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PySerial and Arduino – communication with software

My first order of stuff from DigiKey arrived today – yay!  Unfortunately it is so tightly packed inside the box that I am unable to dig in more here at work.  More on that later… Yesterday i began exploring making the arduino communicate with the computer it is attached to.  Not having a breadboard left […]

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electronic Odyssey – Sidenote – designing embedded hardware

Last week it occurred to me that I was bothering Nick a bit too much for his knowledge of electronics.  He has been pretty happy to assist me as I explore his realm of expertise, however I think i have a bit too many questions.   I decided to find an alternate source of reference material and found O’Reilly’s […]

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Electronic Odyssey – pt.1.5 – First steps, and some info on driving 8×8 rgb matrixes

So after receiving my arduino last week from Seeed studio, I have been itching to give it a roll.  Unfortunately, as I mentioned before, I stupidly forgot to pick up a breadboard so I have been pretty limited to what I can do.  That has not stopped me from hooking up a single LED and my giant […]

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Electronic Odyssey – pt.1

This one falls on the HARD side of hardware… Inspired by my good friend Nick, who does EE and works at the product design / idea house TwisThink, I decided to jump into the world of physical computing via Arduino.    I apparanty know a thing or two about software, so I thought I would mix […]

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Mature Gaming – Can video games grow up along with me?

So I found a fascinating article on Kotaku today about the concept of “mature video games”. Quick summary: Maturity in games should be about more than gratuitous nudity and ‘adult’ language. I totally agree. Two of my favorite games ever include Mass Effect and The Witcher arguably fall in the proper category of “mature” games. […]

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DRM lol of the day – Authors Guild upset with Kindle TextToSpeach

So Amazon launched it’s new Kindle 2.0 “e” book reader on monday.  The original device was intended to save the forests of the world by allowing us all to read our books off of a re-usable platform, vs the standard paperback, or in other words make Amazon a crapload of money by locking users into a proprietary […]

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GFWL STUPID – Fallout 3 expansion only available on Microsoft's Client

So I bought Fallout 3 around Xmas time.  I am only about 1/2 way thru and it has been a fun little experience.  The game is a post nuclear war apocalypse RPG/FPS – combining some of my favorite game genres.  I like FPS games with STORY.  This has it, it is good. So I have […]

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A want for windows 7

Many of you that know me will also know that I have long been somewhat of a fan of Windows  Vista. Why ?- just to name a few reasons My hardware has always been up to date, and therefore supported by it. It looks MUCH BETTER (less juvenile) than windows XP Vista media center is […]

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Blizzard's Diablo III will NOT have onerous DRM restrictions!

In an interview with Wired’s Game|Life blog, a VP from blizzard stated that the game will not have player-hating (haha I used that term in a proper form) Digital Rights Malware Management components installed. Instead of punishing loyal fans, and I am certainly a fan of Diablo, Blizzard has opted to keep the same verification […]

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New Apple MacBook Pro – Hands On Review

So I have been desperately looking for a new notebook computer for work and play.  The laptop that my employer provided me with to do web design is awfully insufficient, a dell D600 with only 1.5gigs of ram, a single core Pentium m processor, and a wobbly screen. My personal laptop, another dell – e1505 […]

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