Archives for March, 2010

Miami Road Trip 2009


One of the biggest North American electronic music festivals, Ultra, just wrapped up in Miami. I think it’s about time that I blogged about my experience there last year. I attended last year’s edition with Carolyn just prior to a return trip which included visits to… Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL Georgia Tech in [...]

Storing file metadata with fnmeta.py


The problem Have you ever named a file something like… main.cpp.GOOD … to indicate a “known-good” copy of `main.cpp`? This simplistic method for storing file metadata is great because it’s filesystem-agnostic – the metadata (e.g. “this is known-good source code”) “follows” the file wherever it goes – from ext3 to FAT32 to NTFS, etc. However, [...]

libhasp: Repurposing a copy-protection dongle for general-purpose data storage


Way back in 2004, I spied an offer in Circuit Cellar magazine for a free evaluation kit from Aladdin Knowledge Systems (AKS), manufacturer of copy protection tokens. These are the little gadgets that you often need to plug in to your computer to prove that you ”really” own the particularly expensive application you’re trying to [...]

Adding a dimension to your photos


Have you ever wanted to transform a run-of-the-mill photograph into a complete 3D scene automagically like Jack Black does in this mildly-NSFW 35MiB 2min clip from Enemy of the State? Well too bad — it’s just not possible to ascertain details that are hidden from the camera’s view! You can get pretty close, though, with [...]

Visiting Boston


After a few false starts this Winter, I finally made it to Boston this weekend. I went with Carolyn and Jumbo. It was great to take a road trip where I wasn’t in the driver’s seat `:]` We stopped at the Museum of Science as soon as we arrived. It housed an excellent “history of [...]