Month: September 2019

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What’s In A Name? Tales Of Python, Perl, And The GIMP

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In the older days of open source software, major projects tended to have their Benevolent Dictators For Life who made all the final decisions, and some …

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Arduino, Accelerometer, And TensorFlow Make You A Real-World Street Fighter

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A question: if you’re controlling the classic video game Street Fighter with gestures, aren’t you just, you know, street fighting? That’s a question Charlie Gerard is …

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Pizza Oven Build Exercises Forgotten Gym Ball

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See, this is what happens when pizza lovers follow their dreams. It probably started innocently enough for phammy57—he got a pizza stone, then maybe one of …

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Keeping Clocks On Time, The Swiss Way

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Could there be a worse fate for a guy with a Swiss accent than to be subjected to a clock that’s seconds or even – horrors! …

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Your Next Robot Needs Googly Eyes, And Other Lessons From Disney

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There are so many important design decisions behind a robot: battery, means of locomotion, and position sensing, to name a few. But at a library in …

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Glitching LED Display Proves Crowd Favorite

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There’s something enchanting about the soft glow of a properly diffused LED, and this is only improved by greater numbers of LEDs. Manoj Nathwani was well …

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3D Printed Spuds Are Begging To Be Fired

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The ballistics of humble potato is a time-honoured research topic for everyone who likes things that go bang. The focus of such work is usually on …

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A Curiously Strong Z80 In Your Pocket

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Like many hackers, Tom Szolyga has soft spot for the venerable Z80. The number of instructions and registers made it relatively easy to program in ASM, …

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Linux Fu: Shell Scripts In C, C++, And Others

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At first glance, it might not seem to make sense to write shell scripts in C/C++. After all, the whole point to a shell script is …

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Arduino Bot Rocks A PS2 Controller

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As far as controlling robots goes, makers today are spoilt for choice. WiFi and Bluetooth enabled microcontrollers are a dime a dozen, and integration with smartphone …