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Recap: Maker Faire

Ever since I saw my first link to Make’s website from Slashdot, I have been a faithful reader and subscriber to the magazine. The DIY ethic has always been in my nature and something I have always supported. When I was in California for work in 2006, I returned home a week before the first Maker Faire, but since they were finally bringing it to New York, I had to be part of it.

Review: 4th Generation iPod Touch

As the iPhone 3G I have been using became slower with each incremental release of the iOS, I felt that it was time to upgrade to a more robust iPod. With the recent release of the new wave of iPods by Steve Jobs and Apple, I felt the new additions to the iPod Touch were just what I wanted in a new iPod.

iOS 4 on iPad First Impressions

Introducing iOS 4 to the iPhone was a large step forward for the iPhone and iPod touch. It introduced important features like multitasking and folders to the iPhone and now Apple is finally bringing it to the iPad. Like with the original release of iPhone 4, as a developer I was able to get a beta version to test out on my iPad to see how it works.

I Am Displaying At Maker Faire NY

Ever since I saw the tech gift guide put out online by Make Magazine at the end of their first year of publication, I have been a fan of their magazine and online content. The DIY movement has always appealed to me and the projects within their pages have inspired me since I picked up my first issue. That’s why I needed to be part of the Maker Faire when it was announced that it would finally come to New York.

Book and Reading Apps for the Droid

When traveling with your Droid, Droid 2 or Droid X, sometimes it’s good to have something to read with you. When are in a position where you can’t actually carry a book, it’s good to have an app that will let you keep up with your reading without the bound paper in your hand.

Lego Green Lantern Power Battery

As a fan of Geoff Johns’ Green Lantern, when I was seeking ideas of things to build, it was only natural to build the Green Lantern power battery that Hal Jordan uses to power the ring with which he battles evil and foes such as the Sinestro Corp. Of course, it wouldn’t be worth building if I couldn’t power the ring like Hal, so the inspiration was born.

The Lego TARDIS SNOT Technique

This past weekend, I was talking to Patrick about the Lego TARDIS I built because he had seen it featured on Syfy’s Blastr.com. He read my write up, but didn’t understand what I had meant by the SNOT technique or why I did it. In my original post, I tried to keep an even balance for both neophytes and AFOLs, but I wanted to go more in depth on how the technique works.

Lego TARDIS

Earlier this summer, I was trying to think of some new ideas to build for the upcoming BrickFair. At the same time, I was watching the new series of Doctor Who and the two ideas came together. An amalgam of the Doctor’s time travel device and the Lego bricks with a technological twist was the goal.

JustJon.Net WordPress Plugins

I was recently talking to my friend Jaki, who pointed me to his blog post on must have Wordpress plug-ins. I looked at his list and found it lacking in certain areas, and when I started mentioning plug-ins or types of plug-ins, he felt I should create a counter post. Rather than seeing what I thought were mandatory plug-ins, I felt it was better served to just show what I use on this site.

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