Converting 2D to 3D

You would think it was simple to extrude a 2D black & white image into 3D space.  I tried a number of avenues.  They all pretty much have two large steps: 1) Provide a vector file like SVG or DXF and 2) Extrude in a 3D. I tried out a number of 3D modeling programs.…

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…

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…

Styling a Google Map

Google offers a very impressive map service.  Between JS and CSS, styling is usually very straightforward with tools like the Styling Wizard from Google: https://mapstyle.withgoogle.com/ However, some things can fall through the cracks.  Point of the matter – the arrow on the InfoWindow/Bubble/Box. Normally, the location bubble appears above the marker.  To change the placement…

Prevent Windows Updates

Windows updates can come at most inopportune moments.  For most, it probably makes sense to force updates.  But what about people with businesses that depend on a computer running?  What about a hospital that might be running on the OS? Anyway, Microsoft has made it difficult to skirt around the update process.  But after looking…

Refreshing the DataTemplateSelector

The DataTemplateSelector could be a cool tool for changing out which DataTemplate is used to display an element within a list.  I started using it for a media feature to figure out whether an element’s thumbnail should display as image, sound, or video. The Usual Typically, this process involves creating a DataTemplateSelector class like this:…