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NetflixIf you're handy with a soldering iron and basic programming and don't mind going hunting for a few parts, Netflix has published detailed directions on building a device that allows you to have Netflix personalities be your personal trainer. The device auto detects when you're above a certain exercise threshold. Nothing like Kimmy Schmidt telling you you are doing awesome to motivate you.

Tagged in: Gadgets

HFHILogo PrimaryThe folks at the Bend Habitat for Humanity are great folks. We’ve had the pleasure of working with them for a lot of years, both as volunteers on home builds as well as their IT support team. They’re participating in a local contest where the prize will be a new paint job for their reStore. While all the non-profits that are participating are great organizations, we have a special place in our heart for Habitat for Humanity, having experienced the work they do and seen the joy of home ownership first hand. We’d encourage you to head to Webfoot Painting’s Facebook page and like the Habitat for Humanity video.

Tagged in: Charity Saving Money

Amazon EchoIf you’ve ever watched Star Trek The Next Generation, you’ll know that Captain Pickard interfaces with the LCARS computer by saying “Computer” followed by a command. If you own an Amazon Echo or Amazon Dot, you are probably familiar with what it takes to activate the device: “Alexa” followed by a command. If you’d rather act like Pickard, you can now change the device’s wake word so instead of saying “Alexa, play music”, you can say “Computer, play music.” Which is infinitely better.

Tagged in: Gadgets Technology Tips

2016 Gift Guide for Geeks

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GiftIt’s that time of the year again! With the holidays just around the corner, it’s time for another gift guide for geeks. The 2014 Gift Guide and 2015 Gift Guide both still have a bunch of great ideas there that are still worth reading through. With a bit of help from the folks around our office, here are some toys and fun things that would be bound to please folks who are like the folks around here.

Get Off My Lawn, Young Whippersnapper

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For some Friday Fun, a video that makes me feel old, as I was one of those folks that were excited when I replaced my Windows 3.1 computer with a Windows 95 computer over 20 years ago (then with Windows NT 4, then 98, 2000, XP, 7, and 10). My daughters would fit right in with these kids.

Tagged in: Social Media Windows