Get Lakeside Wi-Fi At Your Cabin By Making A Cantenna For ~$23

If you want Wi-Fi by the campfire or down at the dock this weekend, you can make a cantenna for as low as $23 (it will be more if you need some of the tools or common supplies).  You can either connect the canntena to your computer or your router.  Either method will allow you to connect to your network from a long distance.  I used my cantenna last weekend to pick up my network (over 700 meters away) while sitting in a boat in the middle of the lake. Continue reading “Get Lakeside Wi-Fi At Your Cabin By Making A Cantenna For ~$23”

Block Millions Of Ads Network-wide With A Raspberry Pi-hole 2.0

Update 2016-04-24 : Please note this guide is now out-date, and it is recommended that you use the automated install to install and update Pi-hole.  

Technically, this guide will still work, but it does not include any of the features and improvements that have been added.  This article will, however, still give you some insight into how the Pi-hole functions.

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Power A Raspberry Pi Without A USB Cable Using Power Over Ethernet (PoE)

Ditch your mini-USB cable to power your Raspberry Pi.  It’s much nicer to power it using an Ethernet cable.  The nice thing about Power over Ethernet is that you can power your Raspberry Pi in places a USB power cable could not reach.  Maybe you want to mount your Pi on the ceiling or in the garage.  With PoE, you can power the Pi almost anywhere an Ethernet cable can reach (with a maximum distance of 100m). Continue reading “Power A Raspberry Pi Without A USB Cable Using Power Over Ethernet (PoE)”

Play iOS Games Or Record Your iPhone From Your Mac (For Free)

One thing I love about OS X is that is has all sorts of hidden tricks and functionality that are not well-documented, so it is very fun to stumble upon them.  The most recent tip I found is the ability to record your iPhone or iPad’s screen and save it as a video file (or use it as a game controller while the game is displayed full screen on your Mac).  The trick is easy to do and you don’t even need any extra software.  All you need is:

  • an iPhone or iPad that uses a lightning cable (the old 30-pin connector does not work)
  • QuickTime (built into your Mac by default)

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