Category Archives: #BeastMode

FreeBSD 11.1 on the desktop

So I made the jump to using FreeBSD on the desktop and it’s beginning to grow on me. Some notes.

  • I got the Nextcloud client running after running into a bunch of issues with Qt5. This now allows me to keep my files in sync and makes the time on my BSD box that much more productive.  Workflow is now enhanced.
  • Using XFCE as my desktop with Compiz as a windows manager. I fell in in love with the cube multidesktop feature when I saw it at a Linuxworld years ago.
  • Now that I am doing things mostly from the terminal, it gives me the incentive and environment to automate more and more.
  • Have to look into some other browsers beyond Chromium and Firefox.
  • Once I have rdesktop and xfreerdp, I can manage my MS Windows systems without much issues.
  • My previous setup was a Win7 system with 3 monitors.  While I could use the same 3 monitors, I realized having 12 (3*4) desktops may have been a bit too much.  So now I have two monitors and thus 8 desktops.  A major jump in productivity

All in all, a challenging experience, but one that I am glad I did.

The TODO list

  • ZFS file system
  • Custom launcher(s)
  • Custom dashboard

 

Veranda to dish….

On June 20th, I took the step to self reliance and purchased an vertical aeroponics system from Al Henry [alhenry2@gmail.com] a local(USVI) hydroponics system maker and this weekend harvested the first of many produce.

Here is the system

Before

Currently:

Plants are :

Kale
Parsley
Thyme & Oregano
Basil
Spinach
Collard Greens
Lettuce
Arugula
Onions (Scallions)
Chives
Rosemary
Sweet Marjoram
Cilantro
Swiss Chard
Mustard (Greens)
Lemon Grass
Mint
Sage
Tarragon

 

This is a time lapse of the system(click on image to start animation):

And the resulting meal that used produce from the system.

Cassie – Next Gen bipedal robotics…

Since then, robots have fascinated the minds of sci-fi writers and engineers alike. Which brings us to Cassie – the next generation of bipedal robots devised by Oregon State University’s Agility Robotics. Cassie originates from its predecessor ATRIAS. The problem that researchers kept stumbling over when developing ATRIAS was that it contained motors which worked against each other. As a result, this left the robot in being completely inefficient. Cassie, on the other hand, contains steering, feet, and a sealed system, allowing it be both agile and robust.

[via serious wonder]

Leaked Video Reveals New Boston Dynamics Robot That Can Perform Amazing Stunts on Two Wheels

If this new leaked footage is any indication, it seems like the robot creators at Boston Dynamics finally found a way to improve on humanity’s primitive two-legged design: By adding a pair of wheels to their new self-balancing robot, giving the bot some impressive new capabilities.

Jump to 3:45 for the wheeled bot.

[via gizmodo]

Acoustic Tractor Beam

Tractor Beams are mysterious waves that can attract particles towards the source. Here, we will show you how to build an Acoustic Tractor Beam with components that can be bought directly on the Internet for less than 75$.

With this Instructable you will be able to get in your hands a device that it was only seen on SciFi movies such as Star Wars or Star Trek.

[via www.instructables.com ]

I am building the world…

…that I want live in. Not waiting for the future…

Daemon

In multitasking computer operating systems, a daemon (/ˈdiːmən/ or /ˈdeɪmən/)[1] is a computer program that runs as a background process, rather than being under the direct control of an interactive user.