Steam Heat

My home has radiators that are 70ish years old. I'm going to guess the air vents are 10-30 years old. It's supposed to let the air out while the pipe fills with steam. Then and this is the important part,...

Money Transferring

I was expressing frustration with moving money around the other day and was asked to share what I knew. This is an incomplete list of ways to move money, and their consequences. Moving money (and in turn getting paid or...

Wizard.Codes

Lately most of my writing has been over at Wizard Development's blog. Some of it (about building the business) might be interesting to you. Some of it (about building technology) might not. http://www.wizard.codes/ -Francis PS I also have been posting...

Nodebots NYC {2015-001}

Earlier this week we had this year's first NodeBots NYC event! Andrew and Myself were happy to host. We need to thank About.com for giving us food, space and heat. As you may know, we share our library of electronics...

2014 Year End Review

In 2014 our plan was twofold; Help small business's dreams come true and to be a model for how we'd like our industry to operate. In 9 months we came close to achiving everything we wanted to. Close enough that...

The MEGABUS

Rick was driving north on I-95, he had to find an uplink or this whole trip had been for nothing. "Rose, scan the vehicles ahead." His onboard computer sprang into action attempting to connect to internal networks of each and...

Debugging Robots

I was recently helping Sara debug an issue with a project for an upcoming book she's writing a chapter in. She was using Johnny-Five and a Spark Core to remotely control a boat with JavaScript. The Setup The setup was...

Conference Video roundup

I have a video of my talk at RobotsConf 2013! I've also got a video of my informal session at JSCONF 2014! And lastly (and most excitingly) I have a video Sara talking as jQuery Chicago 2014!

Migrating Legacy PHP Apps to Heroku

There are lots of ways to host, deploy and maintain applications. We often use Heroku because the tradeoff of control gives you a lot of operational benefits that are expensive to build and maintain. In this post we're going to...

Code Review: Cleaning up the Environment

I've been reviewing a lot of projects lately and I thought I should share what I look for when evaluating the code quality and maturity of a project. My team is often brought in to "clean up" an existing system....