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    • RAX In Space!

      6 years ago


      The small satellite mission I worked on in College, the Radio Aurora Explorer launched last night! The first ground station to make contact was in Honolulu, Hawaii, and we started getting our first packets from our ground station in Ann Arbor early this morning.

      If you happen to be an amateur radio operator with packet radio equipment, you can join the ground station network!

      This is Michigan's first satellite, and the first satellite funded by the National Science Foundation. Find out more if you're interested at .

    • American Journey 2.0 and AJtheFiesta

      7 years ago


      Heading out on a drive from Ann Arbor to Maker Faire in California today!

      This last semester, I took a class at Michigan called Cloud Computing in the Commute, a joint venture between a couple of professors here and some Ford engineers. The task was to build interesting social applications that can run on the prototyped computing system which will eventually make it's way into the production Ford Fiesta.

      We built CaravanTrack, a way for people to road trip together. It shows the other cars in your group on the map, their fuel levels and speeds, lets you search for nearby food and gas stations and let others know where you plan to stop.

      Our group won the class competition at the end, and the prize is taking the American Journey 2.0 with the Ford engineers we got to work with during the course. We're taking I-80 west through Ann Arbor MI, Chicago IL, Omaha NE, Boulder CO, Reno NV and ending in San Mateo CA.

      The American Journey site has both the University of Michigan road trip site and the Ford road trip site. On our's, you can add points of interest you know of along our route, and they'll show up in our application as we're driving. On Ford's, you can put together a road rally for us to follow by adding interesting places to visit in one area.

      The car the Ford engineers will be driving is a 2011 Fiesta nicknamed AJ. It has software loaded that will send tweets depending on the vehicles "mood". If you're driving quickly, winding around roads, and moving through traffic well, the car will be happy. If you're sitting still with the wipers on, that might call for a sad tweet.

      American Journey 2.0
      AJ's twitter page
      AJ's facebook page

      Crunchgear's article on the trip

    • Loud Humming Noise from Subwoofer

      in Forums > Loud Humming Noise from Subwoofer | Follow this topic


      Hopefully there are some audio folks here who might have an idea.

      I have a set of Altec Lansing speakers and subwoofer for my computer. I don't know the model number exactly, but here's the manual to a model that seems to be it or very close to it:

      When I plug the subwoofer into power, it puts out an obnoxiously loud humming noise. I've tried it in a couple of different power strips and I get the same problem. It doesn't even need an audio source or the speakers plugged into it, and starts as soon as it powers up. I've been able to pull the back cover off the sub and take a look inside, but nothing looked out of the ordinary. My view is limited though, the cables are glued to the board that comes out and limits how far I can pull the part out.

      The sub plugs into the computer through the standard stereo out jack on my motherboard, then the two satellite speakers plug into ports on the sub itself.

      This may or may not be relevant, but I have felt over the last few weeks I've had to turn the volume on the speakers up slightly louder in order to get the same sound, but that is completely subjective, and may have just been due to environment changes I didn't notice.

      Thanks in advance!

      27 replies

    • Valve Complete Pack for $99

      in Forums > Valve Complete Pack for $99 | Follow this topic


      EVERYTHING Valve is on sale for $99 (including latest and greatest Left 4 Dead). You can get it here:

      This includes all the Half-Life games, TF2, TF: Classic, Ricochet, Portal, Everything Counter Strike, Left 4 Dead, DoD, and DoD:Source, pretty much everything Valve has ever made. You save about $130 over buying individually. You get to gift anything you already have to a friend. Hop to it Valve fans. :-D

      15 replies

    • Pidgin 2.5.0 Crashes on Away Tooltip

      in Forums > Pidgin 2.5.0 Crashes on Away Tooltip | Follow this topic


      I'm sure lots of you use Pidgin for chatting. If you've upgraded to 2.5.0 and are having crashes when bringing up the tooltip of an away AIM buddy. The problem has been identified and fixed. Just download the updated DLL and place inside your main Pidgin folder (usually C:\Program Files\Pidgin).

      The fix won't be officially in until Pidgin hits 2.5.1 which may still be a few weeks away, so if you want to fix the crashing now, here's the way to do it.

      3 replies

    • Reading XML from JavaScript?

      in Forums > Reading XML from JavaScript? | Follow this topic


      Why is this so hard in Javascript?

      Generated PHP file is here:

      Snapshot (which I've been trying to load from) is here:

      I'm trying to get Google Maps to work by placing plane markers on the map (that part is easy) but I can't for the life of me read the XML file I created with PHP. For now, I'm just trying to pull the first element out of the first pilot and echo it to the status box, but it keeps coming up blank (or null, in Internet Explorer's case).

      Here's the page:

      4 replies

    • Loud '03 Malibu

      in Forums > Loud '03 Malibu | Follow this topic


      I recently made my first car purchase, a 2003 Chevy Malibu from a private owner. It has 130,000 miles on it, and is an automatic transmission, front wheel drive.

      I've noticed that around 45-50 MPH, the road noise picks up suddenly and is quite loud. It could be that I just can't hear it below 45, and other noises are droning it out before then. I'm fairly certain it doesn't have anything to do with RPMs, I can slow down with the sound changing with speed, I can drop the car into neutral and rev the engine up to 3000 RPM without noticing any difference in the sound as I'm rolling down the road.

      It's tough to describe the noise in text, but its kind of a rolling rahrahrahrahrah, very cyclic, and comes in time with the wheels rolling.

      I don't feel a pull to either side of the road when driving, and the wear on the tires is pretty well even, so I don't think its alignment.

      Today, I had the car up on the jack and was able to spin the tires a bit. (I put the car in neutral to spin the front) There isn't any play in the wheels (which I've read can be an indication of a bearing failing) but there is a slight scraping noise on 3 of the four wheels as they spin. The scrape always comes when the wheels are at the same angle of rotation.

      On the front wheels only, there is a slight "winding" noise, like the one you would hear if you were winding up one of those little cars that zip across the table, but I assume this is because they're connected to the transmission.

      I believe, although don't have the tools to check, that the slight scraping sound is a brake rubbing. I know the basics of getting around a car, common problems and such, but I'm certainly no expert, and most of my knowledge comes from my Dad doing the little bit of work he did on our cars.

      I feel like the noise I hear up around 45-50 is too low a pitch for brakes, but I'm not sure what else would be causing the noise. Besides the slight scraping noise and the winding explained earlier I didn't hear anything while spinning the wheels.

      So, do I just need to get in and adjust the brakes? Or does anyone think there is something else more "sinister" (tongue.png) at work here?

      Thanks a lot everyone,

      3 replies

    • CSS/XHTML Puzzle

      in Forums > CSS/XHTML Puzzle | Follow this topic


      The problem will be apparent when you look at the site.

      I have a news box floated to the right, inside the content div that holds all the stuff in the left hand column. The text wraps around the news box just fine, but I can't figure out how to keep the background on the <h2> section from overlapping.

      Any ideas?

      Relevant parts of CSS below (You can of course see the entire thing at the site):

      #content h2
      background: url("images/theme/head2Corner.png") top left no-repeat #666666;
      margin:10px 5px 0 5px;

      #content #newsBox
      width: 275px;
      border: 1px solid #666666;
      padding: -1px -1px 0 -1px;
      margin: 10px 10px 0 0;

      2 replies

  • About Me

    I'm a software engineer at Mitre, a federally funded research and development center.

    Other stuff I do:
    Radio Aurora Explorer, a small satellite mission launching next year.

  • Comments (40)

    • bigvig FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Rampant

      7 years ago

      So what did you come up with for your storage solution?

    • BrandonK1989

      8 years ago

      Put the "Back to Top" button back.

    • xhockeyx

      9 years ago

      the red wings suck the pens rule

    • gamer3700

      9 years ago

      Thanks for giving me another resorce, but I'm staying with phpbb, since wussie is a big help with it. That way I have a reasorse.

      But THANKS YOU!!!

    • lincoln19

      9 years ago

      hey you like the red wings there cool

    • microphone

      9 years ago

      What is this template you speak of?

    • Templar895

      9 years ago

      Need a favor, new friend

      Haha, you blocked me. Cute. And way to miss the joke.

      First of all, I'm going to assume English isn't your first language because I'm nice. If it is, then wow.
      I think its a cheche filled overrated waste of money.

      So was Halo...
      I watched Hedgehog play the entire game out as a male Commander Shepard, which was excruciating,

      So you didn't play it yourself? Wow.
      A lot of the side quests were very boring and repetitive, contrary to what Slashdot says, there really isn't as much areas to explore as there was in Oblivion.

      Oblivion was "go to dungeon here/kill monsters/acquire loot/etc" for just about all of the side quests. A lot of the areas were copypasta'd. Mmm, copypasta.
      Each semi important mission always ended with you just going in, killing everything then reporting to the command that there was no other option but to kill everything.

      No other Adventure RPG so far can hold a candle to Oblivion, many have tried and failed.

      For fuck's sake. Morrowind. Fallout 1/2. Deus Ex can count as an RPG.
      There really isn't much side quests and once one plays though the abrupt main quest there is no replay value as you cannot go back into the universe and do other quests and explore everywhere else in the Milky Way Galaxy.

      You could do everything in Oblivion in one fucking playthrough, and be Guildmaster of every guild. There were no choices.
      The game was pretty much about some alien race as usual coming to end all life in the universe for the sheer fact that they can do it, some type of machine race at that

      Oblivion was an evil demon race coming to end all life in the world for the sheer fact they could do it, a demon race at that.
      then the actual other important aspects of the game such as the maps and replay value.

      Oblivion, again.
      not to mention the story was redundant, cleche filled and rather anticlimactic when it ended.

      Halo, and Oblivion on both counts.
      I am also not in the mood to argue so please don't harass me with comments saying that I took Mass Effect for face value, when many take Halo for face value as well.

      There's opinions, then there's hypocrisy. I've played all 3 of the fucking Halos and found nothing special. Oblivion was a prettier, watered down Morrowind with no brains or originality.

      Oh, and don't type in all blue if you want to be taken seriously. On final notes, I'm not 40, Jim Cramer is a hilarious TV personality, and I will proceed to use logic and reasoning to prove you are horribly flawed due to the fact you made the dumbest, most soulless pun you could think of. (Sounds like Oblivion...)

      If you want to argue, go ahead. I've had plenty of experience in all of these titles you've mentioned (and I can recommend many more, and better titles that urinate all over Halo and Oblivion) but at least have the decency to not be a brickhead.

      Copy pasta here.


    • siilentGhost

      9 years ago


    • microphone

      9 years ago

      Reason we aren't friends?

    • A_Bomb

      10 years ago

      I apologize for my image. Glad to see Michigan is back to asskicking. ASU students have become Michigan's biggest fans (at least us intelligent ones have). The better Michigan looks, the better App. State looks. Also. Michigan, in my opinion, has some of the nicest fans I have ever met. Your sportsmanship is unbeatable (as long as you aren't playing Ohio State I guess)

    • 82nd FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      10 years ago

      when you look at the record...we havent lost a game by more than a touchdown.....imagine how frustrating it is for us?

    • 82nd FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      10 years ago

      for you guys.....but O cant complain....I did make some money for my club hehehe

    • 82nd FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      10 years ago

      yet so far away...we sucked at the first half

    • 82nd FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      10 years ago

      Hahah well we'll see soon my Michigan friend....both of us had our share of losses (Wisconsin, OSU, and Iowa of all places)

    • 82nd FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      10 years ago

      *looks at location*
      *stares at Ann Arbor*


      How bout them Mountaineers? smiley0.gif (yeah I'm a Spartan, I cant help it)
      or how bout ready for next week?

    • Chi_Mangetsu

      10 years ago

      Thank you for your response. Your insight came off like a wizened sage. I'm so very grateful of your input.


    • Rental01 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      10 years ago

      You've been tagged by me.

    • Rental01 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      10 years ago

      ... I just don't want it to sell out.

      I only need one family pack.

    • Rental01 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      10 years ago

      If I order the 10.5 family pack, will it arrive on 10-26 or be shipped on 10-26?

      You know, just asking. :)

    • WhoWantsPie

      10 years ago

      Can you vote for me here, three times please?

    • coboNJROTC10

      10 years ago

      i love flight sims

    • microphone

      10 years ago

      Do it...

    • Hockeypuck

      10 years ago

      Did you see how the kid lost his girlfriend over that?

      DUDE, if she doesn't trust that your Myspace was hacked, IT WASN'T LASTING ANYWAY

    • microphone

      10 years ago

      The important thing is that we all know how bad fox sucks.

    • OhMahGawsh

      10 years ago

      hey, i just came across your profile, from i unno.. anywho.. yeah.. band=awsome smiley1.gif
      but yep... hi =)

    • Murkalus

      11 years ago

      wow you do need some new posts cool i see you you fly flight sim too

    • hezekiah

      11 years ago

      Holy jeebus, you need some comments!

    • Mav3481

      12 years ago

      Holy jeebus, make a new journal!

    • Reaper1134

      12 years ago

      redwings are the best hockey team

    • TammieP

      12 years ago

      I love the puck, Go Wings! :)

    • Xast

      12 years ago

      One time I got detention for not doing all of my latin homework.

    • cdpengins

      12 years ago

      "What are you looking at, you hockey puck?"

      That line is what brought my husband and I together. But then, we're really weird.

    • Aariele

      12 years ago

      Happy Thanksgiving!! =) Eat lots of food!

    • masturechief

      13 years ago

      my bands show is on final fantasy music from ff8 and ff9
      p.s. we won grand national last year

    • masturechief

      13 years ago

      planets and 02 show were the best
      also, yay to marching band

    • Hockeypuck

      13 years ago

      Cavvies? Meh, that 007 show was pretty dumb. Cool drill, but the music was nothing special.

    • FrenchE

      13 years ago

      boo, no marching band

    • Spkie

      13 years ago

      yay DCI and YaY Cavvies!

    • carrot

      13 years ago

      Marching Band all the way!

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