A jewelry box for my geeky wife

A jewelry box for my geeky wife

I hate buying gifts for my wife. We are both adults, we aren’t starving and if I want something I’ll go out and buy it for myself. Instead I try to build her things for occasions. Sometimes that works out in my favor, usually we end up with something that I have spent weeks on […] more…
Moving to Riot

Moving to Riot

Just a bit of personal news, I just accepted a security position at Riot Games.  WICKED excited, don’t have to relocate and get to work on one of my favorite games with people that I can learn a TON of stuff from. more…
Adding internal analog audio to an Intel NUC

Adding internal analog audio to an Intel NUC

I have an Intel NUC DCCP847DYE which is a very tiny little celeron based computer that I tend to travel with. It’s handy having something more powerful than a tablet with me but far smaller than my laptop.  As I’ve started playing around around with SDR more though, it’s lack of analog audio has started […] more…
USB 3.0 and 2.4Ghz interference

USB 3.0 and 2.4Ghz interference

Intel posted a white paper sometime ago about how USB 3.0 ports, in particular unshielded ones, can have a negative impact on 2.4ghz wireless communications.  I had thought that it was one of those very impractical white papers that, while truthful in theory, would fall down all over itself in practice.   Today I was working […] more…
How I got my android phone to run with no battery

How I got my android phone to run with no battery

I have an old Galaxy S2 phone that got dropped and became unusable as a phone.  The screen and everything still worked great, but it wouldn’t hold a battery because of a bad case crack.   I wanted to use it for some other stuff around the house, but most android phones will not boot without […] more…
Upload youtube videos from the command line

Upload youtube videos from the command line

google code hosts a very handy python script called youtube-upload that allows you to upload youtube videos from the command line.   I’m using it in my radar video rendering script and it’s a delightfuly simple tool to integrate into your programs. Installing it in ubuntu is just apt-get install python-gdata svn checkout http://youtube-upload.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/ youtube-upload cd […] more…
Creating flash videos from grlevel3 RADAR updates

Creating flash videos from grlevel3 RADAR updates

I have a vm that runs GRLEVEL3 all of the time and publishes the rendered RADAR images to a folder on my NAS.  I then use incron to monitor for those images, grab them off of the folder and render the series into a flash video as a timelapse.   It all happens in the background […] more…
Playing with a Credit Card swiper

Playing with a Credit Card swiper

I picked up a cheap USB credit card swiper that can read tracks 1, 2 and 3 from amazon the other day to play around with. Most of the cards I have swiped have conformed to the expected data formats Format PAN ^ Surname Title Suffix Surname Firstname Initial Title ^ ExpDate SVCCode CVV Reserved […] more…
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