Sunday, August 28, 2011

Low Power Gaming Graphics Card

   If you want to upgrade a cheap mass market desktop computer like a Dell Inspiron to play modern games at 1080p with details set to reasonable levels you'll need to find a graphics card that will work with the weak power supplies such systems come with. That, or replace the power supply in addition to getting a new video card. Many pre-built systems, like the Inspiron 546 model my cousin is using, come with 300 watt PSUs that won't support a high-end gaming graphics card. Fortunately there is a low-power option that doesn't need an additional 6pin power cable and will run off just the power supplied by the PCI-E port, while still running new games at good graphics settings.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

DIY Homemade HDTV Antenna

   Saw this homemade TV antenna design linked on Lifehacker, decided to try it out since it's simpler than any other DIY HDTV antenna I've seen so far, and I had the balun (the thing needed to hook up the wires to a TV or receiver) sitting around in my parts bin. It works suprisingly well and it's simple and quick to make using just aluminum foil, cardboard, a couple of wires and a balun.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

The Best Open Source Android Games

   There's a lot of open source games available for Android. Some are ports of open source computer games, others are just engines that let you play proprietary games from other systems on your smartphone, and of course there are games made specifically for Android that just happen to be open source. I thought I'd list the most interesting and fun ones I've been able to find.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Kindle 3 Games

   I like messing with modded firmware and other ways of increasing the functionality of the gadgets I own, but the Kindle is one I haven't done much with. Since it's a basically a single-purpose device and it performs that one function so well, I haven't had any reason to mess with it, beyond wanting my own screensavers. I have Calibre on my computer to make getting free content onto my Kindle easier, and I've setup services like Instapaper to use along with it, but none of the more technical hacks interest me. It's not as if I really need more fonts. I did want to see what developers with the official Kindle Dev Kit are able to do, so I checked out some of the free games available for it.