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Getting started with Arduino Uno on Ubuntu

January 31, 2011


I really wanted to try Arduino; Arduino narrates a story where the good guys are winning. Saturday I arranged to buy one, the Arduino Uno, and the first thing that came into my mind was “Wow, it’s really smaller than I thought possible!”. I went home and started unboxing it: the packages comes with a […]

The shoulders of Knuth

January 25, 2011


One of the greatest virtues that a programmer should have is humility: it allows to be non-judgmental and prone to learn. Sometimes, because of pride and self confidence, it’s difficult or unnatural to feel humble in front of a fellow student, or a coworker, or your boss, or sometimes even your teacher. But if you […]

Taking a look at Arduino schematics

January 23, 2011


Out of curiosity I wanted to check some Arduino board schematics. The Arduino Uno is one of the newest boards and is also quite simple; its open source schematics can be downloaded from here(zip file). There are two files: a board layout file and a schematics file. They can be opened with the free (but […]

Security bug management done right: Tarsnap

January 20, 2011


Tarsnap ( is a backup solution with emphasis on security; it is conceived, developed and maintained by a single author (Colin Percival). To put it simply, the user downloads and runs an open-source client software that encrypts the data to be saved, and copies it on remote servers recurrently. No one except the user can […]

Controlling my PC from an Android phone

January 11, 2011


I’m trying some solutions to control my Ubuntu PC and Vista laptop with my new Samsung Galaxy S that is currently running Android 2.2. The QR codes on this page can be used by Android devices (for example with the Goggles) to go directly to the market page of the application. I tried the following […]

Proud owner of a Samsung Galaxy S

January 6, 2011


I’m  writing this post from my new smartphone, using the WordPress for Android application. So far I’m very impressed by this jewel!

Blog stats for 2010

January 2, 2011


[Generated automatically from] The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health: The Blog-Health-o-Meterâ„¢ reads Wow. Crunchy numbers The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 89,000 times in 2010. If it […]