Win a Tektronix Oscilloscope With GeekDad!

Tektronix TBS1202B Oscilloscope

Having the right tools for the job is crucial for any development project. There is a standard array of tools that folks working on electronics have in their arsenal. A soldering iron, a board holder, a digital multimeter, and a slew of similar tools. One of those tools that many are missing is a quality oscilloscope. Continue reading

Oscilloscope Basics and Tektronix Giveaway Reminder

Tektronix TBS1202B Oscilloscope

As I mentioned in my post last week, announcing our giveaway of a Tektronix TBS1202B oscilloscope, an oscilloscope can be one of the most powerful tools on a electronics work bench. I thought I would take some time to explain how a scope can be useful, and highlight some of the features of the TBS1202B. Continue reading

Make Your Phone Smarter With Moshi and Boom

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Indispensable. That’s how I describe my iPhone. It’s easily as important to me as my keys and wallet, so I always endeavor to treat it well – to pamper it even. Because of this, I tend to go through a lot of accessories, always looking for something that performs slightly better or adds additional value to an already stellar user experience. Two recent finds, the Moshi SenseCover and Boom’s Bluetooth Urchin, have managed to do just that. Continue reading

Test Driving an Unusual Pairing: A Chromebox and a 28-inch 4K UHD Monitor


I frequently have some odd gear show up at the house in search of a review. An iPhone case that doubles as a bottle opener, an MP3 player from a power tool company — that kind of thing. I had one of the more unusual pairings in recent memory show up this week. A Chromebox together with a 28-inch 4K UHD monitor. Either on its own is nothing that strange, but having Asus send a Chromebox (about the cheapest PC you can buy) along with a rather pricey, big, Ultra HD monitor stuck me as kind of amusing. Continue reading

Active Listening: SMS, Polk Audio’s New Headphones Move With You

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Like many of you, I work at a desk eight hours a day. This means that I have to keep a keen eye on my activity level for the good of my overall health and wellbeing. I try to walk to meetings whenever it’s feasible and take the stairs instead of the elevator, but my real exercise takes place outside of business hours – and nothing motivates me to move more than enjoying a little music. Continue reading

Bring Your Home Into Harmony With the Piper Security and Automation Hub


With an effortless installation via your existing home wireless network and a ton of internal environmental sensors, Piper is an endlessly customizable home monitoring system like no other. In fact, my Piper has me thinking less of simple home security, and more about home automation. Whereas the Samsung SmartCam I reviewed last month made it easy for me to receive alerts about motion or sound events that may indicate treachery is afoot in my humble abode, Piper instead offers all this with an unprecedented level of added granularity. Continue reading