I recently gave a talk at the Kenton County Public Library (KCPL) on the hardware I used to make my Raspberry Pi Christmas Lights Controller. Below is both the presentation and the hardware needed. If you have questions please feel free to use my contact form or even better ask your questions or comments in the area below this post.

Paspberry Pi Christmas Lights slides

Raspberry Pi Christmas Lights Hardware (from Amazon.com)

Raspberry Pi Christmas Lights Software

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Kindle Fire: My Review

by Justin on May 7, 2012

I have had my Kindle Fire for a couple of months. I really like it. I use it for general things such as checking my e-mail, facebook, or playing apps. I recommend the Kindle to those who want a tablet and don’t want to shell out the $$ for an iPad.

Here are my likes for the Kindle Fire:

  • I like the size. It’s easy to carry in one hand without having to worry about dropping it
  • Great battery life. I charge mine maybe once a week and I use mine a lot
  • Amazon music cloud. If I purchase something I can listen to it on my Kindle. I can also download it to my Kindle to listen with WIFI isn’t available
  • Automatically checks my gmail when connected to the internet
  • Netflix!! And of course Amazon prime movies
  • Youtube, the mobile version

That being said, there are some minuses IMO:

  • Apps are limited, just because it’s on the android marketplace doesn’t mean it will be on the amazon marketplace. No Temple Run! (yet) but there is Draw Something!!
  • Facebook is the mobile facebook. It’s a glorified link to your browser.
  • Size wise, it’s smaller physically to an iPad, but probably weighs as much as an iPad 2.
  • No camera. But hey, it’s a first generation device.

In general I really like my Kindle. I recommend it to anyone who is looking for a tablet device. There are also many children’s games available, so if you’re looking between a Nintendo DS and this it’s going to be a tough choice but I recommend the Kindle. You can put games and more on it. Books, e-readers. I think this device will be a pretty good competitor against the Nintendo DS.

Kindle Fire in case with stylus

My Kindle Fire in a case with a stylus

Do you have a Kindle Fire? I’d like to hear your thoughts on it in the comments area.

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How to Include jQuery in Your WordPress Thesis Blog

July 2, 2011

The Thesis wordpress theme comes with the option to include jQuery in a site-wide fashion or just on the home page. I checked that option out and it’s including jQuery 1.4.2, which is kind of old, since jQuery is at 1.6.2 as of right now. So I wanted to be able to include my own […]

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Thesis Theme – Remove Comments are Closed

June 12, 2011

This is one of the first things I do when creating a site for myself or a client using the Thesis theme. It’s annoying seeing on pages where you clearly don’t ever want comments.. It’s a pretty simple line of css that goes into custom/custom.css. Here it is: 12/* remove comments are closed statement */ […]

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Are you a 9 to 5 Programmer?

June 1, 2011

Are you a nine to five programmer? Is all that you learn what you learn while at work or do you have small learning projects that you tackle at night? I keep programming related magazines around me all the time. There is always time for learning new things. After all, the web is constantly changing. […]

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How to Add Facebook Image Meta in Thesis

June 29, 2010

It’s nice when we write good content. It’s even better when a reader shares it on sites such as facebook or twitter. One problem with sharing on facebook is that facebook will try to pull in images from the site but may not always pull in the one you want. You can control what images […]

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How to Add the Facebook Like Button in Thesis

April 27, 2010

Facebook Like Button Thesis is a great wordpress theme but it takes some getting used to. You are no longer editing a file called “single.php” you’re using hooks to add in content and change things around. To add the facebook like button in Thesis open up custom_functions.php in your favorite editor and add the code […]

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Sorry for no updates!

January 5, 2010

Hey everyone! Sorry for not updating in such a long time. I have been busy with work and also the outdoors blog. I also wrote a 2009 greeting card for my company. Can you find the Easter eggs? I have been busy learning jQuery and also am starting back in college. I only need four […]

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Related Posts Plugin I Use

September 1, 2009

At one of the New Media Cincinnati events Daniel asked me what plugin I use for related posts. Some people use the Zemanta network for their related posts. This is great as not only do you get other related posts from other users your content is on their network. The plugin I use on this […]

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