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KiCad (latest dev version) does not work with Ubuntu 14.10

October 28th, 2014 No comments

I installed the latest dev version of KiCad but it seems to be problematic with the new Ubuntu 14.10. The problem is that some functions like ‘Place Component’ don’t work and freeze the application. I tried both using the PPA installation method and building from source (bzr version 5233). Have you also experienced this bug? Let me know in the comments. If I get to solve this I will update.

UPDATE 30/10/2014: So it seems that the problem occurs due to the Windows Manager (Unity). I installed GNOME and KiCad now works.

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Double Fine Adventure almost at $2,000,000

February 18th, 2012 No comments

If you haven’t already heard, this game already collected $1.9+ as a kickstarter project. WOW!!! I am also backing the project and I really hope it turns out well.

Those guys really deserve it. I have such great memories playing their games as a kid. Go Tim go!

 

I am a backer!!!

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Install sun-Java6-bin on Ubuntu 10.04

June 3rd, 2010 No comments

Just a quick tip. If you try to install Java in a fresh Ubuntu 10.04 system you won’t get very far as the Java moved to the Partern repository. To fix this open the command line and write:

sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://archive.canonical.com/ lucid partner"
sudo apt-get update

Then you can install your Java :)

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Lego Mindstorms – Interesting Advanced Projects

March 27th, 2010 No comments

When I was a kid I remember building small houses and castles using my Lego pieces collection. Even back then you could tell that people creating that stuff had a really creative thinking and ideas. Looking at todays Lego robotic products you can safely assume that they still have that flare of creativity :)

Few years back I also bought my first Mindstorms kit. I was quite amazed by the possibilities of this kit. However, me as a person, I have short imagination :) therefore I quickly run out of ideas and moved on to other stuff.

Recently I came across some interesting projects done using the newest NXT mindstorms by Lego and I was truly amazed BIG TIME! Some people have really clever ideas and they implement them beautifully. Not only they are able to put together a working body frame but also there is some clever programming too! Read more…

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How to install Box2D for BlitzMax

December 11th, 2009 7 comments

Well, generally when a deadline is approaching I tend to lose focus from work :D . Well having one close deadline, today I remember to refresh my BlitzMax knowledge! BlitzMax is a 2D game development environment that I bought some years ago. If you are interested on 2D game programming you should check it out. When I was doing my research, I found it to be at the exact abstract level that I needed it to be, hiding enough details from the ‘boring stuff’ and at the same time having great flexibility. Read more…

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ZigBee Switch with no batteries!

July 17th, 2009 No comments

I read this today and I think it is pretty interesting.

Schneider Electric company have developed a new prototype switch for ZigBee networks that operates completely green! That means no batteries at all! This self-powered switch could be real useful in housing applications. Convenient, wireless and total green. What else could you ask for?

See more info¬†here. It’s their press release.

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first post!

October 17th, 2008 1 comment

Hey! This is the first post of my blog. I am going to keep it a simple and hope that is going to grow larger and stronger!

So here goes the first post!

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