I’ve been using a couple of different systems for note-taking over the past several years. Last month, I had meant to point a friend/coworker to a blog post describing my setup. (Hi, Dunx!) He had been using Evernote which, to put it mildly, pooped its pants, deleting much of his content. [Spoiler: he managed to save himself by unplugging … Continue reading Digital Note-Taking
This past week, the engineering department of my company (Elemental Technologies — we’re hiring engineers, by the way) had our annual off-site. This year we did something a little different and had a Lego competition. The previous week, we were given time with the Lego Mindstorms kits to get familiar with the components and programming language. The exact nature … Continue reading On 3D Printing Lego Robot Accessories
For years, I’ve been searching for a good free-form symbolic calculator program that works across multiple desktop operating systems. I think I’ve finally found one worth mentioning.
Overview Way back when, just after the dot-com-bomb, I found myself working for a media company named Metapa. We made mp3s and 30 second preview clips from boxes of CDs that tech-clueless record companies snail-mailed us. Metapa was staffed with a ton of Unix-heads and I received a great schooling in the ways of the Secure Shell, ssh. You could not … Continue reading ssh for Programmers
He came by and took photos during lunch. That’s me in the red shirt.
Windows Natural Scrolling and Synergy A little over a year ago, I wrote about setting up “natural scolling” on Windows. I tried it for a week or so and never quite got used to it. One of the biggest setbacks was the software I use to connect my Windows and Linux boxes together as one large desktop: Synergy. My mouse … Continue reading Windows Natural Scrolling and Synergy
Last month, I did the Portland Bike Commute Challenge. You may remember the post. I did not end up with quite the score-card I hoped for, but...
It seems like all engineers like to name things in clever ways along a common theme. Most often, this manifests itself in the names of computers. All of the servers in a given server room or individual rack might get named after Simpsons characters, the seven dwarves, the seven deadly sins, the nine greek muses, the nine … Continue reading Rock, Scissors, Fire
Today a couple of different people at work commented on the screensaver I currently use. It is xanalogtv from the xscreensaver package. It simulates switching channels on an old boxy rotary-channel-selector television, complete with snow, image ghosting, wiggly vertical sync, and all of that. The author of this screensaver put in an impressive amount of work to … Continue reading My last cable box had pushbuttons
I wrote briefly about it before, but many years ago I used to work as a low-level tech at a virtual reality company. When I wasn’t operating or hacking the system, I was repairing it. These repairs were sometimes a little complex, but 99% of the time, they boiled down to two things. Reboot. If that does not work, turn off … Continue reading Have you tried switching it off, then on again?