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  • steve918 7:57 pm on October 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Cowboy Sheriff Badge 

    Designed using iDraw on Mac, cut out of 1/8″ fiberboard, then painted silver. After that they went back into the laser to etch the lettering and filled in the lettering with a black Sharpe. I attached some badge magnets to the back with hot-glue to finish them off.

    2013-10-29 18.47.07

  • steve918 9:23 am on November 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Simple Golang Keystore 

    After doing mobile programming for a while I’ve become fond of  the simple, non-performant, OS key-value stores.  While playing with Golang on the Raspberry Pi I thought it would be nice to have.

    So for your amusement I went ahead and released it.

  • steve918 7:34 pm on November 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Google just told Amazon to get off their lawn 

    It seems like Google is targeting Amazon directly with their latest legal agreement.

    Section 3.4 of Google’s new terms, which were updated Tuesday, reads, “You agree that you will not take any actions that may cause or result in the fragmentation of Android, including but not limited to distributing, participating in the creation of, or promoting in any way a software development kit derived from the SDK.”

    The Kindle is by far the most popular Android device that provides a derived SDK.


  • steve918 7:10 am on October 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Golang on Raspberry Pi 

    It took a few tries for me to get it working, but I have Go running on my Raspberry Pi.

    Here are a few of the references I used to get it working:

    Between the three of those I have a working installation and my test app is pretty snappy. The embedded web-server and test app are running on less than 1mb of memory so far.

    For anyone who is interested I uploaded the .deb files so you can install them via dpkg instead of waiting on it to compile.

    I also got a $10 wifi dongle I purchased on eBay working, great fun this weekend.

    Update: Although having Debian packages would be nice the method I used had some issues when using cgo.  For this reason I would highly recommend building from the current repository tip from source using the first tutorial above by Dave Cheney.  By doing so you will no longer need to apply the patch listed.

  • steve918 8:43 pm on September 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Cool bicycle brake disk clock 

    My wife made me this great clock for my birthday. The brake disk was free at a local bike shop. Very cool “up-cycling”. (very much pun intended)

  • steve918 8:36 pm on September 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    $20 lighting upgrade 

    Below are some before and after pictures of my kitchen lighting project. After picture looks really black in the shot, but it is oil-rubbed bronze. Total cost was around $20, $5 can of paint, and 5 light hoods at $3 each.

  • steve918 7:35 pm on May 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: pirate party, pirate ship, pvc pipe   

    Pirate Ship 

    My son’s 5th Birthday party was pirate themed, but no pirate party is complete without a pirate ship with a plank to walk!

    The sail is PVC pipe and some cheap red fabric.  The bottom of the boat is a couple of pieces of scrap 3/4″ plywood I had left over from building some garage shelves.  The sides are some really cheap paneling I got from home depot along with the 1″ strips I used for ribbing.  The bench and plank were cut from the same piece of 2″x10″.  Then I used some left-over stain and house paint I had in the garage.  Total build time was around 16-18hrs, total cost not counting scrap materials was about $50.

  • steve918 12:53 pm on August 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    1/12th Scale Canoe 

    Built from the free 14′ Canoe plans available on from the back of a legal pad, some scotch tape, whiteout and Sharpe.

    1/12th Scale Canoe

  • steve918 10:40 pm on July 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: desk, IKEA, workspace   

    $51 Standing Desk 

    Below are some pictures of my office in my new house. The piece I’m most proud of is the standing desk I put together from cheap parts purchased at IKEA. Overall I have $51.50 in parts.  To keep cost down it’s mounted on one side and the back to the wall using standard shelf mounts I paid $0.50ea for.  The top is an IKEA Vika Amon for $20 and the single leg is a Vika Byske  priced at $30.00.  You could save some money if you came up with a cheaper option for the leg, but this one looks good and is adjustable up to the height I needed.

    Attaching the legs to the bottom of the table. Notice three sides are attached to the wall with $0.50 shelf mounts.

    Using the file cabinet to support one side, nothing attached to the wall yet, just getting it level.

    The final result! Being used to write this blog post.

    I spent some time and searching a experimenting with different heights by stacking my file cabinet and some books on the side opposite the leg. I settled in around 44.5″ and screwed it into the wall with the assistance of a laser level.

    I’ve drilled a hole through the top with my hole saw and just need to find a grommet to stick in it to finish it off.

    • Duncan MacIntyre 8:37 am on July 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Neat solution Steven, looks very solid too.

    • chad 4:40 pm on July 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      how much did apple pay you for all the advertising in the last photo? methinks you are a fanboi.

    • chad 5:02 am on July 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry. I just realized what a jackass I am. Thanks for the post.

  • steve918 8:46 pm on October 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: amazon, books, , kindle, reading   

    Read Sync 

    While riding the train home I finished a book I had been reading and immediately went in search of something new. I quickly became frustrated with Amazon’s suggestions which included every Django book ever printed because I once bought a book on the subject. It also included many irrelevant items, including scrap-booking items that were a result of my wife sharing my account. So I did what I usually do and asked my friends on IRC what the recommend. This produced immediate results. I had a good recommendation from a trusted source.

    This experience motivated me to improve this process and make it easier for people to share what they are reading and discover new content. There are other great services like Goodreads that have similar goals, but in the age of e-readers, I should be able to share automatically and effortlessly.

    The real problem is that none of the popular e-reader companies (including Amazon) offer an API that would allow someone to build something like this. But what kind of hacker would let something like a lack of API hinder innovation? So I spent a few days taking apart the Kindle App for Android, taking it apart until I had a service that could mimic it and register itself as another Kindle device.

    The result is Read Sync, a simple Facebook application that allows you to share your Kindle reads with friends, see what books your friends have read and recommend and which of your friends own a particular book.

    The screen shot above is an example of a book two of my friends have on their Amazon bookshelves. On this screen I can see details about the book, related titles, and what friends have read it. If I click on one of my friends pictures it takes me to their bookshelf where I can explore what they have read.

    • Scott Blomquist 2:05 am on October 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hey, I got as far as where you ask me for my Amazon username and password (the same one that you could use to change my one-click setting or set yourself up a payphrase on my account), and then abandoned the process. Sad that Amazon doesn’t have an OAuth API for this kind of thing.

      Can you tell us a little more about how you manage to not store our credentials? Also, does associating your app with Kindle count against the 8-device lifetime limit that books can be read on?

      Love the idea. Wish Amazon made it a little more possible to do cleanly.

      • steve918 3:55 am on October 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Hey Scott,

        Read Sync passes your credentials to Amazon, from there they return a key pair which is used to access their Kindle API. This key pair cannot be used to make purchases or changes to your Amazon account. Read Sync registers the same way any other Kindle reader does and would therefore count against any device limits.

    • RandomizeME 9:50 am on October 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Can you do one that works with Twitter instead of Facebook?

      • steve918 4:58 pm on October 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        It’s definitely a possibility, but it will be a ways out. For now I’m focused on polishing up the Facebook version and working out all of the bugs. Once that’s done I’ll start looking at integrating with other devices and platforms.

    • Sam Alexander 12:56 am on February 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I love it. Do you have plans add a method that lets me hide my Nora Roberts & Danielle Steele collection from my friends?

    • Lynn Williams 4:35 pm on October 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I can not get ReadSync to open. Are there any other applications that sync Kindle and Facebook?

      • steve918 4:14 pm on October 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Sorry ReadSync is now offline. It wasn’t gaining a lot of interest and I didn’t have the time to maintain it.

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