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When Technology Attacks

Hello, My Gnomies!

I probably gave the performance of a lifetime in today’s live video streams – speaking about various aspects to a wide array of technology choices. Nothing that I wouldn’t normally do on the average day, really. However, I soon learned that the recordings did not capture with a clean audio feed.

I hate when technology gets in the way of me wanting to talk about technology.

Chris “I’ll Talk Again Tomorrow” Pirillo


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Q&A: When Should You Switch Platforms?
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[BONUS] Your 15 Exclusive Tech Videos for the Week of July 27-31:
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Tech News Views: Cloudbooks, Microsoft Android, Tiny Transistors
https://www.patreon.com/posts/3030571

TLDR: Online Schools, OS Exclusivity, Windows 10 Wrongs
https://www.patreon.com/posts/3030591


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Windows 10 Potential Gotchas:
http://pirillo.com/2015/07/30/windows-10-potential-gotchas/

This Week’s Tech Video: MacBook Pro 15″ Review (7 Likes):
http://youtu.be/_zUE7G9xNn0

Today’s FREE Podcast: Galaxy S3 To S5 Or S6 Upgrade, Never Giving Up
https://soundcloud.com/chris-pirillo/galaxy-s3-to-s5-or-s6-upgrade-never-giving-up

Today’s Geeky Deal: 88% Off Complete Tech & Software Training
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Today’s Question: 2TB External HD in a 2012 MacBook Pro?
http://lockergnome.net/226965/can-i-use-a-2t-external-hard-drive

Today’s Gotta Get: Atari Flashback 5 Classic Game Console Special Edition
http://www.amazon.com/dp/ASIN/B00VU5WT0S/?tag=lockergnomepicks-20


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Today’s Vlog: You’re Looking at it Right Now [Day 1187] 👍
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Two Years Ago Today: Building Jabba’s Entertainment Shelf
http://go.tagjag.com/pirillo461

Last Year Today: Our Real Adventure Hasn’t Started Yet
http://go.tagjag.com/pirillo823

Today’s Tweet: Computers These Days
https://twitter.com/ChrisPirillo/status/626907755794837504

Today’s Most Popular Share: My Hopes for Future Apple OSes
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[LockerGnome] Who Got Windows 10 for Free Today?

Hello, My Gnomies!

Like millions of Insiders, I've been playing with beta builds of Windows 10 for several months - but only recently did they start to get good / interesting. From here on in, I'd expect nothing but polish and enhancements coming out of Redmond (that's where Microsoft is headquartered - right around the corner from where I used to get coffee on the weekends).

I shot my first review of the "final" Windows 10 build yesterday, and that'll be edited and turned around for patrons to see before it goes public for all in a few weeks. If you can't wait, then you should just download Windows 10 for yourself and come up with your own review. It's free, it's fast, and it's probably better than the version of Windows you're using now (unless you really, really, REALLY hate change).

And today, of all days, is the day that my MacBook Pro 15" review went public. I swear, we didn't plan that - but you can still watch it now. Or later.

Chris "Right Click" Pirillo


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Q&A: Who Shouldn't Upgrade to Windows 10?
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Tech News Views: Vizio Warning, Windows 10 Arguments, & "Smart" Phones
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TLDR: Galaxy S3 to S5 or S6 Upgrade, Never Giving Up
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This Week's Tech Video: MacBook Pro 15" Review (7 Likes):
http://youtu.be/_zUE7G9xNn0

Today's FREE Podcast: Electric Cars, Android Wear, & iSheep
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Today's Geeky Deal: 39% off iFixit Pro Tech Screwdriver Set
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Today's Question: Why are Apple computers used in most movies?
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Today's Gotta Get: Programmable Robot That Follows Your Lines
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Today's Vlog: Onus On One Onion [Day 1186] 👍
http://youtu.be/tNQhXfL9vaQ

Two Years Ago Today: Vintage Tech
http://go.tagjag.com/pirillo460

Today's Tweet: Tech Makes People Stupid
https://twitter.com/ChrisPirillo/status/626539141300400128

Today's Most Popular Share: People Whine Over First World Problems
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The Android Before the Storm

Hello, My Gnomies!

While most nerds were staying up late to watch the launch of a new Android phone last night - and up again early this morning, awaiting the release of another new Android phone from a completely different manufacturer - I was prepping for the most important moment of my life.

Ordering a limited edition First Order Stormtrooper from the online store (although there was no telling when the store would officially open, so I found myself hitting refresh in my browser every five seconds).

Okay, so maybe that wasn’t the MOST important moment of my life, but it was right up there with “scoring the last undented can of refried beans on Saturday” and “ejecting the removable disk properly so that Windows didn’t complain."

Yours Digitally,

Chris “I Got Two Stormtroopers" Pirillo


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Q&A: What is Windows 10's Greatest Challenge?
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Tech News Views: Worst Social Networks & Live Video Options
https://patreon.com/posts/3017453

TLDR: Electric Cars, Android Wear, & iSheep
https://patreon.com/posts/3017439


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Today's FREE Podcast: Robots, Bad IPhone Ideas, & MacBook Charging
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Today's Geeky Deal: Pay What You Want Game Developer Bundle
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Today's Question: How to Recover Corrupted Database File?
http://lockergnome.net/226953/how-to-recover-corrupted-database-file

Today's Gotta Get: New Dr. Seuss Book Released
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Today's Vlog: Aaah Oooh Pbbt Uuuh [Day 1184] 👍
http://youtu.be/x8IwBBbN2a8

A Year Ago Today: Pirillo Vlog 821 - You've Got the Power 👍
http://youtu.be/DAjn-14MxcI

Today's Tweet: Some People Hate When I’m Right
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Today's Most Popular Share: Box Hieroglyphic Interpretations
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Today's Vader Fun: Drawing Darth Vader on a Computer 👍
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Better Latte Than Never

Hello, My Gnomies!

I bet you thought I wasn't going to send you a new newsletter today, eh?

Well, you're wrong.

I just did.

So, there.

Yours Digitally,

Chris "Neener Neener Neener" Pirillo


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Q&A: Why are Benchmarks Pointless?
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Tech News Views: Artificial Intelligence, Reddit, Google+ & Twitch
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TLDR: Robots, Bad iPhone Ideas, & MacBook Charging
http://patreon.com/posts/3011785


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Today's FREE Podcast: Google's Nest, Tech Journalism, IPad Upgrades
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Today's Dweebie Deal: 50% off a Voltix Dual USB Car Charger
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Today's Question: Microsoft Word File Opening Issue
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Today's Gotta Get: Coffee is Good for Your Heart
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Today's Vlog: Aaah Oooh Pbbt Uuuh [Day 1184] 👍
http://youtu.be/x8IwBBbN2a8?a

Two Years Ago Today: Pirillo Vlog 458 - The 40-Year-Old Non-Virgin
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Today's Tweet: What Do You Do When You Can't Fall Asleep?
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Today's Most Popular Share: My New Smartphone Wallpaper
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Today’s Live 42nd Happy Birthday Video Streams

#PirilloParty

Everybody’s Reinstalling Windows for the Weekend

Hello, My Gnomies!

Saturday night's all right for writing - get a little action in. Even though (technically speaking) I'm compiling this missive this in the early morning hours for you. Yes, I consider anything south of noon as "early." Not a single human being noticed that I totally forgot to send this update out to everybody yesterday, either. Or, maybe you did notice and decided to not say anything about it?

While all of you weekend warriors are spending time playing outside or playing inside, I'm playing with the inevitability of turning 42 tomorrow.

Yes, I'll finally know the answer to life, the universe, and everything in less than twenty-four hours.

Some have said that you get wiser with age, so I'm looking forward to the moment tomorrow when I can reflect upon this time on the earth and think: "Gee, you've made some monumentally stupid mistakes - it's a wonder you're still able to do the things you're doing today."

Yours Digitally,

Chris "Never Worked Harder" Pirillo


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Tech News Views: Surface Pro 3, 4K Streaming, Smartwatch Security
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TLDR: Apple Drops Google's Nest, Tech Journalism, iPad Upgrades
https://patreon.com/posts/2992305

Q&A: Should Windows 10 Home Automatically Update?
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This Week's Tech Review: iMac with Retina 5K Display
http://go.tagjag.com/imacdislikes & http://go.tagjag.com/imaclikes

Today's FREE Podcast: Obsolete Tech, Wearable Tech, & Exciting Tech
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Today's Dweebie Deal: 88% Game Developer Bundle
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Today's Question: How to break into the IT field from the Navy?
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Today's Gotta Get: Have Fun with Your Coffee Mug
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Today's Vlog: Don't Forget to Grab the Phone [Day 1081] 👍
http://go.tagjag.com/pirillo1181

A Year Ago Today: Who Will Monitor Our Baby?!
https://t.co/D622NG3jZa

Today's Tweet: Why are people shocked when this happens?
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Today's Most Popular Share: Why Does Chris Pirillo Yell?
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Read This Sideways

Hello, My Gnomies!

The age of Vertical Video is here, and I'm not terribly excited about it. YouTube just released their iOS app update (after updating the Android app) to support the orientation that has been plaguing the Internet for years.

My daily Periscope streams are vertical because that's the only way to incorporate live chat - and if you're not following me on Periscopes yet, you're missing out on very exciting broadcasts while I work out in the morning (though, sometimes I choose to broadcast frivolity with my family in the room). If you have no idea what Periscope is, then you might want to move out from underneath that rock you're living under soon - it's a live video stream tool that was acquired by Twitter.

And if you don't know what Twitter is, there's (literally and figuratively) no hope for you.

My tweets look amazing in both horizontal and vertical orientation.

Yours Digitally,

Chris "Controlling the Diagonal" Pirillo

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Tech News Views: Apple HomeKit, Telepresence Robots, & Microsoft Send
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TLDR: Obsolete Tech, Wearable Tech, & Exciting Tech
http://patreon.com/posts/2987241

Q&A: What are Apple's New Ads Trying to Prove?
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This Week's Tech Review: iMac with Retina 5K Display
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Today's FREE Podcast: Phablets, Fitbit, & SIMs
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Today's Geeky Deal: 93% Off How to Master the Raspberry Pi
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Today's Question: Integrated Graphics vs. Dedicated Graphics?
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Today's Hilarious Hardware: Battery Operated (or USB) Plasma Ball
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App of the Day: Microsoft Send (Free)
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Vader Fun: What Did Chris Love Most This Week?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlYEKZ06Fyk

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Today's Vlog: Ice Cubes are Cooler Than Books [Day 1180]  👍
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=je0o35uGmos

Today's Tweet: How Some People View the World
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Today's Most Popular Share: Who Returns the Apple Watch?
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Your Favorite Classic Content Creators are Gone

Hello, My Gnomies!

I’ve been connecting with LockerGnome subscribers by email since 1996 – and some of you have been subscribed for THAT long (though we’ve jumped providers and shifted format & content direction over the years due to various circumstances). Industry changes are beyond anybody’s control.

If I was still writing about Windows freeware and tips in a day and age where app stores rule supreme, Windows PCs are a dying breed, tips are only relevant if they’re the top search on Google, and everybody uses Twitter for news… I’d no longer be around.

Getting attention for ANYTHING is challenging enough with valuable content available everywhere, but layering on top of that the problem of ad blocking, and you’ll see why indie publishers like myself are turning to ongoing crowdfunding campaigns to further sustain our efforts and offset our absolute costs (let alone, the cost of our time).

So, if you haven’t realized it by now: the only way I’m going to be able to continue to do this is by appealing to my core supporters. I currently only have one campaign on Patreon, but am working on bringing that value closer to my own domain and adding private forums for those who want me to continue doing the things I’ve been doing for them for quite some time. 

I hope that makes sense. 

I was triggered to write this report after a tweet hit my screen earlier today – and I retweeted it with a quote addendum: “Here’s why most of your favorite creators are going to eventually disappear w/o core patrons.”

Yours Digitally,

Chris “I Couldn’t Do It Without You” Pirillo


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Tech News Views: Huawei, Dell, Live Video, & Ad Blocking
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TLDR: Phablets, Fitbit, & SIMs
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Q&A: What Can Turn AMD Around at this Point?
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This Week’s Tech Review: iMac with Retina 5K Display
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Today’s FREE Podcast: TV Upgrades, Computer Collections, & USB Type C
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Today’s Geeky Deal: 82% off Adobe Training Videos – Lifetime Subscription
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Today’s Question: My Screen Goes Blank During Skype Video Calls on My Desktop
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Today’s Hilarious Hardware: Minions 3-Pack USB Flash Drives (Dave, Kevin, Stuart)
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It’s not too late to get your first Pixel Art T-shirt – last day!
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Today’s Vlog: Taking a Stand Against Cyberbullying [Day 1179]
http://youtu.be/KrW_bPAuuxg

Today’s Tweet: Proof That I Get Out of the House
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An iMac Tastes Better Than a Big Mac

Hello, My Gnomies!

I finally posted the second half of my iMac with Retina 5K Display review today. Did you even know it was a two-part series when I posted the first one to my classic YouTube channel last week? I love talking about what I like and what I don’t like because it’s really fun to sit back and watch some people attack me for being a “fan” and other people attack me for being a “hater” over the same set of videos. Those links are below.

Look, people – I care about you, but I just don’t care about what you use. That’d be like me getting upset because you chose to eat something different than I did for dinner tonight. Why should I care what technology you’ve opted to bring into your life? I don’t. I also don’t care about what you’re eating right now, so kindly wipe the crumbs off the screen when you’re done reading this. Thanks.

They say that users don’t read as much as they usted to anymore. Yeah, THEY actually used the word “usted” instead of “used.” That’s why you should never listen to THEY, but always listen to They Might Be Giants.

Yours Digitally,

Chris “I Palindrome I” Pirillo


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Q&A: Who Should Get Windows 10 on a USB Flash Drive?

TLDR: TV Upgrades, Computer Collections, & USB Type C

Tech News Views: Emoji, Samsung Hardware, Windows 10 Support

 

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This Week’s Tech Review: iMac with Retina 5K Display

Today’s FREE Podcast: Switching Your OS, Desktop Vs Laptop, Crowdfunding

Today’s Geeky Deal: 18% Off the World’s Geekiest Quicklock

Today’s Question: Outlook 2010 Cannot Open or Access the Required PST File

Today’s Hilarious Hardware: Audiobots Bluetooth Speakerbot

It’s not too late to get your first Pixel Art T-shirt – just two days left!

 

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Today’s Vlog: Old Tech News Sweats, You Bet [Day 1178]

Today’s Tweet: Everybody Hates This Change to Twitter

Today’s Most Popular Share: Why Tech Journalism is Dead to Me

Today’s Photo: Remember Tony Clifton?

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7 Indisputable Reasons to Interact at IZEAFest

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of IZEAFest. All opinions are 100% mine.

One of the more common questions I’m asked when it comes to driving any kind of online community engagement is: where are you engaging your intended audience? For years, a tell-tale sign of a healthy blog was a healthy amount of comments per post. With the influx of blogs proliferating the Internet, finding key relationships has become more of a challenge for any blogger (new or weathered). There’s a relatively straightforward way to correct the issues surfaced by these attention-starved realities – and that’s to meet with people face-to-face instead of interfacing with them over a series of digital communications. No matter your goals with your blog (or social accounts), getting yourself to an event that’s focused on you as an independent content creator is paramount – an event like IZEAFest.

  1. Events help you solidify relationships that could last a lifetime – both personal and professional. I’m telling you this from over 20 years in the content publishing industry, as both an event coordinator and an average event attendee.
  2. If you’re expecting that advertising revenue and traffic alone are going to carry your endeavor into the next year, you’re not watching publishing industry trends carefully enough. Now’s the time to establish connections with brands who are keen on having you help them carry their campaigns forward.
  3. It’s possible to have fun and to build your career simultaneously, and as much as the average event is designed to drain your energy – IZEAFest is designed to help accelerate your plans as a producer. If that doesn’t exciting to you, then you’re probably not cut out to be a content creator. Plus, you get a chance to see and hear experienced speakers!
  4. Emails and tweets get lost in the shuffle, but shared interpersonal moments make a deeper impact on either side. Instead of being just a username and/or a logo, why not choose to solidify your place in memory with an actual handshake?
  5. You never know what’s going to happen at an industry event. Let serendipity be your guide, even if you have no idea what you’ll get from going – and even if you haven’t reviewed the schedule. On a related note…
  6. I’ve always said: what you get out of something is frequently contingent on how much you put into it. If you don’t make an effort, don’t be surprised by a lack of results. Just because it’s Internet publishing doesn’t mean the world is going to beat a path to your site (at least, not anymore).
  7. It’s happening at Walt Disney World® Resort. Seriously. Who doesn’t want to spend any amount of time there?

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I may not be able to attend this IZEAFest, but only because I’m knee-deep in producing my own event (and have been producing large-scale events for well over a decade). They even have a discount hotel room rate Trust me: I understand the value of an event – especially when its tenet is central to your cause.

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Great Grills Have Grates and Top Tech Tastes

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Char-Broil. All opinions are 100% mine.

They don’t tell you, but… when you officially become a father, your DNA reconfigures itself to transmogrify you into someone who enjoys flipping meat. You actually look forward to performing what would seem to be a mundane task. Regularly. Like, you’ll jump at the opportunity to do it.

Seriously.

“Honey, could you hand me that can on the counter?”

“Sure. Hey, while we’re on the subject… how about I go ahead and fire up the grill for breakfast steaks?”

“That’s great, but… it’s three in the morning.”

“Oh, I know. I’m just saying… we’re better off beating the four o’clock rush, ya know?”

“What are you talking about?”

Char Broil Commercial Series 3 burner

I’m talking about a father’s day gift that keeps giving. Granted, this things doesn’t actually produce the food you’ll prepare on it – but it’s a grill that has a patented TRU-Infrared cooking system which cooks food evenly across the entire cooking surface and without flare-ups.

And, in case you’re with someone who doesn’t appreciate when any kind of excess gas is passed, you should also know that it uses 30% less fuel than a traditional gas grill. 

It. Them. Char-Broil Commercial Series Grills!

Now, before you suggest that my approach to this topic is terribly dry, might I also note that the infrared system in one of these grills produces juicier food compared to a traditional gas grill.

Because nobody asks for a dry steak. Nobody. 

Well, there’s that one guy who wants a dry steak, but he also wants to be a fire truck when he grows up (so, you should take his opinion with a grain of salt – and some Maytag blue cheese crumbles to complement). 

World s Biggest Burger

Did you know that infrared grills are used in high-end steak houses? They are, and if you’ve been looking for restaurant-quality meat meals without having to put up with waiters who don’t refill your breadstick bowl frequently enough… well, then… now you know this life is within your grasp. 

Char-Broil recognizes that your significant other loves to crank the thermostat in the opposite direction from your temperature preference. While it cannot help you win this never-ending battle over domicile climate control, the grill can sear as well as it can cook low-and-slow. Everybody will be happy. So long as nobody touches the thermostat again. 

Bacon Meat Roll

My propane salesman is awesome (his name’s Hank – tell him I sent you). The problem is: sometimes, I don’t know if I’m about to run out of propane before I start the grilling process. And guys just can’t stop grilling mid-stream. This grill has a gauge on the tank that measures fuel level – because it’s smart, and guys love gauges. 

At this point, I should also point out that it’s perfectly normal for non-guys to love grilling, too. You could be full-on female and still love to twirl tongs over a tool engineered for performance. 

And I’m also not suggesting that meat is the only thing you could throw at it, either. I’ve yet to meat a vegetable that doesn’t taste great when it’s been grilled – except for peas, which are insanely difficult to balance on the grates. I don’t like peas, though (so I don’t run into that problem frequently). 

This is a rugged grill. You could haul it up to the campground if you wanted to do so (though I wouldn’t recommend doing that, really). You will look more rugged standing next to it in any case. In any backyard. On any deck. Over the river. Through the woods.

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The Gnomedex Event for Geeks & Nerds is Coming Back

The Gnomedex Event for Geeks & Nerds is Coming BackI can’t believe I’m blogging this.

People still read these things?

Even with the pathetic state of 1% organic Facebook engagement these days, I still reach more there than here.

Anyway… yes, Gnomedex is getting rebooted.

I was honestly surprised to see just how much attention that “news” generated today from the few people who remembered the event in its later years — which is why I’m going to try to better explain what’s going on with it.

  1. Gnomedex always had a chance of coming back, but its scope had been supplanted by similar (and free) events happening regularly all around the world — and nobody can compete with TedX. I couldn’t keep doing it as it was done in its later years — not when every year was a series of Sisyphean tasks for me.
  2. I had launched VloggerFair two years ago with the idea of doing it much like we had done the first Gnomedex event (which very few remember). VloggerFair is now going into its third year, though its demographic is decidedly different from the Gnomedex demo. However, VloggerFair was made in the original spirit of Gnomedex and found success with family and lifestyle YouTubers. I’ll embed an example of what VloggerFair is in a bit for you to see.
  3. Gnomedex will be happening in Seattle later this year — most likely autumn, and quite possibly on Halloween weekend (which, I believe, could be perfect for reasons I’ll attempt to explain).
  4. Gnomedex will be more like a VloggerFair for geeky and nerdy social video influencers (YouTube and the like) and their respective communities. I’ve already reached out to a few of them for initial interest and they’re definitely interested — though I’ve not yet connected with everybody I want to connect with for participation. Everybody would certainly be invited!
  5. Gnomedex is likely NOT going to be a conference-style event. It’s more like a fair, a festival, a truly fun / interact-with-everyone-there kind of event that I’ve never seen happen for geeks and nerds like me. Again, watch some of the video I’ll embed below for an idea.
  6. Gnomedex isn’t just about connecting with leading tech YouTubers or Twitchers, but retro gamers, Minecrafters, makers, cosplayers (HALLOWEEN WEEKEND?!), comic book enthusiasts, pop culture tastemakers, and the like. I would love to see a crossover of these various communities because rarely, if ever, are any one of us squarely in one camp. We usually love geeking out over SO MANY THINGS — and we don’t get to meet and spend time with those people we love to watch online for hours on end at any other event. I don’t yet know which of these microcommunities wants Gnomedex more, but I REALLY want to bring them all together for a Medici effect.
  7. I’ve already lined up one key sponsor to help make Gnomedex happen, and am actively seeking other sponsors and partners to help ensure that this reimagining of Gnomedex (or, really, Gnomedex returning to its roots) is as successful as it can be.
  8. I opted to reuse the “Gnomedex” name brand because (a) we already had all the accounts for it, (b) I had a chance to match my original vision, (c) nobody could come up with anything better, (d) most larger geeky YouTubers remember me as “LockerGnome,” (e) I’m not stuck with tech as the only focal point — instead, looking to bring in pop culture (comics, toys, etc.), Minecrafters, etc.
  9. Ticket prices will vary and be announced soon — not likely being much more than $99.
  10. We will use our old Twitter account for updates along the way.

So why bring back Gnomedex now?

  1. Because it’s missing. Not just this event, but an event LIKE Gnomedex – there are no other YouTuber events that cater to the geeks and nerds. And all the geeky and nerdy cons don’t easily allow every attendee to interact with their favorite personalities.
  2. Because I believe it can work with enough support and kind attention.
  3. Because I found VloggerFair to be quite successful for its niche and approach (which happened to fit my ideas for the very first Gnomedex I helped produce well over a decade ago). It’s worth trying.
  4. Because I’d like to see about connecting with others to help me bring something like TechTV back to life. Yes, I know this has nothing to do with the event directly — but that’s another thing that so many people feel is missing. Much like with Gnomedex, I’d build that to be all-encompasing and inclusive of geek/nerd lifestyles and culture.

Think of my vision for Gnomedex to look and feel a lot like this — with more geeky and nerdiness happening:

So, stay tuned to all of our social feeds and what-have-you. I’m confident you haven’t been following me closely for the past few years, but I’m still on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and vlogging with daily live streams. I also have a Patreon campaign, of course.

Because I bet this was the first and will be the last time you bother to read my blog. :)

How to Write a How to Guide

If you’ve ever wanted to write your own how to guide, TokenUser shares these excellent tips with the community. If you have any tips or top five lists that you’d like to share (perhaps using these very helpful guidelines), please send them my way!

Before writing a guide on how to do something, there are a couple of questions that you need to ask yourself: do you know the subject well enough to explain it in simple terms, and can you write a concise set of instructions based on that explanation?

If you are good to go on these questions, the best how to guides follow an age-old and simple principle: KISS — Keep It Simple, Stupid, or (in this case) Keep It Stupidly Simple. This will enable someone to more easily follow your instructions. I’m hoping to help you write better how to guides with this guide of my own…

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Top Five Things to Look for When Buying an HDTV

Since we talked about 4k screens the other day, it occurred to me that some people may not even know where to begin when trying to decide on a regular old HDTV purchase. It seemed like a perfect time to revisit the advice that Matt Smith (no, not Doctor #11, but The Matt Smith!) once shared. While this was written a few years ago and some of the details may be out of date, most of this excellent advice holds true today if you’re not yet committed to going 4k.

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Ways to Make Your Home Office Smell Better

Let’s face it: our home offices and workshops tend to smell a bit stale at times. A lot of hardcore geeks don’t spend as much time on personal grooming as polite society deems… polite. We have better things to do with our time than to worry about how pleasing our surroundings smell, right? Wrong! Imagine how much happier you would be at work if your surroundings didn’t smell quite so rank!

What happens if you meet someone who could turn out to be your significant other were it not for the odd stench that clings to you from spending so much time in a sanctuary of stink? Even if you’ve succeeded in shedding the telltale wake of foul odors, maybe you’d like to invite this possible romantic interest over. Do you really want your office to smell like an old shoe — or worse? It only takes a few minutes to help freshen things up, beyond opening up the windows, that is. Here are a few quick ways to make your home office (or workshop) smell better…

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