How this Google Home app helped my father after his stroke

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About a year ago my father had a stroke. After 70 years of work as a salesman, 6 days-a-week for 12 hours-a-day, this deficiency forced him into retirement. Hoping to get back to work, he received speech therapy but never fully recovered. Now in retirement, his typical quiet demeanor at home has kept him from…
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Touch Sensitive Button Using Conductive Fabric and Velostat

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For this experiment I decided to dive deeper into the EE side of things and wanted to get a feel (pun sort of not intended) for how it all worked. My goal was to figure out how to create a pressure sensitive button made out of fabrics, and hook it into an Arduino so I could program…
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Docker for Dummies

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  Updated 7/12/2016: Applying a web server, See end of the post. Updated 9/29/2016: Mounting Docker so you can edit container using IDE This week I decided it was high time I learned docker. Below is how I wish a “getting started page” was laid out for me in retrospect; would have saved a lot of time…. At a high-level,…
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Key links to finally learning iOS development

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If you haven’t picked up any iOS development skills yet, now is the time. It’s never been easier. Below are my reasons to finally take the plunge (successfully), followed by some helpful links to help you learn to create your first app too. Contrary to popular belief, I’ve never coded up an iOS app myself. My excuse? For one, hiring…
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How to create fast motion videos on your iPhone for family vacation updates

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On our trips to locations around the world our family and friends want a way to get an idea for what we are up to.  Like most people, we post pictures to Facebook that try and capture the essence of our trip but video is so much better at truly capturing the 3-dimensional realities of what we…
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Take the complexity out of planning by using it as the metric

Creating a product is inherently riddled with unknowns and hurdles. As we refine and define processes to streamline the confluence of a team’s efforts, following those processes can be distracting. Process should help streamline work, not create it; it is the ever present balancing act of development and managing a team. For this post I wanted…
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Chrome Tip: Multi-profiles and Offline Docs

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You may have already used the Chrome incognito profile, but what you may not know about is the fact that chrome now allows you to create and use multiple profiles on your computer. While incognito us used to specfically ensure that no data is stored or tracked on your system based on the sites and pages you…
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