This used to be offered as a free book for the Kindle and was one of many I added to my account after receiving my Kindle. (If its free, its for me, right?)

When reading the author “Don Brown” on the cover of this novel, I was mistaking it for a more famous Dan Brown (Da Vinci Code). As I read the military themes unfold, my mind then played further tricks on me as I made a connection with Dale …


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July 1st is the day that many WebOS users have been waiting for. The day that HP releases their first WebOS tablet, the Touchpad. I preordered through Amazon and was delivered my own spanking new HP Touchpad tablet this evening.

Overall it is an amazing piece of technology. Slicker than any Android tablets that I have tried, but not quite as polished as an iPad. However, for me the usability if far above an iPad, whose “multitasking” is a joke …


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Mostly build Smart Domino board top.

I received my boards from the DorkbotPDX group order. While the purple solder mask is “interesting”. The board quality is beautiful. This was the first SMD soldering I’ve ever done. I started with tinning the pads with my normal iron and normal solder. I wanted to try that and see how it compares with solder paste I’ll use later. Then I put some tack flux on top of the solder with a …


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First Smart Domino prototype board.

I got a kick out of the Le Dominoux project for the 555 contest. I thought about making a few to mess around with. This would be a good project to practice some manual SMD soldering skills. I haven’t worked with SMD at all. (Yes, I know that the Le Dominoux was through hole constructed, but I planned on mine being SMD.)

I priced SMD, resistors, caps, LEDs, and 555s. Then I wondered how …


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3.3V LDO Regulator soldered to USB jack

The AVR ISP II is a device to program an AVR microcontroller using a 6 pin header in a circuit. It does not contain any capability to power the circuit being programmed. This could be very handy.

Dave Jones at the EEVBlog has a video about adding power to the ISP cable, using an LM317 to provide both 5V and 3.3V. The issue with this, as he stated, was that the …


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My father fought cancer for decades. He was the strongest man I have ever known. It was hard to see him wither with a body not able to do what his will desired. His suffering finally ended during the early morning of April 20th. Despite knowing that the cancer was terminal and preparing for it. Death is never easy. It tears a hole through you.

The storm was heavy. No matter what I did, I couldn’t keep the ship …


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A Zen Teacher saw five of his students return from the market, riding their bicycles. When they had dismounted, the teacher asked the students, “Why are you riding your bicycles?”

The first student replied, “The bicycle is carrying this sack of potatoes. I am glad that I do not have to carry them on my back!” The teacher praised the student, saying, “You are a smart boy. When you grow old, you will not walk hunched over, as I do …


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I’ve been a developer, on many different platforms, for just under two decades. Like many code monkeys, I enjoy learning new architectures. I’m not exactly sure why, but programming for WebOS has me more excited than I’ve been since working with GCC on the Palm Personal. The idea of building apps with web technologies on a portable device sounded interesting. I knew that certain things would be easy and others hard. That is always the case with any platform.

With Word Whirl queued up for release in the App Catalog, I decided it might help others to describe some of the things I’ve learned. This is my way of giving back to all the PreCentral users that helped during the process of taking Word Whirl from a request post to a published application. Hopefully this will help some more make the leap from Homebrew to App Catalog and get more apps out there.


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