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Comment: Re:Educational toddler apps (Score 1) 240

by HycoWhit (#46701677) Attached to: How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps?
Mine is three, four in August--Endless Alphabet, Sight Words, JumpStart Preschool 1&2, SuperWhy, Tracing ABC, and Kids Number and Math are the ones we like on Android.

The Ipad has these and more. Before having a kid, I had heard of Team Umizoomi and dismissed it as garbage. For all its silliness--Team Umizoomi was what got her adding and subtracting. By three she was counting 100 and by 3.5 she was doing + and - with anything under 20. The quirky things that make parents happy. :)

The tablets help with forming letters, sounds, and now the sight words. But nothing beats real books. We read to her every day, by two she was pretending to read on her own. There are cheesy princess and mickey/minnie books that are rated learning to read--one or two really simply sentences a page. Not sure whether she has memorized the books or learned the words--but she rips through them now. New books she can read about three in four words on the 1st pass through.

Comment: Nice polish! (Score 1) 30

by HycoWhit (#46522311) Attached to: Code Combat: Free, Open Source, Multiplayer Programming Lessons
Been working on getting my nephews away from playing games and instead learning how to make them. The Hour of Code was a great start. (The Steam prize was enough a motivator.) Hopefully this will catch their interest and give them a little more exposure to how computers work with the side benefit of becoming better thinkers.

Thanks for the work. (looked for a place to donate--contribute seems more about participation than donation.)

Comment: Huh? Cord Cutter that has no problem watching. (Score 2) 578

by HycoWhit (#46190643) Attached to: US Cord Cutters Getting Snubbed From NBC's Olympic Coverage Online
#1--why watch NBC? CBC, BBC, and if you don't care about perfect English--the list gets a heck of a lot longer. But why even bother with streaming from a website--why not grab one of the usenet or torrent postings?

Winter.Olympics.2014.Team.Figure.Skating.Pairs.Short.Program.720p.HDTV .x264-2HD

You get the point--if you are going to cut the cord--I'd hope you know how to get content before you made the move...

One last link: Instructions on watching live:

Comment: Streaming Now Playing music (Score 1) 420

by HycoWhit (#45965555) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Suggestions For a Simple Media Server?
One of the trickiest things to get worked out was streaming music through out the house. Having a large collection, I've found MediaMonkey to be the best audio file manager and playback solution. Personally, I've gotten hooked on the AutoDJ option of MediaMonkey.

There must be a sexier way to do this--but currently when MediaMonkey is queuing and playing music with AutoDJ, I'll use NCH Broadwave Audio Streaming Server to turn the MediaMonkey machine into a live streaming box that can be accessed from the various stereos/TV around the house. The nice thing about this is when you are in the kitchen, game room, outside deck, or even sitting on the dock you will always heard the same music.

There has to be a better way to do the live streaming. I keep hoping MediaMonkey would provide the functionality, but MediaMonkey currently only streams from your collection via DLNA. i.e. No streaming of "Now Playing" over IP. Someday I'll figure it out...

Comment: pyTivo and/or TVersity (Score 1) 420

by HycoWhit (#45965471) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Suggestions For a Simple Media Server?
Do you have DVRs on any of your TV's? I've cut the cable so to speak and only get local channels through traditional means. Everything else that gets watched s dropped on a local server and streamed on demand to the various TV's/DVRs and stereos.

pyTivo works really well if you have Tivo's attached your TVs. At $750 a pop though--Tivo's can be a really expensive set top alternative. You can find old Tivo II's on ebay with lifetime service for reasonable prices.

For TVs without Tivos--the Western Digital WD TV boxes work well. As do Xbox's and PS3's. The one DLNA server I've found that does a good job wiht the varous media formats and web streams is TVersity. I'm still running a very old, free to use version of TVersity, so I am assuming the latest versions haven't lost too much functionality. (I think some of the TVersity functionality has been shifted to the paid version versus the free edition.

Comment: WHat is the cops full arrest record? (Score 1) 1440

by HycoWhit (#44935981) Attached to: Georgia Cop Issues 800 Tickets To Drivers Texting At Red Lights
Does this cop only arrest the non-violent criminals? Sure he has the stat for issuing the most texting tickets in the state. But what about rapists, assaults, and other violent crimes? Does the officer have any history of tackling serious crime--or does he take the easy way out and just sit at an intersection across the street from the donut shop?

Comment: Re:In other words ... (Score 4, Informative) 54

by HycoWhit (#44369493) Attached to: First Apps Targeting Android Key Vulnerability Found in the Wild
There are two apps you need to know about: ReKey from DUO security and Northeastern University. ReKey will fix the MasterKey problem if you do not want to wait for a patch from your carrier. (

The other app is from Bluebox Security and is called Bluebox Security Scanner. The Scanner app will simply tell you if your phone has the Master Key vulnerability. Bluebox Security Scanner

Comment: Insurance and contributory negligence (Score 1) 1006

by HycoWhit (#43274373) Attached to: Video Game Industry Starting To Feel Heat On Gun Massacres
Gun owners always want to be responsible. So why is contributory negligence never used in gun crime? For example--who owned the gun used by the 17 and 15 year-old who shot the baby in GA? If the gun owners that allowed their weapons to be used in crime where held accountable--we would see far less careless storage of guns. i.e. Just because a gun is stolen--the gun owner is still responsible because their inability to secure the weapon allowed for the theft.

In addition, there is the link between gun ownership and suicide--the majority of all gun deaths are self inflicted. How about periodic mental health screenings for all gun owners? Maybe keep them from hurting themselves and others on the way out...

Comment: Re:The Stupidity, It Hurts! (Score 0) 1006

by HycoWhit (#43274221) Attached to: Video Game Industry Starting To Feel Heat On Gun Massacres
100,000 shootings a year, 30,000 deaths from those shootings, 17,000 of those are self inflicted. Anyone else think it is strange that those who most often use their gun efficiently, use it to end their own life? Sure doesn't seem too difficult to link gun ownership with a higher rate of mental health issues... i.e. the term gun nut is based in reality. And why discussion with them never work--crazy just doesn't think logically.

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