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David Oster
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Giving my wife directions to a meeting at work: "It's the building with the wide wooden stairs, with the spaceship hanging from the ceiling, right near the tyrannosaurus skeleton."
I'm so used to it, that I forget how weird it is.
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You have a T. Rex skeleton, we have a giant clothespin.  I think you got the better deal, personally.  :-)
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  http://www.exploratorium.edu/snacks/penny-battery - make a battery out of pennies and salt. http://www.wired.com/2016/01/how-to-build-a-super-simple-electric-motor-out-of-stuff-you-already-have/ - out of a magnet, some copper wire, and paper clips. (pretty cool if you could power the motor with the pennies.)
Use two different metals and some sour, salty water to create an inexpensive battery.
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Advertisement for the latest Japanese robot cellphone (English subtitles) - It's nice to be living in the future.
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I've got a laser picoprojector, and it is about as bright as the one in the video, and would definitely fit in a cellphone. The charge in a smaller battery than the one in the robot would power it for about two hours of continuous use on a reasonable size cell-phome battery. http://www.amazon.com/MicroVision-SHOWWX-Laser-Pocket-Projector/dp/B004EKM5B4 
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I prefer Boston to Georgia
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Why are unpaid, unsolicited, volunteers doing this work?
Back in 2005, the Social Security Administration wrote that they'd tried and failed to port their benefit calculator from Mac OS Classic to OS X. http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/anypia/description.html so I did it and gave it to them. Now Brendan Shanks is picking up the baton http://bslabs.net/2015/07/18/porting-anypia-to-xcodeintel/ and revising it  for OS X 10.10. It's the federal government. Don't they have a budget for this? Can't they at least ask for help?
Porting the Social Security Administration's Detailed Calculator from CodeWarrior to Xcode and Intel
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I got an embroidery machine with a USB port, and I've been researching how best to use it. Ran across this.
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Eleanor likes to lean back in her chair and watch instructional videos on knitting. Since her hands are busy, we rigged up a Griffin Technology USB Powermate with a small Applescript so she can tap it with her toe to play or pause the video.
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Google Voice got it 100% correct, but Siri transcribed it as: "What is the date of Russia Shawna?"
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  • Google
    Programmer, present
  • Burroughs
  • Apple
  • Data Scientific
  • Digital Arts & Sciences
  • Electro-Diagnostic Imaging
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Boston - Philadelphia - New York - London - Berkeley - Santa Cruz
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The iOSter - (iOS programmer)
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David Phillip Oster
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
1/1/14 - Jeff Wiseman saved my vacation. When my mother-in-law's wheelchair broke he made a house call on this holiday, and replaced the broken wheel. As long has he was there, he totally refurbished the chair, replacing the brake handles and the hand grips, and greasing the foot pads. His prices were low, and he didn't charge us extra for the holiday service. He's a wonderful man. Any praise I give him would not be enough.
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
I've dealt with the Buggy Bank as a seller once in 2012, and once back in 2002 or so. They certainly take the hassle out of selling your car. I dropped the car off and, paid their fee. They cleaned the car and helped me price it. A few days later, their ad became public and I got multiple calls from interested buyers. They arranged for the car to be smogged, and I went to their lot a second time to complete the sale.
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
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From their tiny storefront on Stevens Creek Blvd. iFixers put a new front glass on my iPod. The two people I dealt with (one to drop off, one to pick up) were friendly and knowledgable. I'd definitely go back to them if I had an iOS device that needed a hardware repair.
Quality: ExcellentAppeal: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
A comfortable and friendly place to sit, have a coffee and a pastry, talk to friends, and use the Café's wifi. Good value for the pastries. Tasty coffee. Friendly help.
Public - 4 years ago
reviewed 4 years ago