ARA, the modular phone is coming

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

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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

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…

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meet LIAM

Keeping ads out of my browsing with Pi-Hole

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.

How to create a tiny USB condom

This guide will show you how to create a tiny USB condom to protect your electronics while they charge. It’s small enough to use as a keyring, and is perfect for when you need to charge a device on an untrusted computer or public charging station.

It physically removes the data pins, so only power, and not malicious data can get through.

via my friend @liquidskydesign:

NODE – HOW TO CREATE A TINY USB CONDOM (V2)

smcFanControl to the rescue of your iMac

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During the previous week I found myself trying to manage an early 2008 iMac with some serious issues booting. After having tried any trick I knew I decided myself to use the Apple’s Hardware Tests. Here I found some glitches with the fans. This mac was used in a man’s luxury tailor shop … so the outside was shiny!

Never I could ever imagine the amount of dust collected inside…

Without opening the iMac chassis I tried a first cleaning using an air-compressor. Then I remembered of smcFanControl, a software more commonly used to tame the heating of Apple’s notebooks. After the download I’ve started it and created a new cooling profile called “Cleaning” setting all the 3 fans inside the iMac to their maximum speed. Then I’ve selected it and … WOW … a cloud of dust was blown away from all the case’s fences! Incredible!

I had the iMac running this way for near twenty minutes, then made come it back to its default. Since then the iMac is working smoothly like when it was brand new. Zero euro spent, maximum result!

The Wirecutter help for choosing your next Wi-Fi router

The Best Wi-Fi Router (for Most People) →

suggested reads for July 20th, 2015

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Things do Jobs

Things do Jobs →

… is an amazing Tumblr space, born this january which shows with beautiful photographies how smartphones (iPhone, in facts) have entirely replaced a number of hardware we used to use in differents life’s situations.

I have to say thank to my pal Filippo Corti for putting it in evidence on his fantastic – mostly italian – blog BicycleMind.