Category Archives: linux

Intel’s Galileo Ardunio and Powershell

Intel’s Galileo is a pretty neat piece of kit. However it won’t always connect on the same COM port (typically COM3 or COM4). The only way the tutorials tell you to check this is via a menu deep inside the … Continue reading

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TP-Link TL-WR1043ND DD-WRT No WAN fix

Fixing the TL-WR1043ND wireless router so that it works with DD-WRT firmware. Continue reading

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Spinning down USB drives in linux

Some of the commercial solutions like the “Passport” and “MyBook” USB drives have spin down logic built in to avoid excessive wear and tear. I recently came across a steal on newegg for a bare bones Intel D2500 (atom) based nettop, and … Continue reading

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Shopping for a cheap VPS

It’s still a bit of a Wild West in terms of VPS providers. There is Amazon’s EC2, Rackspace…. and then there is everybody else. Amazon seems to have a “micro” tier for $2.30/mo…. but you have to pay 3 years … Continue reading

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Building a Steam Chat Bot

First off, I’ll admit, this is a kludge built upon at least two dirty hacks. But it works! We were running in to problems with getting preferred users in to the video game server when full. Battlefield and the Frostbite engine supports … Continue reading

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A case for the Nexus S that doesn’t suck

Google phone owners sometimes have bad luck when it comes to accessories, compared to say the Motorola Droid, iPhone or Blackberry. It’s easy to find good cases and docking stations for those devices. I finally found a hard shell case for … Continue reading

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The Pizza Box PC Case

My buddy sent me this link yesterday. ASUS demonstrated an example of shipping a motherboard in a box that could serve as a case. It’s pretty clever. As has been demonstrated many times before, nothing under the sun is new. … Continue reading

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Relational Databases and Vector Graphics

At work I’ve had some contact with working with Microsoft SQL Server 2005, and then I got thrown on to another project using AutoCAD 2011. I thought it would be neat to combine the two, and brush up on my … Continue reading

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Second Generation Web TV devices

I call them second generation. The first gen TV devices were the current “7th generation” consoles – the PS3, the Xbox 360, the Nintendo Wii – they had web browsers, voice chat, and most importantly, streaming Netflix capability. They were … Continue reading

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