Omar Gallaga: Digital Savant

Open Source

Q&A sessions reveal some details on game guru Richard Garriott’s new ‘Shroud of the Avatar’

As development of the first full release of his new game, “Shroud of the Avatar” hits the home stretch this year, Portalarium Inc.’s CEO and creative director Richard Garriott de Cayeux is inviting equity investors to help raise another $2 million...

Read More

Open Source

Talking about the evolution of USB (yes, the port) with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we had an entire discussion about USB ports, cables and the increasingly popular USB-C standard. Seriously! A whole segment! About USB! You’d be surprised how much there was to talk about. Find out...

Read More

Tech firm shows off new video-relay device to Austin’s deaf community

On Tuesday night, in the lobby of Austin’s Topfer Theatre on South Lamar, about 350 members of Austin’s deaf community gathered to learn about a new device being offered from Sorenson Communications, a video-relay device called the ntouch VP2. The...

Read More

Open Source

Your broken Mac’s not old and unfixable, it’s ‘Vintage’ (and unfixable)

My 2011 MacBook Pro died suddenly as I was in the middle of editing some photos for work. The workhorse machine has been a great companion, but it was the subject of a recall for faulty graphics cards and already had its innards replaced once. Now...

Read More

Open Source

Tech Crawl: Amazon/Whole Foods fallout, Google’s plan against extremism and a two-factor how-to

Happy Monday, Austin! Back to work we go. Here are some tech stories you may have missed this morning or over the weekend: Whole Foods under the microscope with Amazon deal You probably didn’t miss Friday’s huge news, that Amazon is buying Whole...

Read More

Open Source

Talking about taking control of your finances and investments − with apps

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we talked about what apps you may want to check out if you want to get a better handle on your personal finances or start getting into investing. We discussed “Mint,” of course, but also a few others you...

Read More

SXSW says it had 421,900 at 2017 events as it continues unifying conferences

(Updated, 11:55 a.m.)  Three months after South by Southwest 2017’s conclusion, the organization behind its events has released a six-page report on how many people participated this year, among other statistics. Clouding the picture is that for the...

Read More

Open Source

‘Final Fantasy XIV Online’ gets a ‘Complete Edition,’ and ‘Ever Oasis’ hits Nintendo 3DS

New video games out this week  “Final Fantasy XIV Online: Complete Edition.” If you hesitated on investing time and money into what was at launch not a super-great massively multiplayer experience, it may be time to give it another look. The game...

Read More

A retro-styled return of party video games

There used to be a kind of video game that invited (mostly innocent) trash talk, victorious fist pumps and very loud involuntary noises (grunts, yelps, the occasional guttural scream) from its players. They were played on shag-carpeted living-room...

Read More