CES 2016: Get Ready For It!

CES 2016 is just around the corner, officially opening on Wednesday, January 6 this year compared to Tuesdays in years past. I have gone every year since I started my post-university career except to attend the birth of my daughter. The Consumer Electronics Show is a lot to take in, and here is my quick guide to getting ready and making it through CES 2016 like a semi-experienced attendee, at least.

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Gaming Headsets: Some Great Over-the-ear Choices

I was recently asked about gaming headsets that are good for computers, extended use, and communication. Being an avid gamer myself, I have a decent amount of experience with full-featured headsets that are comfortable, high-quality, and work well for voice communications. Since it is so close to Christmas, I thought I would share my recommendations in case you are looking for a gift for your gamer friend, loved-one, or significant other… Continue reading Gaming Headsets: Some Great Over-the-ear Choices

Pebble vs. Android Wear, Which One Do You Buy?

While I am a long time user of the Pebble and backed it on Kickstarter, I wanted to compare it to Google’s Android Wear technology since its first announcement. It naturally led me to think, “Pebble vs. Android Wear, which one is better?” Well, I was lucky enough to snag an LG G Watch for $80 on a black friday sale. Since then, I’ve been switching between the two smartwatches, comparing how well they work in the real world. Deciding on the winner was harder than I thought, and the conclusion might surprise you… Continue reading Pebble vs. Android Wear, Which One Do You Buy?

Home Solar Panels: Trying to make it work in Utah

(skip to the bottom of the post for the Home Solar Panels: TL;DR)

Last year I almost bought a full-house solar system that would replace my current electricity bill while generating an immediately positive cash flow along with a good amount of equity. I was so excited to be able to find an economically sensible way to install home solar panels, but our family soon found out that Homeowners Associations (HOAs) and many lobbied public interests have no desire to make solar projects easy. The biggest blocker for us was the HOA decided to strictly interpret its so-called solar provisions to only include panels that were installed flush with the roof. This was next to impossible without entirely rebuilding the roof. I thought my solar ambitions were dead in the water…

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Google I/O Goodness

So, the keynote for Day 1 of Google I/O today, a conference dedicated to developers and programmers that work with the Google ecosystem. As a self-proclaimed nerd, I loved the big announcements from today. And yet, toward the end of the conference, there was something I did not quite expect. It was a pleasant surprise that did not seem to get a lot of coverage in the media…

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