Member Since: November 19, 2007

Country: United States



Kansas -> Nebraska -> (New Zealand) -> Colorado


General purpose hacker.


SparkFun Electronics

Programming Languages

Chronologically, more or less: HyperTalk, QBasic, DOS batch files, TI-BASIC, mIRCscript, TADS, Bash, Perl, JavaScript, PHP.


NORML, Free Software Foundation


Wayne State College, Wayne, NE University of Nebraska-Lincoln



Some MariaDB -> PostgreSQL Notes

After we migrated to PostgreSQL last week, some commenters asked for more detail about technical rationale. I said I’d write something up, and since at this writing I’m sitting in a hotel room in Florida with nothing to do until tomorrow’s (Monday’s) MAVEN launch window…

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On Breaking Things

tl;dr: SparkFun was down for a while last night, while we worked on some database stuff. We should get better at uptime, but right now we're mostly trying to get better at databases. This morning we realized we'd broken currency conversion, and thus the display of prices, on the site. Last night's…

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Free Day Text-Browser Contest Results

So, as some of you might remember, we set up a little side contest on Free Day: As Mentioned on IRC, since we didn't get around to coming up with anything for users of text-only browsers like Lynx, w3m, elinks, et al., IT will be running a side contest with a handful of prizes. If you snailmail us a…

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IT Update

Hey folks. Brennen in IT. I thought I'd take a minute to point out a new site feature and rehash some old ones that people may not know about. Comment replies: A while ago Pearce in Tech Support asked for a simple notification (via e-mail) of replies to comments. It's no orangered envelope,…

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Update, 2011.1.29: Welp, there's been sufficient concern expressed in the comments here and elsewhere that we've decided to make display of your Gravatar purely optional. If you visit your account settings, you should now see a checkbox labeled "Use the Gravatar associated with your…

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Official SparkFun IRC Channel

As you may have noticed, we had a couple hours of downtime last week. While we were fighting with network issues at the data center, it occurred to us that it would be cool to have a place for people to hang out in the meanwhile, so I joined #sparkfun on irc.freenode.net and we put up a…

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  • News - New Product Friday: Chomp… | about 4 days ago

    ( They're on to me. )
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  • News - New Product Friday: Chomp… | about 4 days ago

    ALTER TABLE products ADD COLUMN gone_away boolean NOT NULL DEFAULT false;


  • News - April Caption Contest | about 4 days ago

    I can’t believe no one has used “Beakout” yet.

  • News - New Product Friday: Chomp… | about 5 days ago

    I suppose we’d have to distinguish between things that actually went away and things that just got a revision for this to be useful?

    Probably do-able…

  • News - Heartbleed | about 6 days ago

    It’s been a bug for quite some time. It remains an open question whether it was an exploit known to anyone in the wild before Monday’s disclosure.

    I’m not changing every credential I have on the web; there are so many at this point in my life that I probably don’t even remember half of the places I have accounts. I am changing the stuff that touches my working life, finances, or public identity and might conceivably have been vulnerable.

    This is a serious one. A little paranoia may be warranted.

  • News - April Caption Contest | last week

    I think this somewhat undervalues the average bird.

  • News - New Product Friday: High … | about 2 weeks ago

    Lighten up, Francis.

  • News - New Product Friday: High … | about 2 weeks ago

    and hopefully Xemacs wouldn’t constantly generate “out of disk space” errors when running on a BBB.

    This is totally a derail, but is XEmacs a going concern these days? I had the vague impression that development in the Emacs scene had largely re-concentrated on GNU Emacs in recent years, but it’s been a long time since I was at all in the loop.

  • News - In Which We Are Not Havin… | about 2 weeks ago

    will these technical issues be delaying the shipment of my order?

    In your case, yes, probably. You got an order in while we still had stock of the RedBoard un-allocated to orders, and our shipping department was unable to work for a good chunk of yesterday. This means at least a little delay for every shippable order in the system, but they’re churning through ‘em pretty fast now that things are up and running.

    For folks who have backorders of Arduino day stuff, this shouldn’t make much difference. The blocker to those orders shipping is mostly just buying, building, and receiving all that stuff.

    Did I mention we’re also about to do fulfillment for another super-successful KickStarter? It’s been an interesting year so far.

  • News - In Which We Are Not Havin… | about 2 weeks ago

    It turns out that it helps to have indexes on things.

    We should be up and running at this point. Maybe. Probably.

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