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[Life] Downsizing Sale

Posted: , By Patcoola

I am pretty much finished with my downsizing sale with great success, thanks to Facebook Market. The sale is to prepare for moving, in the near future. We need to move for my father’s medical concerns. The sale of new and used goods, clears up space and allows me to downsize to newer and smaller equipment.

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[Life] Falling Behind

Posted: , By Patcoola

Once you have fallen behind, there is no catching up. You can only move the date.

This year’s production focus was to complete Project Smart and bring it to market, making this my last side project. However, this year was pledged with disasters. I’ve been faced with the person challenges of taking care of my parents and my father’s health for six months and trails of drama like a soup opera.

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[Life] Network Storage Update

Posted: , By Patcoola

Last week I upgraded my network storage from 2.6TB to 5.3TB RAID 5. The process took about a week and 9 hard drives were shuffled. Now the majority of my files are now in a single place. Two of the old 1TB drives have been moved to a computer were it is used in RAID 0. I’ve cut down on two 1TB external drives for archives. Another old 1TB drive has been moved to another computer. The process was long as terabytes of data had to be relocated from external drives or other computers. Upgrading the network storage was very easy. Storage and access is much better now.


My Unhappy Smartphone VR Experience

Posted: , By Patcoola

I wanted to try virtual reality (VR) just to see if it was a thing worth the hype. Using the VR Shinecon headset I tried the iPhone 5c and Nexus 7 tablet. In my experience, the problem isn’t in the phone but in content and delivery. My experience with Google Cardboard has been a poor and frustrating one.

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VR with the Nexus 7

Posted: , By Patcoola

Using the VR Shinecon headset, I managed to use my Nexus 7 second generation tablet (7 inch) for virtual reality (VR). The downsides are having to hold the tablet in place, the motion sensor may be influenced by the headset’s magnet, and the screen is a little bit too large for the headset. The upside is that I can quickly use the touch screen and place it back in place quickly.

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eBay: VR Shinecon Headset

Posted: , By Patcoola

I wanted to try virtual reality (VR) to see if getting a Vive or Oculus Rift is a real thing worth getting. Seeing the diagrams of the Open-Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) headset, VR is basically a smart phone screen with a motion sensor and lenses. I can see how their can be so may headsets on the market thanks to Google Cardboard. I bought the “VR Shinecon” also know as the “BlitzWolf VR” for $25 CAD to be used with any smart phone I could find.

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