Pushing the limits of electric car range.

I am into my second week in my Ford Focus Electric (FFE)  and I am finally starting to settle in. The first week was not without it’s challenges. The third day I had the car, a mystery light came on that told me to “See manual”, the manual told me to “See dealer”, the dealer…

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Going into orbit with WorldWide Telescope and Two-Line-Elements (TLEs)

The Hubble Space Telescope using a custom TLE reference frame and imported 3d Model.     WorldWide Telescope is a platform for temporal/special scientific data visualization. Space and time are a big component to data, and with all sorts of objects whizzing around one another its often easier to describe the coordinates of the data…


WorldWide Telescope Sharpens it’s Visuals with SharpDX

Since we first launched WorldWide Telescope almost 5 years ago I knew we would have to have a major rewrite of WWT’s graphics engine eventually to move past DX9. Managed DX had been deprecated, and XNA would not support anything beyond DX9 either, so we had to have an alternative. I considered SlimDX, but eventually Microsoft’s Windows®…

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Running WorldWide Telescope "Off the Grid" with Offline Cache Management

When we designed WWT it was in the spirit of the MSR TerraServer project, putting lots of stuff on-line for people to use, but on a petabyte scale. Surprisingly though, WWT has a offline mode that allows your run virtually any feature without an internet connection. This is possible because WWT caches all the data it ever…


The great electric experiment: Being at one with my car, in a digital sense.

I have been a car nut since I can remember, and a electronics geek for just about as long so the idea of throwing the two together has always fascinated me. I have customized every car I have ever owned. Usually at least with a custom audio system but over the years the idea of…


Hacking a Portable Dual Screen for Surface RT for under $100

Surface RT on Left. Motorola LapDock connected thru HDMI and USB adapter cables to be MultiMon. I love my 64gb Surface RT. I have started leaving my 17″ desktop replacement laptop behind and traveling with my RT instead. With ubiquitous high-speed Internet everywhere, and tethering on my Nokia 920 with 4G LTE, I find that I…

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