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The pool timer now runs on a RPi 3

My backyard pool timer has now been running continuously for over four years. Based an original Raspberry Pi 1 model B, which -- truth be told -- always was a horrible piece of hardware engineering. (SD Card sticking out? Not enough power to drive WiFi over USB? Really?) So as of today, it has been…

My new 4K monitor on my Mac: it’s unreal

My first "monitor" was a TV that displayed 320x200 in four (!) colors. 640x400 in black-and-white was beyond its ability. This weekend, Fry's had an excellent deal: UpStar 28-in monitor with native 3840 x 2160 resolution, for $219 after rebates. So my wife went out and got two :-) I've been gaping at it ever…

The Amazon Button first-hand: an unterappreciated marvel

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="100"] Huggies button[/caption] Did you know Amazon sells little thingies that consist of: a WiFi antenna a single button and a big battery, in a cute little 2in-package? They only know how to do one thing: you push the button, the thingie connects to Amazon via your WiFi, and tells Amazon you…