1Password on Linux

I've been a long time user of 1Password, a password vault by AgileBits. However, it only supports OS X and Windows; which is a problem for linux desktop converts like myself.

Subsonic database bloat/corruption

I use a Subsonic media streamer install to stream my music library on my mobile phone, media center, laptop etc. Recently, my web UI and other client apps stopped working and I noticed the subsonic server was spewing HSQLDB database engine errors.

The Pi-Rack

I recently (Finally!) acquired a low-end 3d printer and after a few practice prints I decided to put my new skills to the test. I wanted to create a Raspberry Pi case, but I thought that would be a little boring. So the idea I settled on was creating something akin to a blade server - an enclosure that takes care of power and lan distribution, that houses several Pis. Overkill? Absolutely!

CH340G usb to ttl/serial for Mac

I bought some USB to TTL adapters on the cheap from China. The OS X driver was a little difficult to track down, but this thread cracked it:

Okay, drivers for mac do exist.
I always see for the driver, but now I searched for "" and found 
The mac driver is here :
The version is from is a newer, you should try that one.

Arduino Pong, Part 1: The display

As mentioned in my last post, I've been learning up electronics with the Arduino. I found a few 5 by 7 LED matrices at a local surplus store (pictured above), so I figured another fun beginner project would be creating a clone of pong using a few of these for the screen.

Nintendo 64 Joystick pinout for Arduino


I've been learning electronics and playing with an Arduino lately and realized I had a spare Nintendo 64 joystick. A fun challeng for a beginner like me to figure out how it works, and use it with an arduino!

Long way

So, I haven't had time to post in a few months. Why? The fun of moving across the country and a career change! As of June I am now a resident of Santa Clara, California, and an employee of Hewlett Packard! Specifically, I work for Pronq - an HP-spawned "startup" where I'm a front-end engineer. In other words, I still take designs and turn them into living & breathing website pages or html prototypes.

I drove across the country to get my car here, and I took a ton of pictures on the way. I'll post these eventually.

Coda 2, Git, and Drupal

Coda 2 (Previously, just Coda) has been my "daily driver" suite for web development for around 4 years now. It's an absolutely wonderful editor by Panic, and well worth the price tag in my opinion. It has an editor, (s)ftp client, git client, terminal, mysql database manager, and a whole lot more all in one package. 

My workflow when developing a Drupal-based website is usually something like this: