My dissappointing Google phone interview

GOOGLE! Internationally revered tech giant One day out of the blue google e-mails me To ask for a phone interview. To, well, go out and work in the middle of nowhere. Apparently they have a hard time finding people to go out and work at a data center out in the middle of nowhere. But…

5 dollar controller review

So today I’ve got two cheap controllers to show off. A generic usb controller, and a generic xbox compatible usb controller Let’s start with the xbox compatible controller – it looks identical to the official xbox controller down to nearly every detail. But no promonent X on the central home button And no inscription on…

Safety Critical Technology Design

Continuing on the topic of safety, we look at “Tangible Multimodal Interfaces for Safety Critical Applications” by P. Cohen and D. Mcghee on the topic of Safety-Critical applications [CoM04]. These researchers look at some of the challenges facing integration of multimodal systems in safety critical industries such as military and hospital use in the year…

Haptics: Designing Multimodal Interfaces

We’ve been talking about haptics, our sense of touch, and how it ties in with technology now and in the future. But so far we’ve taken these unique senses, heat, pressure and temperature individually. But we need another aspect to consider Multimodal interfaces. Each channel of reception or feedback is a modality, whether this is…

Fixing a logitech mouse nano unifying receiver

I’ve been having an issue with my m305 Logitech mouse cutting in and out. I would have to wiggle the receiver to just the right position… and if I was lucky it would work until the next day. It got frustrating to the point that I really couldn’t use the mouse. After a bit of…

Elitebook 900 review

The elitebook 900 by hewlett Packard I have a cheap laptop. Our main machine. Where I video edit. Where I play the games that I can. And where I work. Shared with my wife. She really needed a device of her own. For her needs. She wanted a tablet. Something to slip in a bag…

The windows phone in 2018

The windows phone! It wasn’t long ago that I became part of The 1% The elite. The unique. Windows phone users. Oh. I know. We’re late to the party Microsoft is quiet on the future of WP With no new hardware as of recent, and nothing but rumors to follow. Look. I was never attracted…

Haptics: Material Identification

Haptics. Our sense of touch. It’s how we interact with our world, and soon it might be part of the way we interact with virtual worlds. Think about this, our hand typically has a resting temperature between 25 and 36 degrees Celsius (That’s 77 to 97 degrees Fahrenheit). Usually warmer than the world around us. Because…

MAKING A FLASH GAME

If you ever wanted to make a simple flash game, here is a guide I made back in 2009. Flash isn’t too popular anymore. In under 30 easy steps Running Macromedia Flash 8 1. Turn you computer on, and log onto your desktop 2. Click on Start So you’ve booted up your computer and logged…

Old flash Games

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Clonezilla Live guide

Note: This guide was made in early 2007. Changes may be seen between the version of Clonezilla Live used and the latest version available. This document is a step-by-step guide on how to use Clonezilla Live as a simple cloning solution. Clonezilla is a full free open-source cloning suite. It runs on Linux, and can…

Making low end computer systems work

While looking through old files I found this little post I started writing about a decade ago. I’ve decided to revisit and complete it, if for nothing else than for the sake of documentation. It briefly revisits the technical challenge I had putting together and donating old hardware in rural Chile. The Start Way back…

Unlocking the Nextar GPS W3G-01

Many years ago I had picked up a cheap Nextar GPS. The included software was pretty bad, and in search for a better solution I figured out how to install custom software on the device. This use to be by far the most popular page on my old site. At this point many sites have…

A Job Seeking Tour Through Europe – part I

As mentioned in the previous post I’d be bringing back old posts from an old website. This starts off my story of how I would ultimately make Finland home. This story starts back in December of 2015. What am I doing here? Well, back in Finland a friend I was staying with suggested I start…

Nociception: The sense of pain

This is the last video on my intro to haptics series. In relation to haptics, it’s unlikely we will see pain anywhere in the near future. Yet it can have its useful uses. For example. light pinch to remind you of an important date.  Hope you learned something. Next up, who knows. Maybe one of…

A look behind Finland’s job market

six-weeks vacation, decent working hours, and a stress free work environment Finland has created sounds great right? Unfortunately, the reality has become quite different. Unpaid overtime, extended work weeks, and never ending trial periods are a recent and growing phenomenon in Finland. Before coming to Finland I had a decent degree and some work experience…

Wire your Network, Secure your Wi-Fi

It’s not unheard of for a family home to have a dozen networked devices. Home networking devices have been around as long as I can remember, as a kid I remember setting up a caching proxy server in order to share a slow dial-up connection. These days it is easier than ever to take advantage…

Education and Technology Challenges in the U.S. (Kentucky)

In Kentucky schools continue to play an increasingly important role to the community. In an area where some students rely on the school system for their only two meals of the day, it is important to see that education is not the only focus for School Districts. The school system is also often one of…

Green IT – Save Your Organization’s Money and Reputation

As we continue to progress and understand our world to create a stronger future for generations to come, we are beginning to understand the environmental impact our energy needs have. It has become important to reduce energy consumption in all areas, from the individual consumer to all forms of industry. In the IT field this…

Wipe It! – Delete Deleted Data

It’s a common misconception that once having deleted your documents from your computer they are gone for good. Wrong. It doesn’t matter if you empty your trash bin or recycling bin, your old files may still be within a moment’s access. This is especially important when you are ready to sell your old laptop or…

Backup Your Data!

There is no excuse not to backup your data.  Whether you have a collection of old family photos, writing your thesis, or holding onto client data, backups are crucial to ensure you don’t lose your precious data. In one of my previous IT jobs we used to run a RAID-5 array that was set-up to nightly…

High Quality Pixels Explained (Joke post)

Recently Microsoft announced project scorpio, making the claim of the use of high quality pixels. Techno-babble that doesn’t mean much of anything and has been poked fun at for the last few days. This is my quick take on explaining “high quality pixels”.   With all the hype about high and low quality pixels, I…

Haptics, Senses of Touch – Part 2: Thermoception

  Temperature Part two of my intro to haptics and the senses of temperature. Check out the video, or read below to learn more. Let’s take a look at the sense of temperature. Temperature is of particular interest as it can be used in order to intensify perception of other variables of touch.  For example,…

Prepaid: DNA vs Elisa vs Sonera vs TeleFinland – Price comparison

Updated August 6th, 2016 – TeleFinland Unlimited Monthly(20€) and Weekly(10€) data packages Update November 24th, 2016 –  DNA has upped their Data rate to 300 Mbps at the same pricing. (Graphic not updated) By request, here is a chart of prepaid options and fees. I hope I got all the info here right, as a…