Sunday, May 31, 2015

Controlling Kodi HTPC with my TV remote

I really like have an HTPC (Home Theatre PC) that automatically starts up into Kodi (Home Theatre Software) to handle all my multimedia needs. The only issue is controlling it. I had an Xbox 360 remote hooked up for gaming, and I would use that to control the HTPC. But the controller goes to sleep after a bit, and if I needed to pause the movie right away I had to wake up the controller and wait for it to connect.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Synology, meet Pushbullet

I'm a big fan of Pushbullet. I have talked about it before when mentioning my favorite extensions for Safari. This software allows notifications from your phone/mobile device to appear on your Desktop, send text/pictures/files/links from any device with Pushbullet to any other device as well as sending to other people you have as friends. It is easy to get started since you can easy sign up with just your Google+ account.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Hello Sense sleep tracker from Kickstarter

I backed the Kickstarter project Hello Sense last year and finally received it earlier this May. I have been using it for a few weeks now. So what is it and what does it do?

There are two main components, the Sense and the pill. The sense is the round device that you place on your night stand which has sensors to detect light, sound, humidity, temperature, and air quality (AQI). The pill is the white round clip that attaches to your pillow to track your movement. With this combination, Sense is able to detect if your room is ready for you to sleep. If you tap or wave your hand over Sense it will glow green to tell you the environment is in the right condition for you to sleep based on the researched optimal levels from its sensors.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Review: Monoprice Wi-Fi microSD Adapter

Today I will be taking a look at Monoprice's WiFi SD card. For just $35, you get a SD card that acts as a Wi-Fi hotspot that you can connect to and download pictures. The great thing about this one is that unlike the eyefi, flashair, or Transcent Wi-Fi card, you supply your own microSD cards that you already own and can swap between multiple cards and still have the Wi-Fi feature for all of them.

New Camera! Sony RX100 Mark I

This is just a small update that two weeks ago I bought a Sony RX100 Mark I digital camera for $250 as a Best Buy open box deal. I figured, for such a low price, trying out one of the best compact digital camera's around (although the oldest version) was worth it. So for my future articles, I hope you are able to enjoy better quality images with lower picture noise of the devices and gadgets that I post. I have been enjoying taking pictures with it, and my friends and I have noticed a much higher quality in the images as a result. It should at least be better than using my iPhone!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

My Home Entertainment Setup

Hi Internet,

Today I am deciding to share my home entertainment setup in my apartment living room. It is not big and fancy, but I am happy with it, especially with how little time I spend using it as I am usually on my computer. Ignore the messy left side of my cabinet :-D