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Pikes Peak Poker

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Pikes Peak Poker
Pikes Peak Poker reached out to me because their old website needed a refresh.  So I made them this.  I tried wix.com for the first time because I had heard so many good things about them. I needed to see for myself.   I really like the fact that you can create a custom data base to be used throughout the website.   I like the shopping cart. I surprised to find out, after signing up to be a Premium member that many of the add on apps in the app store cost extra. This was disappointing because the shopping app by itself only accepts 2 forms of payment, Paypal and Square. I'm still trying to figure out a way to expand that.  I think I might link back to Facebook for the shopping part.  I am always making tweaks and improving the feature of the website so that it is never completely done.
What do you think?   Leave suggestions in the comments and maybe I will include them in the next update.
Mike

Fire 7 Tablet with Alexa

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Fire 7 Tablet with Alexa These were so cheap on Amazon.com that I bought one for every kid plus my dad!  They have this thing called "special offers". Amazon knocks $15 off of the price so that it can run adds every time that the tablet is idle.  Like a screen saver that sells you stuff. So for $49.99 you get a fully functional tablet. My dad loves Amazon Music.  There is so much free content because I am a Amazon Prime member. The kids watch videos and play games.  You can even use it to read books!

Project Management: A Quick Start Beginners Guide For The Serious Project Manager To Managing Any Project Easily!

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Project Management: A Quick Start Beginners Guide For The Serious Project Manager To Managing Any Project Easily!

When I got hired at Keysight, I thought that I would brush up on my Project Management terminology.  It has been years since I completed my degree so I want to have as much of this knowledge fresh in my mind as possible.   I checked on Kindle Unlimited and found this beginner's guide. Wow.  They really meant beginner. If you are new to Project Management or just want to learn check this book out.  It covers a lot very basic concepts.  It only took me a couple of days to read and it was free since I have Kindle Unlimited.

Raspberry Pi 3

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Raspberry Pi 3 Such an amazing little device.  Seen here with a case and power supply you can pick this up on Amazon for $50.00.  If all that you want is the board you can get it for $35.00.

My first project was to install KODI on this for use as a media server.  You hook the HDMI cable to a TV and you can watch television shows and Movies.
Next, I wiped that SD card and turned it into a retro game console.
These are two of the easiest projects, because you can download an SD card image that basically is everything you need.
There are kits that you can turn a Raspberry Pi into a Laptop with its own Linux based operating system called Raspian.
I like the Pi 3 because it is basically a tiny computer.  The 3 has built-in WiFi, HDMI connector and Bluetooth out of the box.

The Pi zero, one and two can be used for a variety of kind of projects, where this amount of horsepower is not needed.
Check out this website: https://www.raspberrypi.org/resources/make/



Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset

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Acer Mixed Reality Headset
This is my new favorite thing!! The best part is that I picked it up for $215.00 on Amazon.com
So if you were always interested in VR, but didn't think that you could afford it then this is your chance.
To support this you do need to have a laptop or PC that meets certain minimum requirements.

The minimum system requirement are:

Operating SystemWindows 10 Fall Creators Update (RS3) - Home, Pro, Business, EducationProcessorIntel Core i5 7200U (7th generation mobile), dual-core with Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology enabled (or better)AMD Ryzen 5 1400 3.4Ghz (desktop), quad-core (or better)RAM8GB DDR3 dual channel (or better)Free disk spaceAt least 10 GBGraphics CardIntegrated Intel® HD Graphics 620 (or greater) DX12-capable integrated GPU (check if your model is greater) NVIDIA MX150/965M (or greater) DX12-capable discrete GPUGPU must be hosted in a PCIe 3.0 x4+ Link slotGraphics DriverWindows Display Driver Model (WDDM) 2.2Graphics display portHDM…

New Matter MOD-T 3D Printer

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New Matter MOD-t

This was pretty exciting.  I can create an object on my laptop and hit "print" and out pops a real physical object!  So amazing!  I love living in the future.
The New Matter Mod-T is a very inexpensive, entry level printer. (about $300.00 ($99.00 refurbished)).
I either download patterns from New Matter or create them in the free Microsoft app, 3D Builder.
It is an inexpensive way to jump into 3D printing if you are just getting started.

The worst part for me that it can take several hours to print an object.