Public Access – Five Tech Hobbies That Will Make You Smarter

Source: Public Access – Five Tech Hobbies That Will Make You Smarter

Digital Music Production
Even if you’re not musically inclined, producing your own songs digitally is an easy and fun way to start. You don’t need any expensive equipment, and you don’t need any pricey software. There are plenty of free programs, sound samples, and software synthesizers that will have you creating your own little tune in as little as a few hours. This will teach you basic music theory, which has been shown to improve reading comprehension and mathematical performance. Best of all, you’ll get to express your creative side while you’re at it.

Fantasy Sports
At first, fantasy sports might sound like a hobby better suited for athletes than techies. But fantasy sports aren’t about coordination. In fact, they’re actually all about statistics. Once you sign in, you’ll be given a list of players. Your job is to build your own lineup, making sure to stay within the given budget. Each competing team is awarded points depending on how the players perform in real life. Your first game might be a challenge, but there are plenty of guides that explain daily fantasy sports. Playing fantasy sports helps you learn to use math to solve complex problems, something you’ll likely use many times in your life.

Game Programming
Programming is quickly becoming an essential skill for modern life. Technology controls our world, and writing code allows us to control the technology. Programming a video game is a fun and informative task that will let you start small, and slowly work your way up to more advanced concepts. Even total beginners can get a head start, as you’re no longer required to use a low-level programming language. Instead, you can follow a beginners game programming guide to help you understand the core concepts before you move on.

Home Automation
If you’re the type who wants to create something tangible, a home automation project would be a great place to start. These projects start with a simple controller such as a Raspberry Pi. You can then connect sensors and create simple software that will automate certain parts of your household. You can start with simple tasks like checking to see if your garage door is open. Once you get the hang of the basic functionality, you can slowly work your way towards automating every part of your homefrom the temperature to the security system.

Web Design
As far as technical skills are concerned; web design gives you a little bit of everything. You’ll practice some creative design while crafting the look of your page, and try your hand at logic as you build out the structure. Web design is probably one of the easiest programming tasks to pick up and is incredibly valuable. The internet has become a core part of our society, so being able to make your own mark is certainly a skill worth having.

–Well.. 3/5 is a good start..;)

a ryhme just in time

if i’d known
if i’d been shown
if i had not flown..
the night is bright
with aliens alight
our time is come
all is not as it seems to be
i would flee
this dying planet
dammit janet!
i walk the line
I walk the line

Redirect www to non www and the reverse in .htaccess – works

I always have trouble remembering the proper way to redirect my to so in the spirit of me posting stuff here so I won’t forget it, here it is.

Redirect www to non-www:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteCond % ^ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$$1 [L,R=301

Redirect non-www to www:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteCond % ^ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$$1 [L,R=301]

It is important to understand that there is a difference to the search engines between and . I will go into this more later or if anyone requests more info. is down for renovations

Oops.. Last night crashed and should be back up in a day or two. Well, it will be back up in a day or 2. Sorry for the inconvenience.

OK, Still down-ish.. almost going to start fresh then import the userbase again.. meh.. if anyone reads this tell them rest.. hehe

Test post and site announcement

Things just got a whole lot more complex around here.. I’ve added a social element to the blog using Buddypress. Am working on the avatar issue and generally tweaking things, so please let me know if any functionality is affected..

Seven plus or minus two

Here is an interesting thought on what I believe to be a common rule/law in NLP and such.. it rings that bell anyways.. following that is a list that I found amusing and bang on..;) Thanks to Mussie Shore for being part of the google friend connect demo..;)

seven +/- two

Seven, plus or minus two, is the magical range of elements that humans can easily recall. There is an extreme inflection point in the tenth element which yields a collection or pattern which is significantly more difficult to synthesize.

And so this site offers seven +/- two topics. The site will change seven +/- two times a year or, once every seven +/- two years.

– Mussie –

design manifesto

Seven +/- two , non-exhaustive considerations:

  1. One good designer will design a better product than three great designers who can’t agree.
  2. A diverse team, aligned through debate will make an even better product.
  3. You are not done, until you have removed everything possible.
  4. Adding unneeded features is an aggressive act of reverse vandalism.
  5. Icons are meant to be recognized, not read.
  6. Always ask, “what would possess a user to know what they should do next”?
  7. Happy teams make happy designs. The converse is also true.
  8. At the end of the day – there are things that need to be created & manipulated, collections of things which need to be located & shared. That is all.
  9. Screen real estate belongs to the user – not the designer. So be polite.

New Web Note

Nvidia launches second generation of portable gadget Tegra processors

Qualcomm ships its first dual-core Snapdragon chips

Announced at the Computex 2010 trade show in Taiwan, the third generation Snapdragon chip sets has two application processor cores running at up to 1.2 gigahertz. The names for the new Snapdragon chip sets are the Mobile Station Modem MSM8260 and the MSM8660. They’re targeted at high-end smartphones, tablets and smartbooks, which are hybrids of phones and laptops. Smartbooks have displays ranging from 7-inches diagonal to 15 inches.

These devices include a graphics core capable of running OPEN GL ES 2.0 graphics as well has high-definition 1080p video. At the same time, they don’t use a ton of power so they can be built into small devices with long battery lives. These chips will go head to head against rival chips from Broadcom, Intel, Nvidia, Marvell and Texas Instruments.Qualcomm says it Snapdragon chip sets are being used in more than 140 different device designs that have either already launched or are currently under design.

Among the devices using Snapdragon chip sets are Acer’s Liquid and neoTouch smartphones, Dell’s Streak 5 Android tablet (pictured), HP’s Compaq Airlife 100 smartbook, HTC’s Droid Incredible and Nexus One smartphones, Huawei’s S7 tablet, and Lenovo’s LePhone smartphone.