This week, Cortana rises to new platforms, the PlayStation 4 continues to imitate and Black Friday causes a blackout for two popular online retailers.
This week, the mobile world is a little more difficult than it seems, Yahoo blocks people who block them and we've got Avram Piltch for the entire show!
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Inexpensive Computing - Episode 98
This eek, Avram Piltch returns with a bang, bringing 2 incredibly inexpensive PCs. First up is the InFocus Kangaroo, a tiny portable Windows 10 PC with the ability to add ports through an expansion port. The device is available through the [url=http://f5live.tv/microsoft]Microsoft Store[/url] soon for a mere $99. Next is the Lenovo IdeaPad 100S, an 11" laptop running Windows 10 on an Atom Processor with 2GB of RAM. The laptop is available now for $199. The question is, are either of these machines worth their price? Avram has the answer.
This week, we're back in the studio, we recap IBM and Avram brings the gadgets.
IBM Insight 2015 - Episode 419
This week, we're at IBM Insight 2015 talking about analytics and what we expect from the company over the next year.
Innovation Lab [Makerspace @ SPC] @ Pinellas Comic & Maker Con
We like to end our coverage with the event director, and for Pinellas Comic and Maker Con that person is Chad Mairn. During the day he is a librarian for St. Petersburg College in Seminole and also runs the school's Innovation Lab. During his free time, though, he plans and builds incredible community events. Last year, the event's initial year, he originally planned for 600 attendees and received 3,400 instead. While a good problem to have, it almost got the event shut down by the fire marshal. This year, however, the event grew to take over rooms all over the campus. A rough estimate puts this year's attendance at around 5,000. Chad discusses some of the problems he has faced in bringing this event to reality, as well as how the school did everything in their power to make it easier for him to expand. [pcmc2015sponsor]
Massive Merchandise @ Pinellas Comic & Maker Con
In the world of collectables there are two types: replicas and limited or custom built items. Garrett Bostwick from Massive Merchandise came by to talk about the latter. He makes custom items, like the Magic: The Gathering custom card box he brought with him. These items are made entirely from scratch, including the box and the laser engraving. Bostwick doesn't just focus on comic and geek-related events, though. He also participates in biker events, which he says drives about half of his business. For those events he creates similar types of items, but with different intents and different engravings. [pcmc2015sponsor]
NerdTag.me @ Pinellas Comic & Maker Con
In our local community there are some people who are so active we have the pleasure of seeing them all the time. Mo Eppley of [url=http://nerdtag.me]NerdTag.me[/url] is one of those people. From maker events to MetroCon, she seems to be everywhere we go. That's a good plan for her and her company, because they sell custom printed dog tags and other 3D printer items. The tags feature characters and symbols such as the Minions and super hero icons and self for between $10 and $15, depending on colors. As Nick shows off, he has had 2 of their tags on his keys since we first met over a year ago, and they look today as they did the day he got them. One of the most interesting aspects of the tags is that they are printed on a 3D printer designed and built by the company, called [url=http://freefab3d.com]FreeFab 3D[/url]. When we first met them, they had just sold their first unit and today the company is taking pre-orders for their second model, which is enclosed. Nick and Daniele spoke with Mo about the changes in the company, including their moving out of her office and into their own facility. [pcmc2015sponsor]
Gypsy's Weavings @ Pinellas Comic & Maker Con
One of the best parts about attending events like Pinellas Comic and Maker Con is getting to experience local artists and their work. For us, getting to continue covering these types of events means we get to watch those artists progress over time. We [url=http://plughitzlive.com/radio/2-1170-gypsys-weavings-gulf-coast-makercon-2015.html]first met Anakhet[/url], a local chain mail artist who operates Gypsy's Weavings, at [url=http://plughitzlive.com/events/36-gulf-coast-makercon-2015.html]Gulf Coast MakerCon[/url] this year, where Daniele and Scott fell in love with her work. Since then, like any good artist, she has continued to perfect her style and expand her capabilities. Nick and Daniele spoke to her about where she started, what is new since April and what we can expect from her in the future. [pcmc2015sponsor]
HAD Studios @ Pinellas Comic & Maker Con
Dealing with the troubles of coming back from war can be difficult for a soldier. Luckily for Greg Plaisted, he found art as a way to express himself. In fact, he found a group of artists who challenged one another to produce works that help both with expression and with the ability to find calm and quiet. In his time drawing, he has created some truly impressive works. He shows off a few, including a zombie Pikachu, which was a response to one of his artistic challenges, and chosen because his son is a fan of the character. While he may be new to the convention scene, because of the crowds, he is excited about the very positive response to his work and is likely to be seen around again. [pcmc2015sponsor]
Real Tampa Bay Ghostbusters @ Pinellas Comic & Maker Con
While the [url=http://plughitzlive.com/radio/2-1297-501st-legion-pinellas-comic-maker-con.html]501st Legion[/url] brings a tilt of space battle to an event, the Real Tampa Bay Ghostbusters bring the paranormal. This cosplay group brings the same kind of dedication tot heir craft as our previous guests, while focusing on another franchise which is also getting a new lease on life. Using their skills and incredibly detailed costumes, the group travels to children's hospitals and the like to cheer up sick kids and their families. The team has had several memorable moments, but Patrick Creel recounts one of his favorites, which led to a kid getting to watch the movie for the first time. [pcmc2015sponsor]
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