Category Archives: Project

Can the Raspberry Pi 2 be a HTPC?

After having flipped through several Linux and Raspberry Pi magazines, it became apparent to me that there is no shortage of things to do with a Pi. While certain projects approach what some might consider gimmicky (a portable briefcase retro gaming kit), others have recognizable utility that will only become more apparent with time, like a… Read More »

Turn Your Computer Into a Science Lab

After having learned a little bit about Folding@Home(F@H) over the years, I found myself ready and willing to join a team and try it out. Folding@Home is a non-profit distributed computing project operated by the Pande lab at Stanford university. Essentially, the software simulates potential ways a protein can be folded, and once complete, sends the “work unit” back… Read More »

Building a PC: Blending Budget and Performance

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant Type Item Price CPU Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor $62.99 @ Amazon Motherboard MSI H81M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $45.98 @ OutletPC Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $34.99 @ Newegg Storage Hitachi Ultrastar 750GB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $34.99… Read More »

Building your first PC: Do’s, don’ts, and did nots

Around this time last year, I decided to upgrade my PC. It had been 5 years since I got my first desktop for school, and I found that a lot of my parts were becoming outdated and did not interface with newer parts I wanted for upgrades. So I decided to build my desktop myself.… Read More »

Building a PC: Poor Man’s Edition

Well, an enthusiastic reader of mine responded to a blog post I put together for Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales with this response post. While his opinions were also true, I thought why not just scrap the whole preference thing and just buy the bare minimum? Functionality only. Let’s see what I come up with. .… Read More »

Build a PC this Black Friday!

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are rolling around, and if you’re entertaining the idea of building a desktop PC yourself for the coming holiday season, now is the best time to make your purchase(s). With sales taking place in store (Microcenter, Tiger Direct) and online (Amazon, Newegg, NCIX), it is increasingly easy to find a… Read More »

Rename files, folders, and their contents. With Python.

Ever had a hopelessly disorganized folder that doesn’t follow a specific format? Well, you can put together a script to rename all the files entirely and add a number to the end (or something to that effect), but you lose key identifying information contained in the filename e.g., “MyFirstHomeVid.avi” So what I did was create… Read More »

What is a hack, anyway?

TheFreeDictionary definition of hack: hack 1 (hăk) v. hacked, hack·ing, hacks v.tr. 1. To cut or chop with repeated and irregular blows: hacked down the saplings. 2. To break up the surface of (soil). 3. Informal a. To alter (a computer program): hacked her text editor to read HTML. b. To gain access to (a… Read More »

Transform your old desktop into a digital swiss army knife.

Previously, I wrote about some PC myths, NAS4Free (N4F) and its possibilities, and how to install NAS4FREE, trouble-free. This post will show how easy it is to modify and tinker around with any old desktop PC you may have lying around collecting dust, and turn it into a useful machine for storing files, backing up… Read More »