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How To Mount a GoPro on a Syma X5C

GoPro Mounted on Syma X5C
March 21st, 2016

It is indeed possible to mount a GoPro on a Syma X5C. It is however, not ideal, since the Syma X5C is a toy and its payload capacity is limited. But if you’re like me and you like to push the limits of your hardware, this is not going to stop you from trying, is it? 🙂 I used a GoPro Hero3+, but the process should be similar for other models. 1. Reduce the Weight The Syma can’t pull much weight. […]

Why I’m Leaving The Nomadic Lifestyle (for a bit)

May 27th, 2015

Traveling, seeing new places, no ties, no schedules. Being a digital nomad and being in control of my time has shown me what freedom really means. Living a minimalist lifestyle has shown me that I can happily live with less, using the bare essentials and sustain my living expenses on a mere $35 / day. I could keep on doing this forever. Why I’m Leaving The Nomadic Lifestyle I have never been happier. But as I approach the one year anniversary of this […]

Use Your Kindle as an External Monitor (well, almost)

April 21st, 2015

You can share a terminal session using your Kindle, which means you can use it as an external monitor for text-only applications. You won’t be able to do much web browsing or design work beside ASCII art, but if you’re a coder or a sysadmin, I’m sure this is not really going to bother you. Here’s a brief list of steps required to get this hack working. Jailbreak your Kindle. Install a Terminal application on it so that you can open […]

Why Weekends Don’t Feel The Same Anymore (In a Good Way)

March 8th, 2015

I’ve been unconsciously experiencing this feeling for a while now, but I haven’t had time to put it into words until yesterday. So I wrote a note and promised myself to write a post about this. When we’re caught in the cycles of society, we live for the weekend. When it’s Tuesday morning and a huge pile of work stares us in the face, we zoom out and wish it was already Saturday. Then when it’s Sunday night, we wish that we […]

Velcro + Phone = Hands-Free GPS

February 28th, 2015

Have you ever searched for directions on your phone while driving? You probably know how tricky it gets to drive with one hand on the phone. Here’s my hack for the day. It’s a little ugly and it obscures part of the audio player LCD, but I don’t usually read what’s on the LCD anyway. Make sure to check your state/country laws before doing it, as it might not be allowed. Also make sure you place the soft side of […]

How Do You Think of Great App Ideas?

February 20th, 2015

I have a theory: if you think of ways to make money, your mind will automatically pursue ideas that already exist (because ideas that have already made money, already exist). If you think of ways to help people accomplish something new and useful with technology, monetization doesn’t matter . If your app helps to solve a problem that people have, in a novel way, then you have a great idea! Don’t worry about the cash. It will eventually follow. Instead, […]

Explore Something New

February 3rd, 2015

I picked up a book about the Haskell programming language a few weeks ago. Its purely functional approach is different than most other popular languages, but it’s turning out to be a worthy investment of time. It teaches you a whole lot about functional patterns. Learning something new is like traveling; you might feel a little uncomfortable traveling to a new place at first, but once you get to know an area, all of the sudden you get new perspectives. […]

Letting Go of Things

January 26th, 2015

Materialistic attachment is a silly feeling we get the moment we’re about to lose something we invested time or money into. But if we stop for a moment and ask ourselves what really matters in the universe, then reality settles in. As long as we are in good health, have some friends and family and are not starving, things are going to be OK. Everything else is just extra. Next time your car breaks down or your phone stops working, […]

Coding Outside in Winter Weather

January 21st, 2015

Coming into January I realized that I haven’t had a chance to code in the open skies for almost a month due to the chilly temperatures. I have been working mostly inside the popup camper. It’s still considered outdoor coding, but it’s not as nice. I tried challenging the elements and work outside despite the cold; the body is fine if you put a jacket and a few sweaters, but keeping your fingers warm is impossible without glowes. And typing […]

I Downsized and Found Happiness

January 21st, 2015

For the past 8 months I have been living a fairly minimalistic lifestyle. I have never felt happier. It’s not the fact that I sleep in a small tent instead of a nice, comfortable bed, or the fact that I use a toaster oven (when I’m lucky to have AC electricity), instead of having a full sized kitchen. It’s what these choices teach me. Living small teaches you to appreciate the things you have. No need to quit your job […]