Guest Blogging @adafruit Apr19

Guest Blogging @adaf...

I’m happy to report that I’ll be a guest blogger at Adafruit!  Adafruit Industries is a company that sells electronic kits and parts, and also provides excellent do-it-yourself (DIY) tutorials.  Adafruit was created by Limor “ladyada” Fried, an MIT-educated electrical...

The Vault Apr19

The Vault

I was invited to put on an hour-long workshop on cyber as part of a STEM weekend program for high school students. Unfortunately, I didn’t have access to a lot of resources to make this completely hands-on for them, but I had an interesting idea that I wanted to try out.  I presented...

Da Plane! Da Plane! Apr15

Da Plane! Da Plane!

Ever look up at the sky while you’re sitting at home, wondering where all of these planes are going?  No?  I do. Many of life’s deepest questions, such as the one I posed, can be answered with – you guessed it – a Raspberry Pi.  I use the Pi, a $20 USB TV dongle and...

New West Point Logo & Uniforms Apr13

New West Point Logo ...

My alma mater just underwent a major rebranding effort – the results of which were unveiled tonight.  The new logo and uniforms come after almost 2 years of research between USMA, Nike and many generations of “old grads”. The logo is broken into 4 parts....

New York Auto Show 2015 Apr03

New York Auto Show 2...

The New York International Car Show kicked off today to the public at New York City’s Jacob Javits Convention Center.  I haven’t been to the show in many years, but I remember it being a lot of fun.  Though it was rainy and gray outside, the convention center was bustling with...

Ad Astra Mar16

Ad Astra

This weekend we explored the Udvar-Hazy Center of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Chantilly, VA.  This is my favorite museum in the county, so I like to pay a visit whenever I’m in the area.  The museum is a giant hangar with some very historical aircraft to include the...

Echoes from Kithairon Mar03

Echoes from Kithairo...

The machines are always listening, or at least we’re hoping they are with Amazon’s new product Echo.  Echo is an internet-connected “virtual assistant” that tries to find answers to questions or perform actions based on the input after the codeword “Alexa”....

Throwback: iPod Dock Feb28

Throwback: iPod Dock

A few years ago I had an iPod touch that I used on a daily basis, but my car had no place to securely dock it while I drove.  Not being one that enjoys having cables everywhere, I though it’d be a good idea to replace the ashtray unit that sat beneath the radio with a custom iPod...

Checkmate II Dec23

Checkmate II

Two years ago, I made a chessboard as a going away present for a friend of mine when he was getting ready to leave Hawaii.  Ever since then, I’ve been wanting to build another board.  This holiday season gave me the perfect opportunity to get back in the shop.  The shop experience was...

Installing Cisco Unified Call Manager on VMWare Fusion Dec07

Installing Cisco Uni...

I had the idea to use some of my Cisco IP phones in an internal home communications system.   I have a couple of Synology NAS boxes that are capable of running Asterix, the open source PBX (phone management) software.  However, my Cisco phones have the SCCP (Skinny) firmware.  I had two...

Fire TV Stick Dec01

Fire TV Stick

Amazon recently announced a smaller version of the Amazon Fire TV, its streaming media device similar to the Apple TV. I love my Apple TV and have modified it to be a very capable media streaming machine, playing media from both my local network and the internet at large.  I figure it would...

Entryway Shelves Nov26

Entryway Shelves

For a few months now, our dining room table has been pulling double-duty as a catchall for hats, scarves, wallets, purses and anything else we needed to quickly drop off when coming home.  This solution fits nicely in an existing space in our dining room, right by the Hawaiian shoe bench.  I...