Friday, October 14, 2011

Thursday, July 28, 2011


Probably one of the coolest projects I've seen in a while.

The basic concept, (Explained much better in the video/website) is the ability to capture a 3d object from minecraft and convert it to a file readable by a 3D printer.

It would be truly fascinating to see one of these printers construct something out of a material other than plastic.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

GNU Software philosophy

my next graduate paper will be focusing on data as a right for all human beings. Interestingly, I'm finding the more I research - the more my views fall in line with the GNU project. I'm hoping to get some interaction with Dr. Richard Stallman.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Apple's Plan for Dealing with malware

A concerning situation for Apple...
The best way to deal with Malware is NOT to put your fingers in your ears and hope it goes away.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Blogging Freedom

Great article, very powerful writer.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Video of the Day: Kung Fu - Tetris Style!

Going to give this build an attempt in my living room. This guy took a simple idea and make a great experience out of it with kinect.
If you'd like to try it yourself, go to his blog.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

John Cleese on Creativity

In my opinion, creativity is probably the most important tool to solving any problem. As a long time Monty Python fan, (and a closet history nerd) I really enjoy John Cleese. This video is really gold - without creativity there's no way we can solve complicated problems. Cleese talks about some practical nuts and bolts to creative problem solving.

My Google CoverLetter

Dear Malevolent Robot Overlords:

Thank-you for taking the time to review my application to Google. While I am very serious about my desire to work for your company, please enjoy this cover letter that briefly describes myself to my new potential GoogleBot Overlords.

I've always been a Perpetual Learner (Read: I'd require few breaks and few beatings). The best part of my day is being given a task that no one has solved yet, and asked to find a solution quickly. I enjoy thinking past the perceived solution to a problem(Rather than seeing the glass half-full or empty I prefer to question if the glass exists).

While my academic history may not show it, anyone who has worked with me can tell you I have a dire thirst for knowledge and enjoy a logical approach to finding solutions(I can also EXTERMINATE at will, please reference my Dalek friends.)

I believe the best solution to a complex problem begins with creativity, and ends in many hours of hard pressed details. I've followed Google as a company for a long time. I've implemented GoogleApps in two large educational institutions, and and typically shunned at family parties out of fear that I will spent 20 minutes discussing one of Google's API's.(I wish I was joking here.) I've successfully convinced many co-workers that the TiSP movement is coming, while boasting about my Gmail paper backup. For fun, I enjoy sending emails to 300 of my 6th graders with a link to Google Docs "New Airplane" option.

I know I would be an excellent candidate to work at Google. My goal for immediate future (and possibly several years to come) is to find a way to prove it.

TL;DR Hire me. I will cost you little and perform as an excellent COG in your human machine.
Please add me to your humans.txt file.

Very Respectfully,
Dan O'Boyle

Thursday, April 28, 2011


V worker is a free lance site for coders..
Might have to give this place a try.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


I'm on Flattr now, Great concept. It's like micro loans, but for useful things done on the web.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Building the perfect server

This is a nice guide for setting up lots of commonly used scripting tools on a web server..

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Configuring a stubborn PHP server

Saved me tons of time today...

I followed the documentation on PHP5 - Scripting Language

As a quick start guide you should run the next commands

sudo apt-get install php5-common php5 libapache2-mod-php5
sudo apt-get install php5-cli
sudo apt-get install php5-cgi
sudo apt-get install php5-mysql
Later you should run this command and select php5
And finally restart the apache2 daemon via
sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart
Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem
Ockham's Razor
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Wednesday, April 6, 2011


Looks like a great tool for building mobile apps

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Butter with that popcorn?

HTML 5 video editing tool "Butter" is an extension of the popcorn.js tool. Might try introducing this to some of my grade schoolers. Neat tool.

SQL injection and more

Heard the phrase, but not sure what it means? Check out this tutorial server.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Color is here

Seems to be a popular topic to blog about lately.. So I guess I will too. had released their new Android and Iphone app that allows for social picture sharing based on geographic location.
In case your not sure WHY this is cool, imagine being able to log on to a website or app that shows you every picture anyone took (while using the app) of the concert you attended last week, or a major political debate.. or even your wedding.

Color uses location based social networking to link together photos of events.

Monday, March 21, 2011


I think it's finally time I get serious about setting up my github account...
username oboyledk
More to come..

A Great Engineer is often soft spoken

This gentleman exemplifies that. Serving at one time as Head Scientist for Cisco, Van Jackobson speaks very softly, but with a wealth of knowledge. This video introduced me to Interesting site.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Linus on git

Linus Torvalds describes how he wrote git in 2 weeks and its usage for SCM

Saturday, March 5, 2011

How to Live, Forever

These 12 Steps might not help you live forever.. but I guess the argument can be made that it would prolong your lifespan

Rock Paper Scissors

I just can't beat it..
I really enjoy the feature that allows you to see what the computer is thinking.

Monday, February 28, 2011

An invisible Landscape

Immaterials: Light painting WiFi from Timo on Vimeo.

I can't really place words to what this guy did. The technical part isn't so complicated as how he took time lapse photography of it to make it come alive.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Looks like a solid site for snatching up quick keynote art.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Deployment of Windows 7 (Non-FOG style)

While I prefer to do this through FOG, Brian O'sullivan writes a great walk through for deployment of windows 7 via Micsosofts intended methods.
Reading the article provides considerable insight on the image creation process.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Google API

I've been looking for a method to programatically adjust users on our

Google Apps account here at school. This looks promising,

Theoretically, I can manage users, import mailboxes and perform other management tasks..

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Cartoon Your(my)Self

Spent some time playing with this site,

Easy to use and great fun for making my twitter avatar.. here's a few rejected buy fun alternatives...

Talent 21

My program was recognized on NJN this week. I'm not on the camera at all.. but they're using my equipment =)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

ML State

I came across this while reading another article today. It looks easy to follow, and pretty powerful.

JQuery - Decoded

For understanding Jquery, this site is extremely helpful..

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


This looks exciting.. Grad class this semester is focusing in on Jquery and Java script.  Enter "Backbone.js"

Backbone is a clean, simple and powerful include.  Lots more information on the attached site.

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