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Should Employees Buy Their Own Computers?

huckda I don't want to support your personal stuff (498 comments)

Supporting standardized EQ in a business takes enough co-ordination and time and effort...
throwing in your random techno-gadgetry and virus/spyware laden personal laptop/desktop and I quit...

more than 3 years ago

Where To Start In DIY Electronics?

huckda Re:Forrest Mims (301 comments)

this KIT from Adafruit.com is an amazing package for learning the Arduino and basic circuits and how to control them with a microcontroller...with the basics learned from this kit there is a LOT you can use at the end of the day.

more than 4 years ago

Where To Start In DIY Electronics?

huckda Re:Forrest Mims (301 comments)

I'm not an EE, and started my foray into electronics 2 years ago... TAOE is WAY too deep for 90% of beginners simply because of the overwhelming mathematics in the text...the first 4 chapters however will get you started however before you get too intrenched into all of the mathematical-fu...at the same time I got the Mimms book...which was way too basic and left a lot to be desired in the explanation of WHY a circuit is built in a specific manner...

Really really really wish I could find some middle-ground...there are tons of excerpts on hundreds of websites for specific electronic applications, but even 'beginner kits' such as those from Adafruit and the like do not give detailed WHY's...but only how to solder the thing and perhaps make it do something nifty...

more than 4 years ago

New Bill Proposes Open Source Requirement for Publicly Funded Books

huckda Re:Seems fair to me. (317 comments)

this should include ALL HARDWARE/SOFTWARE IP as well!!

more than 5 years ago

Electric Car Nano-Batteries Aim For 500 Mile Range

huckda My 1984 Mercedes 190 goes 600 miles on a tank (650 comments)

...so what's this "the 300-mile range of gasoline powered cars" garbage?...

My 1977 Fiat is upwards of a 400-mile range with a tiny 12 gallon tank...(heh just pre-empting the Fiat haters...)and that's without pushing it or towing it :)

more than 5 years ago

Low-Budget Electronics Projects For High School?

huckda Re:Light bulbs and batteries (364 comments)

Deciding I needed a PWM for a project, I wanted to build my own to learn about electronics...so I went to radio shack and bought their $79.99 Electronics Learning Lab.(this kit alone is HOURS of amusement and learning)...but what I learned quickly is that following the Mimms book was very wasteful...the explanations of what is happening is scant...the diagrams are great, but blinking leds and making buzzer noises just ISN'T practical to a freshman in High School(I've taught them Freshman computing and mentored them in many aspects of I.T.)...

Below are some sites I've come across searching for 'simple enough for a basic solderer' and with readily available components(strip parts out of busted old computer power supplies/vcrs/radios/etc)..


something fun and useful...a 'hearing aid' =) ... the entire site is useful


some things more complex...


fun and educational .. some real easy stuff...and some more challenging stuff...

Hope this post ranks high enough for you to find it.

more than 5 years ago

What Would You Want In a Large-Scale Monitoring System?

huckda Not sure of scale...but try Spiceworks? (342 comments)

I've used Spiceworks for multiple smaller sites and it works well...
Cacti was a pain to configure for every client(tried it first)...IMO

more than 5 years ago

Link of the day: on the importance of a good data model

huckda Is this anything like... (8 comments)

being the Dude playing the Dude who was the Dude?

more than 5 years ago

How To Argue That Open Source Software Is Secure?

huckda Re:turn tables (674 comments)

I did...
there were no backdoors...

about 5 front doors, 2 sliding glass doors, 1 pocket door and 3 sets of french doors(ptooey!)...but no back doors were evident.

more than 5 years ago

Interesting Uses For a USB LED Screen?

huckda Re:Matrix (403 comments)

toilet paper sensors..warning which stalls are nearly out.

notification of who didn't wash their hands after using the restroom

notification of when the coffee pot is nearly empty.

dupe'd slashdot articles

latest site brought to a screeching halt due to the /. effect

tracking the U.S. deficit in real-time

more than 5 years ago

Are Biofuels Still Economically Feasible?

huckda Re:Are the alternatives economically viable? (186 comments)

almost total conversion my @$$...
happen to go there once a year...
the MAJORITY of cars still use good 'ole CRUDE refined Unleaded...
and they pay nearly 3x what we pay in the states for a tank of the texas tea

about 6 years ago

What Restrictions Should Student Laptops Have?

huckda Re:Wrong forum (1117 comments)

oh right is correct...
you didn't have the internet...
and the worst you likely did have was Leisure Suit Larry UnCensored ;)

or were you the rich kid with a 2400 baud modem?!?
and a subscription to the local BBS?!?

about 6 years ago

What Restrictions Should Student Laptops Have?

huckda Re:...What? (1117 comments)

I doubt the students will have the know how to hack linux.

you don't think they know how to do a google search for 'how do I hack linux' ???

you apparently neither have kids, or work with them...their resourcefulness would astound you!

about 6 years ago

What Restrictions Should Student Laptops Have?

huckda Re:none (1117 comments)

nothing particularly clever about entering 'how do I get past my school's content filter' into google search and clicking on one of the myriad of proxy sites that appear, and typing the censor'd address you wish to view into the input box and clicking 'go'

about 6 years ago

What Restrictions Should Student Laptops Have?

huckda Re:none (1117 comments)

the real question is how much $$$ do you have budgeted for the support of these laptops...
if you leave them wide open...expect a very very wide variety of "issues" with them...

lock them down and use the money spent to help off-set the costs of the infrastructure...

I support 2 schools, 1 with wi-fi and laptops and 1 without... the one without takes 1/3 the time in terms of support with student-use computers.

about 6 years ago

How To Show Code Samples?

huckda use educational examples (485 comments)

i.e. for bash scripting:

give yourself some common tasks:

create scripts for them...

i.e. create a script to fetch updates and notify you via mail(or some other means) when they are downloaded and ready for installation.

create a script that analyzes log files(yes these things have all been done by many others and you can download them in tool-kits...but that's not the point)

create a script that updates other scripts dynamically based on what they find out...

more than 6 years ago


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bloody hell!

huckda huckda writes  |  more than 8 years ago

That plant I thought was Basil...
that turned into a bush...
Wifey tells me it's a weed :(
and the weed I ripped out last night turned out to be the basil :(

Wifey not happy.


Thanks to 'somegirl'(I think)

huckda huckda writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Just a thanks to SomeGirl for the Basil tip...or maybe it was someone in her Journal...where ya pop the top 2 leaves off and it bushes...
Now I got a pimp little basil bush, instead of a weak little basil stem with a couple of leaves!


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