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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Raspberry Pi and GPIO updates

I’ve been playing with my RPi fairly frequently as of late. I ordered some tactile switches, motors, and motor controllers from AdaFruit and since they came in I’ve been learning to control motor speed, direction, and LED brightness using soft-PWM. I quickly learned that I would want a class to wrap up all the GPIO sets/gets. I’ve been writing a package in Python which I’m calling RPiComponents containing the basic interfaces necessary for controlling the GPIO pins in an object-oriented…

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Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year!! Every new year we make resolutions to try new things, quit other things, better ourselves, and a host of other determined decisions. I wish you all a Happy New Year and the best of luck with your resolutions. I’ll leave you with a quote from one of the United States’ most quoted founding fathers: Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man – Benjamin…

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Introducing WebPHP, a(nother) PHP framework

I’ve been working on a new project lately and I’m calling it WebPHP. I wanted something that operated somewhat like Tornado for Python.. but in PHP. I essentially wanted some framework that could simply be dropped onto the root of a hosted server from GoDaddy or the like, and a developer could immediately map URLs using a regex-like syntax to handler classes. I found some other frameworks to do this, but a lot of them seemed tightly coupled to a…

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localcast3 updates

I have not been able to work on my localcast app for quite some time because I have been busy with school, work, and greek life stuff. The app has had a problem for quite a while that I couldn’t figure out. The issue has been two-fold; on a server with low RAM, the server process would be killed by the system while trying to serve some large files, and secondly, if the ChromeCast being streamed to is in a crowded wireless…

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My favorite tales from Halloween

I usually don’t repost articles but this ArsTechnica article was just too good. The article has many tales of IT horror, from physical anomalies, to demonic possession of a netbook. It’s a great read, and you’ll get a few chuckles out of it. “The Devil had possessed his netbook” – and other tales of IT terror  

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