Wednesday, December 12, 2007

GSATC Gadgetfest

At the GSATC Gadgetfest today I demonstrated some DIY technology. Aside from forgetting to turn on the power to the servo for my robotic tea steeper it went O.K. and it was a lot of fun.

The servo controller used in the robotic tea steeper can be purchased at Parallax.

The Cuff Light only took about 2 hours to make and it is a great project to learn very basic circuits.

Mitch Altman’s Brain Machine plans can be found on Make Magazine’s site and this thing really works.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

An XO for the Holidays

Today my family and I donated and bought an XO Laptop. I can envision this being a world changing project so, yes I am glad to play a small roll in helping out, yes I am glad to help a total stranger in a strange land have one, yes I will deduct it on my taxes. Also, I am a geek at heart so, yes I'll keep checking my email for the UPS tracking number, yes I will be monitoring is progress on route to me, yes I will be taking pictures of the box being opening for the first time, yes I will stroke its smooth green exterior and its rubbery keyboard, and of course I am going to write some activities (XO for software applications) for it.
As a parent, I am looking forward to watching how my kids interact with it and how we can us it has a fun and enlightening education tool.

If you would like get one and give one go to the OLPT Give One Get One Site.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

No more bitter brew

While watching the DARPA Grand Urban Challenge I solved a major problem in my life; bitter tea. A good cup of Earl Grey gets pretty bitter after steeping for more then 3 minutes. Quite often I get focused on my work and forget about the tea. Yes, a timer would work, but if I am focusing, it is normally for a reason and I do not want to break my concentration. The answer is to automate the steeping process. Here is my working prototype made from some spare robot parts and a USB servo controller from Parallax.
From DARPA Urban G...

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Game Development in Education with XNA

Here are some links I found related to using Microsoft’s XNA Game Platform in the classroom to teach game programming. My goal when searching for this information was to find a 2 year college using game programming to teach business software development skills.
Since most students are more familiar with video games then order fulfillment, distribution centers, and accounting, my thinking is through the problems encountered in game development students can learn the skills required for business application development.

If anyone has any comments about this or information on who might be working on curriculum along these lines please share them by posting a comment.

Resource links

Alfred Thompson

Daniel Webster College Press release regarding Grant

Microsoft 4 Me
Site focused on Microsoft Technology for Students

XNA Resource Links for Education

XNA Creators Club

Microsoft’s MSDN XNA Developer Site

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Tough day to work on a Sunday

This is the view from the back door of my office with Greenville's Irish Festival below. Enough said.
From Downtown Gree...

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Atlanta Code Camp 2007

If it is never to late to give compliments then this post is not 2 weeks over due.

Even though I did not have the tofu on a stick, the Atlanta Code Camp was awesome. It was very well organized, great turn out, great topics, great presenters, abundant SWAG; I won 2 things myself, and I think Al G did even better.
As some one who help put together the South Carolina Code Camp 2.0 and will most likely take part in getting together 4.0, I learned a lot from the way the Atlanta group did things and they raised the bar for putting together a code camp.

In case you were wondering where SC Code Camp 3.0 went, it will be this September in Charleston, SC. No Business Intelligence talk for me there. My presentation will be on the Microsoft Robotics Studio.

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