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Mike Barela
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Playing with #esp8266  modules?  This adapter seems to be an excellent way to connect to a breadboard and to use an FTDI USB adapter.
Connect ESP8266 WiFi module directly to 5V FTDI adapter and a breadboard. ESP8266 is a very cheap serial to WiFi module running on 3.3V With this adapter you can connect the module to 5V FTDI adapter directly, just connect, open COM terminal and you can type AT commands. That's it, it's great for beginners who want to explore this WiFi module or simply to test if the module is working without worrying about wiring or voltage levels. The adapter h...
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What Microsoft and Magic Leap have going with HoloLens and Magic Leap respectively makes Oculus look like a Viewmaster (the 70's version).
Google made a big splash when it threw its support behind Magic Leap with a $542 million investment last year. Immediately people began wondering what ex
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Except no one's actually seen it yet. Sorry, a lot of beautiful photoshopped images do not make a product. I've sat out the Oculus craze and will keep waiting.
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It's out. I like the new feature set. Anyone tired of charging their Apple watch twice a day will love to trade for a Pebble Time.
As the Apple Watch casts a shadow across the smart-watch market, Pebble preps a wrist-worn gadget with a color e-paper display.
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This could be very handy, I must try it out with my newly received parts.
 
It seems like a day doesn’t go by without an ESP8266 project here on Hackaday. There’s a good reason for that, the chip and associated modules have brought low-cost WiFi connectivity to the masses. Today we have [Stevica Kuharski], who has built an open…
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Researcher uses a Raspberry Pi 2 to exploit Lenovo Superfish adware to demonstrate how to obtain sensitive https info such as banking information
As discussed in my previous blogpost, it took about 3 hours to reverse engineer the Lenovo/Superfish certificate and crack the password. In this blog post, I described how I used that certificate in order to pwn victims using...
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i have that wifi adapter!
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A great new tutorial and code library from +Chris Young on the +Adafruit Industries Learning System.
Most consumer electronic devices such as TV, cable box, DVD players and other devices use infrared signals for remote control. Each manufacturer has its own protocols for encoding the data so that signals intended for one device do not interfere with another.
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Glad to cheer such great work on
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Boston Dynamics is a cool company with incredible products.  But the Fringe fan in me cannot keep thinking of a similar company mentioned by JJ Abrams 7 years ago.....
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Cool 3D printed hand for this 15 year old
 
15-year-old Star Wars Fan Receives Darth Vader-esque 3D Printed Prosthetic Hand http://3dprint.com/46466/darth-vader-prosthetic-hand/
Over the past year or so, we have covered dozens of stories of 3D printed prosthetic hands, most of which have been created by a group of volunteers from e-
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Confirmed color screen   #Pebble  
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hope its not the final design , because it look terrible...  :P
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Researcher uses a Raspberry Pi 2 to exploit Lenovo Superfish adware to demonstrate how to obtain sensitive https info such as banking information
As discussed in my previous blogpost, it took about 3 hours to reverse engineer the Lenovo/Superfish certificate and crack the password. In this blog post, I described how I used that certificate in order to pwn victims using...
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A great explanation why anywhere is equally likely a place where the big bang explosion happened.
This is actually a pretty common question; however, the term “the center of the universe” doesn’t really mean anything. In short, this is because of relativity–it makes it so that we can define any point that we want as the center of the universe. It makes absolutely no difference. This is because we don’t have what …
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  • US Department of State
    Senior Foreign Service Officer, 1988 - present
  • Hewlett-Packard
    Disc Memory Division, 1981 - 1983
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    Synthetic Aperture Radars, 1984 - 1985
  • Boeing Aerospace
    Senior Engineer, 1985 - 1988
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Author of the book "Getting Started with Adafruit Trinket", Maker Media, 2014, available at Amazon.com, Adafruit.com, and other bookstores worldwide
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    BS Electrical Engineering
  • Whitman College
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