Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

New Things

Posted: 25th September 2017 by Cheap in Fiction, Music, Sewing, Technology

Well, my earlier misgivings about Longmire have been surpassed by the unfolding story and its depth.  The build-up of season two was quite good in setting up several layers of suspense, and the finale was excellent.  Each season after that contained a wonderfully evolving story.  They’ve still made a gaping mistake here and there (don’t […]

Endings and Things Past

Posted: 7th September 2017 by Cheap in Fiction, Technology

I have watched the last episode of ST:TOS.  This means I have watched all of Star Trek.  I am fully prepared to begin watching ST:DIS when it begins.  Well, prepared except for access to it.  I have discontinued my cable television service.  I assume I pay to subscribe to CBS All Access, and I assume […]

May Updates

Posted: 5th June 2017 by Cheap in Fitness, Hiking, Technology, Travel
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I succumbed to temptation and bought a smart watch.  It is the Samsung Gear S3 frontier, which is really the first one that caught my eye.  It’s gorgeous, full-featured, has good battery life, and integrates well with my phone.  After discovering it, I researched many others, but ultimately I came back to this one.  I […]

I had a brilliant idea in the shower this morning. A couple of them, actually. I was thinking about my idea for a robot lawn mower. Think Roomba for your lawn. I was thinking about how there are several components needed, requiring innovation from several areas of expertise: mechanical, motors, energy storage, computing, sensing, etc. […]

I have finally found a good lighting solution for my sound stage.  Lithonia Lighting is now selling linkable LED strips.  The 4-foot ones are 3200 lumens.  You buy a power cord for one and linking cords for the rest, and you only need one outlet.  They are silent, compact, and easily mountable.  They have a […]

iTunes .m4a and Kenwood

Posted: 25th March 2017 by Cheap in Music, Technology
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Oh, this is frustrating. I buy my music from iTunes.  This started when I had an iPhone, and even though I no longer have an iPhone, I find iTunes to be the easiest way to find new music and buy it.  Consequently, most of my music is stored in .m4a files, which is an MPEG-4 […]

I just finished watching the last episode of the first season of The OA.  Without spoiling anything, it definitely did not leave me with a sense of closure, but it also wasn’t clearly a cliffhanger.  I couldn’t even tell from that ending whether there would even be a second season.  Fortunately, just twelve hours prior, […]

Smart Watches pt. 1

Posted: 29th December 2016 by Cheap in Hunting, Technology
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Exploring Android development has sparked my interest in smart watches.  I see I have a lot to learn. Until now, I have ignored the smart watch market.  This is mainly because I’ve stopped wearing a watch.  I used to wear one all the time, but I’ve noticed that they have become somewhat unfashionable.  Among the […]

Premiere Pro CS6 vs. CC 2017

Posted: 29th December 2016 by Cheap in Technology, Videography

Last month, I was forced* to upgrade my Adobe CS6 Production Premium to CC.  I have been fighting with it ever since.  If anyone asks me, it is a downgrade. The most debilitating problem with Premiere Pro CC is that the new playback engine under CC didn’t like my video card.  Playback was extremely choppy, […]

Android Development

Posted: 14th December 2016 by Cheap in Technology
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It was circa 1999 when I bought a Palm V, my first PDA.  I learned how to develop applications for Palm OS, which was done in C.  I wrote a few useful little applications, and I was even paid by a client to develop a simple application.  Later, I acquired a Treo 650, my first […]