Rainbow Loom 2.0 Review: How to make a triple diamond bracelet

There is a second generation Rainbow Loom that includes a couple of new features. What can be said about the Original 2.0 Rainbow Loom? Plenty, of course! This is a great starter kit for

Review of the Geigerrig G1 1600 Hydration Pack

Be prepared! That’s my motto when it comes to anything outdoors. Nobody wants to be caught on trail without water or essential items. That includes staying well equipped and hydrated in an easy to

Review of the New Trent PowerPak+ (NT135T) 13500mAh Portable Dual USB Port External Battery Charger/Power Pack for Smartphones, Tablets and more

Do you ever find yourself, out and your phone is dying? Or lost in the woods and your GPS device is dead? Well then the PowerPak+ NT135T High Capacity Portable Charger is exactly what

Review of the Olloclip iPhone 5/5s 4-IN-1 lens system

The Olloclip is a quick-connect lens systems compatibility with the iPhone 5 and 5S. A very versatile piece of photographic equipment, it’s at a decent price point for anyone who is an amateur photog

Review of the Beacon Audio BLAZAR

The Beacon Audio BLAZAR is a portable Bluetooth stereo for laptops and phones. These Bluetooth speakers are wireless and have a rechargeable battery, with about a 12 hour life. While a bit pricey, they


The Seiki SE50UY04 is an affordable TV with 4K/Ultra-High Definition resolution. What makes this television so appealing is the low price point at around $600. That is about a ¼ of the price of

Review for ASUS D550MA-DS01 15.6-Inch Laptop (Black)

This ASUS D550MA-DS01 15.6-Inch Laptop is easy to use and navigate even with the new Windows 8.1. The price point for this model is right around $300 The laptop is made of lightweight material

Hacker News Change To Comment System Reminiscent of What Killed Digg

This is a previously unpublished report on the events that lead to Digg’s demise. I was reminded of it when I saw Paul Graham’s post to Hacker News about upcoming changes to the way

Titanfall Weapons List

Looking for a list of the weapons in Titan Fall in prep for the release for the game? Here is what we know. Comparisons between the weapons aren’t out yet, we only have the

Launch Hackathon 2013: Not an Experience I Would Repeat

Participated in Jason McCabe Calacanis ‘s ?#?launchhack? . While the networking was good, the “prize” advertised as $1.6M was false advertising. The fund was $800k, so even if you had the greatest Hack of

Amazon’s Interview Questions And Why I Don’t Work At Amazon

Why I don’t work at Amazon is simple. I would never make it through the interview. “Do you know our CEO? How do you pronounce his name?” We’ve met a few times. Jeff, It

TechCrunch Launch: SAP Hackathon of the Year Winner FitPerks

Sarah Austin and Ivan Markovic talk about their app, FitPerks. Gamifying health and health care, the app allows you to compete with friends in fitness challenges. For participating you earn discounts on insurance, or

Big Data Mining For Qualitative Factors

My company’s core product (http://www.stremor.com ) is designed to take unstructured data from text and convert it to structured data. But also look at qualitative factors from language and assign them quantitative values. In

Frontend and Backend or UI and Application?

A response to this article. If only it were so simple. And if you think it is that’s probably because you don’t understand. Frontend often is WAY more than UI. When you are building

Managing Burnout

I have been working without rest for a year on a project (http://www.stremor.com) that has had huge amounts of progress. It pays well enough, I like the people I work with, we have achieved

Don’t Use Disrupt If Your Startup Isn’t Disruptive.

The TechCrunch Disrupt conference has always been a strange name for a conference, since almost every startup showing there has been a clone of another larger more popular startup. I have only seen one

Melinda Gates Plays Not My Job on Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me

Melinda Gates Doesn’t say this. And that makes all the difference. “When I get up in the morning and I read about death, disease, privation, poverty, I go, Well, it’s not my problem.”  No

How To Build A $30M Startup Without Spending Any Of Your Money, In Your Spare Time

Have you ever wanted to create a successful startup? Maybe you have the design chops, the cool sense of style, and the ability to get others excited about trends in technology, but can’t find

Things I Learned Building The Most Powerful Language Processing Engine On The Planet

I am the CTO of Stremor, we make TLDR Reader. It takes long content and generates abstracts. This is the least impressive thing it can do, but it is the most public. Building something

Review Of The Lenovo Yoga 13 Running Windows 8

I bought a Lenovo Yoga 13, and I love it. This is the best laptop I have ever owned on so many levels.  It is light, functional, looks good, runs all my games, and

How To Upgrade The SSD in the Lenovo Yoga 13

You can upgrade the Lenovo Yoga 13 has spots for 2 SSD! That’s awesome. You could upgrade, but why bother, just add a second one. I love my Lenovo Yoga 13, but it doesn’t

Window 8 Blue Screen Of Death Is Still Blue (but is prettier than before)

I got my first BSOD on Windows 8. The Blue Screen of death is not what it used to be, but it isn’t vastly improved either.

Supporting School Lunches and Getting Kicked Out of Target

Yes, the security at the Target did just ask me to leave. Yes, I was heckling the petitioners in front of the store. Yes I may have called a pregnant lady an idiot, rather

Finding Success On Etsy: Evangelina’s Closet

What have you built in the last year? My friend Nikki Sattler Case is a great online marketer. While many people are excited that Etsy has made their hobby pay for itself, Nikki has

Steve Jobs legacy: he personally brought Siri to Apple, saw that Siri had a contextual future

How does Silicon Valley and Apple miss Steve Jobs? Well, on Monday night I was having dinner with Gary Morgenthaler, who was one of the investors in Siri, along with a few Siri team