Just because Apple says it’s waterproof doesn’t make it so.

My son has the Apple XS iPhone, which was advertised as water resistant. Well, he was video recording a restoration project and the phone got splashed when he was washing the object he is restoring. Within a day it began displaying damage as the screen and camera began to behave oddly. I told him to […]

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Fetch COVID-19 US state data and upload to site as JSON in Python 3.

During the protests while already being locked down by the virus and curfews, maybe fear that the end was here (nah, we know better), I got bored and made a dashboard to watch the protest action from the safety of home as neither of us can risk the cost of COVID treatment or loss of […]

Too old for protests so I brought them to me.

I was curious if I could get CAMs from around town like I had done years ago for a dashboard I built for work. Well, it’s a hell of a lot easier now than it was! I also used to display the weather and such but a lot of that is pay to play, accept […]

Install Photoshop CS6 on POP!OS 20.04 in PlayOnLinux

I find that Krita and/or The Gimp can pretty much do everything I want but one thing they can’t do is provide some of the excellent plug-ins found for Photoshop. If Krita could get Photoshop plug-in support I would imagine it would take a big chuck of Adobe’s end user market. I really don’t want […]

Second Laptop Monitor: 15.6″ Auzai Portable Review

We all know having a second monitor is nice. Being able to have documentation, video monitor, reference photo, audio meters, whatever off you main screen is so convenient and frankly more productive. I never considered having a second monitor for my laptop that I could carry with me but it’s actually rather nice extending the […]

EasyGo Compucleaner 2.0 – Electric High Pressure Air Duster Quick Review

Please note: This post contains affiliate links. I may earn a commission on some items linked on this page. My house is dusty! There is no way to avoid that fact. We have an older house and a bird and two dogs. You can clean every day but you are not getting away with your […]

Kids Home Schooling or need something to do during the pandemic?

If you need to keep the kids learning, or just entertained while waiting for the virus to sweep though the population, maybe a few of these open source tools can help to keep them off your back while you try to do your job from home? 🙂 You can tell them it’s my fault so […]

COVID-19 got you going stir crazy? Play some classic RPGs!

Here is a list of classics. I played most of these when they were new. Played them again when they became abandon-ware. Unfortunately since GOG and Steam appeared these once free classics are being sold again. Can you imagine buying a copy of Windows 98? You don’t have too… Just get a copy of VMWare […]

VPN Count Dashboard Example

Before all hell broke loose I built a dashboard for management to give a near real-time view of health, errors, etc. Once we got sent home to work and we popped most of the work force on VPN, I was tasked with adding a widget to show connected users. Of course this is an example […]

COVID-19 sucks!

This is just insane how ill prepared most of our government and the corporate world is here in the US. Bill Gates warned you, as well as many others in the world of health and science. Anyway, if you need to move workers offsite to work from home but cannot afford to just buy all […]