YouTuber Tom Scott Builds Crazy 1,000-Key Emoji Keyboard BECAUSE REASONS!!

It appears that YouTuber Tom Scott will no longer have any issues reacting to any comment or post delivered on social media with his brand, spanking new emoji keyboard. This keyboard is actually not A keyboard, but FOURTEEN (14) individual keyboards synced together with well over 1,000 keys bound to emojis. Scott further explains: This is the most ridiculous thing I’ve built in a long while: a full-size, … Continue reading YouTuber Tom Scott Builds Crazy 1,000-Key Emoji Keyboard BECAUSE REASONS!!

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Some Wonderful Soul converted a Fisher-Price Cassette Player into a Bluetooth Speaker!

Should you be fortunate enough to still have one of your old Fisher Price cassette player — found it alongside your Pocket Rockers, slap bracelets and Benneton sweaters — you’ll no longer have to look at your beloved personal electronic “stereo” as a technological fossil. You can thank Matt Gruskin for giving the device a second look — and a second life — as a retro-styled Bluetooth speaker. Continue reading “Some Wonderful Soul converted a Fisher-Price Cassette Player into a Bluetooth Speaker!”

Turn a Raspberry Pi Into a Google Music Player

Turn a Raspberry Pi Into a Google Music Player

Well crap; now I gotta buy ANOTHER Raspberry Pi….said no one in a disgruntled way EVER (since I currently has two; a B+ running RetroPie and a Pi 2 running Plex Media Server)!  Anyway, personally (and for MANY other people), Google Play’s a pretty easy way to get access to all your music. So, should you find yourself looking to build a tiny standalone device for playing that music, GitHub user fredley created a simple little front end piece of software that’s pretty easy to use. Continue reading “Turn a Raspberry Pi Into a Google Music Player”

This custom ‘Pikaboy’ Game Boy Color is…just…AWESOME!!!

One of my favorite things to do here on The PractitioNERD is share passion projects from all the other gamers and tech-tinkerers out in with crazy world, and this “Pikaboy” is a prime example of that! Even though this amazing project is pretty retro and not new, this interesting and awesome little creation from eforie came to my attention through Geek.com.  Essentially, it’s a Game Boy Color system … Continue reading This custom ‘Pikaboy’ Game Boy Color is…just…AWESOME!!!

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The CHIP aims to become a $9 Raspberry Pi killer

I love my Raspberry Pi, and when it was first released it was GAME CHANGER when it hit shelves at only $35. But with the addition of other DIY micro-computers to ‘chip’ (wait for it) into the Pi’s market share, the CHIP (heh-heh, SEE?) is aiming to make the Pi look pricey by comparison. The CHIP’s Kickstarter campaign has already LONG eclipsed its $50,000 goal, and as of me scheduling this story its approaching $1,160,000. Similar to the Pi, CHIP is a fully functional computer with a tiny board that houses a 1GHz CPU, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, and built-in WiFi and Bluetooth, which is great enough to power a full-fledged (read ‘light-weight’) Linux desktop computer. If you’re a tech-minded tinkerer and DIYer, there are included I/O pins waiting for you, making the possibilities almost endless… Continue reading “The CHIP aims to become a $9 Raspberry Pi killer”

Now That’s a LARGE USB Flash Drive…

Nowadays, you can get a tiny USB flash drive with large storage capacities in the 512 GB range. Or, you can say “SCREW THAT,” and check out this USB flash drive that’s large in physical size, but not so much in storage capacity. Computer enthusiast Christopher Parish modified a vintage 1970’s-era “DEC RL02” drive — which is roughly as large as your basic PC case — … Continue reading Now That’s a LARGE USB Flash Drive…

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Nowadays, Even a USB Charger Can Be Converted Into a Linux Computer…

Convert a USB Charger Into a Linux Computer

HEY YOU! Are you in need a truly portable Linux computer? Then I have good news for you; head on over to NODE, and Chris Robinson will show how to build a Linux-powered computer from a USB charger. Then you’ll have your precious Linux computer for ultimate portability.  After setting up the whole sha-bang, you can set it up as a TOR relay, a media server, a personal VPN, or whatever else you want! HOORAY!! Continue reading “Nowadays, Even a USB Charger Can Be Converted Into a Linux Computer…”

Convert AA Batteries Into C Batteries with Some Thin Cardboard Strips

Would you mind entertaining yourself with this scenario: you need of some C batteries for one of your tools, but OH NO you only have AA batteries at your disposal. WHAT DO YOU DO?!? Well, with a little cardboard or some thick paper, you can convert some AA batteries into temporary C batteries in no time. #HackThePlanet!! Not really, buy seriously, isn’t Hackers just HILARIOUS … Continue reading Convert AA Batteries Into C Batteries with Some Thin Cardboard Strips

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Micro-Homes & Fist of Jesus! – WIRed #125

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It’s time for Episode 125 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses the rise of micro-housing in the United States, turn that working laptop screen into an external monitor, the awesome absurdity of Fist of Jesus, and remembering the WWF Forceable Entry album! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading “Micro-Homes & Fist of Jesus! – WIRed #125”

Repurpose That Old Laptop into an External Monitor with Stand!

I’ve discussed many, many, MANY times on The PractitioNERD that you never really HAVE to throw away old electronics that appear to be no longer usable for their original tasks.  There’s always a chance you can turn it into artsy weekend project, or incorporate the device with something that currently working, OR maybe the whole device isn’t broken.  For example, what if your old laptop no longer has the speed you need, but the screen works just fine and dandy? Continue reading “Repurpose That Old Laptop into an External Monitor with Stand!”