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My personal rants/raves

Comment Fail

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 by darco

It very much saddens me to discover that the comments table from the MySQL database has for some reason disappeared during the migration process. Poof. Gone. I have no idea what happened to it, but it is gone without a trace. As a result, all of the comments on this website have been lost. This is quite distressing, especially considering the immense value the comment threads on various posts added.

If I somehow manage to recover the comments I will do so, but at the moment it looks like a total loss.

Hosting Fail

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by darco

Late last week, my web and email hosting provider decided to switch servers. It was a total cluster-fudge. My server-side email sorting script (via procmail) totally broke. SSH logins were no longer allowed. And let's not even go over the website itself—I couldn't even figure out where it was serving files from.

With my patience running low and my annoyance high, I decided that this was a good opportunity to switch to a VPS at a different company. It has been a slow process, but things are now starting to slowly come back online. Comments are still busted, but I'll get those back online soon.

Anyway, In light of this mess, I hope to totally revamp the website at some point over the next few weeks so that it will be easier to maintain and nicer to look at.

Google Plus

Monday, July 9, 2012 by darco

I seem to be one of those rare people who don't actually work for Google, but love Google Plus anyway. (We do exist!) In case you've been wondering what I've been up to, your best bet is to follow me there. Unlike my Facebook account, my Google Plus profile is public: so everyone should be able to follow me.

I'll make longer, more detailed, more formal posts here when I have time, but for the vast majority of my posts, comments, and pictures will be available only via Google Plus.

Again: If you want to see the cool stuff that I'm up to, follow me on Google Plus.

Stitching Panoramas from Video

Thursday, July 7, 2011 by darco


This panorama was created from the captured frames of a video right after we found a parking ticket on my Prius. Unfortunately the video was shot vertically, which makes it somewhat difficult to get the full feel of the area. To remedy this, I got the idea to try and stitch together some of the frames from the video to make a large, wide-angle, still picture. If it works for people taking normal pictures it should work with video too, or so my reasoning went.

The stitching was performed using Hugin. Some parts are a little blurry because of motion blur, but over all I think turned out rather well—considering that she was shooting the video without thinking that I would be attempting to stitch the frames together later.

I'm using this picture (and the two below) as evidence for fighting the parking ticket on the grounds that there was no indication in the immediate vicinity that parking was restricted in this area.

Do you see any restricted parking signs?



Back in the States

Sunday, October 3, 2010 by darco

Just a quick informational post: I just got back from my ~2 week vacation, during which I had practically no time to check my email. It may take me a day or two to go thru it all, but if you sent me an email over the past two weeks I'll eventually get back to you.

Soldering a QFN

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 by darco

A while back I got my CC2530-based XBee-clone boards back from BatchPCB. Then reality set in—I actually had to solder these things! After much trial and error, I think I finally have figured out the right technique using solder paste, flux, and hot air. Here are some results:

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Future Room Controller

Thursday, July 1, 2010 by darco

I think I just found the perfect device to be the graphical user interface of my home automation project: the Insignia Infocast.


It came to my attention via one of the people who worked on it: Andrew "Bunnie" Huang, the creator of the Chumby. According to a relatively recent blog post by Bunnie, the device was designed to be very hackerDIY-friendly. Enabling SSH on the device is a snap, and as an added bonus it will even automatically install GCC for you. For $169, this is a great deal.

Check out Bunnie's blog post for more details on the device.


Sunday, February 14, 2010 by darco

Chill of February
Our life in boxes
The cats are suspicious

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