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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Teaching your 13 year old robotics by using a Netduino for home automation

  My son is a Minecraft addict. If fact four of my five kids might qualify for that description. I think there is probably more redeeming value learning how to engineer things in that world then in most video games, but I would like him to learn some skills for the real world. When the new…

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Cosmic Wonder: Producing a full blown show at a premiere Planetarium with WorldWide Telescope

I have been quiet the last couple of weeks because I have had my head down on getting the Eclipse release of WWT out and building some new feature and supporting the folks at Adler Planetarium in Chicago who are launching a new WWT produced show “Cosmic Wonder”. Mark SubbaRao, Ph.D. and Doug Roberts Ph.D. and the Adler have been great…

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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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I am a leaf on the wind, watch me soar..

My oldest is starting college and needs a car. Since se will be commuting locally I thought it would be a good idea to get another electric car for her commute. She won’t need it for another month, so I can review the new car in the meanwhile. As you may know, I already have a…

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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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Can you autocross at Electric Car?

My 16 year old daughter had me driver her to a drivers training class last Saturday, she never bothered to tell me 1) how far away it was 2) that we needed to use our cars for an intensive collation avoidance class. As you know already I have been proud of my Zen master rating…

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WWSB: What Would Scoble Blog?: Total immersion with WorldWide Telescope and Oculus Rift

When Robert Scoble saw a demo of WorldWide Telescope under embargo he was so moved that he posted his now famous “Microsoft Researchers make me cry” blog post. If he saw what we have been doing lately, hooking WorldWide Telescopes Eclipse release up to Oculus Rift, he might post “Microsoft Researchers make me sick”. Robert did not do a lot…

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AVM: Placing images in the Sky in WorldWide Telescope

  WorldWide Telescope Web Client showing results of clicking View in WWT link in Flickr Astrometry group   One of the cool things about WorldWide Telescope is it is not just about the images and data that are built in to the WWT catalog, but about brining in data from where ever it lives. Images…


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…