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Posts related to programming, gadgets, web design, and general code/hacking.

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May 4 | Google Glass is not augmented reality

One of the things that make me most excited about having shelled out an exorbitant amount of money for Google Glass is that the space for research and design using it remains pretty big. Over the coming weeks and months I’m hoping to use some of the insights I gained from CHI as well as […]

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Jan 13 | Upload BadElf GPS logs to a shareable Google map

This little hack lets you export BadElf GPS logs to Dropbox and eventually to a website that can display your tracks (and share them with friends/family). This is a cheaper alternative to SPOT’s Messenger, which continually uploads tracks to their own (paid) service. You also have the option of choosing which tracks to share and […]

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Oct 4 | Product Diaries: Pay to promote?

One of the more acute results of spending some time in a product-oriented or product management role like the one I spent at Google this past summer is that you suddenly become aware of a lot of the consequences and thought processes that go into rolling out a new feature. What with career and hiring […]

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May 25 | It’s not the camera, stupid!

Reds are where tourists take photos, blues are where locals take photos. From the amazing Eric Fisher. It’s a bit of an amazement to me why everyone seems to be scratching their heads and wondering why Facebook seems to be keen on the camera (including the newly launched Facebook Camera and the $1 billion Instagram). […]

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Feb 18 | Wiimote hack converts any surface into a “touch” screen

I took some time to implement Johnny Chung Lee’s 2007 Wiimote hack and it was surprisingly easy to deploy. I’m hoping to make the pens a lot more comfortable to use, but as a first run of the prototype, it seems very promising. The setup is incredibly simple: all you need is a Wiimote (no […]

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Jan 4 | Help me test out Haptico!

Haptico is a little app that I made over Christmas break that lets your phone tell you if you’re headed in the right direction without having to take out the phone. The premise is simple – enter a location or a bearing (“north”) and the phone will vibrate if you’re headed in that direction. I’ve […]

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Dec 30 | Goodbye GoDaddy

On January 13, 2005, I purchased chronicled.org from Globat.com, and it entered registration 3 days later. It was my first domain purchase, and required quite a bit of investment on my part: I paid $148.95 for 2 years of hosting, which for a high-school senior getting ready to graduate was quite the lump sum amount. […]

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Dec 25 | How 6 newsreader apps behave offline

Merry Christmas everyone! I assume a good number of people have gotten something iPhone/iPad related this year, and I’ve had the opportunity to test out several newsreader apps for a couple weeks and hope to share my results here. While I am an iPhone owner I don’t subscribe to a data plan (to keep things […]

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Dec 4 | Custom iPhone lock screens on iOS5

It looks like iOS5 made things a little complicated with regards to loading customized lock screens (like LS Nimbus, where the weather images wouldn’t load and the black bar would remain) so I’ve created a tutorial that will let you get yours working in no time. Cydia packages you’ll need: Winterboard Slide to Unlock Killer […]

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Nov 18 | Rio does Interview Algorithms: Episode 1

In order to keep myself accountable for the next 10 days or so I have to brush up on my algorithms (in anticipation of interviews), I’ve decided to log a few of the algorithms I come across while on my hunt for interesting questions that I may be asked, specifically to prevent myself from getting […]

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