Category Archives: Random

Why we Make

This is a great talk about the fundamentally human aspect of making. Our race’s advantage in the universe isn’t the sharpest claws or thickest skin, its the ability to make, bend, and discover. This video is an cool little anecdote … Continue reading

Posted in Hardware, Random | Leave a comment

Wiring Stereos in a Chrysler Crossfire

This is just a story about how I replaced my stereo. Please do not take this advice for your situation. Incorrect wiring can cause all sorts of damage or fires or trouble. Have a professional install your stereo! I have … Continue reading

Posted in Random, Reviews | Leave a comment

The Black Triangle

Stuart Langridge on Planet Ubuntu posted about this story a while back, and its a something that’s happened to me a lot of times over my career. The Black Triangle The tl;dr is that a complex, extremely flexible system, well … Continue reading

Posted in Coding, Open Source, Random, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Irssi OSD notifications

I wanted irssi to ping me using Ubuntu/Gnome’s on screen notification system, but didn’t want to dig into irssi’s code… what is one to do? Cobble scripts together of course! Here’s how I got it done: Download this irssi plugin: … Continue reading

Posted in Open Source, Random, Ubuntu | Leave a comment

Legos and Turing machines

Jeroen and Davy over at legoturingmachine made a pretty cool little turing machine to honor Turing‘s centennial birthday. I thought I’d repost! Check out the video: LEGO Turing Machine from ecalpemos on Vimeo. Pretty cool way to honor the theoretical … Continue reading

Posted in Hardware, Random | Leave a comment

Gnome notifications from your Terminal!

Its pretty easy to get your terminal to notify you using Gnome’s libnotify system and a short python script. Python’s pynotify package (available as Debian/Ubuntu package: python-notify) I use this short script occasionally to notify me when a long compile … Continue reading

Posted in Random, Ubuntu | 3 Comments

Android ARM inline assembly

If you happen to want to write some inline assembly in Android, its just about as easy as you’d expect! See the code snippet below for a simple example of how to add two numbers in assembly on ARM. Download … Continue reading

Posted in Coding, Hardware, Random | Leave a comment

Programming: Its all about the attitude

CEO David Barrett wrote an excellent post a few months ago about their hiring practices. While a lot of the article focuses on .NET programming (and has a lot of great points), there’s one excerpt that I was cheering as … Continue reading

Posted in Coding, Random, Ubuntu | 1 Comment

Hacks They Don’t Teach in School… (#1)

I thought it would be interesting to do a series on Hacks they don’t teach you in university. I’ve thought of quite a few. I like thinking about this, stirs my memories to back when I was just fledging. Today, … Continue reading

Posted in Coding, Random, Ubuntu | Leave a comment

Promote Open Source by Discouraging Software Piracy

When I hear someone saying, “Man, I just nicked [Photoshop CS2][Windows 7][*] from a torrent site. Cracked the serial with this mod I found”, it really gets under my skin. I hear this from Linux users who happen to use … Continue reading

Posted in Open Source, Random | 1 Comment