Working with Flora

Flora is the name given to Adafruit’s “wearable” microcontroller.  What it really means is that it has some large holes that can be used for sewing to clothing and such.  Adafruit provides a number of lessons, one of which introduces you to this tech. https://learn.adafruit.com/getting-started-with-flora If you are already familiar with Arduino or similar, you…

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First thoughts on OpenSCAD

SketchUp is what I have been terming the “Programmer’s Maya”.  But I just came across a modeling program that truly deserves that title – OpenSCAD. OpenSCAD is pretty much only useful for 3D prints – you would not want to use it for modeling a room, for example. It works well for objects that can…

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Installing a Bluetoothcontroller for RetroPie

I originally purchased an SNES controller manufactured by 8BitDo: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00Y0LUQFE Unfortunately, the bluetooth function was not reliable and kept kicking out after 20-30 seconds.   As a result of this failure, I tried out a PS3 bluetooth controller.  Followed along with this tutorial: https://github.com/retropie/retropie-setup/wiki/Setting-up-a-PS3-controller   It mostly worked.  Whatever you do, do not follow along with…

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Setting up RetroPie

As an avid Nintendo collector and a person with a recent interest in electronics like Arduino, it made sense to contribute to building a custom Classic NES since they were all sold out this past holiday season.   I want to note a couple written tutorials that helped make this happen: https://supernintendopi.wordpress.com/2013/01/23/an-a-to-z-beginners-guide-to-installing-retropie-on-a-raspberry-pi/: This tutorial is…

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Compare Web Hosts

Because GoDaddy does not use SSD and has restrictions on database access, I am looking at transferring from them.  Rather than only having review sites, I came across a useful utility that performs comparisons on three categories: Help & Support Speed & Reliability Price & Value It’s a ridiculous domain name, but seems to be…

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