Horizontal scrolling single page website done right

March 7th, 2014

Single page websites are quite a hot trend in web design, with vertical scrolling being the most popular (probably because of its ease of implementation). In this article I will summarize a strategy to implement a horizontal scrolling single page website for the purpose of achieving a certain usability goal. Too many times people implement a scrolling strategy just because “it looks cool”, or just because it’s the hot new trend, forgetting that a good design should be functional and aimed […]

My hardest debugging session just ended today

November 28th, 2013

The hardest debug situation of my life just ended. Celebrate! I was trying to make a USB audio adapter to work on an embedded device running OpenWRT, but Linux wasn’t recognizing the USB device. The device turned on, but wasn’t getting mapped to /dev. So I think, ok, I probably forgot the modules. I Installed the modules. Still no luck. Maybe I chose the wrong modules? I started trying different permutations of modules (with each try taking half an hour […]

Need a refreshment on that programming language? Overapi.com

March 16th, 2013

Today I found this awesome site: https://overapi.com/ It contains a large archive of cheat sheets freely available for download about programming languages and libraries. Check it out.

Funniest Electronics Quiz

December 15th, 2012

This was my Thanksgiving take home quiz for my electronics class. My professor sure has a sense of humor.

Quick Ruby Review

December 10th, 2012

Getting ready for a technical interview involving Ruby? Check out this simple program that summarizes a few key features of Ruby.

Install wine 1.4 on Debian Squeeze the easy way

December 6th, 2012

So you need to update your wine version on Debian Squeeze. You can go ahead and compile from sources, or you can follow these simple instructions. Edit your /etc/apt/sources.list by adding the following: Mepis is a Linux distro based on the stable branch of Debian, but it comes with more updated binaries (wine included). Edit your /etc/apt/preferences file (or create it if it doesn’t exist): This will allow you to choose from which repository to install new packages. By default […]

Install Linux Debian on the Samsung “Alex” Chromebook (x86, not ARM)

November 14th, 2012

Attention! This guide is obsolete and download links no longer work. I recommend to follow this guide instead (for installing Ubuntu). The page is still here for historical reference. Note: this guide only works for the Chromebooks that have a x86 processor (the Intel Atom). If your Chromebook has an ARM processor you might want to check this other guide: https://chromeos-cr48.blogspot.com/2012/10/arm-chrubuntu-1204-alpha-1-now.html After becoming a semi-finalist for the Google Apps Developer Challenge 2012 with my HTML5 Photo Viewer application I received from Google […]

How To Print with Sublime Text 2

November 7th, 2012

A few days ago I found that there is no way to print on Sublime Text 2. I was a little disappointed with this discovery, printing is such a basic feature that even Notepad offers. Why doesn’t Sublime Text 2 include it? Ok, besides saving trees, I hate to print stuff on paper myself, but sometimes you will be asked to print your code, either by a professor or someone else wanting to review your code. In the meanwhile I […]

GLA I – The building of a multi-touch table

September 20th, 2012

The GLA I (Glassomium one) is still a work in progress, but it’s so exciting seeing it come alive! The mirror mounts and camera still need to be put in place, the back needs to be covered, the IR lights need to be installed, a power supply circuitry needs to be built, fans need to be added and a few other minor details need to be taken care of. During the summer I came up with the design, then through the ACM […]

Don’t let your Playbook fall below 1% battery… or just don’t buy one.

July 25th, 2012

Do you like my charger for the Playbook? No, it’s not because I lost the original, neither because I have so much free time that I’d rather take apart my tablet instead of buying a replacement cable. It’s because some engineer thought it would be clever to require at least 1 or 2% of battery left to start the charging process. Now that doesn’t make sense at all. Seriously? I haven’t used/charged my playbook in a month, so there’s no […]