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How to set up a Minecraft server
  • Written by Anthony Di Iorio
  • March 31st, 2014
  • About Gaming

How to set up a Minecraft server

I’m revisiting an old video I made about setting up a Minecraft server because I realize it’s incredibly outdated. In this tutorial I’ll be using craftbukkit because it’s much more extensible compared to the vanilla server, but the same concepts apply.

How To Change the Strap on your Pebble
  • Written by Anthony Di Iorio
  • February 25th, 2014
  • About Wearables

How To Change the Strap on your Pebble

I picked up one of the original Pebble smartwatches a few weeks ago and it’s been pretty great, but the only thing I’d change is the strap. Fortunately you can because unlike the new Pebble Steel, the original Pebble accepts standard 22mm watch bands.

Func HS-260 Review
  • Written by Anthony Di Iorio
  • January 27th, 2014
  • About Gaming

Func HS-260 Review

With CES having just finished, it’s time for some new product reviews! Func has just released their first gaming headset, the HS-260 and I’ve had the opportunity to try it out for a couple of weeks. I am now ready to unleash my thoughts to the internet!

Func KB-460 Review
  • Written by Anthony Di Iorio
  • December 9th, 2013
  • About Keyboards

Func KB-460 Review

I’m browsing mechanical keyboard related content pretty much all day when I have some time to spare. I’ve had friends ask, “Hey Anthony, don’t you ever get tired of looking at mechanical keyboards all day?” and the answer has always been a resounding NO. Mechanical keyboards are awesome, and when Func approached me to review their new KB-460 I could not refuse.

Panavise Junior Review
  • Written by Anthony Di Iorio
  • November 12th, 2013
  • About Electronics

Panavise Junior Review

I picked up a Panavise Junior a few months ago because I needed something to hold PCBs while I work. Before this I’d just work directly on my workspace and get constantly frustrated when the PCB shifted and components got moved out of place.

5 Ways To Extend Wifi Coverage
  • Written by Anthony Di Iorio
  • August 28th, 2013
  • About networking

5 Ways To Extend Wifi Coverage

If you’ve been having trouble with your wireless network, today you’ll learn how to take control and extend its coverage. Whether you’re trying to stream video, audio, or just read text, a stable connection is always better than a flaky one. These tips are really easy to do, and use cheap or free tools.

Why I Stopped Using Wordpress
  • Written by Anthony Di Iorio
  • August 13th, 2013
  • About Rant

Why I Stopped Using Wordpress

Yesterday something pretty normal happened... Wordpress broke again ಠ_ಠ. I’ve been using Wordpress since around 2007 (posts are long gone) and it’s been nothing but trouble, with the occasional few months of ease. This time around I applied the 3.6 update from my 3.5.2 install and the whole site broke. I was getting PHP errors left and right because W3 Total Cache corrupted my install after the upgrade. Somehow even after reinstalling multiple times the issue persisted. So that’s it, I’m done. I’ve had enough of this nonsense with database issues, PHP issues, and whatever else it hasn’t thrown at me yet. Wordpress is bloated with too many useless features, and more features = more bugs.

gMusic for iOS Review
  • Written by Anthony Di Iorio
  • May 10th, 2013
  • About Review

gMusic for iOS Review

Over the last few months I’ve grown tired of transcoding my FLAC library to MP3 so I can play my music on my iPhone. I decided to look into other solutions, and I learned that Google Music supports FLAC uploads with automatic transcoding to 320kbps for streaming. After sifting through a whole slew of apps that didn’t really offer the features I was looking for, I found gMusic.

Func MS-3 Gaming Mouse Review
  • Written by Anthony Di Iorio
  • May 8th, 2013
  • About gaming

Func MS-3 Gaming Mouse Review

During the last 2 weeks I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone with the Logitech G700, and switched to the Func MS-3. The mouse features a fully ergonomic design, and after using it for a while, I can easily say it’s been the most comfortable mouse I’ve ever used.

A-Solar XTORM Power Bank Review
  • Written by Anthony Di Iorio
  • February 12th, 2013
  • About Review

A-Solar XTORM Power Bank Review

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve put the A-Solar XTORM into my EDC and it’s been a lifesaver. I’ve purposely avoided charging my phone so I could test out this battery, and it’s been pretty great so far.

Anthony’s Guide to a new PC
  • Written by Anthony Di Iorio
  • January 6th, 2013
  • About Software

Anthony’s Guide to a new PC

If you’ve got a new PC recently, or you just re-installed Windows, it’s important you get back up to speed with your machine and integrate it properly into your workflow.

Merlin Video Low Profile Table Top Skater Dolly Review
  • Written by Anthony Di Iorio
  • January 5th, 2013
  • About Review

Merlin Video Low Profile Table Top Skater Dolly Review

A few months back I reviewed the Merlin Video Rail Slider. It was big and hard to travel with, so in response Merlin Video released the  Low Profile Table Top Skater Dolly. It’s a smaller dolly that rolls around on Rollerblade wheels and has an adjustable front wheel for rotation. The wheels are extremely smooth in my testing and will spin freely for a little while because of the ball bearings inside. This is a plus for video since movement must be very smooth. I noticed that the wheels are only held in place with one post so I’m not sure how long they’ll hold up before they start to become misaligned. The mount seems sturdy enough, but only time will tell. The dolly does come with a 4 year warranty, so it shouldn’t be too much of an issue.

Zoom H2n Review
  • Written by Anthony Di Iorio
  • December 29th, 2012
  • About Audio

Zoom H2n Review

I’ve had the Zoom H2n for around 6 months now, and I think it’s time for a review. You may not have noticed, but a lot of the videos up on my YouTube channel are recorded using this microphone before I got my EV RE27/nd.

How To Fix Read Only Drives in OS X & Windows
  • Written by Anthony Di Iorio
  • August 13th, 2012
  • About Software

How To Fix Read Only Drives in OS X & Windows

If you’ve ever tried copying files from a Mac to an external drive, you may have ran into read only issues at some point. This issue is typically caused because OS X cannot write to NTFS formatted drives. There’s an easy fix to this issue, and in today’s article, I’ll be walking you through it.

Grace Digital Mondo Review
  • Written by Anthony Di Iorio
  • April 9th, 2012
  • About Audio

Grace Digital Mondo Review

The Mondo is a small and portable Internet connected media player that can stream content from online radio networks, Pandora, iHeartRadio, Sirius XM and local files over your network/removable media. During my testing period I was able to stream quite a bit of content over the Internet and I can say that the experience was very smooth with very little buffering when changing sources due to the speedy 802.11n wireless chipset. Even some of the large files on my media server took at most 4-5 seconds to buffer on this media player.

Merlin Video Rail Slider Review
  • Written by Anthony Di Iorio
  • June 21st, 2011
  • About Review

Merlin Video Rail Slider Review

In this video review, I take a look at the Merlin Video Rail Slider Camera Dolly.

CamCaddie Scorpion Review
  • Written by Anthony Di Iorio
  • June 1st, 2011
  • About Review

CamCaddie Scorpion Review

After testing the CamCaddie Scorpion for a few weeks now, I can definitely say I’m impressed. The Scorpion was designed to provide a low cost solution to stabilising video and mounting more accessories to your camera. Regardless of how simple it’s design may seem, surprisingly it can stabilise video quite nicely. I tested this rig with a Canon 550D and will be uploading my results in the coming days.

Intel 320 Series SSD Review
  • Written by Anthony Di Iorio
  • May 18th, 2011
  • About Hardware

Intel 320 Series SSD Review

Intel’s latest addition to the SSD market has proven to be an fairly good performer for the price. In fact, this is actually the lowest price/GB SSD available from Intel at the moment. The drive features 25nm NAND flash storage, and is compatible with  SATA II 3 GB/s interfaces.

Fon 2.0n Review
  • Written by Anthony Di Iorio
  • April 27th, 2011
  • About Networking

Fon 2.0n Review

Over the last few weeks I’ve been evaluating the Fonera 2.0n, and I can seriously say that this may be the most innovative router in the world.

PA2V2 Review
  • Written by Anthony Di Iorio
  • April 19th, 2011
  • About Audio

PA2V2 Review

In today’s episode, I’ll be featuring the Electric-Avenues PA2V2. After about a week’s use, I’ve been very pleased with the audio quality this pocket amplifier can produce.

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