Weather Station Project 5

I’ve had a simple weather station for a while; it’s an Oregon Scientific system with a base unit and wireless outside thermometer hygrometer.  I was pretty happy with it, so I got an extra sensor for the basement, and was later given a third sensor to put in the baby’s room.  The base unit also ...

RIT to Unveil Major Commitment to Hockey Arena Campaign Tonight – RIT News

RIT to Unveil Major Commitment to Hockey Arena Campaign Tonight – RIT News.  Bill Destler, president of Rochester Institute of Technology, will take to the ice of Frank Ritter Arena tonight to announce details of the latest and most significant gift to Tiger Power Play—the Campaign for RIT Hockey. His message will include an update ...

QR Codes Embedded in Paintings | GeekDad | Wired.com 1

A Close up of “Skyline” by Tony Taj   This is just a  superb hypertext art idea. Tony Taj is an artist and designer from Seattle. He is taking the stories he puts in his urban and skyline landscapes into the digital realm by embedding QR codes into his artwork. via QR Codes Embedded in Paintings | ...

Help Them See It

(Embedded video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLQeqMaHVYs) I love From the Earth to the Moon, especially this episode (Spider).  This scenario demonstrates something I run into with software development all the time.  Frequently, the engineers or developers working on a product come up with novel or unorthodox ideas that project leads are reluctant to go along with.  In those ...

Image Embedding in QR Codes

A neat feature of QR Codes is that they have error correction built in, so even if a fairly large portion of the code has been obscured or destroyed, most readers can still read it.  Some QR Code creators out there will even let you tweak the error correction level (less error correction means smaller codes). Since ...

First Android App 2

I finished my first android app; Ryan mentioned that he wanted a simple app to email a list of his installed apps to friends.  I got something basic up and running pretty quick, but then tinkered with it to add checkboxes so you can pick and choose apps to send around. I’m still not happy ...

Facebook, Twitter, and finger

I was reading about stack buffer overflows, then the Morris Worm, which got me reading about the *nix finger command; Very quick background for non unix nerds- finger is a command to find out who is logged into a machine, to get their contact info, and to read their ‘Plan’, which is like a user’s ...

Rochester roulette 3

Rochester roulette: The decision making process used when deciding whether to dress for warm or cool weather during Spring and Autumn in Rochester, New York due to the swings in temperature during those seasons. Usage Example: Person 1: “Why are you wearing shorts and a t-shirt?  It’s only 45° outiside?” Person 2: “I played Rochester ...

GPS Experiments 4

I bought a GPS data logger this week; it also communicates with my phone, so I can use some location based services.  The datalogging function is neat; I haven’t tried to tag any photos yet, but I’ve been leaving it on and tracking where I’ve been.  Here’s my day: View Larger Map If you zoom ...

Charity Shenanigans

I saw the following on Facebook this morning: Starbucks goes (RED). Join us for World AIDS Day. On Dec 1, buy any hand-crafted beverage and we’ll give 5¢ to the Global Fund to help save lives in Africa. 5¢ is better than nothing; but really, this campaign will help Starbucks more than it will help ...