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What is Dropoly?

Posted on Oct 30, 2013 in Development, Life, News, Video

Dropoly.com is an amazing energy-saving web app created right here in Dayton, OH.   I saved over $160 a month just by playing Dropoly and making a few small changes around the house.   Start by watching the video we produced below and then head on over to Dropoly.com to start saving money!

 

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Special Live Chromatic Radio Broadcast on 5/21 at 10pm

Posted on May 16, 2013 in Audio, Essence, Life, Music, News, Web

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To celebrate the release of Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories on 5/21 (today) Stereo Chromatic will be streaming a special live broadcast from 10pm EST to Midnight via www.stereochromatic.com. Playing all of our Funk, Pop, Electronic, Hip-Hop and Dance favorites along with some original tunes from local Dayton artists.

 

We will also be giving away copies of R.A.M. during the show – follow us on Facebook and Twitter for your chance to win!

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Fun facts about Bitcoin

Posted on Apr 27, 2013 in Life, News

Bitcoin is a peer-to-peer electronic cash system.  It’s purpose is to solve the double spending problem and 3rd party trust system that is inherit in most modern currency systems.  It was first proposed by Satoshi Nakamoto in this paper – http://bitcoin.org/bitcoin.pdf.

Every 10 minutes, 25 Bitcoins are generated by the network.  Every miner or mining pool is competing to find those 25 coins.

In 2017, that number will be halved to only 12.5 bitcoins being generated every 10 minutes.

The system can only create a total of 21 million bitcoins.  This limit will be reached in the year 2140.

A chart illustrating the total amount of Bitcoins generated over time

 

Bitcoin mining is basically a modern day computing arms race.  Whoever has the most computing power essentially has a better chance of solving the blocks.  Costs include hardware, internet connection and power consumption.  To setup your own Bitcoin miner, check out our tutorial here.

 

 

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How to setup a basic Bitcoin Miner (GPU or CPU)

Posted on Apr 27, 2013 in Life, News, Tutorials

First things first.  You need to make sure you have the right hardware to mine.   Check the link below to find your video card and make a note of its Mhash/s speed.
https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Mining_hardware_comparison

The recent Bitcoin surge has greatly effected the video card market prices.  In general for GPU mining, you want a decent ATI Radeon HD card.   Solving the hash is an integer operation and since most Nvidia cards do floating point calculations, they are not optimal for mining.

Ok, so now you have the right hardware.  Next, you want to download Bitcoin-QT (http://bitcoin.org/en/download).   This program serves as your “wallet” and synchronizes you to the Bitcoin P2P network.  After you install Bitcoin-QT, make sure to encrypt your wallet with a pass-phrase by going to Settings – Encrypt Wallet

 
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and make note of your wallet address by clicking on “Receive Coins”

 

You are halfway there!  Let’s continue…Now you need a miner.   For simplicity, lets use GuiMiner (http://guiminer.org/).   Install the program and you should see a list of available devices for mining:

 

 

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Don’t start yet! You need to join a mining pool first.  I recommend Slush’s Pool (https://mining.bitcoin.cz/).   Until you have a good amount of computing power, its best to mine in a pool rather than on your own.  I may talk more about this in another article.

 

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Sign up for an account at Slush’s Pool (https://mining.bitcoin.cz/) and create a worker. Go to My Account and copy in your Bitcoin wallet address and then write down your worker ID and password.   Switch over to GuiMiner and add the worker.  Make sure you have slush’s pool selected. Now you are ready to start mining!  Press Start Mining and the app should connect to the pool and start doing its thing.  You should see the hash rate at the bottom right and current shares on the left.

Remember when I said to take note of your Mhash/s speed?  This is needed to set the difficulty of your worker.   Go back to My Account at Slush Pool and edit your worker.   Select your hash rate and the difficulty will be updated.  You can also set this value on GuiMiner.

That’s it!  Happy Mining!

 

 

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The Place to Be – Scene 75 First Impressions

Posted on Jul 6, 2012 in Life, News

 

Scene 75 Entertainment Center opened this week in Dayton, OH.   The complex located at 6196 Poe Avenue, Dayton, OH 45414 is the “largest indoor entertainment center in the country” and its right here in our backyards.  I got a chance to go check it out yesterday (July 4) and also met the owner, who is a really nice and genuine guy.   Overall, I was extremely impressed with the whole experience and only see it getting better in the months and years to come.

I spent a few hours there on my first visit and really just scratched the surface of all the things to do.  Here are my first impressions of what I did check out.

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For all your Lego kids out there..

Posted on Feb 24, 2012 in Life, News, Video

Lego Millennium Falcon Stop Motion Assembly 3d from Francisco Prieto on Vimeo.

Jaw = Floor

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Switching from Android (Droid 2) to iPhone 4S

Posted on Feb 23, 2012 in iPhone, Life, News, Tutorials

A little background:  I was a very early adopter of the iPhone when it was first released in 2007.   I had that thing jailbroken and running bootleg on Cinicinnatti Bell faster than you could say “voided warranty”.   After 16 months with the original iPhone, I had to switch my service to Verizon for a more reliable connection.

My first year with Verizon was a nightmare.  I had a BlackBerry.   I felt like a caveman.   You know the opening scene of 2001: A Space Odyssey?  It was just like that.

Then, Motorola created the best cross-promotion in the history of cell phones.  The Empire Strikes Back themed,  “R2-D2″ Motorola Droid 2.

Umm... YES PLEASE!!!!

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Dub-Step Cat (Stereo Skifcha)

Posted on Feb 17, 2012 in Funny, Life, News, Video

We love Dub-step Cat! And we share the same first name.

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Logic Studio: Star Wars Imperial March (Hip Hop Remix)

Posted on Feb 12, 2012 in Audio, Life, Music, News, Production

 

To commemorate the release of Star Wars on Blu-Ray last September, I recorded my own version of the Imperial March Hip Hop Remix.

This quick project was created in Logic Studio using the EXS 24 Sampler.  I created new regions from the original audio file, mapped them to my MIDI keyboard and MPD, mixed in some break-beats and recorded the whole thing “live” in 1 or 2 takes.

I will update this space with a tutorial soon.

 

 

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