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DYI Pong console based on Arduino and an RGB LED matrix

TL;DR: It’s a dedicated desktop Pong console for two players. An Arduino Uno provides the brains, and an Adafruit 16×32 RGB LED matrix the display. The only inputs are two potentiometers connected to two of the analog inputs left free … Continue reading

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Free download of Savage Industries EDC One and EDC Two plans

It looks like no-one has yet taken advantage of the CC-BY-NC-SA licence under which Adam Savage kindly licenced his plans for the EDC One and EDC Two bags. I’m not planning on making one of the bags anytime soon, but … Continue reading

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Explicit workspaces for Terraform

NOTE 2019-06-26: The original way this check worked with Terraform 11 no longer works with Terraform 12, as v12 checks that attribute names are valid. The code has been updated accordingly. Instead of a null resource, we now use a … Continue reading

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Custom 3D-printed King of Tokyo monsters

What could be better than being a giant monster and beating other giant monsters into submission? Well, clearly, being a giant monster that isn’t represented by a cheap piece of printed cardboard with a small plastic base, but instead a … Continue reading

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Elastic Beanstalk applications using two ports and Websockets

This blog post describes how to set up and deploy an AWS Elastic Beanstalk application written in Node.js that listens to both regular HTTP requests and Websocket connections. TL;DR: Download the sample application, and deploy it into an EB environment … Continue reading

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Useful paths for debugging Elastic Beanstalk deployments

Sometimes it can be painful to try and get an Elastic Beanstalk application to deploy cleanly. In order to effectively debug the issues, it’s necessary to SSH into the instance. This requires that you’ve added a Key Pair in the … Continue reading

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Setting up a Raspberry Pi from scratch

Getting started with a Raspberry Pi is basically really easy: All you need to do is get a disk image and burn it to an SD card. But of course, that’s just the very basic starting point. Theres’s plenty of … Continue reading

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RetroPi briefcase

Here’s a quick build I just finished: A Raspberry Pi running RetroPi, installed in a Makita powerdrill briefcase with a 7″ TV and four USB controllers. Also included are all the components necessary to power the whole setup: A 12V … Continue reading

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Forwarding SSH keys to a Vagrant box

Scenario: A new Linux box has been installed with Vagrant, and now I must git clone a non-open repository to the server, so I need to forward my SSH keys to the root user on the virtual server. 1) Add … Continue reading

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A method for neatly stowing the lines on a skydiving parachute

Looking at the way some freshly licenced (and some older) jumpers struggle with making neat line stows, I figured I’d document the method I’ve been using to stow my lines. Here goes: A method for neatly stowing lines These instructions … Continue reading

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