Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Everybody Chromercise!

Back on April Fools Day,  Google set up http://www.chromercise.com/ to promote "A better web through faster fingers".  The site has videos of fingers wearing sweatbands, and working out.  Even though it was obviously a joke, I went ahead and signed up anyways.  Today, this padded envelope was in the mailbox.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Sony Dash Teardown / Analysis

Thanks to a couple of very generous people at a recent training class, I am now the owner of a Sony Dash. The dash is part tablet, part fancy alarm clock; basically Sony hardware running a modified (and locked down) linux based Chumby OS.   For me, it has mostly been a nice way to watch Netflix content in bed, or stream internet radio without firing up the PS3 and home stereo.  Unfortunately, the device is a bit limited if you're interested in any features outside of what are offered in the app library.  There is no browser and no shell access.

Many of the consumer complaints regarding the device are related to the lack of battery (portability), and the poor audio quality at higher volumes.  Adding a battery seems to be a possiblity, given the someone decent amount of extra space inside the enclosure.  In this post, I will go over what is required to dissassemble the Dash, and a mild breakdown of the components used in the device.


The Sony Dash in it's natural habitat.





Saturday, April 9, 2011

Ikea Hacking

I needed a good way to fit my MIDI keyboard, and computer keyboard on the same desk and still have room for everything else.  Time for a trip to IKEA