Month: April 2014

RiseVision’s calendar Events gadget updated to handle two weeks.

This article is obsolete. There’s a new article about the Rise Calendar Widget here. RiseVision makes a sweet little open source Events gadget. It displays the contents of your favorite public Google Calendar in a scrolling or tabbed window on your digital sign presentation. Here’s the documentation for that Events gadget. This won’t make a heck of a lot of… Read more →

New life from old computer

Do you have a 2005-onward vintage computer from which you need to squeeze a few more years of life? Here’s what you do. Use crucial.com‘s memory upgrade adviser to figure out what RAM you can buy for it, and order that memory. (If you use their adviser software and the memory you order doesn’t work, you get your money back.) When… Read more →

Tech information resources for nonprofits.

Idealware in Portland Maine creates good reports and training on tech stuff for nonprofits. Brian Krebs writes KrebsOnSecurity.com. He’s the go-to guy for keeping track of the cyber-badguys who might mess you over. If you have a 501(c)(3) certificate, TechSoup.org will mediate really good donation prices for the software you need from outfits like Microsoft.  For example, you can ask… Read more →

Cost-effective Digital Signs

A digital sign is a big TV set in a public place showing information or possibly advertisements. Ideally a digital sign can show upcoming events, announcements, pictures, advertisements, and other stuff that’s relevant to a community of people who might look at the sign. How can you make a digital sign with off-the-shelf 2014 technology? One way is to buy… Read more →

Slowing down Wall Street

Wall Street, lately, has been using high-speed trading to allow insiders to front-run trades by ordinary investors. So, for example, when an outfit like Portico (the Lutheran clergy retirement and benefits organization) or TIAA-CREF (pension funds for teachers) tries to place an order to buy shares of a company they like, other investors’ computers can detect the trade before it… Read more →