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Travis Hayes
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I'm a long time PC gamer, but I bought an Xbox One earlier this year. The idea was to get off the upgrade treadmill and banish Windows from my PC. Adjusting to the coarseness of the controls and viewing distance from the display wasn't easy, so the console mostly languished.

Enter Fallout 4. This game gives me a reason to persevere with the console. I'm getting better with the controls and VATS makes combat reasonable. My aging eyes can actually read the screen text fairly well compared to some games. I've moved my couch forward a bit to help even more.

The crafting, settlement building, and useful scrounging add a lot of enjoyment for OCD me. I used to just collect and sell everything to accumulate mad caps. The game has crashed once so far, which I've learned to expect from the Fallout franchise. Having great fun!
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Awesome. I've actually gone the other way and now have 2 steam machines in my house. Playing fallout 3 on a TV is awesome, especially with a steam controller.
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The one stop light in my town.

There is only a single home on the other side of this active rail line. Access is from a state road, and the tracks and main road curve to allow an overpass not far from here. At the crossing, the foliage and curvature of the tracks affords very little visibility. It all feels a bit wrong.

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There's always one. Get out of the road, you turkey! Don't they even realize what season it is?
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We get families of ducks and geese from the nearby manmade lake blocking traffic on my street. They just saunter across the road, taking their sweet time.

It's like they know they're a protected species and are saying "whaddaya gonna do ... shoot me?"

Bastards.
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Getting Intermediate with Arduino
There's a wealth of information out there on getting started with the Arduino microcontroller, development environment, and basic electronics. So you've interfaced with LEDs, sensors, and modules. You've written sketches to do digital input and output, anal...
There's a wealth of information out there on getting started with the Arduino microcontroller, development environment, and basic electronics. So you've interfaced with LEDs, sensors, and modules. You've written sketches to d...
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Cool! Marked this for future reading.
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The official Raspberry Pi display looks like a well integrated solution at an excellent price. That said, I've messed about with cheap panels like this and wasn't satisfied with the contrast and viewing angles for my particular applications.

If you have the budget, I highly recommend the IPS panels from Chalkboard Electronics in Malaysia.
http://www.chalk-elec.com/?page_id=1280#!/7-open-frame-universal-HDMI-LCD-with-capacitive-multi-touch/p/21750207/category=3094861
It'll cost $60/£48 and let you mount your Pi on the back.
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That's pretty sweet.  Thanks for the pointer!
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SMS settings in Google Hangouts are now really configurable! It's now easy to force outgoing messaging to always use your Google Voice number and not end up with multiple streams. I may finally be warming to Hangouts. Well played, Google!
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Because +Cindy Brown says the cool kids are doing it. Gotta collect 'em all.
Create your Visited States Map and show us where you've been!
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I've been in all lower 48 states and every southern province except the Maritimes.
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Something for my metal brothers and sisters. The light was just right as I passed, so I had to stop for a photo.

+Georgi Karavasilev+Brett Legree+Mark Derricutt​
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Carputer 2015 - September Status
Time rolls on and the car computer has yet to roll. I've been having way too much fun interfacing and developing for Arduino. Still, everything else is ready to go, so expect the rolling demo video and blog post sometime next week. Here's a quick summary of...
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+Que Onda always good to hear from someone else who's into this stuff. Yes, this project is still alive! I've just kept digging deeper into the custom electronics and microcontroller side of things because that lets me build anything I want. It's addictive. Thanks for the encouragement to get back to the rolling demo.
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DC Power Conversion
With so much interest in mobile electronics these days, Makers are tossing aside their long despised AC adapters and turning to DC power. Unfortunately, DC sources tend to fluctuate or be comprised of multiple cells that produce voltages not directly usable...
With so much interest in mobile electronics these days, Makers are tossing aside their long despised AC adapters and turning to DC power. Unfortunately, DC sources tend to fluctuate or be comprised of multiple cells that prod...
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Today's success: Illuminating a LED the hard way. On the left is an automotive UPS controller. It will charge an auxiliary battery when the car's alternator is running, switch to that battery when the alternator isn't running, and switch the output off before the battery becomes too deeply discharged.

The connector in the upper left provides 5V, GND, and dry contacts indicating whether the UPS is on main power or backup power. My circuit uses the LED to indicate whether the dry contact is closed, allows reading open/closed status on a microcontroller pin, and allows overriding LED state (PWM control) using that same microcontroller pin.
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What horrible dystopia is this?
Oh wait, it's today in America.

So what do you all think: Is diabetic test strips for cash a brilliant bit of entrepreneurship, a flagrant abuse of the system, a flagrant abuse of desperate people, or some combination?

How could we address health at a societal level in a way that doesn't result in people trading their health for cash? Can we? Should we?
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Basic income.
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  • Azul Systems
    Linux Systems, Appliance, Distro, 2003 - 2012
  • Mpath/HearMe
    Java Server Guru, 1997 - 2001
  • USWeb Utopia
    Web Technologies Developer, 1996 - 1997
  • Cabletron Systems
    Software Developer, 1994 - 1996
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Travis Converse Hayes
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Identifying the world's problems, designing solutions, implementing nothing.
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Former Silicon Valley software engineer, now owner of the family farmstead in semi-rural New Hampshire.
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brain in a jar, bad at yard work
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Madbury, New Hampshire, USA
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Mountain View, California, USA - Sunnyvale, California, USA - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - Barrington, New Hampshire, USA
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