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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I am back from my first trip to Austin, Texas for Rooster Teeth's annual RTX! I drove down on July 4th with two of my friends for a nice 15 hour drive from Phoenix to our place on 6th and Congress in Austin. There isn't anything exciting to talk about regarding the drive there or back. I stared at the road all day and we only stopped to get gas when needed. My two friends were Nathan, my old roommate, and Tyler, my other good friend here who is also a guardian for the event. She has gone a few times, but it was Nathan's and I first time attending.