Dusting off the old web-log

I've been meaning to start writing again for a while, and before I did that I wanted to refresh my blog design and ultimately my web presence. Did that mean delaying writing instead of JFDI-ing? Yeah, but here we are finally. I moved off my stuffy, passé WordPress site onto…

Archiving a website with Amazon S3

About five years ago, my friend Zach and I made the EnerJar, an open-source hardware design for a power meter. We created a website, enerjar.net, to document the design. We used the Drupal CMS framework so that we could easily update the content and allow users to comment on…

A way-too-deep look at Ubuntu Edge's Indiegogo numbers

TL;DR: Prospective Ubuntu Edge buyers are ridiculously sensitive to changes in pricing. If you follow tech news you've probably heard quite a bit about Ubuntu's crowdfunding campaign, which is trying to raise $32 million to build a cutting-edge smartphone called the Ubuntu Edge. In the 9 days since the…

Let them read text

In a country known for 100-megabit home internet and one of the highest smartphone usage rates in the world, there lurks an archaic and surprisingly popular mass-media technology. Text-TV, the Swedish national TV network's teletext system, boasts 3.7 million weekly viewers. In other words, more than one third of…

Amusing myself with basic Javascript

Just look at that URL. Madness! Call me crazy, but ever since I noticed the random 32-letter ID's for apps in Google Chrome Web Store URLs (see above), I can't help but imagine pronouncing them in my head. The thought of someone actually trying to read off the nonsensical URL…