My first book, “Beyond Passwords,” is DONE. Wow.

Today marks a big day in my life. I completed my first book. I just sent off the final manuscript for publishing. (That’s fancy-words for “I emailed a formatted PDF to the publisher.”) This book is all about cyber-security for small businesses. While some of the content applies to individuals, I geared it toward the […]

Your Wi-Fi Password is (Probably) Too Short

When’s the last time you changed your Wi-Fi password? Perhaps you’re among many who have never thought to. When you signed up for Internet service, did you have the technician set up your modem for you? If so, your Wi-Fi password is probably way too short to be secure. tl;dr: If your Wi-Fi password hasn’t […]

Pattern Matching & Systematic Reduction: How I Learn New Ideas Efficiently

Throughout my life I have always searched for patterns. I can’t explain why, but I’ve found it’s been the way I’ve learned most efficiently. One example of this is my recent fascination with Braille. I had the chance to play Scrabble recently with someone who is fully blind. It was, no pun intended, an eye-opening […]

Modernizing Your Libraries: What Magical Go-Fast Button Lurks Within Your Code?

One of the specialties of my consulting company, Northern HCI Solutions, is to take old software and modernize it. Often companies have programs that work perfectly well, but because their code is aging, it’s hard to find people to maintain those systems. One of our most recent projects involved modernizing a Delphi app written in […]

PurpleBlu2 – My First Custom Wi-Fi Pi Speaker Build – PART 2 – Test Run

In part 1 of this blog series, I covered the basic design of PurpleBlu2, my first from-scratch Raspberry Pi-powered Wi-Fi speaker. To recap: I designed a speaker system from scratch using some small 2″ full-range drivers (for good quality audio), a Raspberry Pi 3 B+, a small 5 watt amplifier, and a wood box I […]

PurpleBlu2 – My First Custom Wi-Fi Pi Speaker Build – PART 1 – Plans

After the success of retrofitting a Raspberry Pi into my old guitar amplifier, I started the design of my next project. This time I didn’t want to reuse old parts. I had the following objectives. Cabinet that could be mounted in the kitchen. Small speaker size. Powered from one replaceable power supply. My long-term goal […]

PurpleBlu – My First Pi-Powered Wi-Fi Speaker

It’s been a long time since I last blogged about a technology-related thing I did. I miss that. After talking politics, public policy, and everything else that’s wrong with the world, let’s talk about something cool and exciting – hacking! During my recent trip to Alberta I got to tour some of the maker spaces […]