ARA, the modular phone is coming

mobile devices

After months of insight, whispers, previews and rumors finally the Project ARA – sponsored by Hydra … ehm, Google – his accelerating his coming to shelves and enrolling developers and makers around the world. Ideally is a fascinating project. With lots of promises of freedom… but I am now old enough to doubt the true intentions of Big G.

super sexy vintage computing

Hardware

IBM_1401

My pal Filippo posted news on this article Historic computers look super sexy → on the Docubyte project on photographing some really vintage original machines at the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park. Machines that are the prehistory of modern computing, machines that have an undeniable charm even today. Do yourself a favour and see it yourself …

15 Years of Mactracker

Apple

Mactracker 1.0 was introduced on May 14, 2001. Over the past 15 years it has grown to become an indispensable tool for enthusiasts, collectors, resellers, service providers, and IT professionals.

Yesterday Mactracker celebrated 15 years [!!!] since it was introduced on the market for Apple users. It is really an indispensable tool in my arsenal when I deal with unknowns Macs sent to me for hardware upgrade or repair, along with information on the original and maximum OS support, or identification for a correct sell (or purchase) through eBay or similar sites.

Today Mactracker database (available for free on your Mac or iOS device) counts more than 700 devices and I can’t recommend it enough if you manage multiple Mac at work or as an hobby…

mactracker-history

Keeping ads out of my browsing with Pi-Hole

FLOSS, Hardware, Software

After discovering this project, I brought a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B from french company Kubii and started configuring it. I’m struggling to make it work, but I fear that the problem is with the wi-fi setting of my Raspbian connection.

Anyway give an eye to the Pi-Hole project

The Pi-hole is an advertising-aware DNS server that prevents ads from being downloaded. Once installed, configure your router to have DHCP clients use the Pi as their DNS server and then any device that connects to your network will have ads blocked without any further configuration. Alternatively, you can manually set each device to use the Raspberry Pi as its DNS server.