FreeNAS or UnRAID. We're thinking DIY NAS build, and these are hardly your only options! Plus WhatWasThere.com, a toddler-proof iPad with indestructible iPad cases, ideas to recycle old PCs, high priced gaming PCs... are they worth your money? And much more!
And Dry Loopin' VoiP Astronomy is fun! Where can I find the ASUS Zenbook Touch UX31A for sale? And a lot more.
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The ever awesome @FilmmakerIQ tweeted about NASA's Big Black Marble, which led me to the epic collection of images at NASA's Black Marble - Earth at Night 2012. And then NASA to an interactive version. These photos are gorgeous (or a great way to find out where you should and shouldn't drag your telescope) Woot!
Finding stars and planets on your phone? Distant Suns was helping Patrick show Venus, Mercury and Saturn to his boys this mornign. Watch the video to find out Veronica's fave astronomy app!
Chris tweeted: "@tekzilla Any recommendations for an indestructible iPad case for 4 y.o. w/ special needs?" We've got two excellent options in the video!
Matt writes, "Just curious if yall had herd anything about the Asus ZENBOOK Touch UX31A and when it would be released in the U.S." We've found it for sale from one company in the US... watch the video to find out where you can but it!
Hexer611 writes, "Quick, I have a couple of asus Eee pc's and need a weekend project, any suggestions?" Heck yes! In the video, we've got five awesome free software tools and OSs in the video from diy firewalls to media players and more... they'd all just love to live on your old Atom powered boxes!
Erik wrote in, "I've decided to splurge a bit (ok, a lot) and was looking at the Alienware line of lap/desktops. But while the Aurora and Mx18 look awesome, I was wondering, paragons of all things tech that you are, if you had any feelings pro or con (besides the obvious one of price) regarding performance/upgradability, etc? If I'm going to spend on machines I want to ensure they are reliable!" We talk Alienware, boutique PCs and DIY in the video!
Since the invention of the camera, people have been taking pictures of the places they love. Now, thanks to WhatWasThere.com, we can access some of these photos from all around to world to see what was here, before! It's this week's "Website We Just Can't Get Enough of!"
Patrick tweeted out DIY NAS w/ 4 3 TB drives. We've got a (fairly) low power pc. Should we http://lime-technology.com/ or http://www.freenas.org/ Thoughts???, and Twitter exploded with options and suggestions, from ZFSguru and NAS4Free, to EEC memory and more. We talk about a few of them in the video and, yes, we'll build one soon!
CJ "was waiting for a Revision 3 application for the Surface Tablet. I just wanted a simple app that was easy to use and allowed me to watch Tekzilla on my desktop or tablet." Then he realized there "are no free and easy-to-use apps for quickly viewing video podcasts for the Surface. So he built one! It's called Gobble, and you can find it in the Windows Store on Windows 8, too!
Finally last week we covered a question about plugging in your Ooma VoIP service into your home phone line so all your phones connected to phone jack would have access to ooma. The problem was the viewer had DSL... which runs over those same phone lines. Does he need a dry loop from the phone company? Nope, @HomeNet and Al wrote in with excellent DIY alternatives. We've got 'em in the video.