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Removing a Broken Lens Filter with a Band Saw!

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LEGO with Friends: Technic 2-in-1 Build Off, Part 1

We go back to our roots in this week's LEGO with Friends with a straight-up speed build competition! Frank is in town this week to do a build-off with Norm, and to avoid any bias, they're each building the same set! But with a twist: using the same pieces, they're going to build completely different models!

Visiting Scotland’s National Museum of Flight

Whenever I travel, I like to seek out local aviation museums. There are often some rare gems to be found. That was definitely the case during my recent trip to Scotland. I was able to visit the National Museum of Flight (NMF), and it was a day extremely well-spent.

The museum is located in East Fortune, a short drive from Edinburgh. The site was formerly a Royal Air Force (RAF) station with roots dating back to World War I. Several of the museum's buildings are rare surviving examples of World War 2-era hangars and facilities. The museum occupies only a portion of the former station. Other areas are home to a small civilian airport and an amateur race track. I saw plenty of activity in all three areas during my Sunday afternoon visit.

Rare Exhibits

I was particularly excited to visit NMF since it was to be my first aviation museum outside of the US. That alone ensured that I would find numerous aircraft that I'd never seen before. I love it when I finally run across an example of an airplane that I've read about and viewed photos of, but never seen in person. I was able to punch that card many times at NMF.

One of the main attractions at this museum is an example of the Concorde supersonic airliner. It is housed indoors, so the airplane remains in pristine condition. I've actually seen another Concorde at the Smithsonian's Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia. The big difference here is NMF's refreshing lack of velvet ropes. You can walk all around and under the airplane with few restrictions. Best of all, you can even walk through the interior for a look at the cabin and cockpit. It is actually less cramped than I imagined it would be. It's not exactly roomy, but wide-body airliners can't fly at Mach 2.

Scotland's National Museum of Flight provides a balanced look at the revolutionary and controversial Concorde supersonic airliner.

The Concorde was a controversial airplane throughout its lifetime. While many lauded the technological innovation and speed that the airplane represented, there was also a camp that denounced the noise and massive fuel consumption of the design. NMF's exhibit does a good job of presenting both sides in a balanced an unbiased way. There is also objective analysis of the fatal Concord crash in 2000 and the subsequent factors that resulted in the plane's retirement.

Tested's Media Management Workflow!

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This Old FX Shop: Zombie Makeup Application!

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Google Play App Roundup: Firefox Focus, Altered Beast, and Rider

If you're going to be supporting app development on Android (and you should), you might as well pay for the best content you can. That's what the Google Play App Roundup is all about. This is where you can come every week to find out what's new and cool on Android. Just follow the links to the Play Store.

Firefox Focus

Most browsers for Android seem to focus on adding more features, but Firefox is focusing on something else with the aptly named Firefox Focus. This is a stripped down browser that preserves your privacy and offers a fast browsing experience.

When you open Firefox Focus, all you have is a bar in the middle of the screen for a search term or URL. The default search engine is Yahoo, which is kind of weird at this point. You can change it to Google, and I'm sure most people will. The app has an interesting purple and pink color scheme with a gradient sweeping across all the UI elements. Gradients usually look pretty old-fashioned, but I think it kind of works here. Firefox Focus has a neat 80s vibe.

Firefox Focus uses ad-blocking and do-not-track by default on all pages. Additionally, it saves no data locally. While you're browsing, there's a floating action button in the lower right corner with a trashcan on it. You can tap that at any time to close your page and delete all browsing data. Additionally, there's a notification whenever Firefox Focus is running. There's even a "Stealth" mode that prevents screenshots and app previews in overview. You can turn that off, though.

You only get a single page at a time in Focus, so no tabbed browsing. That makes sense considering the mission of Focus to provide simple, fast browsing. The overflow menu shows you how many trackers were blocked on each page, and there's a toggle right there to shut blocking off. That's useful on pages where there's ad-block detection that blocks you from seeing content. The menu also includes options to open a page in Firefox or your default browser.

Using Focus for all your browsing is tedious seeing as there's no bookmark system, history, or tabbed browsing. You can set it as default, if you want (there's a toggle in the settings). However, it's a good choice for opening links from other apps as it'll block all tracking and doesn't keep history. Some of the privacy features are a bit heavy-handed, but that's what you get in a privacy-oriented browser.