An update on the Surface Pro 8

It’s working fine, but I realized something just a few moments ago. It has no annoying LEDs. There is one diffuse white LED on the charger that does not blink or breathe. It stays solid. Is this the ultimate bedside PC? Big downside… if you want to use the keyboard you must use the kickstand … (Read more)

New Gadget: Surface Pro 8

Back in the late 90s and early 2000s, there were all sorts of fun exciting gadgets. However, with the advent of the smartphone, in particular the BlackBerry and later the iPhone, there was a bit of consolidation. MP3 player? Is phone. Trail GPS? Is phone. Car nav? Is phone. Camera? Is phone. Phone? Eh, well, … (Read more)

Minor frustrations

Pain & Suffering

Surveying the damage on the bot after the event. At first, I thought the weapon was warped as it definitely wobbles when spun. It is not warped. It is perfectly flat. Seems that maybe I ruined some bearings or the pulley is even more ruined than initially thought. I left most of the tools in … (Read more)

Quick update

This past weekend I competed at the InnerSpace Brewing Tap Room Tapout #9. This was my first combat robotics event. I did alright. Through some weirdness, robotcombatevents.com has me ranked higher than Shreddit Bro, so I guess I did better than expected. One win, two losses. I met my personal goals. Others thought the fights … (Read more)

You must take the most efficient route

A random route somewhere in Nebraska, I think. Not an example of anything.

You get this nice scenic route planned out. It took a few hours, but it’s perfect. Somehow, it’s actually 15 minutes faster than Google’s most efficient route. You send it to your phone and start the trip. But Google Maps knows the more efficient route. You need to use that one. You must take the … (Read more)