Category Archives: Opinions

#California2018: My Maker Manifesto

It’s taken me 27 years to really understand what really excited me in this world (STEAM & the Maker Movement). Now I have a plan to make it my life. When I first parted ways with academia back in 2013, I was a fledgling engineer with no ambitions beyond achieving a sustainable income and comfortable routine. If I could slog through work and enjoy my evenings/weekends, I would’ve been content. But a strange thing happened going into 2014. After several … Continue reading

Dear media, SpaceX’s landing attempt wasn’t a failure. It was one of the best possible outcomes.

We live in a sad age of skin deep media, where reporters sensationalize headlines and most people barely read more than the first 2 lines of an article. Given that, I’d like to clarify something I think every major news outlet has gotten wrong. When SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket exploded yesterday morning (PST), it wasn’t really a failure as everyone was so ready to report. Instead, it was an enormously important learning opportunity for the company and its engineers. Video … Continue reading

Where the Lumia 1020 Running Windows Phone 8.1 Falls Short

There’s a lot to like about Microsoft/Nokia’s “normal-sized” photography-beast of a smartphone, but despite its best efforts the Windows Phone experience here isn’t all positive. Preemptive Update: After deliberating with a friend who uses a newer Windows Phone (Icon w/ 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 800), I believe that some of my user experience issues are related to the phone’s inadequate hardware/software optimization. As such, I cannot recommend the Lumia 1020 unless you are specifically interested in the 41 MP camera. … Continue reading

What I like about the Lumia 1020 running Windows Phone 8.1

For the better part of a decade now, the smartphone industry has been a two horse race between Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. They hit harder and faster than anyone else could, and they don’t give up market share easily. Their deep pockets and lengthy head start have forced most new entrants in the smartphone wars to be content surviving as an experiment (although some don’t even make it that far *coughUbuntucough*). But every now and then, a company shows … Continue reading

1 Week In: Life with Fusion Drive and VirtualBox

TLDR: a) Does a DIY Fusion Drive work? b) How do you resize a .vdi VirtualBox Disk Image? c) What’s up with BootCamp conspiring against USB installs? I’ve finally settled back in to my digital home on my upgraded 2011 Macbook Pro, I threw in a pair of new drives to both speed things up and free up space… and to clean things up massively. I used to run with two discrete drives in 4 partitions: Disk0 – Samsung 830 … Continue reading

Seene (iOS): It’s like Lytro and Kinect had a Threesome w/ Google Maps

And it’s way more fun than Instagram. Thanks to TechCrunch I have recently discovered discovered Seene, a free iOS app that uses 3D motion tracking to create pseudo-3D images of whatever you want. The basic premise of the app is that you sweep your phone around an object, and the program automagically creates a mesh of the scene.