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The Dirty Secret of 3D Printing No One Tells You

It took me a solid two years to finally cough up the coin for a 3D printer and fact is nowadays a decent home/hobbyist 3D printer can be had for as little as $400. I bought an XYZPrinting Da Vinci 1.0 from NewEgg just before thanksgiving for the impressive price of just $399.  Now, I know what you’re thinking, for $400 there’s got to be a catch and there was.  With the DaVinci line of printers they are coded to use proprietary filament cartridges which fetch a premium on the market.  I Read more [...]

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Initial Results Running DNN Redis on Awesome.Net

At Applied Innovations we’ve been huge advocates of the DNN platform and over the past fours years we’ve been actively involved with Windows Azure Pack (WAP) because we believe this is the future of shared hosting.  So when we launched our WAP environment into production earlier this year as awesome.net, DNN was something we wanted to see running on that platform.  Unfortunately, without a caching provider getting DNN to run in a load balanced environment like Awesome.net you have to Read more [...]

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Using Slic3r and the XYZ Printing Da Vinci 1.0

3D printing is opening up a world of possibilities across the globe.  With a 3D printer and a little CAD knowledge you can build just about anything from computer parts like fan shrouds and heat diffusers to artistic elements and even space craft parts.  Previously they were only available to die hard hobbyists willing to put together an open source kit and those with deep industrial pockets but today a 3d printer can be had for a few hundred dollars.  Recently, I purchased a 3D printer, Read more [...]

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Creating Featured Images Quickly

In my earlier blog post I spoke about Content Curation and how to quickly add content to your website but what I found in the process is that as the posts showed on my homepage of my blog they were rather boring looking and really needed a feature image to make it stand out.Boring PostExciting PostHere’s how I did itI used a plugin called: ImageInject.  This plugin searches image sources for public domain and creative commons licensed images and inserts them into your post and when attribution Read more [...]

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Content Curation Made Easy

So here’s the scenario, you’re reading your early morning reading list, all the RSS feeds, facebook posts, inbox updates, twitter links, linkedin suggestions, etc and you come across a couple articles that are really relevant to what you like to blog about and you’d love to share them on your blog.  The problem is it takes time to even create a short blog post and you’re so busy today you just don’t have the time to spare but you really want to share this content to your ‘subscribers’.   Read more [...]

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