Something that’s part of the fun of assembling and/or upgrading your own desktop or laptop PC is the allure of the money you’ll be saving versus outright purchasing a pre-built machine. You can further extend saving MORE money by focusing on buying refurbished parts, but that’s territory where you’ll want to pay more attention and tread more lightly. This is because while some refurbished PC parts are of good quality and can be bought for less, others parts may not be. Thankfully, for additional insight, Michael Crider of How-To-Geek put together a great guide on the best and least recommended PC parts to buy refurbished, based on the type/component of parts that you’re looking for (i.e., hard drives, power supplies, motherboards, etc.). Continue reading “‘How-To-Geek’s’ Awesome Guide on Buying Refurbished PC Parts”
If you ever got tired of receiving heaps and piles of emails from newsletter services and linking your social media accounts to other online services, you could have signed up with the free newsletter unsubscription service, Unroll.me. However, recently the New York Times discovered and reported that Unroll.me has been busted for collecting and selling off your data, particularly to Uber, which Uber used to track Lyft drivers and members in the name of gaining intelligence on Lyft. Oh Boy! No worries, because you can create your own Google Script file to unsubscribe from a ton of email newsletters almost just as easily and for free (and your data will be more secure and private)! Continue reading “Make Your Own Newsletter Unsubscription Service with Google Scripts!”
About.com, the site you could have used as an AOL-or-Yahoo-alternate of sorts for your news and some search stuff, is launching its third standalone brand in the form of Lifewire, a tech site offering simple and clear information, answers and advice on common tech questions and problem. Continue reading “Need Some Tech Tips? Check out About.com’s Lifewire.”
What is this? Some kind of Raspberry Pi fan site?!? Well, with projects like this…….MAYBE?….. Anyway, the Amazon GitHub page has an incredibly detailed guide to getting the Alexa voice service up and running on a Raspberry Pi. Amazon’s guide does a great job of walking you through the set up process for this project, and it also features a full parts list so you can easily track down what you need.
Think about this for a second: it’s entirely possible that your five-to-ten year old laptop (you know, the one that’s currently gathering dust in your desk drawer) has more horsepower than a Chromebook with the highest-of specs the market RIGHT NOW! This is good news, as this means that you can take that old laptop out of retirement and make it run a lightweight operating system like Chrome fairly quickly and efficiently. Continue reading “Got An Old Laptop? Turn it into a Chromebook for FREE!!”
Many of us have been there: you need a quick charge of your phone, tablet or gaming system, and all you need is a easy and available connection into any available untrusted computer or public charging station. While the chance of malicious data getting into your phone is fairly slim, the threat still exists. If you’re the do-it-yourself-type, you can head on over to Node, where they’ll show you how to make sure only power can get through the USB port, and not data. Continue reading “Secure Your Charging USB Devices by Making Your Own “USB Condom””
OK, you know what; this is absolutely insane, and I STILL can’t believe who incredibly well this thing works. Anyway, the crew at Signal Snowboard is known for its unorthodox snowboard projects. Now, after partnering with Ernest Packaging and Fender’s custom shop, they have created a playable cardboard Stratocaster. Yes, you read (and saw that video and picture above) correctly, as everything other than its corrugated body and neck, the Fender guitar has the usual pickups, electronics, frets and knobs installed that are typically found on your traditional wood guitar. What’s insane is that you can ACTUALLY SEE through the guitar while shredding during those mad solos, bro! Continue reading “Cardboard Fender Stratocaster shreds without being shredded”
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!”
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”
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!!!