Big Tony’s PokerKard – Model T4 USA – Restoring CloneZilla and dd Drive Images…

You will need: (2) USB Thumb Drives / Keys Narrow and thin or they won’t all fit!  (I really like these Kingston drives…) One 2GB or larger One 8GB or larger USB keyboard Big Tony’s PokerKard hardware (properly installed in the Big Tony’s PokerKard cabinet) Proper BIOS Settings for the PC (BIOS settings are below the images) Big Tony’s PokerKard… Read more →

My Adventures with Big Tony’s Pokerkard – Tear down, repair, troubleshooting, etc. (Fixed!)

All of the content on this page is aimed at helping owners troubleshoot, repair, and service their game.  If a legitimate request to remove any of the material posted here surfaces, I will honor the request.   Recently I picked up a Big Tony’s Pokerkard arcade video/gambling game/machine.  It does not boot all the way into the game, but the… Read more →

Wasabi Mango Pixel Perfect UHD420 42″ 4K TV – Details, Experience, & Review (Avoid)

Recently, I decided to purchase a Wasabi-Mango UHD420 42″ 4K monitor on eBay.  The specs look great – 60Hz on DisplayPort and a LG IPS panel.   Here’s my experience.   Packaging:  Excellent!   Looks Nice!   Feet installed:   Image is very nice, but the back lighting isn’t quite even throughout.  I tried many images, and dynamic back lighting as… Read more →

Solved: Android Lollipop (5.0+) with Straight Talk AT&T SIM – Google Hangouts Can’t Receive/Download MMS Images

I recently put a pair of AT&T branded LG G3s onto Straight Talk – and after I thought I had everything set-up properly – data, MMS, SMS, etc. I ran into a problem.  Some (not all) incoming MMS messages from friends arrived saying there was a download attached, but when I would click to download/re-try, it would just time out… Read more →

Linux Mint, Ubuntu, Python, Firefox, Selenium, and Webdriver – Headless Edition

I have a few browser automation tasks set up to run using cron on my home NAS (Ubuntu / Linux Mint 17), but ran into trouble with Selenium’s webdriver throwing exceptions due to my NAS being headless.   There is a very simple workaround for this problem – create a bash/shell script that you will call from cron, give it the… Read more →

Python Port: Introduction to Programming in Java – An Interdisciplinary Approach

So I’ve been teaching myself Java.  My textbook of preference is Introduction to Programming Java – An Interdisciplinary Approach by Robert Sedgewick and Kevin Wayne.   Because I currently work in Python, I decided to port the programs as I go and uploading them to Google Code.  A bit of a grind, but I believe, worthwhile. Dec 02, 2014:  Chapter 1… Read more →

RevisionX – Elegant Conky Theme For Linux Mint/Ubuntu Distributions (Modified/Improved Gotham)

Conky is system monitor software for X (aka, Linux desktop).  I find that most of the themes out there really don’t suit my taste, and wanted to modify an existing theme (Gotham) to add CPU, memory, and network utilization.  I ended up with a theme that’s elegant and does everything I wanted (albeit Android-ish). If you haven’t installed Conky, it’s… Read more →