Logitec MX Master Mouse

I’m a mouse snob. Software engineering pretty much takes place at a computer. So I work at a computer about 9 hours a day during the work week. It therefore goes that I will use the computer peripherals that best meet my needs and comfort. I could go on about my keyboard, monitors, any of the stuff on my desk, etc. but today I’m going with pure mouse snobbery. The first mouse I fell head over heals for was the Microsoft Intellimouse. I hadn’t immediately jumped on the optical mouse bandwagon. When I did I went for one that had … Continue reading

Another Reason I Hate My Job

I’m on the “innovations” team at my work. I’m supposed to come up with innovative new solutions so that our products don’t linger in the past. All too often my team gets disbanded for a while to work on other items due to the nature of other teams. Our solutions are often held hostage by legacy implementations which no one will update or migrate to support the type of cutting edge internet applications my team is tasked with creating. Here’s a gem I found recently. We wanted task data from one of our systems. We were told that the manner … Continue reading

Dell Latitude Laptop Processor Stuck at 800MHz

At home I use a Dell Latitude laptop which I found discarded. I’ve been using Xbuntu on it for over a year. It has been OK. It’s nothing blazing fast or great, but it works for doing some basic side development. Recently, I noticed that my CPUFreq-indicator was never moving off the lowest level. I tried changing the CPU governor to performance but nothing changed. I ran cpufreq-info and got this message: current policy: frequency should be within 800 MHz and 800 MHz. The governor “performance” may decide which speed to use within this range. Crap! How To Fix I tried … Continue reading

Spektrum Telemetry Viewer for Android

I’m announcing two new projects! TLMReaderLib, a library for decoding Spektrum TLM files, and TelemetryReaderForAndroid, an Android application for viewing Spektrum telemetry. Let me tell you why I’ve undertaken these two projects in my spare time. Continue reading

CSS and IFRAMES Break IE11

Because after all these years, IE still sucks. Does anyone know how to prevent IE11 from barfing when using a few nested IFRAMEs and a lot of CSS? Continue reading

SeeSpace InAiR

One of the popular things in tech circles is crowdfunding. If you’re not familiar with the concept of crowdfunding or haven’t heard of sites like Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or GoFundMe, I suggest you read a bit. Crowdfunding is a great way for ideas to grow some legs and allow those entrepreneurs the ability to create while in turn providing early adopters with an opportunity to get the latest and greatest gadgets. Of course, once you dive into the world of crowdfunding you’ll quickly see it’s not just about tech and gadgets but artists and non-profits can use it as a tool … Continue reading

JetPack Troubles

Oh no! You’re WordPress site went down! Are you getting a fatal error with a path that has JetPack in it? When you try to go to log into the admin portion of your site you’ll probably also see something like this: Fatal error: Cannot find a library with slug admin-pages/class.jetpack-landing-page. in … Don’t freak out just yet. I had this same issue and for me the fix was very simple. First Step: FTP Find your FTP credentials for your site. This shouldn’t be too difficult. If you did the install for WordPress not using an automated tool from your hosting … Continue reading

Facer and FaceRepo.com

Since I have this awesome Moto360 I decided that it had to have equally awesome faces. If you have an Android Wear watch then you need to go out and get Facer. It is well worth the money. Once you download Facer you’ll notice that it has its own section for watch faces that you can download. It’s a pretty sparse list. Head over to facerepo.com for a ton of watch faces. They’re even sorted by round and square. If you’re into fancy watches that cost 1000’s of dollars then you’ll want to check out the two faces that I submitted. This is … Continue reading

Moto360 Thoughts

I’ve had my Motorola Moto360 watch with Android Wear for a little under a week now. It may seem like it’s a little soon to write up a review, but this device has fit so nicely into my daily routine that I think I can make several comments on it now. Hardware The look of the watch is what really drew me to it. A round screen is just so intriguing! The Moto360 looks like a watch. There comes a certain expectation of wearing something on one’s wrist. The Moto360 fits into the fashionable and functional areas perfectly. Overall, the display … Continue reading