Category Archives: Setup From Scratch

Installing Eclipse on Linux

Eclipse is an amazing example of an open source project that easily dwarfs its commercial competition.  Does an IDE make you a weaker programmer?  I don’t think so.  If it makes you more productive, help you with syntax, or speeds up … Continue reading

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Installing Java 8 on Linux

I hate to admit it but for some tasks on Linux are easier for some less technical people on other operating systems like windows. Simply run the executable which, most of the time, prompts for the install path and then proceeds to … Continue reading

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Evolution of LED Lighting – software solution

In my previous blog entry, Evolution of LED Lighting – hardware and tools, I only managed to describe the tools and hardware as well as a first project to test the ability to upload new programs to the device. Some … Continue reading

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Evolution of LED Lighting – hardware and tools

Flashback I wanted to buy home automation electronics, nothing really fancy just a WiFi controller for a led strip.  When shopping for things like this Pay attention.  I saw something that spoke about WiFi and was really quite cheap so I … Continue reading

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Evolution of LED Lighting

When the children were really young they had a very tiny little nightlight.  It didn’t really give off all that much light but it was enough to keep the boys happy.  But nothing lasts forever and as it turns out … Continue reading

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making more than jar files with Ant

In a previous post, making jar files with Ant,  I briefly covered the creation of a Ant script that would compile the Java source files and then create jar file from them. It was a really neat example of how with … Continue reading

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just making it – a 4x4x4 led cube

Some time back, I had a fair amount lot of free time and did watch things on you tube.  A friend of mine showed a number of cool LED cubes that were trending at that time. It seemed so cool … Continue reading

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Security through obscurity – pdf removing passwords

Initially I was not planning on writing about how to crack pdf passwords.  After all, that would be irresponsible much in the way giving a knife to a small child is irresponsible – right? Well, simply typing in the following … Continue reading

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IBM Websphere MQ manipulations – part III

The curse of technology The cool thing about technology demos is how everything just works, well unless you are demoing it to the boss.  The equipment is usually quite new, the scope is simple enough and there are never any … Continue reading

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IBM Websphere MQ manipulations – part II

In my previous article IBM Websphere MQ manipulations – part I, I provided an example on how to put and get messages into the queue.  What we were doing was essentially performing a stateless transfer of information between systems.  The data … Continue reading

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