Monday, November 28, 2011

Android Podcast Speed Changer

One thing that my HTC Inspire Android phone running CyanogenMod 7 lacks that my 5th gen iPod running Rockbox had is the ability to speed up podcasts and audiobooks so that they can be listened to in half the time. Fortunately there's an app for that. It's called xSpeedPlayer and it's a free app on the Android Market.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Open Source Brain Training Games

I've been reading a lot about brain training software and nootropics lately and have been playing around with Brain Workshop, an open source dual N-back game that is supposed to improve short term memory and fluid intelligence. There are lots of brain training games out there, like Brain Age, but Brain Workshop and other dual N-back games are based on research that shows you can improve your fluid intelligence by playing the game for 20 minutes a day for about a month. This is supposed to provide a long lasting boost to memory.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Acer Aspire 3680 Laptop CPU Upgrade

I finally got tired of the terrible performance of my Acer Aspire 3680-2682 model laptop. It was a cheap bottom end machine when it was purchased and it has not aged well. Thankfully I found out that you can do more than just the typical laptop RAM and HDD upgrades on this machine. In fact, unlike most laptops you can replace the single core Celeron CPU with a higher clocked, higher performance Core 2 Duo processor. So I decided to get myself an early present for the holidays and get a few cost-effective upgrades to speed up this old laptop and extend its useable life span for a few more years.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Desura For Linux - Stop Waiting For Steam

So Steam is probably never coming to Linux, despite whatever Phoronix said. That's ok, Desura for Linux is out and you can redeem all your Humble Bundle games (except the ones from the first bundle) on it. There's also a bunch of indie games you can purchase direct from Desura. This is probably the closest we'll ever get to a Steam-style commercial game service for Linux and while the library isn't as large as Steam's simply having most of the Humble Bundle games I bought in one place makes this worthwhile for me. I recommend you check it out, if you've already bought some of the Humble Bundles you have no reason not to.