Chuck Lawton

About Chuck Lawton

Chuck is a proud geek and a dad. By day he manages IT infrastructure and by night he's a multi-instrumentalist and music producer in the Milwaukee-based, Vitrolum Republic.

iLoud Bluetooth Speaker Is Clearly Great

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The iLoud, by IK Multimedia, isn’t exactly like most bluetooth speakers. It’s a portable studio monitor that doubles as a guitar amp. Because when a company that specializes in hardware for musicians and audiophiles makes a bluetooth speaker, it’s going to be a little different. Continue reading

Chuck Lawton

About Chuck Lawton

Chuck is a proud geek and a dad. By day he manages IT infrastructure and by night he's a multi-instrumentalist and music producer in the Milwaukee-based, Vitrolum Republic.

CloudBoard Looks Like a Fun Way to Teach Logic to Kids

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A startup in Pittsburg led by four graduates from Carnegie Mellon University is taking to Kickstarter to fund an innovative platform to help teach kids about logic and problem solving. Continue reading

Chuck Lawton

About Chuck Lawton

Chuck is a proud geek and a dad. By day he manages IT infrastructure and by night he's a multi-instrumentalist and music producer in the Milwaukee-based, Vitrolum Republic.

Apogee ONE Brings Pro Audio Portability to Mac and iOS

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The Apogee ONE is a studio-quality single-input recording device for Mac and iOS. It has everything you need to record at home or on the road, and a few extra surprises that make it worth its price tag. Read our in-depth review. Continue reading

Chuck Lawton

About Chuck Lawton

Chuck is a proud geek and a dad. By day he manages IT infrastructure and by night he's a multi-instrumentalist and music producer in the Milwaukee-based, Vitrolum Republic.

The Electric Loog Guitar Is Perfect for Kids

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The creator of the original crowd funded 3-string cigar box guitar, The Loog, is back with an electric version. It looks awesome and their campaign is running right now. Continue reading

Chuck Lawton

About Chuck Lawton

Chuck is a proud geek and a dad. By day he manages IT infrastructure and by night he's a multi-instrumentalist and music producer in the Milwaukee-based, Vitrolum Republic.

Kickstarter Is Broken, and It’s All Our Fault.

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As a platform for enabling people to get creative projects funded without traditional investment, Kickstarter is amazing. But the platform is broken, and we’re all to blame. Case in point: The Doom That Came To Atlantic City. Continue reading

Chuck Lawton

About Chuck Lawton

Chuck is a proud geek and a dad. By day he manages IT infrastructure and by night he's a multi-instrumentalist and music producer in the Milwaukee-based, Vitrolum Republic.

Faster Combat is a Guaranteed Critical Hit

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If you’ve ever played a table top role playing game, you’ve likely experienced just how long combat can take. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Continue reading

Chuck Lawton

About Chuck Lawton

Chuck is a proud geek and a dad. By day he manages IT infrastructure and by night he's a multi-instrumentalist and music producer in the Milwaukee-based, Vitrolum Republic.

The Blessing and Bane of Video Game Emulators

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With age comes nostalgia, and having grown up on the 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System, there is a certain level of sentimentality for the Continue reading

Chuck Lawton

About Chuck Lawton

Chuck is a proud geek and a dad. By day he manages IT infrastructure and by night he's a multi-instrumentalist and music producer in the Milwaukee-based, Vitrolum Republic.