Panda console playfulness

The Developers at Panda 4 are playful, and in the recent update of the Chrome Extension. In a previous post I showed a few examples of how some teams placed messages in the console to discourage injecting content into the page, and here is another example of what is possible. There seems to be a few images and messages that …

Fixing one kind of couchDB silent failure

Searching around for issues that may arise when hosting your own instance of couchDB can be downright frightening. There are a fair number of posts on blogs and on Stack Overflow that have no solution, the community or the poster having given up as no reason can be found as to why couchDB is not functioning properly. I ran into …

Managing Multiple SSH Keys settings for different accounts

Having my personal developer accounts separate from work accounts is something that I’ve always advised, but it sometimes hasn’t been easy to ensure I’m using the proper key. Up until a few weeks ago I was running BASH scripts I wrote that did the swap for me, but that was starting to feel like I was doing this the wrong …

3D print of the week: Thinking Trooper

Now that I have a functional 3D printer again (more on that here) I can get back into featuring really impressive prints which I print at home. Some of these will be original pieces, but this piece comes as a Thingiverse remix: The Thinking Trooper. At just under 2 hours to print this is a very cool model to have …

Get the fox out (part II)

In Part 1 of this series I laid out the project parameters and assumptions in creating an interactive experience based on the operation-style games. What I would like to do with this next post is just test the assumptions made about the project. Technology, experience, and hardware. Technology Assumptions Possibly the largest assumption is the WinBook being used as the …

Get the fox out (Part 1)

My good friend Librarian Bunny asked me to help out at an upcoming Maker’s Day at the West Orange Public Library. Primarily to do something fun for people to interact with using the MaKey MaKey since it’s fun and easy for people to wrap their minds around. To pull this off in time for the date I will have to …

Making the best use of old technology

There is always a point in time when an older device has to be upgraded or retired. Phones, tablets, laptops, watches, fabrication machines and whisks are just some of the items I upgraded last year. Keeping these older devices out of landfills is important to me. Since I find myself reminding others to recycle their unused electronics fairly regularly it …

Bitbucket is great

Ever since I made the jump to using GIT for version control Atlassian Bitbucket has been my solution for hosted GIT source control. Why? For some pretty simple reasons: The company has a great online presence in social media Their portfolio of products covers a vast array of solutions, though not all suit my needs The down times for the …

Setting up for HAAR cascade training for OpenCV

OpenCV has been quite an alluring open source project for some time now. The goal of the project is to allow for an easy to use collection of computer vision algorithms but the aspect that interests me the most is machine learning. Being able to train a computer to recognize a thing or a person within a video feed is …

Failing to connect to Estimote beacon from Windows Phone 8.1

Not every tree bears fruit, nor does every venture into code bring about a success. I thought that it would be good to start writing about these as well since I really don’t get to read much about why things fail to work. Bloggers seem more content to post only when there is a solution, or when they have something …