Secrets of the DirecTV OTA Tuner

Behold! I am about to reveal to you the secrets of how to integrate over the air (OTA) channels into your DirecTV guide using the DirecTV AM21N TV Tuner. In addition, you will be able to record these OTA channels just as if …continue reading

Fleeing Alarm Clocks and USB Media Receivers

Clocky Alarm Clock (10% Off): Beat your snooze addiction with the alarm that runs away!

Flirc USB Receiver (23% Off): Repurpose an old remote control to operate your computer media center!

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Retro Tech: Apple iSight Webcam

Back in the day, did you use the Apple iSight Webcam? Here’s a Throwback Thursday Retro Tech Review for this CPU!

5 Ways to Light up Your Life

“When you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you.” — Friedrich Nietzsche, 1886

“I love things that glow — not just for fun, but for functionality!” — Chris Pirillo, 2015

You don’t have to be Carl Sagan to be aware that …continue reading

Universal Remote Control Device for iOS Review (Pronto)

Ever dreamed of a universal remote control that replaces all of your electronic device remotes, but found your experience with such devices to be lackluster? Me, too.

So I was excited when Philips recently sent me one of its Pronto units to review — it’s …continue reading

The X-Files Returns? The Truth is Out There!

Well, the long-speculated truth we’ve suspected to be out there has been officially declared by the powers that be (namely Chris Carter, Gillian Anderson, and David Duchovny): The X-Files will be returning to our television screens soon!

It’s only slated to be a six-part miniseries, …continue reading

The Simpsons Celebrate First Day of Spring in Springfield

Dire Groundhog predictions aside, today is officially the first day of spring! (Or, as the druids would call it, Spring Equinox.)

It seemed like the perfect time for us to celebrate the denizens of Springfield, a little town named after this fine season. …continue reading

Please Shield Me from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Spoilers!

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division) is a show I look forward to watching every week. Unfortunately, being on the west coast means that a lot of people have already seen it by the time it gets to my time …continue reading

How to Take Better Pictures with Your Smartphone Camera

“Photographer” — that is, someone trained in the art of taking pictures on a professional level — is not something that I would claim to be (and I mean no offense to those of you who earn your meal ticket with the craft and have …continue reading

Did the Oscars 2015 Win Your Attention Span?

Sure, the Oscars were last night, but it’s what everyone’s talking about today. It seems appropriate to give a nod to the projects that were nominated and the people who entertained us (whether intentionally or otherwise) at the 87th Annual Academy Awards.

As a side …continue reading

Don’t Need the Sun for Blind Bag Toys Fun

Why go outside when you can have perfectly good fun indoors? In this CPU, I open three so-called “blind bags” that are randomly selected by Diana! What mysteries are revealed? Well, all of them if you skip ahead to the end of this …continue reading

Favorite Tech of 2014? Tell It to Ocho and Be in My Video!

Show me your favorite tech product of 2014 as a video response to this video in the free Ocho app and I may include you in a compilation video! Use the hashtag #TopTech — and thank the kind folks at Ocho for …continue reading

Amazon Fire TV Stick Is Hot, Hot, Hot!

While I’ve been an Amazon Prime member for ages, the company keeps surprising me with new benefits every year. I took advantage of Amazon’s offer of an Amazon Fire TV Stick for only $19 and an early release date. My quick impression …continue reading

Panasonic HX-A500 from a Pirillo Eye View

When I first got wind about the Panasonic HX-A500, I was really excited — mainly because I misheard it as coming with “four cake” capabilities.

Once the misunderstanding was cleared up and it was explained that the Panasonic HX-A500 …continue reading

Tech Trends for Holiday 2014: Streaming

Yes, this is a sponsored post for Staples, but — as always — all opinions are 100% mine.

Sure, I used to love browsing the aisles of video stores for movies that I wanted to see back in the day. Know what …continue reading

LEGO 3MP Digital Camera for the Junior Nerd in All of Us

Sure, anybody can take photos with their smartphones these days (and anybody does). But it takes a truly fearless LEGO geek to venture onto the streets with an eye-blindingly colorful LEGO 3MP Digital Camera!

This thing has 3MP resolution (as you may …continue reading

Top Five Audio/Video Gadgets I Use Every Day

I’ve done a lot of audio/video work during my day-to-day tasks at LockerGnome. During that time, I’ve gone through my fair share of equipment here in the home office. Some of this equipment I’d rather not speak about, but there are a handful …continue reading

HDE 55x Zoom Compact Monocular Keeps Your Eye on the Prize

One of life’s simple truths: you can see more with one eye open than with two eyes closed. And when that one eye is enhanced with the power of an HDE 55x Zoom Compact Monocular, then you can see a whole lot …continue reading

Lily Allen Responds to the URL Badmen Among Us

When trolls try to bring you down on the Internet, you can feed into their negativity like a sucker, or you can get back at them through the power of music. Lily Allen took the latter approach, and I think it’s the better approach. What …continue reading

A Wide and Personal LG 34UM95 Review

This is a sponsored post written on behalf of LG, but all opinions expressed are 100% my own. If you’d like to know more about specs and features of the LG 34UM95, I talked about them over here!

For the longest time, I’ve …continue reading

Star Theater Pro Turns Your Ceiling into the Night Sky

If you live in a brightly lit city or a place that’s cloudy all the time, you may not realize the heavenly splendor of an unobstructed night sky that hangs right above your head. But you don’t have to move out to the boondocks to …continue reading

The Game of Thrones Bunch?

The Wil Wheaton Project promises us some pretty twisted laughs ahead if this Game of Thrones/Brady Bunch opening title mashup is any indication…

I can’t wait to see how they kill off Cousin Oliver.

[From The Game of …continue reading

LG 34UM95: World’s First 34-inch 21:9 UltraWide QHD Monitor

This is a sponsored post written on behalf of LG, but all opinions expressed are 100% my own. If you’d like a more personal review of the LG 34UM95, I did one over here!

Multiple monitors might be one way to display visual …continue reading

How to Win at Recording Video

Oh, Internet! We like to have fun with you. Jon Prosser and Brian Shoop from Front Page Tech and I have been making these OMG videos for our patrons; here’s how you can win at recording video… in a reverse psychology …continue reading

How to Get Started with Doctor Who

Hello World, I’m Chris Pirillo — and this is another TGIF, filled with Tips, Guidance, Information, and Facts!

Today’s Topic? How to get started with Doctor Who.

A lot of people have been lucky enough to grow …continue reading

30th Anniversary of Ghostbusters Infographic Saves Monday

For the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters, Mike Seiders of SDRS Creative crafted a beautiful infographic of interesting tidbits about not just the first movie, but Ghostbusters II, as well. RIP, Harold Ramis.

I was having a lousier than usual Monday until I saw this. Bustin’ …continue reading

Bad Lip Reading Makes American Idol Weirder Than The Gong Show

About the only way I’ll tolerate a televised talent contest is when it’s a Bad Lip Reading televised talent contest. (Or The Gong Show, but let’s focus on what we do have instead of pining for what we don’t.)

“You don’t really want a …continue reading

Transformers Season One DVD Set Beats Bay Any Day

Before Bjork ever sang about cars being asleep inside mountains, Transformers Season One began airing and set a course that has ultimately led to this weekend’s blockbuster release of Extinction. Regardless of your opinion of the Transformers movies (I happen to believe that Michael Bay …continue reading

Beer Bottle Music: Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean

For most of us, it’s what’s inside of beer bottles that tends to coax the music out. How else could karaoke have become such a phenomenon among otherwise shy coworkers and moping barflies when happy hour’s had its way? Anyway, the Bottle Boys from Denmark …continue reading

Star Wars Theme as Interpreted by a Swedish Street Musician

Anders Flanderz is a Swedish one-man band who does no disservice to the epic theme from Star Wars by bringing it to the streets of Stockholm on accordion, xylophone, horns, and various percussive implements.

His multitasking is impressive… most impressive.

[From Swedish Street …continue reading