Mineblock Product Design
Design Process To me, the MINEBLOCK project represents an excellent example of the convergence of a vast number of technical, digital, physical and human constraints. Knowing that being able to keep a close eye on all of these considerations simultaneously was going to be next to impossible, I asked a few friends to help with […] Read more – ‘Mineblock Product Design’.
Connecting directly to RPi
One of the first things you do with a Raspberry Pi is connect it to a wifi or ethernet network but what if you don’t have an extra keyboard or screen available, but you have a laptop? There are times when a HDMI monitor is not available to use with your Raspberry Pi.  In those circumstances it can […] Read more – ‘Connecting directly to RPi’.
Wifi my Pi
Over the week I’m working on two current areas of practical research for Mineblock. The first has to do with one of the biggest gotchas of working with networked devices, particularly ones with no screen: getting it on the network and talking to it. The second is about installation and interaction: choosing the level of flexibility. This […] Read more – ‘Wifi my Pi’.
Creating RaspberryPi Disk Images
This is the first of a series of articles about RaspberryPi, I’ll start with a few introductory tutorials to get you up and running. The first thing you’ll want to do once you have a Raspberry Pi is set it up with an operating system. If you’re wondering about the best place to buy a […] Read more – ‘Creating RaspberryPi Disk Images’.
Role Playing at an Intersection
Today I wanted to reflect on my role in the team on the Recon Jet Project. This project is another chance for me to experiment with the intersection between design and development disciplines. As many of us have learned, there are many ways to communicate our intentions and proposed solutions in digital media. One of […] Read more – ‘Role Playing at an Intersection’.
Processing test
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Daily Data Visualization
After attending the EYEO conference this year and hanging out with Fire Friends I was inspired to challenge myself to creating a daily data visualization during the month of July. As it happens, I’m in the south of France & London for most of the month and I’d like the visualizations to center around our […] Read more – ‘Daily Data Visualization’.
Minecraft on Raspberry Pi
After a few attempts I was able to install a Minecraft server on one of my Raspberry Pi. I don’t want to sugarcoat it but it wasn’t too difficult thanks to this shell script from kraftyhosting.eu. Thanks KM_James! The initial minecraft tests were decent and I was able to have others log in from remote […] Read more – ‘Minecraft on Raspberry Pi’.
A Plan for my Raspberry Pi
I’ve made a list of services and selected the one that seemed to be the most suitable for the Raspberry Pi. Here’s what I hope to install: Raspberry Pi Linux distribution : I need an optimized distribution that is minimalist to install after the maximum of services. I found the distribution Moebius . Once installed […] Read more – ‘A Plan for my Raspberry Pi’.
RaspberryPi for Beginners
I’m guessing that many of you found Raspberry Pis under the tree this morning and are eager to start hacking around with it. The Make Blog has compiled a list of a few of their favourite quick tips that may come in handy as you explore the platform. Some of these might be old hat […] Read more – ‘RaspberryPi for Beginners’.
Preparing your SD Card for Raspberry Pi
I’ve been tinkering around with a flexible little micro-processor called RaspberryPi for a few weeks now and would like to share some instructions on how to get it running. The Raspberry Pi is a $35 linux computer, it fits in the palm of your hand and is a handy bit of hardware for prototyping your […] Read more – ‘Preparing your SD Card for Raspberry Pi’.
Getting Processing to listen to Arduino
Currently with OSX Lion there seems to be a problem with Processing talking to Arduino, it turns out it’s a mismatch of RXTX libraries. When running my Processing sketch the following error can occur: WARNING: RXTX Version mismatch Jar version = RXTX-2.2pre1 native lib Version = RXTX-2.2pre2 1. Download the latest RXTX library from http://rxtx.qbang.org/ […] Read more – ‘Getting Processing to listen to Arduino’.
Install Apache/PHP/MySQL on Snow Leopard
If you design & develop websites and use a mac you’ll most definitely need to test code locally. A large percentage of today’s open source content management systems are built on Apache, PHP, MySQL and there are two common ways to make those three things work in Os X. The first method is by using […] Read more – ‘Install Apache/PHP/MySQL on Snow Leopard’.
See Ya, Wouldn’t Want to be ya
Until now, Web Designers have had to test all of their designs in IE 6 before launching a website, because so many Windows users still use it. Fortunately, those days are coming to an end. Microsoft is planning to force all Windows users to upgrade their Internet Explorer version to IE 7. This is extremely […] Read more – ‘See Ya, Wouldn’t Want to be ya’.
Tree in a Forest
I’m curious about genealogy. Maybe it has something to do with being Armenian and having your family tree cut off after only a few generations, but I’ve recently been looking into software to enable genealogy tracking. What I’ve found is the following software: Family Tree Maker (PC) Legacy Family Tree (PC) RootsMagic (PC) REUNION (Mac) […] Read more – ‘Tree in a Forest’.
Clean Up Time
This is just a reminder for me to start doing some major cleaning up. It’s been a really busy year and in many aspects there has been a lot of loose ends left behind. The clean up starts now. The list starts here: My Dreamhost account: lots of stray orphans here. It’s time to round […] Read more – ‘Clean Up Time’.
Installing Rails on Leopard
I’ve been working with RubyOnRails for about a year now. Now that I’ve got a new MacBookPro I’ve got to reinstall Rails on Leopard. Although there’s a fair bit online about the subject it’s still a pretty counter intuitive process for designer types like myself. Read more – ‘Installing Rails on Leopard’.
Don’t Blame the CMS
Content Management Systems are great. They’ve become more flexible and easier to implement, allowing companies big and small to have the ability to manage the content on their websites without breaking the bank. There’s a problem though, and it’s not a technology one. It’s a people problem. If you’re having trouble managing the content on […] Read more – ‘Don’t Blame the CMS’.
ActiveCollab Goes Commercial
It’s no surprise that I’m a big fan of open source software, after all, I use software like WordPress and Drupal a lot. I have also been a strong believer in ActiveCollab, an open source project management software, and so it came as a big surprise when they decided to close their open source model […] Read more – ‘ActiveCollab Goes Commercial’.
Tufte’s Sparklines
Lately there’s been a lot of talk about Edward Tufte. Who is he? He may be the only designer with a roadie. If you have yet to read any of his books you will find depth and clarity in his explanations of information design that simplifies complex data systems. Or perhaps you could read his […] Read more – ‘Tufte’s Sparklines’.