run on modern systems properly! Continue reading “HUZZAH! GOG accepting old CD keys for Digital Games!”