James Fator

A month with RHEL

29 March 2013

I recently imaged my secondary laptop with Red Hat Enterprise Linux because they offer a 30 day evaluation period. Considering the field I am in, I wanted to get some more exposure to different environments and platforms so I will be testing a different operating system each month to get a feel for what’s out there. This will be an experiment where I completely drop everything I have, adapt to the new OS, and continue my life and work as I normally would. I’ll be posting any issues or features that I like along with a review at the end of the month to explain what I think of the overall experience. Hopefully everything will go smoothly!

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What's That Song?

03 March 2013

My weekend project started as a python script that took song lyrics and returned the song name and artist. I then found out how easy it was to take advantage of Android’s voice dictation and I ended up making an app. I know you can Google song lyrics, but this was my way of gaining experience while making something that someone out there might get a kick out of.

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Wrist Band Demo

19 February 2013

Science fiction stories always caught my attention with the idea of having a computer on your arm or wrist. I prototyped an arm band with Arduino that will interface with any bluetooth capable device. The processor has the ability to send and receive data, so as soon as I whip up a flexible keypad, I can create functionality to receive notifications and even call pre-defined scripts on my phone or tablet.

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Current Projects Update

09 February 2013

I’m currently working on an Arduino-based system that… well I wont spoil yet. The end result will be pretty cool, so I want to wait until it is finished. Here is a brief look into what I’m doing.

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