My Top 5 less than obvious Roku channels

There are a number of streaming set-top boxes on the market these days. My box of choice happens to be the Roku. These are a few of my must-have channels beyond the obvious (Netflix, YouTube, Hulu+, etc.) ones that everyone uses.

Movies, and cameras, and DVRs… oh my!

Some of you might remember my first serious foray into the world of hardware. Well, as it turns out, I’ve come to consider it something of an ongoing project. It just keeps evolving.

Why Direct TV is right in dropping the Weather Channel

I ditched cable awhile back, so I don’t watch the Weather Channel anymore to begin with… but that said, it’s still interesting to see Direct TV dropping the channel due to failed contract negotiations. And frankly, I think Driect TV made the right choice.

How cheap can you build a decent PC?

I started this project way back in June 2013 to see how cheap I could build a halfway decent PC. It took me awhile waiting for online sales and hunting through garage sales and Craigslist’s free section, but I finally finished it. Here’s the results:

Fun with routing… or, how I finally got my server to freaking work

Just to prove to you that even people that consider themselves tech-literate can do stupid things…

Why I don’t sell my WordPress plugins

So a friend of mine asked me an interesting question to other day. They wanted to know why all of my WordPress plugins are free when I could be selling them, or at least selling a “pro” version of them. There are actually a few reasons for this.

Cutting the Cord – One year later…

It’s been almost exactly one year since I cancelled my subscription to cable TV. It’s taken some experimentation, but at this point, I can honestly say that I don’t miss cable. At all. It has definitely been an interesting transition, with some pretty great benefits (not the least of which is the fact that I’m no longer paying Comcast a ton of money).

My first real hardware project… building a home media server

Some of you may be wondering how I spend my free time when I’m not designing websites or writing Wordpress plugins. Generally, the answer is “really geeky things”. This past weekend, for instance, I set up a media server on my home network that can stream to the Roku set-top-boxes on my living room and bedroom TVs.

My New Favorite Apps

Some of you might have noticed that I jumped on that cable cutters train a while back. I have to say (other than occasionally missing Cartoon Network) I have no regrets about doing so. You might also remember that I purchased a couple of Roku set-top boxes to make up for the lack of cabley goodness in my home.

Nikki’s favorite development tools

Someone asked me recently what program I use to build websites. My answer? Several.

How I saved $40+ a month on my landline phone thanks to the internet

Yes, I’m one of those people who still has a landline. I’ve just never been able to adjust to having my cellphone on me constantly unless I’m out somewhere. If I’m at home, odds are my cell is in my purse in the closet where I’m not very likely to hear it unless I happen to be in the same room.

How I got rid of cable TV thanks to the internet

I was a cable holdout for a long time, but about 4 months ago I finally decided to take the plunge and cut the cord. I was tired of paying $160+ a month for Comcast’s TV/Internet/Phone bundle. Especially when I was only actually watching around 8 of the 200 or so channels I got on […]

Anybody need a wish list?

Try my new wish list plugin. It’s just a quickie simple little thing, but someone might find it useful.

Vanity URLs

Well, I finally did it.   I went out and bought (and for good measure).  Kind of jumping on the bandwagon, I guess, but I figured why not?  🙂

Nikki Blight – Web/PHP Developer