We give a lot of attention to XBMC here, and with just cause. It's an open-source, cross-platform, highly-customizable media center solution that outperforms just about every commercial option out there. Here's how you can make it even better. If you've played around with any commercial media centers or extenders, you've probably quickly realized how clunky and inelegant the user interface and experience is. Sure once the movie is playing and you're no longer staring down the interface all is well, but prior to getting to the actual showtime the menus are ugly and the navigation is kludgy. Advertisement Yesterday Adam detailed how to set up a silent, standalone XBMC media center on the cheap—and that's a good starting point. The "out of box" experience with XBMC is fantastic, but even better than that, it's extremely customizable. You can alter menus, vary the display method, and completely swap out the skin for a fresh new look. We've reviewed some great XBMC skins and shown … [Read more...] about Turbo Charge Your New XBMC Installation
I once went to a spin class so difficult I threw up in a trashcan outside the studio immediately after stretching, then renounced indoor cycling altogether. It’s with that memory firmly burned in my brain that I am reluctant to criticizeAmy Schumer for allegedly threatening her personal trainer with legal action over some difficult workouts. Apparently it was all a “joke,” but I would fully understand if it were not. E! Online says Schumer invited trainer AJ Fisher onto her podcast on Tuesday and brought up her workouts, joking that they were so intense, “I threatened you near constantly As the Snatched star Advertisement Though Schumer says this was just a prank, I cannot imagine it was much fun for Fisher to read the letter initially, and apparently she did freak out for a minute. “ Her career is not over, of course, and it seems like she’s still training Schumer, so I suppose there’s no love lost there. Hopefully Fisher’s cE! … [Read more...] about This Is a Pretty Good Use of a Cease and Desist, Actually
I hear cries all the time from the casual Lego buyer about how expensive Lego sets have become, how they used to be cheaper...once upon a time. I've often wondered where these people are buying their Lego. Is it possible that their perception of price is simply because they are buying Lego from Toys"R"Us? I usually avoid Toys"R"Us like the plague. Occasionally, always because of a promotion or exclusive, I will venture through the doors of the big box toy store to purchase Lego. It wasn't always this way. Even though I have always been a big Lego shop-at-home user, there is something to be said for going into a store to see all the products lined up in person. I used to do this almost exclusively at Toys"R"Us, until a few years ago when a Lego brand store opened adjacent to my normal shop. Advertisement After going into the Lego store on a regular basis, I started noticing the price differences. I found that sets at Toys"R"Us are generally a dollar or two more than they were at … [Read more...] about Is the Toys”R”Us Lego mark-up ripping us off?
The fact that Kia is building a large seven/eight-seater SUV is about as surprising as discovering that the Twinkie you’ve just bitten into contains an interior chamber, filled with a white, sweet, creamery substance. It’s a move so safe that I’d tell it my bank card PIN, if it asked. People will buy these, because, it seems, that’s all they want to buy anymore. Happily, Kia’s jump on this particular bandwagon is a jump well executed. I can say this because not only did I take the 2020 Kia Telluride on a little road trip, but I slept in it overnight, too, because that’s how you really get to know a car. (Full disclosure: Kia lent me a 2020 Telluride with a full tank of gas for a week so I could review it. I did not need it for transportation as I already own several ridiculous cars but I used it for that anyway. They made me swear not to sleep in it or let my kid lie on the dashboard and I’m proud to have honored that promise.) Also, if a car … [Read more...] about The 2020 Kia Telluride Is a Pretty Nice SUV to Drive and Sleep In