Dev tools Square Dance

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For the longest time I was a died-in-the-wool Adobe guy, not quite a full-on fanboi, but pretty close. I used Dreamweaver since before Macromedia acquired Homesite, and loved it. It seemed the perfect blend of proprietary dev options, and open-source options. I could dev .NET pages, PHP pages and work with HTML5 and custom mobile … Read more

Digital camera slap fight

I’ve been fighting with my cameras and it’s pretty much devolved to a slap fight between my iPhone 6s + and my Nikon Digital SLR. I love them both dearly but I always have my iPhone in my pocket. Always. I rarely carry my big arse DSLR with my fat 16 to 35 f/2.8 unless … Read more

Are digital images still “Plates”?

It’s funny to hear people speak of images created digitally as “plates.” You could argue a digital reproduction from a plate or negative is still a plate, but I wonder why. To me it seems like a hold over from the artistic world trying to hold of to what photography was and not embrace what … Read more

Bind a Spektrum DX6i to a Blade 200 QX Quadcopter

      A lot of the Blade multi-rotors are RTF, or Ready To Fly, like the Blade 180 QX. The 200 QX however is a BNF, or Bind and Fly which means you will need to get a remote to fly your new 200 QX Quadcopter. For this I chose the Spektrum DX6i. It’s … Read more

Abiqua Falls: Lessons in ice and water

This is the kind of thing that happens often enough that one would think I would have figured it out. I gather up my camera gear and follow my wanderlust into the Columbia Gorge, or out to the Coast Range, Bend, Seattle or Salem and trundle down some trail in search of something. What happens next, … Read more

Prototyping in the world of wearable tech

I’ve been designing and developing for the web for a long time now, and lately with this seemingly large uptick in interest in the Internet of Things and the growing array of wearable technology streaming into the market, the previous tools used for prototyping don’t necessarily apply to the real world in physical applications. With … Read more

Easy Android side-loading using OS X & Terminal

If you’ve been looking for a super easy way to side load your app on to your Android device, or multiple devices for testing or just for fun – well hold on to your butts – this is super easy on a Mac. Open a terminal window and go to the platform-tools folder within the … Read more

Featured posts on your WordPress category pages

While working on a new WordPress theme for my day job, I needed to have the ability to add featured posts to the category pages. WordPress makes things easy with adding custom fields to posts. By adding the field “featured” with a value of “true” to for the post you want to feature, makes it easy … Read more

Veteran’s Day

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the … Read more

The end starts tomorrow……

Tomorrow I start the last leg of my journey home to Portland from the miserable armpit that is Bradford, PA. Okay, well maybe that’s a little harsh, but seriously – I’m happy as hell to be leaving that town for the final and last time in the next few weeks with all my stuff, and … Read more

Big brands go mobile – even if they don’t know why

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The list of brands out there with an app has a lot of girth to it, and is growing faster than a snotty little girl who just ate the 3 course dinner piece of gum. Unfortunately, not all of them are doing something unique, usable, or even all that interesting, and ends up being another … Read more

Film is fun again with the Sprocket Rocket

Several months ago I received an email from Lomo going on about this mysterious new camera they were coming out with soon, and being the consummate consumer and photo geek that I am, I decided to take the bait. After a few days of waiting, the official announcement was made about the Lomo Sprocket Rocket … Read more

13 states, 1 guy, an iPod and 5 minutes and 48 seconds of video

So I had this crazy idea a while ago that when I made my journey to the left side of the country that I wanted to make a time-lapse video of my trip. The first thing was to find a camera. Now, mind you, I already have three digital cameras, and the two point and … Read more

3 months of .NET, PHP and a new job in Portland.

Has it really been 3 months? Yeah, I guess it has; almost. It’s been crazy, really crazy. I have been busier at work than I have in almost 2 years, which in this case was long overdue and much needed. I’ve been spending my days converting a custom .NET site to run on the WordPress … Read more

What has your helmet done for you lately?

How often do you reflect upon things you have done in your past and wonder why you did them? How many times within those musings do you come up with a solid reason? Almost never? Cool, join the club. I’ve had a two-wheeled love affair with bikes since the day my Dad sent me down … Read more

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