Jacob

A Quick Intro to AC Motors and Generators

Earlier today I was looking around the web for some basic information on AC generators. I am a Computer Engineering major, so my courses only very briefly cover electro-mechanical systems. I’ve been wanting to create a windmill generator, mainly just to see if I can make something useful. I came upon this 1961 US Army training video on AC motors and generators and found it to be extremely informational. It also has a quick review at the end in case…

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Useful Linux Commands

I have been compiling a list of some Linux commands that I find most useful. Some of these are the basic run-of-the-mill commands that any intro to Linux class will teach, but some of them are a little more obscure, yet useful. They are listed below in alphabetical order. apropos This utility is related to the man utility. You can use it to find references within manual pages simply by providing an argument that is close to or exactly what you are…

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July Update

I’ve not written for a while because I’ve been crazy busy recently. I have started a new internship and moved cities to work. But I’ve also been working on a ton of other things as well. Recently, I have been reading the OSDev Wiki and trying my hand at OS development. I am slightly cheating by using an i686 emulator from QEMU and GRUB to boot me into real mode, but I am writing everything else from scratch. I’ve found the most…

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Diving into Java (updated)

I have never been heavily exposed to programming in Java, though I’m an Android person. I recently began reading online course material about programming in Java, and specifically, programming with the Swing GUI library. I had a need for a simple application to store information about ICs and other electronic components I have in my possession, so I thought I’d give Java a try! After figuring out Eclipse’s designer windows and GUI editing helpers, I was able to create an…

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The Power of Drawing Pictures

I recently watched a TED Talk on dealing with large, complex, and as the speaker calls them, ‘wicked’ design problems. The speaker pointed out several things that at first glance seem trivial, but upon a deeper investigation, reveal some pretty powerful insight into the way the human brain organizes ideas and complex problems. The speaker adheres to a visual and tangible design approach wherein the designer physically draws a picture of the desired systems. From there the designer refines this…

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Besiege: killer physics based building game

I haven’t posted in a while, but here’s something to talk about! I don’t own a video game console and don’t consider myself a gamer, however, I recently purchased a game on Steam that is an Early Access game and I am totally addicted. The game is only $6.99 and is only at version V0.04 but it’s amazing. The game is called Besiege. It’s a physics game set in medieval style where you construct these siege engines to destroy the fortresses…

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Raspberry Pi B+: my setup story

Since I’m the nerdy type, I’ve been wanting to play with some of these development boards like the RPi and Arduino for quite a while now. I hadn’t bought any single platform but for Christmas this year, I got a Raspberry Pi B+. I bought some accessories for it from Amazon and had them ship post-haste! I bought a 2A power supply, an Edimax EW-7811Un USB Wireless b/g/n nano adapter, a Cobbler-T breakout panel, and a 32GB µSD card. I…

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