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Halloween Costumes for the High Tech

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Halloween costumes can be the worst. Ever year you end up at the the store, deciding between the generic pirate or a polyester super hero suit, that is inevitably going to be duplicated by countless others. And if you have a child it can be even worse! You spend $80 so your child can be Elsa, like every other little girl this year, just to cover it up with a jacket to go Trick or Treating later that night. So how do you get around these costume debacles? You tech them out of course. Check out these costumes that you can DIY or if you’re not into that, others you can buy.

Red light? Green light?

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Help your child think outside of the box by getting in one to create a one of kind stoplight costume. This costume was engineered by a father whose daughter made the decision she was going to a stoplight for halloween. He hooked up the lighting inside the costume to work on two modes, normal stoplight and a flashing mode that goes along to music. He added a button on the side so that his daughter could choose what mode to put it in. He built the costume using an Arduino. So what do you need to make this ingenious costume?

Stoplight Parts

-Cardboard box with holes for the head and arms
-Arduino
-Ladyada Wave Sheild
-6 – 74HC595 shift registers
-Speaker
-Battery Holder and 4 AA batteries
-48 LEDs (we did 12 red, 12 yellow, 12 green, and we had 12 reserved for other lights around the costume)
-48 resistors

The best part is your child can wear their jacket underneath the box, allowing their costume to be visible at all times. For step by step instructions click here.

Think Under the Sea

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Perhaps an easier route for your child’s costume could be this awesome LED jellyfish. It is built out of craft store supplies and battery powered LED lights. This costume is worn on your child’s head, so it is suggested they wear an all white or black outfit.

How to Be a Jellyfish 

- Inexpensive hat with a brim (I suggest using an umbrella hat!)
- Foam board
- Bubble wrap- both big and small
- Dry cleaning bags
- 3 Thin wire battery operated warm led lights
- 3 “tap on” battery operated lights with adhesive back
- Iridescent and colored metallic tissue paper
- White duct tape and clear shipping tape
- Iridescent mesh tubing
- Variety of white, clear and/or iridescent wired ribbon
- Glue gun
- Material

You can find the instructions here.

Be Your Best Tron 

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What better costume for a tech enthusiast than to dress like the computer program Tron? This costume requires the most technical skill to create, as it features a color-changing disk and a voice-changing helmet. This costume requires an Arduino Nano and much more equipment, as well as coding to make it functional. Lucky for you the creator of this masterpiece documented all his work and the code can be found in its entirety on Github. Feel like a challenge? Find more info and links to the code here.

DIY Not Your Thing?

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If you are like me, and shall we say, not that crafty, you may want to just buy a costume. Morph Digital Dudz is the perfect place to find high tech costumes for reasonable prices. Digital Dudz was created by a former NASA scientist after he built an iPAD costume in 2011 that went viral. The costumes range from simple t-shirts with moving eyes to the very much alive undead. You buy the costume, download the free app and insert your phone into a hand dandy pocket in the suit, shirt or mask. Then boom you having a moving eye, beating heart or a range other cool effects. You can check out all the costumes offered here.

Have another high tech costume you want to share? Tell us about it in the comments below. The first 5 commenters will get a free No-IP shirt in the mail!

3 Simple Ways to Keep Your Website Secure

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It seems like every day we hear about another website being hijacked, or attacked in order to get user information or to be used as a temporary web server to host illegal files. So it is important to make sure that your website is secure not only for yourself but for your potential users. So how can you make sure your website is secure? Check out the tips below. Continue Reading

What is SPAM?

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Every day you receive emails, like LOTS of emails, from your work, your family and the many websites you use for social media, shopping or entertainment. It can seem overwhelming at times sifting through all the clutter to find the emails you need because your inbox is bogged down with so much “junk mail.” We feel your pain and understand that you may not find the emails we send important or necessary. But are they SPAM?

What is SPAM and no, I don’t mean the stuff that comes in a can that your grandpa eats. SPAM, or unsolicited email, is an email that you receive that you did not sign up for and that you do not wish to receive. It can come from many sources, but typically happens when you create an account with a company or make a purchase online. Many times you automatically opt into an email list. These lists then get put into a marketing funnel, and you start to receive emails from the company. Not just one email, LOTS of emails, like multiple emails in a day. You tried to unsubscribe, but you don’t know how.  So you are stuck receiving emails you don’t want, from a company you hardly ever shop at.

At No-IP, we love to keep our customers updated with industry and company news. We also love to send special offers to our customers so they can save a little money on our great services. However, we don’t want our customers to receive these emails if they do not want them. Every email that we send complies with the industry standard guidelines. We provide unsubscribe links in the footer and you are also able to toggle your email settings in the member’s section of your No-IP account.

By clicking UNSUBSCRIBE you get the option to opt out of our monthly newsletter and promotional emails. You will still receive system emails which include, expiration notices, maintenance announcements, and other critical account notices. These emails are critical to your account and need to be sent to you for informational purposes.

We hope you find our emails informative and useful and appreciate you choosing No-IP for your Dynamic DNS needs. If you do choose to opt out of the emails you can always decide to opt back in by going to the member’s section of your No-IP account.

Why Your Website Needs an SSL Certificate

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SSL Certificates are a great way to increase the value of your company, by adding an extra layer of security to your customers and boosting the website’s SEO.  It is especially important to have HTTPS since Google announced that it would affect companies search engine rankings.

Don’t know what an SSL certificate is? Let me explain. SSL stands for secure socket layer. This means that your domain is given a secure connection between it,  the internet browser and the web server. This allows websites to transmit private data online. You can tell what websites have an SSL because the HTTP will end with an S, making it an HTTPS. 

So what are the advantages of doing this for your site? Continue Reading