Apple iPad Retina Wallpaper Guide

I am posting a simple guide for creating custom wallpaper for Retina iPads. This contains references for the Portrait and Landscape dimension as well as locations of various home screen landmarks (page indicator, dock, and status bar). Just download and make your image right on top of the template.

Retina Guide

Retina Template (Click to view full image)


Farewell Google Reader

RSS Feeds

Google Reader is officially dead. So what are you going to do now? Here are a list of some good free RSS readers.

If you want a full drop-in replacement, you can’t go wrong with Feedly. It’s a browser-based application that exists as an plugin or as an app for Apple iOS and Android. As a Webapp, it is synced across your devices, just like Google Reader.

If you only have one device or would rather just have a strait up RSS client here are a few of my personal favorites. For Windows, there is RSSOwl (PC). It is a basic RSS reader in written in Java. Vienna is probably the best reader for MacOS X. It features a “river of news” style feed that is customizable with various themes. On the linux front, there is Akregator on KDE and Liferea for GTK based Desktops such as Gnome and XFCE. These are both pretty capable readers and, if they aren’t already installed by default, are probably just an apt-get or yum command away.

If you want some more alternatives, here is a nice comprehensive list courtesy of GigaOM.

Don’t forget to subscribe to this feed in your new reader!

Radio Surfing In Style For Cheap (Or Getting Started with RTL-SDR)

Software Defined Radio is one of the coolest things to happen in the field of electronics since the personal computer. Instead of requiring lots of expensive single-purpose hardware, SDR does most of the work in software meaning that all you really need is an antenna, a special box, and a modestly powerful PC. These boxes such as the USRP by Ettus Research typically go for hundreds of dollars, which is cheap for hobbyists and researchers but not for broke-ass guy like me. Needless to say, when I heard about a $30 “el cheapo” TV dongle that could be used as an SDR, I quicky bought one.

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Custom Bash Prompts

I am a terminal junkie. When I was a kid, the first thing that I ever learned to do on a computer was program BASIC on a command line. Then I learned DOS (mostly to play smutty games like Leisure Suit Larry). When I discovered Linux, the amount of raw unadulterated power that could be had from the command line blew me away. It made DOS seem primitive and ancient by comparison. One thing that I really grew to love was my customized command line.

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wxWidgets and Me

It has come time for the ol’ Duder to start GUI programming. For the longest time, I have been a terminal junkie, mostly messing around with nCurses when I needed some semblance of interface (maybe I will release some of my early nCurses demo if I feel like it). Anyway, I messed around with Microsoft GUI programming back in college and found it clunky and constrictive (Then again, I have been a *NIX programmer since high school!)  and have generally stayed away from GUI programming (if it is worth doing, it can be done on the console!)

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Web Comic Scraper

I wanted to find a new way to enjoy my favorite web comics without the need for an Internet Connection. Plus now that I have a Kindle, I felt that I needed a way to get these comics on my eReader. I have written a simple python script to download the entirety of my favorite web comics into a folder. It came mostly as a test of the BeautifulSoup HTML parser library for python.

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