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Friday, May 29th, 2009 | Author:

Hey All,

Well I’m not sure the exact date and time, but I just got wind that Server Fault just started it’s public beta! I’ve been waiting for this for a bit now. Server Fault is based off the same concept of Stack Overflow in that it fosters community involvement to solve problems. It has an excellent tagging system and fantastic voting system (those of you that reddit know how great voting can be!)

Although there are a few bugs in the system still….it is a beta. I tried logging in with my Google OpenID and Server Fault asked me if I wanted to migrate my account information over from Stack Overflow, I gladly complied….but that broke and nothing got migrated. However, this doesn’t seem like an isolated event as there are a few other people that have experiencedit and there is an open bug? on uservoice

Kudos to the Stack Overflow team for expanding their service model to other areas, I’m sure Server Fault will be just as successful, if not more =)

That’s all for now…..laterz

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Thursday, May 28th, 2009 | Author:

Hey All,

So it’s about that time of the school year. Where dead week is once again looming and finals are but a breath away. My last ASAM lecture was today, I was very impressed with the entire lecture series the whole quarter, Jim is a fantastic professor. This was my first year with a roommate that actually was quite awesome… laptop stealage… clothes left all over the floor….all was good. Fortunately, while everyone else contemplates when/how they are going to move, Jared and I can sleep well knowing that arduous task is not looming for at least another year.

On a side note, I haven’t really been taking too many photos as of late, nor have I gone on any epic motorcycle rides…..things are somewhat in a lull right now, but summer is around the corner and we’ll see what that brings! I’m hoping to line up some more freelance programming work like I did last summer, those odd jobs are always fun and great references for the future.

Lately I’ve been following Carlos Oliveira and his tutorials on how to become a better programmer. The first two articles were good reads, but I’m not so sure about the third. I mean it sounds like sound advice, but probably not something that I would take up any day soon. A recap of all his blog posts can be found here.

And this just in….as I was typing up this blog post my primary Samsung SyncMaster 204b just decided to die. It looks like there seem to be some issues with the capacitors in the thing from basic google searching, but I’ll have to take a deeper look at that.

Grearing up to go to Can-Jam this weekend with Jared and another friend that lives in the complex. While I’m certainly no where near the audiophile of Jared and our friend Fungi….I can still easily appreciate the intricacies of creating and designing amplifiers given my EE background.

Until next time…..laterz

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Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 | Author:

Hey All!

Post title totally inspired by TF2…so be sure to say it in that voice =P

As I’m sure most of you locals, and you non-locals that watch the news, have heard that there is yet another epic fire in Santa Barbara…this will make it the 5th? fire that I’ve experienced during my time here at UCSB! So as per tradition, I set out to get some cool pictures of the carnage in action! A link to the full gallery can be found here. And some of the highlights below:

All these were taken with my trusty Sony A200 rocking the ghetto ass BeerCan Telephoto.

Until next time….laterz

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Friday, May 01st, 2009 | Author:

Hey All,

So yesterday I got all the parts I needed to complete my Bantam USB-DAC I’m still not entirely sure how I was able to successfully mount the SMC DAC onto the board…..but nevertheless I got it done. Took about 5h total from unboxing to plugging into my laptop for testing. I was a happy camper to learn that I had gotten it right on the first try! Holy crap! No magic smoke, no pops, no clicks…just magic! Just lots of love from dmesg:

[   21.170469] usbcore: registered new interface driver snd-usb-audio
[   21.178119] input: Burr-Brown from TI               USB Audio DAC    as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:02.0/usb2/2-1/2-1:1.2/input/input3
[   21.204635] generic-usb 0003:08BB:2707.0001: input,hidraw0: USB HID v1.00 Device [Burr-Brown from TI USB Audio DAC   ] on usb-0000:00:02.0-1/input2

Here is a link to ALL the photos for those who care.

And below are a few of the highlights:

Hopefully next week I get the rest of the parts to build my mini^3 then I’ll be cool like my roommate with a dac/amp….minus the $450 price tag 😉

Until next time…..Robert

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