Helmet Larson Scanne...

Now that I’m biking more, I’ve begun outfitting my helmet with lots of useless practical tech in the name of safety.  Not long ago, I found the helmet-mounted flashlight that I used during my deployments.  With a little finagling, it fit nicely on my bike helmet as well.  To...

Toddler Workbench Jul07

Toddler Workbench

It should come as no surprise that I’m getting my young one started early on the fundamentals of woodworking. And of course, every woodworker needs a good bench.  For this project I selected the choicest pieces of maple and walnut from my stock and added a piece of pegboard and a set of...

Make: Wireless Secur...

I wrote a special article in the latest issues of Make: where I discuss wireless security and drones. The article, Build a Wi-Fi Drone Disabler with Raspberry Pi, explores the risks of using unsecured wireless communications with a step-by-step guide to disable a popular toy drone which uses...

Maker Faire Bay Area Jul05

Maker Faire Bay Area

This recap is way overdue, but better late than never.  A few weeks back I led off the Saturday Maker Pro presentations at this year’s Maker Faire Bay Area.  With 150,000+ visitors over the weekend, Maker Fare Bay Area is the largest and busiest of all the Faires. After my talk, I had a...

Jenga Blocks Apr28

Jenga Blocks

These jenga blocks were a lot of fun to make. I used some maple, walnut and sapele pieces from the scrap bin. The contrast is wonderful and they were very easy to make.  Creating blocks so small is also a great skill builder and is very satisfying since it calls for a lot of passes on the...

Produce Stands Apr02

Produce Stands

This weekend’s project is a set of counter top produce bins.  This stackable set is useful for tidying up the kitchen space and since it’s made of solid mahogany, it’s guaranteed to make your kitchen classy.  Super classy.  The most...

Filter Holder Mar28

Filter Holder

She wanted it, so I built it.  No more coffee filters strewn about – we’ve got them all in check.  Woods are walnut and maple from the scrap bin.  Finished with a shellac...

El Capitan on ESXi Mar21

El Capitan on ESXi

Installing new operating systems on ESXi is usually very straightforward, but there are a few extras steps to take when installing the latest version of Mac OS X.  For this installation, you’ll need the following: ESXi 6.0 Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan A Mac Unlocker...

Walnut Nightstands Mar21

Walnut Nightstands

Not satisfied with in-store or online options for nightstands, I made a trip out to a local wood supply store this weekend to find a nice piece of lumber suitable for bedroom furniture.  The design is simple: just a mitered box sitting on some hairpin legs.  It was all about execution and...

Iconic Memories

Computer hard disk drives are amazing feats of engineering.  Encased in a metal box, several perfectly flat platters spin at 5400 or 7200 revolutions per minute thanks to a powerful spindle motor.  When these drives fail – and they always do – I love taking them apart to get a...

#MarchIsForMakers Mar05

#MarchIsForMakers

This week I had the pleasure of chatting with Scott Hanselman, podcaster, speaker, teacher and programmer at Microsoft.  In an interview for his show, Hanselminutes, I speak to Scott about my current job in the military and my personal passions in teaching, making and hacking.  Thanks so much...

Make: IoT Security Mar04

Make: IoT Security

In case you haven’t gotten your copy, be sure to pick up the latest Make Magazine and check out my article on page 32.  Entitled “IoT [Internet of Things] Security”, I discuss simple ways you can protect yourself and your data as you connect your projects to the net....