Google+ is a Game

Jul 12, 2011 | 14 Comments

So, I’ve seen a lot of the Empire Avenue community spending more time (like myself) in Google+ since its launch. This hasn’t diminished the value of EAv for me, but it likely should force the evolution of the Avenue into multiple lanes. Why couldn’t people choose their own adventure there? Only the first lane would […]

The Importance of Technology in Education

Jul 7, 2011 | 3 Comments

Technology has become a defining force in our lives, and its relevance is spreading to virtually every field in one way or another. While some people may go their entire lives never needing to recall the knowledge they gained in various classes throughout their educational career, their experiences with technology will most certainly come in […]

How to Increase Gas Mileage on Your Car

Jul 5, 2011 | 8 Comments

Brandon Wirtz, a member of the LockerGnome team, decided it was time to make a few upgrades to his Mini Cooper. One of these upgrades – which is primarily focused on increasing horse power and gas mileage – is to increase the amount of air flow to the engine by replacing the stock air intake […]

What Does Open Government Mean at NASA?

Jun 13, 2011 | No Comments

Since their founding in 1958, NASA has been dedicated to doing a lot more than exploring and understanding space. Over the past 52 years, they’ve been responsible for some of the most significant advances in technology. Almost everything we do have been influenced in some way by discoveries made through NASA’s research. NASA has provided […]

Are You a Social Media Expert?

May 20, 2011 | 11 Comments

I have to admit that seeing someone call themselves a “social media expert” is one of my biggest pet peeves. Finding the words rock star or guru in a profile gives me the shakes. Realizing that most of the people using these labels definitely don’t deserve them causes me to break out in hives. A […]

How Important is Post-Purchase Support?

May 17, 2011 | 3 Comments

If you’ve ever had a bad post-purchase support experience, you may have told a few people about it and avoided doing business with them again in the future. Terrible support can destroy a company’s bottom line, and one negative experience can turn away the customer, their friends, family, and Twitter followers. So, how important is […]

Where Two Hillgroves Hang

May 14, 2011 | 6 Comments

I first met Justin Hillgrove (and Mike Capp) at the Northwest Folklife festival in Seattle last year. Before that day, I had no idea I’d ever want to collect art the way I’ve been collecting art – specifically, Justin’s. I saw “Party Crasher” (pictured below) and was able to name darn near every character in […]

How to Help Non-Geek Family Members With Computer Problems

May 11, 2011 | 15 Comments

Being the only geek, or only admitted one, in your family comes with a great responsibility. Whether you like it or not, you’re going to be called on by members of your immediate and extended family from time to time to fix their computer issues. If you’re married, your in-laws will undoubtedly add you to […]

How to Guard Against Garden Jawa Theft

May 10, 2011 | No Comments

Jawas, the scavengers of Tatooine, are known best for their practice of seeking out technology to sell or trade from their huge sandcrawler transports. These creatures have an affinity for technology, and have earned a place in the hearts of geeks from all walks of life. While they may occasionally snag a droid or two […]

Alternative Uses for Star Wars Technology

May 10, 2011 | No Comments

It doesn’t take long to find out that I’m a fan of Star Wars. My home office is full of Star Wars memorabilia. There is no denying that one of the coolest things to come out of science fiction are the various mobile devices we carry around with us today. From mobile phones to touch […]

Cats vs. Dogs

May 5, 2011 | 2 Comments

There will always be an ongoing argument over whether dogs or cats make a better pet. Simply put, it will always depend on the person and their own tastes. There are, however, some differences that should be taken in to consideration when deciding between a furry feline and man’s best friend. Here are three points […]

LEGO Minifigures: Series 3

Apr 25, 2011 | One Comment

Since 1949, LEGO has been giving collectors and enthusiasts the opportunity to design and create virtually anything they can imagine. This tradition continues with the LEGO Minifigures: Series 3. 16 unique minifigures make up this edition, expanding on the collection the first two series started. Their inspiration comes from movies, sports, history, and even regular […]

Lenovo Giveaway Winner Announced

Feb 20, 2011 | No Comments

Kelly announced she was giving away a Lenovo ThinkCentre M75e and two Lenovo ThinkVision monitors on YouTube. With the entry period over, Kelly and Chris announced the winner on the live stream over the weekend. Congratulations to @talkativeradio for winning the Lenovo ThinkCentre M75e desktop computer and 2 ThinkVision L1951p monitors. Per the rules of […]

Guess Who Sent Me a Valentine’s Day Card?

Feb 14, 2011 | No Comments

The Best TweetDeck Chrome Extension

Feb 10, 2011 | One Comment

Yeah, this is how I scroll…

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