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XBMC Open Source Media Player

XBMC is a free and open source media player application developed by the XBMC Foundation, a non-profit technology consortium. XBMC is available for multiple operating-systems and hardware platforms, featuring a 10-foot user interface for use with televisions and remote controls. It allows users to play and view most videos, music, podcasts, and other digital media files from local and network storage media and the internet. Continue reading “XBMC Open Source Media Player”

Posted in Common Sense, Hacking, How It Works, Privacy, RaspberryPi

Amazon Holiday Delivery Woes: Send In the Drones! or NOT!!

Have you seen all that stuff in the news about Amazon’s proposed new delivery method? At first glance, it looked like an April Fool’s joke – but then I remembered it was December. Then…Didn’t get what you expected under the tree? It’s probably marooned in a package delivery center. Following widespread complaints about absent packages, Amazon says it is refunding shipping charges and offering $20 gift cards to customers whose gifts weren’t delivered in time for Christmas Day. UPS and FedEx are conceding that they were overwhelmed by last-minute orders and bad weather, causing unexpected delays in the delivery of some packages. The overall volume of online orders for the holidays appears to have exceeded expectations. Continue reading “Amazon Holiday Delivery Woes: Send In the Drones! or NOT!!”

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Raspberry Pi Supercomputer

Computational Engineers at the University of Southampton have built a supercomputer from 64 Raspberry Pi computers and Lego.

The team, led by Professor Simon Cox, consisted of Richard Boardman, Andy Everett, Steven Johnston, Gereon Kaiping, Neil O’Brien, Mark Scott and Oz Parchment, along with Professor Cox’s son James Cox (aged 6) who provided specialist support on Lego and system testing. Continue reading “Raspberry Pi Supercomputer”

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FM Stream Tech

The Raspberry Pi is being used increasingly in professional products and industrial applications, and this one from Artica and partners is one of most impressive yet. I can’t better their own description of FM Stream as “a beautiful, low cost, carrier grade rack of FM tuners, IP/Internet encoders and broadcasters, using nothing but RaspberryPis, Arduinos, clever electronics, neat mechanics, a shiny aluminium case and lots of passion. Continue reading “FM Stream Tech”

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Evernote Web Clipper

The Evernote Web Clipper is a simple extension for your web browser that makes it quick and easy to store just about anything you find on the web as a note in your Evernote account, including selected text, articles, and even entire webpages. A typical web bookmark will simply point to a website, which may change or be deleted over time. Evernote Web Clips are permanent snapshots of a webpage that preserve navigation, text, images and links, and are always fully searchable and available on all your devices anytime you need them. Continue reading “Evernote Web Clipper”