Technology & Couture Meet at Paris Fashion Week

A week ago, Fashion Week was¬†in full swing in Paris. ¬†Fashion Week, whether in Paris, Milan, London, or New York, has always been known for a display of cutting edge notions of what beauty can look like. ¬†Those who follow both Fashion Week and Apple’s releases might remember last year’s London¬†Fashion Week, where the iPhone 5S’s slow motion video capability was debuted with an Instagram video of a Burberry runway show (video here).

Still from Burberry's iPhone 5S slow motion video of their Spring/Summer 2014 runway show at London Fashion Week.
Still from @burberry‘s iPhone 5S slow motion video of their Spring/Summer 2014 runway show at London Fashion Week.

Apple has¬†been¬†working to be seen as “fashionable tech” arguably since the clamshell iBook¬†from fifteen¬†years ago, which featured bright colors and rounded corners — a significant departure from the existing design of laptops. ¬†As mobile phones became common place, so did phone cases and charms. ¬†A fashionable person’s cell phone was not complete without a shiny cover or sparkly charm. ¬†In the 90s, merely having a cell phone was a status symbol, but by the time¬†Motorola introduced the¬†RAZR, it was clear that the kind of cell phone you had was as important as simply owning one. ¬†And this trend has skyrocketed since the invention of the Smart Phone.

As technology seeps deeper and deeper into our every day lives, it makes perfect sense that it becomes a part of our fashion aesthetic.  We carry our Smart Phones with us everywhere, and for many of us, they are constantly in our hand.  It functions in many ways like a clutch purse, but it is not limited to a feminine look and is far more likely to appear in a professional setting.

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Weather Integrated into Wallpaper: A GeekTool Widget for Mac OS


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GeekTool is an application available for Mac OS that allows the user to create widgets embedded in their desktop. ¬†These widgets commonly¬†display time, date, to do lists, weather information, and images. ¬†I’ve played with GeekTool on and off over the years — sometimes using it for practical reasons, like an easily visible record of uptime on¬†older machines, and sometimes for frivolous ones, like the GeekTool I’m going to share with you today.

While displaying weather widgets with images is a common GeekTool, I have yet to see one integrated into a desktop image, so I decided to give it a try. ¬†To accomplish this, you’ll needed to use two GeekTools, one image and one shell. ¬†I used two small scripts, one written in bash and the other a line in python, but you could easily write all of this in one script, splitting it up was just faster for me in the moment.

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Raspberry Pi Lighttpd Web Server Tutorial

Setting Up

Acquire a Raspberry Pi, configure your SD card with Raspbian, and connect to the internet via ethernet.  Get yourself a case similar to the one shown or make one from lego or cardboard.

Once you’ve booted your Pi, it’s crucial to¬†change the default password. ¬†If you’re comfortable at the command line, ditch the default user Pi and the desktop interface. ¬†This will help preserve the life of your SD card. ¬†If you think the server will get much traffic, it’s worth taking the time to boot Raspbian from a USB instead of the SD card.

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