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Entries for January, 2010

UI design VS. Database design

Recently I’ve been doing allot of database planning for an eCommerce related product. In the process of doing so, I realized one problem allot of beginner and intermediate programmers have is properly designing a database schema. It seem’s the database structure almost always matches the user interface structure. This sounds logical, however can actually limit [...]


Robot chassis

I completed the build-out of my robots chassis last night. Its exactly a square foot, and about 8 inches tall. It was a pain getting the training wheels mounted to the motors – but I finally got them mounted after some fabrication work. Anyways, here she is so far…


My first robot

I’ve decided to take on the project of building my own robot. I’ll be doing this in two phases. Phase 1 is simply a wheeled robot that roams around the room randomly, avoiding contact with objects. I’ll be accomplishing this with IR sensors, as well as a Parallax PING))) sensor. The PING))) sensor uses sonar [...]


Build your own HTPC (Home theater PC)

Building your own HTPC (Home theater PC) is a great learning experience for anyone who likes tinkering with computers. This entire project took about 7 hours, and less than $300.00. This can get a little technical, but with a little time and research – it pays off greatly. You can also buy gaming CPUs that [...]