Video Tutorial: Writing code onto Micropython Wemos D1 using Ampy
February 5, 2018
Last week we covered how to flash Micropython onto an ESP8266 (Wemos D1 Mini) but we had to type our code into the REPL by hand. That’s not terribly useful for a real world project, so this week we learn how to upload code and make it run on boot. We’ll be using a tool called Ampy, by Adafruit, since the Micropython world is a little immature.
3D Printing: Knurled brass inserts using a heat gun
August 31, 2017
In my current quest of building the Hypercube Evolution, one of the early and critical steps is putting in the knurled brass inserts into the 3D printed parts. These inserts are the receptacle for screws/bolts that would otherwise chew up the plastic you’ve printed. The standard instructions are to use a soldering iron but I wanted something with a little more accuracy so I used a heat gun. It works well so I thought I’d share a quick tutorial video I made!
Schedule change & new format
August 17, 2015
Over the years, the posting schedule here at Snowulf.com has varied wildly. We’ve had our good times (5 posts a week) and our bad times (zero posts for months). Up until July of this year, we’ve been averaging 1-2 posts a month for the last year or more, which is very sad. As soon as I had more free time, our post rate jumped up to 5 times a week and held that for more than a month. I’m very proud to really solidly be back “in the game”, however some adjustments need to be made.
Broadcom / Netgear's 802.11ac Event (Gigabit Wifi)
May 17, 2012
Earlier this week Broadcom and Netgear had a joint release event for their new 802.11ac “Gigabit” WiFi equipment. Broadcom is providing the chipsets while Netgear is providing the “finished product” which included the R6300 router, R6200 router, and the A6200 USB WiFi adapter (dongle). So far these three items are the only 802.11ac products available, but the presenters mentioned that they expected to see a shift from 802.11n to .11ac over the next 6-9 months with a lot of equipment available by the end of 2013. I suspect they also know of additional products in the pipeline that we haven’t heard of yet.
OSX Knows Better Than You: How to change the default application for a file
August 9, 2011
In case it wasn’t obvious by the number of Apple related posts as of late, I’ve been spending almost all my time on OSX based machines. One of the things I’ve found annoying is that I couldn’t change the default file/application association, or at least I couldn’t figure it out. I watched a lot of (downloaded) videos on my computer and every single time I do so, I have to drag it down to the VLC icon in the dock. A mistaken double-click (old habits) would end with QuickTime complaining to me. Recently, I figured out how to change the default application for a file type, and I can now proudly enlighten you how to do the same.
A day with the iPad
September 17, 2010
Recently, I decided to challenge myself and actually use OSX (for a daily machine) and an iPad (because it was there). Part of this was to increase my familiarity with the devices and partially because my workplace runs basically all Mac. I was going to have to get used to them sooner or later, and sooner made sense since I had to support them. Anyways, at the same time I picked up one of the spare iPads to play with. The first time I had the iPad I futzed with it for a day or two then returned it. I borrowed it again and this time I’m trying to seriously use it.
PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD
March 15, 2006
GET XP INSTALLED ON A MACINTEL. Apparently today the movie of XP on a Macintel has hit the net. Now I’m all for XP on a Macintel, I think that would be sweet. If it were true I’d almost consider getting a macintel mini or something similar (not a laptop — cause I must have at least 2 mouse buttons — and I’d hate to operate XP on 1). But for the love of god, stop arguing people.