Projects, notes, etc by Will O’Brien


Month: March, 2008

Last day at MOREnet

31 March, 2008 (19:47) | News |

Today’s an interesting one. I’m saying goodbye to the office, co-workers and cubicle I’ve been at for almost six years. Today I’m a bit of a chair warmer, but it’s a relaxing, rainy day. Tomorrow I start my new job over in the Department of IT at the University of Missouri, Columbia. More on that [...]

gparted: re-arrange your drive like it’s furniture

24 March, 2008 (15:57) | Uncategorized |

I’ve had to use windows more lately due to certain project requirements. When I last set up my machine, ubuntu was seeing more use, so I didn’t give windows very much disk space. Now it’s time to install a few more programs, and I’m down to my last gig on my windows partition. What to [...]

Stupid espresso machine trick #31

22 March, 2008 (04:06) | Coffee |

I ran across this egg post by Saul on Instructables. (He’s one of the founders) The other day I was up early to go off to the pool and help teach SCUBA – and I needed some protein. Yes, it’s totally possible and awesomely handy to make steam eggs with your espresso machine. It takes [...]

I got a new gig

20 March, 2008 (04:10) | Uncategorized |

This won’t make a big difference in my published work, but in a couple of weeks I’ll be starting a new position within the University of Missouri system. I’m pretty stoked about it – it should definitely make for an interesting summer at the very least.

New kick-ass recipe

19 March, 2008 (15:26) | Uncategorized |

I added a new recipe to my collection. This is one of the best yet.  Seared Tuna steaks with Ginger-Shiitake Cream Sauce. This stuff came out amazingly tasty! The only un-healthy bit is the cup of cream in the sauce – I’m going to look into a healthier replacement when I have time.

Cheap espresso plumbing

17 March, 2008 (18:58) | Coffee, News, Projects | 1 comment

I finally put up some info on my inexpensive plumbing design for supplying water to my espresso machine. Total cost is around $20 with fittings and tubing.

Laser etching fun

14 March, 2008 (16:16) | News, Projects | 12 comments

I’m now the proud semi-owner of an Epilog Mini 24 Laser cutter. After some test cuts, I laser etched the trackpad on my laptop. Everything works great – I used two passes at 100% speed, 15% power to get the result. Here’s a short pictorial of the process.

A little bit about my home network wiring

11 March, 2008 (17:24) | Projects | 19 comments

Since I bought my house last year, I’ve been adding alot of new wiring. I put up a bit of info on the wiring job here.

New software, same blogishness

11 March, 2008 (17:20) | News |

I switched my blog/news updates software over to wordpress. Hopefully I can leave comments active – I got tired of spammers on the old software and disabled them completely after a while.

HD-DVD players are still handy

5 March, 2008 (06:02) | News |

I picked up a Toshiba HD-A3. For the money it’s now the best standard def DVD scaler around. Mine came with a pair of free HD discs and a rebate for five more. Hopefully the rebate is still honored. If not, I’ll live since they were titles that I mostly have anyway. The HD-A3 required [...]