AUTHOR: Doyle Young

Side projects, books, technology and anything else I feel like writing about

BeagleBone Black and Quake 3

In my quest to make use of all my single board computers, there was one project that just needed a bit of modernization.  Back in 2014, I created a Quake 3 server using a BeagleBone Black (BBB).  This little machine traveled with me for quite a while, but it was taking up extra space in my already stuffed backpack and so it got added to the pile of SBCs in my closet.I began by making…

Raspberry Pi Zero motion capture camera

When the Raspberry Pi Zero v1.3 announced they were going to have a camera port I immediately bought one along with a camera.  I got the pieces, put it together, took a few pictures and forgot about it for a while.  Then, The PiHut came out with their ZeroView and I got a new idea for the camera.I had been having a problem with our mailman throwing packages, literally.  I work from home and…

Do something will all these SBCs

I recently needed to set up a temporary network to test some ideas around microservices and proxies.  I didn't want to run any of these tests on systems I use regularly because they were truly experimental hacks.  I decided I could run them on Raspberry Pis and just use throwaway Raspbian images.  I was looking through the closet in my 0ffice for systems to test on and realized I have a lot of Single Board Computers.…

My Year in Books 2017

Time for the yearly book parade! Here is my 2017 Year in Books from goodreads. The summary: 88 books 21,633 pages Average length 246 pages This year I set my goal at 40 books, but ended up reading 88. I did "cheat" a bit because most of what I read was Bleach, but I also read a number of excellent novels and tech books. I started reading A Game of Thrones series this…

Java One 2017

I attended Java One from October 1st - 5th. This year the conference was dominated by the announcement of Java 9, the new 6 month cadence for Java releases, and the synchronization between the Oracle and OpenJDK implementations. There were also a number of new open source projects released by Oracle. My favorites were JShell (part of Java 9) and Fn. The keynotes were the typical mix of announcements and commercials but I did get a…