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    Gage Roland

    Majoring in Computer Science and Human Computer Interaction. Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
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    Sprinting to Finish Projects

    Posted on Nov 15, 2017 11:42:16 AM by Gage Roland

    I am relieved that I finished portfolio and passed, but the semester is not over. After a nice week break from focusing on projects, I have about one month to crunch down on two remaining projects - DataWall and Fishtistics.

    DataWall, my student innovation project (SIP), involves a lot of web programming, statistics, and simulation building. Fishtistics, a class project, is an exciting AR project using Vuforia in Unity to augment the classroom for statistics learning.

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    Mechanical Keyboards: Where To Begin

    Posted on Oct 3, 2017 3:11:53 PM by Gage Roland

    The last blog I covered how to clean and replace keycaps on a mechanical keyboard, but today as I was about to write about different keycaps and materials, I felt it was better to talk about where to begin even looking to find the keyboard for you. I found an "Ultimate Mechanical Keyboard Keycap Guide" from Linus Tech Tips that covers the keycap discussion better than text could, and even talk about removing keycaps. This blog is about where to begin finding your board!

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    Pulling Keycaps

    Posted on Sep 21, 2017 10:20:31 AM by Gage Roland

    Mechanical keyboards have grown in popularity over the years mostly by gamers and another niche group of mechanical keyboard enthusiasts that build and design their own keyboards. It’s not a cheap hobby, but learning about different materials, switches, keycaps, and aesthetics has become one of my favorite things. I decided to make a quick guide for either people looking to clean their mechanical keyboard or replace their keycaps. Some users recommend taking apart and cleaning the keyboard every six-to-twelve months, but it depends on the environment your keyboard is in and how strict you are about food and greasy fingers near your board. For this walkthrough, I'll be using a WASD v2 tenkeyless keyboard.

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    Google's Design Tools Guide

    Posted on Sep 14, 2017 1:34:21 PM by Gage Roland

    Last week we took a look at Google’s Material Design and saw how Android has changed over the last four generations in design. While there are more details to look into before adopting the Material principles, it is also important to learn about the different tools Google has or will be releasing to adopt their design flow.

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    Taking a Look at Google Material Design

    Posted on Sep 11, 2017 3:43:33 PM by Gage Roland

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    A Final Break

    Posted on Aug 17, 2017 12:19:21 PM by Gage Roland in beach, in Student Life, in Break

    Today I will finish my last final when I present a site that my team and I built this semester that interacts with an online database. Once that is completed, I can relax for a couple of days before heading home for a semester break. I am so excited to be going back home to Baton Rouge, for two weeks to see my family and friends. My niece turned two-years-old during this semester, so I am interested to see how much she's changed since I've last saw her.

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    Blogs Revisited Part 2

    Posted on Aug 10, 2017 2:21:30 PM by Gage Roland in Blogs

    As summer is wrapping up and we’re only two weeks away from the end of the semester, I feel like this is a good time to revisit my blogs and wrap them up or see what came of some of the topics I covered. I want to “close” the chapter of my current posts so I can start new next semester with some great ideas that I have regarding design and programming projects. It’s crazy to think I’ve already been an Ambassador for over a year and I only have one semester of college left.

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    Blogs Revisited Part 1

    Posted on Aug 5, 2017 1:04:20 PM by Gage Roland in Blogs

    As summer begins to wrap up and we're only two weeks away from the end of the semester, I feel like this is a good time to revisit my blogs and wrap them up or see what came of some of the topics I covered. I want to "close" the chapter of my current posts so I can start new next semester with some great ideas that I have regarding design and programming projects. It's crazy to think I've already been an Ambassador for over a year and I only have one semester of college left.

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    Your Car Wash Is (Also) a Vulnerable Computer

    Posted on Jul 29, 2017 10:27:07 AM by Gage Roland in 2017, in black hat, in blackhat, in Cars, in Cyber Security Degree, in defcon, in hacks

    Your Car Is a Vulnerable Computer

    Last October I talked about Andy Greenberg, senior writer for Wired, Charlie Miller, security engineer for Twitter, and Chris Valasek, director of vehicle safety research at Idactive creating an informative video to show how the safety features in cars can be hacked through the internet. You can see that here. I come to you nine months later with more interesting news; now you can drive your hacked car through a hacked car wash that will destroy your car and trap you in there.

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    Exploring the Digital Border

    Posted on Jul 22, 2017 12:39:57 PM by Gage Roland in big data, in Geeky Stuff, in data representation, in HCI, in immigration

    I have been working on a project called "Data Wall" that acts as a digital border of statistics for immigration in the United States. The project scope focuses on immigration from Mexico (legal, illegal, and legal permanent residence) for now. I have collected over 15,000 documents from Department of Homeland Security from the 90's to present day about immigration. These documents look at age, sex, location, employment, where they move to, arrests, and a ton of very specific data. With all of this data, we're able to find patterns and information about immigration that may have never been thought about before.

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