Digital Note-Taking

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

On 3D Printing Lego Robot Accessories

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

ssh for Programmers

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

Windows Natural Scrolling and Synergy

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

Rock, Scissors, Fire

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

My last cable box had pushbuttons

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

Have you tried switching it off, then on again?

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?