Turning my Hallway Closet into a Drop Zone: Gallery

Genesis of a Project In our new house, we had a hallways closet that was massive. It was very deep, and fairly wide, but had low overhead, due to the stairs passing above it. My wife had the brilliant idea to turn this into a dropzone for shoes, parcels, mail, etc. She took to Pinterest to gather ideas, and I turned it into a weekend project. The Project Plan Regrettably, I didn’t capture all the “design” pieces, and only have…

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Pickin’ On Series

I was poking around YouTube and found a great channel and project, you should check them out!   The Pickin’ On channel is filled to the brim with great acoustic bluegrass interpretations of some of the best songs around. From Nirvana, to The Guess Who, to Lynyrd Skynard, they’ve done it all! Check out one of my faves:  

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Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day USA! I hope everyone enjoys their day off, but pauses to remember those who have served and do serve to keep our country safe daily. Thank you to our military, police, fire, emergency, and medical staffers work tirelessly in service to their fellow Americans.  

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I’m back!

The server was down for about 24 hours while I performed some hardware and software upgrades. I’ll be bringing all of my blog entries back as soon as I can get the SQL imported! For the nerdy and techies who wonder: Hardware Upgrades 512MB RAM to 1GB Single Core 32bit to single core 64bit Software Upgrades Debian 7 to Debian 9 Installation of security (super secret stuff!) software to mitigate the endless torrent of hacking attempts PHP5.4 to PHP7.x  …

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It’s been a while again!

I have been very busy with Capstone Design again this semester so I’ve not had any time to myself. However, I have quite a lot to write about! School I am wrapping up my final few classes and getting ready for graduation! This semester I have taken several rather applicable classes to my upcoming work situation. My favorite class has absolutely been Embedded Systems. This class goes from the question What is an embedded system? through What are the considerations when designing an embedded…

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It’s Been a While!

I’ve not posted in a few months, mainly because I’ve been extremely busy! Here’s what I’ve been up to recently. School I just finished up the semester and finals were rough, but I came out with great success. I really enjoyed a few of my classes. Namely, Computer Architecture, where I studied how the MIPS32 ISA was designed, and then implemented several hardware versions of it. The second best class was Digital Systems Design where I was introduced to VHDL and was able…

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Autonomy is Cool… and Hard!

Beginning in the last week of August, I joined The University of Alabama’s IEEE Autonomous Robotics Senior Design Team for 2016. I am the System Architecture and Integration Lead. UA has sent fiercely competitive teams to this competition for the past several years, though none have won. This year’s team is staffed with motivated, driven individuals and we are attempting to bring home first place for UA for the first time. I have linked the official competition rules below. IEEE…

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NSA Playset

Today an article ran on ArsTechnica which caught my eye. It’s titled The NSA Playset: Espionage tools for the rest of us and talks about the creation of a collection of NSA-ANT-like devices for doing… NSA-like things. One device — a deceptively simple device — caught my attention. It is called the CONGAFLOCK. This single transistor RF reflector can be implanted into anything that transmits data via wires. The resultant device can be hit with a continuous wave at the frequency of the bug’s…

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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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