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Netflix’s New ‘GLOW’ Series Finally Set A Release Date: June 23rd, 2017!

GLOW, Netflix’s reimagining of the ’80s cult-classic professional wrestling promotion Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling — executive produced by Orange is the New Black creator Jenji Kohan — has finally announced a release date for said series, stating via the above teaser trailer that the ten-episode series debuts on June 23rd, 2017. The show stars Alison Brie (Community, Mad Men) as a struggling actress who joins the weekly episodic women’s wrestling television program as her final shot at fame. Continue reading Netflix’s New ‘GLOW’ Series Finally Set A Release Date: June 23rd, 2017!

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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

The Homes from ‘Stranger Things’ Rendered in Beautiful Plans and Sections

Boryana Ilieva

So yeah, the Netflix original series Stranger Things is, in fact, VERY AWESOME; especially for adults like myself who grew up in the 80’s and 90’s. So until a second season the made and released, we can enjoy the next best thing in this new fandom: floor plan and section drawings of two of the show’s main settings from architect Boryana Ilieva.  Known for creating studies of space and light in cinematic architecture, Ilieva produces these lovely interpretation of the primary homesteads from the acclaimed series.  Also, I’m going to attempt to talk about these drawings without spoiling anything, so wish me luck! Continue reading The Homes from ‘Stranger Things’ Rendered in Beautiful Plans and Sections

Google Videos – Doc’D #38

In this month’s technology-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the history, functionality and legacy of Google’s original video hosting service (before YouTube).

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Netflix stuffs its Video Service into an NES cartridge, Because Why Not?

Netflix engineers' DarNES project

Netflix (you know, that thing you use to watch House of Cards) holds an event called Hack Days, which often showcases some wonderful and off-the-wall experiments and projects, but I think this latest project TOTALLY takes the cake, the whole cake, and NOTHING BUT the cake! Engineers Guy Cirino, Carenina Motion and Alex Wolfe have created DarNES, a hack that turns the original Nintendo Entertainment System into a Netflix playback machine. I’ll just let that soak in for a minute…..The retro-gaming console from the mid-1980s remains unchanged, as the true secret lies inside a special 256KB cartridge. While you probably don’t want to watch a blocky, 8-bit graphic marathon of Arrested Development or Orange is the New Black, it’s still pretty cool to know that you could if you really wanted to. Continue reading Netflix stuffs its Video Service into an NES cartridge, Because Why Not?

Twitch Plays Pokemon has beaten ALL the Pokemon Generations

Gamers, fans of gaming, and essentially humanity have completed something pretty awesome. A couple of  weeks ago, Twitch Plays Pokemon (TPP) completed Pokemon X, which means that the thousands of participants who entered a cluster of commands have completed and dominated EVERY generation of the main Pokemon series. Seriously, WHO NEEDS to create an artificial intelligence to achieve such greatness and cooperation (apparently Google does…)? Continue reading Twitch Plays Pokemon has beaten ALL the Pokemon Generations

Zotac’s StreamBox and RAIDbox May be A Force to be Reckoned With

While in my personal quest to create a home theater media center (mainly an HTPC), I’ve come across and covered many set-up and options on The PractitioNERD over the past (almost) two years.  I’ve just recently come across a company called Zotac, who has over the years released a series of small (to even smaller) media-friendly machines that are built to be used as living room media centers and home/office media servers.  Two of Zotac’s latest products, the StreamBox and RAIDbox, aren’t standalone computers, but accessories that can be used in conjunction with the home theater capabilities of their ZBOX series of  home media PCs.   Continue reading Zotac’s StreamBox and RAIDbox May be A Force to be Reckoned With

Simple Network HD-DVR with Simple.TV

In the quest of more devices to prepare for the possibility to live a cable/satellite-free entertainment life (as cable TV time has been replaced by video games and streaming media for me), one aspect is to buy an affordable computer to use as a home theater PC (HTPC) and a digital video recorder (DVR).  For just one TV, having a HTPC with DVR capabilities is not much of a hassle, but with a home with over 5 TV’s, 5 HTPC’s (or even TiVo boxes) is pretty steep on the good-ol’ wallet.  Thankfully, the Simple.TV offers a simple and fairly cheap solution that can record and stream live TV content.   Continue reading Simple Network HD-DVR with Simple.TV

Roku Box Transforms into the Roku Stick

Starting later this year, the tiny-as-you-can-get Roku box that sat next top or under your television will no longer be a box. Soon, the next revisions of the online content streaming devices will be behind your televisions; plugged into your HMDI port, and will be shaped like a USB drive.   Continue reading Roku Box Transforms into the Roku Stick

Thank You Pogoplug, My New Personal Home Media Server

My lovely Pogoplug
The Pogoplug Classic

A few weeks ago, I took advantage of a great deal at my local Best Buy and purchased a brand new Pogoplug Classic (that used to retail at $130) for only 30 BUCKS.  For the last few years I’ve been looking for a media server (like the LaCie LaPlug Media Server), and this steal came along.  For the longest time, I’ve been using my laptop or my near-10-year-old desktop PC along with some server software (i.e., TVersity, PS3 Media Server, Vuze, Orb, etc.), that that always involved having my computer on ALL OF THE TIME, hogging up a whole lot of power.

Continue reading Thank You Pogoplug, My New Personal Home Media Server