A friend recently had a speaking multimeter fail on him, a relic from the olden days when Radio Shack (remember them?) sold neat stuff. Being blind, it was not just a curiosity, but a vital tool for taking electrical measurements. Fortunately, he had heard about some work using Arduinos to read display data from specific multimeters, as discussed here. In that project, they grabbed the RS232 data output from the meter and converted it into audio. So I built one, … Continue reading
For a project I’m using VS2010 express, and needed the Google drive apis, which are available on Nuget. Except that Nuget (despite their claims) does not install on 2010 express. Solution? Two actually, depending on how complicated the transfer is: Solution #1: For small files, no nasty dependencies. Quick and simple. Sign up and log into Nuget. Find the package manually (ie, “search”) Along the left, the “How to Download” link has become “Download” Download the files (blahblahblah.nupkg) Unzip it … Continue reading
Interesting article on business – Ten Rules For Maker Businesses by the author of “Makers: The New Industrial Revolution” and now running a hobbist company 3D Robotics. Pithy tips, targeted at similar businesses (online sales, and as he says, Maker businesses). Worth a peruse if you’re entrepreneurially inclined. .
So I’ve been planning Pi day ’15 for awhile – then forget. And it was going to be so good, too – the 15 would make it work out really well: Mar 14/15 -> 03 14 15 9 26 53 589 -> 03.14.15 9:26:53.589 (AM) Oh well, missed that. Anyhoo, here’s about 1,000 digits or so – I was going to include a picture, but it turns out a picture is worth a thousand words,it’s more like thirty thousand: THREE … Continue reading
I was watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine and the ‘Captain Peralta’ episode when they posed this problem: Twelve men are on a desert island, all with identical weights except for one of them, who is slightly lighter or heavier than the others. The only other thing on the island is a seesaw. There are no scales or means to measure weight otherwise. Can you determine which man has the different weight? You only get to use the seesaw three times. This is … Continue reading