The Slippery Slope of Building Computers

Resurrecting GLaDOS After a little over five years, the small form factor desktop computer I built back in late 2012 refused to boot properly. For a couple of months, I resisted–I have a work-issue Macbook and iPad Pro, and I don’t play nearly as many computer games as I used to. It didn’t feel all that necessary for me to have a desktop on top of all of that. But, it turns out, it’s really quite nice to have a computer setup of your own. is dead

For the past couple of years, I’ve kept a box in DelimiterVPS’s Atlanta data center named For just $20 a month, I had a (very old) HP BL260C blade server with plenty of disk space and RAM to run many of my random experimental projects on. Unfortunately, has been offline for over three weeks, and it’s not looking like it will come back anytime soon. C:\Users\RobertYing>ping Pinging angercore.

Poor Man’s Breadboard Arduino

A note from July 6, 2018 When I was in high school, I wrote a short post on building a low-cost Arduino on a breadboard. It’s been quite some time since I’ve done any significant hardware hacking, but since my old blog is mostly dead at this point I reproduce that post here I’ve burnt out a few Arduinos recently, and have found it expedient to just build my own on a breadboard rather than pay $34.