Short Story: The Best Part

I should mention this was born from an app idea I had. The app was called "1,000 Words or Less" (temporary name). It's a creative writing tool that gives you a setting, subject or concept and you write a short story in 1,000 words or less. Having boxes…

Accountability Tracking

About a year ago I had this idea of logging the accountability of a person. Los Angeles can inspire that. Then I realized that platforms like Airbnb and Uber would shape this idea of tying a digital persona to a physical being. This market/platform doesn’t exist today, but…

VP8 vs. H.264

History Basically, the gist is this. The IETF was supposed to decide late last year what codec was going to be the standard for WebRTC: VP8/VP9 or H.264/H.265. WebRTC is an emerging standard for real time communication over the web for video/audio. I've done some…

Raspberry Pi: GPIO Crash Course

GPIO When you're coding for hardware, the main difference is this little acronym right here: GPIO. General-purpose input/output. If it weren't for this low-level ability to communicate with connected devices with simple 1s and 0s (biggest over-simplification ever), we'd basically just have a tiny computer. Which is cool, I…

Raspberry Pi: Javascript Motion Sensor

Sensing Motion When it comes to hardware hacking, there are numerous ways you can detect motion. Like any good electronic part, the PIR sensor is cheap, reliable, and pretty damn cool. Adafruit goes into extensive, but very consumable detail about PIR sensors if you're the bookish type. Who This Article…

Xbox One Microphone Not Working

My friends and I have had this issue lately, and it's been driving us crazy. I'm using Astro A50s with the Xbox One Headset Adapter, though others are using the Xbox One Stereo Microphone. In any case, it seems like if we sign in with our voices, things go afoul…