60 Sec Book Review: Physics of the Impossible
August 2nd, 2014
Michio Kaku, the science popularizer and theoretical physicist, is always a wonderful speaker. I’ve greatly enjoyed his TED talks. In _Physics of the Impossible_ he takes on the many improbable technologies of science fiction to determine if they are in fact impossible. Surprisingly, few truly are. He divides technologies into three levels of impossible: likely today or in the next 20 years with existing science (ex: replicators), likely in the next hundred or so without violating any known laws of physics (shockingly, time travel is in this bunch), and the truly impossible without some new laws of physics. There are very few things in the last category. It’s an easy read and lots of fun.
Command Parser for Arduino
July 31st, 2014
This is day zero of my Month Of Writing
Amino at OSCON
July 28th, 2014
I'm finally back from OSCON, and what a trip it was. Friend of the show wxl came
with me to assist and experience the awesomeness that is OSCON. Over the
next few days I'll be posting about the three sessions we taught and many, many sessions we attended. A splendid time is guaranteed for all. To kick things off, here is the code from my Amino talk.
Electron 0.2 Released
July 4th, 2014
I’m happy to announce Electron 0.2. We’ve done a lot of work to improve the
compiler and library tools. The biggest news is Windows and Linux
support. Also, you don’t need to pre-install the regular Arduino IDE anymore.
Electron will auto-download it’s own copy of the required toolchain. Here’s the
Node Streams are Awesome
June 25th, 2014
I’ve been using Node JS off and on for the past few years, ever since we used it in webOS, but I’ve really gotten to go deep recently. As part of my learning I’ve finally started digging into Streams, perhaps one of the coolest unknown features of Node.
Introducing Electron, a new IDE for Arduino
June 17th, 2014
I love the Arduino platform. I have official boards and lots of derivatives. I love how it makes hardware hacking so accessible. But there’s one thing I hate: the IDE. It’s ugly. It’s ancient. It has to go.
If they did it, how Apple would make a TV
June 9th, 2014
It's the fashionable thing to speculate on future Apple products. One idea that continues to get traction is the Apple TV, a complete TV set with integrated Apple-ly features. Supposedly to be announced this fall, after failing to appear at any
event for the past three years, it will revolutionize up the TV market, cure global warming, and cause puppies and kittens to slide down rainbows in joy.
Future Tweet 2
June 9th, 2014
More Beta Testing Software
June 9th, 2014
This is a new future tweeting system I'm working on. It will let me write a post, send it to my blog, then link the blog from twitter, all in the *future*!
Where's The Data?
April 29th, 2014
The Web is amazing for answering questions. Suppose you want to answer a question like, "what does the .JPG file extension mean", then the answer is just an internet search away. Millions of answers. However, if you stray from the common path just a tiny bit things get hairy. What if you want to get a list of all file extensions? This is harder to find. Occasionally you might find a PDF listing them, but if you are asking for all file extensions then you probably want to do something with that list. This means you want the list in some computable form. A database or at least a JSON file. Now you are in the world of ‘public’ data. You are in a world of pain.
Wolfram Alpha, Mind Explosion
March 18th, 2014
During SXSW this year I had the great fortune to see the keynote given by Stephen Wolfram. If you’ve not heard of him before, he’s the guy who created Mathematica, and more recently Wolfram Alpha, an online cloud brain. He’s an insanely smart guy with the huge ambition to change how we think.
3D Printing Industry Overview
February 7th, 2014
One of the benefits of my job at Nokia is the ability to do indepth research on new technologies. If you follow me on G+ then you know I've been playing with 3D printers for the past few months. As part of my research I prepared a detailed overview of the 3D printing industry that goes into the technologies, the companies involved, and some speculation about what the future holds; as well as a nice glossary of terms. Nokia has kindly let me share my report with the world. Enjoy!
What do you want to see at OSCON?
January 28th, 2014
I'm working on a few submissions for OSCON, due in two days. I've got lots of ideas, but I don't know which ones to submit. Take a look at these and tweet me with your favorite. If you can't make it to OSCON I'll post the presentations and notes here for all to read.
Getting Started with the Printrbot Simple
December 23rd, 2013
I recently got a 3D printer and boy are my arms tired!
Why You Can't Build a Smartphone
December 2nd, 2013
Every day or so I read another blog post (or ranting comments) about how BlackBerry could be rehabilitated, or how Nokia could restart Maemo and build the ultimate smartphone again. Things came to a head after Jolla announced their first phone for sale. Surely this phone with an amazing user interface will vindicate the N9?! Amazing technology plus a killer UI? Marketshare is theirs for the taking!
Lego Is Art: Beautiful Lego
November 27th, 2013
No Starch Press is on a roll with its series of Lego themed books. While most of them are about model ideas or construction techniques, Beautiful Lego is different. This is a Lego art book. In classic coffee table style it is filled with gorgeous photos to thrill the reader. Beautiful Lego does not seek to discuss 'can Lego be art', but takes it as fact. These are works by artists, just artists using the medium of Lego instead of paint or clay, and the results speak for themselves. Stunning.
Old Pi is Still Tasty
November 19th, 2013
Almost since it was first released, fans of the Raspberry Pi have asked when it the hardware will be updated with better components. A faster CPU perhaps? Double the RAM? Built in wifi? The list of components you could upgrade is long. This request was brought up again when the Raspberry Pi foundation announced the sale of the two millionth Pi.
GPU Computing: the Mac Pro and the Raspberry Pi.
November 12th, 2013
Now that Apple has given us final specs and cost for the redesigned Mac Pro I’ve heard complaints that it is underpowered and non-expandable, especially for the price. The Pro comes with reasonably beefy CPUs but they will be out of date in a few years. The buyer can only expand the ram and disk, and not so much on the disk side given the lack of available space. So how can this be worth the $3000 entry price Apple is charging?
Install Node on the Raspberry Pi in 5 minutes
October 23rd, 2013
Don’t follow the old instructions. These new ones work with current Raspian as of May 28th 2015. These instructions will get you node v0.10. I don’t recommend moving to v0.12 just yet as some parts are still in flux
September 25th, 2013
The webOS auction has ended successfully. Every item sold, some for far more than I thought they would. Combined with some anonymous donations we raised over 6000$ for the Hill Family. I am overwhelmed and incredibly grateful. I knew the webOS community was passionate but I had no idea. We couldn’t have done this without your support. Thank you so much!