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I'm Roger Stringer, a DevOps engineer, developer, author, foodie, speaker, dad. Founder of Flybase.

The New Samsung Gear VR Virtual Reality Headset


The New Samsung Gear VR Virtual Reality Headset

Samsung has released a new Gear VR headset. There aren’t a lot of differences, but the differences they have made are nice.

First, they’ve changed the color from white to a blueish-black color, then they made it lighter, you can actually wear it longer and not get a headache.

The darker color also keeps light from leaking in so it’s a better feel overall.

Next, they changed the trackpad on the side to make it into more a touch pad you have on your laptop, rather than the previous design. Another change is a home button beside the back button, so you can exit apps quicker.

But, the big change is that they’ve given it a wider view, a while 110 degrees wider view. This is the change that makes it easier to use, when combined with the thicker, more comfortable foam around the eyes and the darker color. This all helps to make it more immersive, and lets you watch it longer.

The other change is they’ve switched the charging port to a USB-C port to accommodate the cable for the Note 7, they’ve also made a switchable dongle to swap out micro-USB or USB-C adapters to plug your phone into the Gear.

Don’t worry, there’s also an adapter for the USB-c charging port to use Micro-USB but the significant feature here is that this port also support data and not just charging, so this can open things up to plugging in controllers and motion controllers down the road.

Is it worth switching if you already have a Gear VR headset?

That is a good question, while the extra 110 degrees of view does make it a nicer experience over all, it really depends on how hardcore you are into using your Gear VR already. The future potential motion controller support does really make this more promising than the previous model though, and I still recommend some sort of controller for most of the games.

Also, most of my previous tips still stand.

Andre De Grasse vs. 1936 Olympic Champ Jesse Owens


Today’s Olympic runners use the best equipment available, from custom built shoes to ultra-lightweight clothing, in order to give them an edge over their opponents. But what would happen if they were forced to use the old, outdated equipment of past Olympics?

I came across this video and thought it was an interesting share as it compares the equipment runners use today vs what was used back in 1936.

Pineapple Peach Ghost Pepper Sauce


We grow our own Ghost peppers and various handy kitchen herbs in our back yard, it’s nice to just walk out and grab what you need to make something.

A recent trip to the local farmer’s market got me a few fresh peaches, and the pineapple, well, that I bought in a store since those don’t grow on trees around here.

This sauce is a mixture of sweet and spicy, and you can switch out the Ghost peppers for any type of hot pepper you like, I also like to use Habanero peppers in this sauce.

This sauce is tasty on just about anything that can take the level of heat with the touch of sweet. It’s a touch on the vinegary side, which works for me for many things. Try it over chicken, or a nice piece of fish, over a piece of sliced pork loin or pretty much anything.

You can even just use some on your veggies if you want.

What you need

  • 5 - 6 ghost peppers, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cups chopped pineapple
  • 1 cup chopped peaches
  • 1 handful mint leaves, rinsed
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon salt

How to make it

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a food processor and process until smooth.
  2. Add to a pot and simmer over low heat for 15 minutes.
  3. Cool and strain, if you want a less-chunky hot sauce, if you want a chunkier hot sauce, skip the straining.
  4. Pour into bottles and refrigerate until ready to use!
  5. Makes about 12 ounces.