new hobby drone photography – drones and aerial photography (aka Quad copters)

new hobby drone photography - drones and aerial photography (aka Quad copters)
So I have had my eye on getting a drones (formally known as a quad copter) or UAV in FAA parlance ) for a while. I had started seeing the DJI Phantom series of drones pop-up here and there and had always been curious and intrigued by the flying camera. But I could never rationalize ...

Honest review AnyMote and Amazon Echo (“Alexa”) as a universal TV Remote control 8

Honest review AnyMote and Amazon Echo (
I recently picked up Anymote, hoping to use it as an way to voice control my TV channel viewing. AnyMote is a universal Smart Remote Control hardware and software solution that allows you to control all of your home’s infrared and WiFi devices like TVs, stereos, set-top boxes, media players, Bluetooth speakers, lights, cameras, and ...

interesting Tedx Talk on Basic Income & fix for capitalism

interesting Tedx Talk on Basic Income & fix for capitalism
Recently came across this on my Youtube feed. A pretty interesting Tedx talk on future of work, inequality and how a UBI (Universal Basic Income ), may actually work to solve some of today’s structure inequality issues. The talk by Federico Pistono | Basic income and other ways to fix capitalism , gives us a really strong ...

Android Auto / Carplay after market car radio 2016 8

Android Auto / Carplay after market car radio 2016
While I wrote a while back about my experience with an aftermarket  Chinese Android Car radio  , I had expected by this point in 2016  we would have a flood of more mainstream vendor’s aftermarket units with more polished interfaces… February 16 Update! : It appears a new aftermarket entrant is coming into the market. The ...

Garmin vivoactive a great sports / smart watch gift idea 2

Garmin vivoactive a great sports / smart watch gift idea
With holiday season here, I though I would give my two cents on what a great watch the Garmin vívoactive has turned out to be. The Garmin vívoactive ?  is a true GPS sports watch with plenty of smart watch like features all at a very affordable price.  This is not a review or in-depth ...

genetic algorithms in PHP code example of (evolutionary programming ) 18

genetic algorithms  in PHP code example of (evolutionary programming )
This posting and php code sample is about fascinating topic of  Genetic Algorithms (GA) which simulate evolution using computer code to help find  near-optimal solutions when dealing with problems that  involve multiple disparate requirements. I recently began playing with Genetic algorithms (Genetic algorithms  GA, for short) which  are  part of a class of evolutionary algorithms (EA) that make up ...

Book thoughts: Our Final Invention – the coming AI-pocalypse 2

Book thoughts: Our Final Invention - the coming AI-pocalypse
I recently just finished reading (listening to…)  Our Final Invention – Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era by James Barrat . I was intrigued by this book when I saw it come across my Flipbook newsfeed. The book deals with a topic of particular interest to me being in the IT realm. The premise is that ...

Review: Android TV Boxes from Keedox with Kodi.TV 19

Review: Android TV Boxes from Keedox with Kodi.TV
Android TV Box(es) with Kodi.tv This year I recently received two newer Android TV Boxes from Keedox  (4kSmartBox  and TV quad-core MXIII)(www.keedox.com) that support 4k video (UHD), H.265 ,recent versions of Kodi.tv (still branded as XBMC 13.2,), and supporting NetFlix, youtube and other Android Apps. Both boxes are feature packed and for the cost really bring a modern smartTV ...

Holmdel Antenna Horn – helping prove the “Big Bang”

Holmdel Antenna Horn - helping prove the
Working in Middletown, NJ , I had read about the old Bell Labs (now Alcatel – Lucent)  was located in nearby in Holmdel, and also here in Holmdel is the famous Holmdel Antenna Horn, a piece of scientific equipment about the size of a small rotating barn , that was originally intended for microwave satellite research but unwittingly  turned ...