i love the smell of solder in the morning!

i love the smell of solder in the morning!

it’s been years since i’ve soldered anything beyond medium gauge wire splices, but with a new project, it was time this week to dust off the trusty 12 watt Weller pencil.

the first thing i did was solder nine 26 AWG stranded leads from a hacked up serial cable to the tiny ass pads on this …

continue reading  ⇨

Death Burro, an embedded programming & hardware interface experiment

Death Burro, an embedded programming & hardware interface experiment

“make the donkey light-up when someone breaks the build” – that’s how it all started….

so my GF Aimee is a Software QA – at her work they have an internal application named Death Burrito which has a donkey logo (that’s it’s own story). so i guess this actually started when someone bought one of those …

continue reading  ⇨

how-to: website icons for all browsers/devices (favicon, apple-touch-icon, etc.)

how-to: website icons for all browsers/devices (favicon, apple-touch-icon, etc.)

the favicon.ico

works in Firefox, IE, Safari, Chrome (and others). also works in Windows when dragging a shortcut to the desktop.

at the minimum create an 8-bit 16×16 .ico format icon file
name the file favicon.ico and put it in the root of your website
add this code between the <head> and </head> tags of your html:
<link rel=”shortcut icon” …continue reading  ⇨

HowTo: install Sun/Oracle Java SDK on Ubuntu

if you Google “ubuntu java sdk install” you’ll see i’m not the only one that wasn’t sure the “right” way to get the official Sun/Oracle Java SDK onto Ubuntu. Ubuntu has it’s own “standard” JDK and that just confuses things if you’re after the Sun version.

you can of course download a file directly from Oracle. …

continue reading  ⇨