My Blog Posts

  • Ford Five Hundred: Steering Wheel Controls Intro

    Posted in Arduino, Car on Jul 17, 2019

    In this post about my car, I'll discuss how I can use the analogue signal from the steering wheel buttons with an Arduino. The steering wheel controls are a simple voltage ladder, and we can program the Arduino to read the voltage and determine which button is being pressed. Wiring The…

  • Tips and Tricks for SimCity 4

    Posted in Gaming, Personal on Jun 23, 2019

    I wouldn't consider myself a gamer, even though I've built my own computer, have Steam installed on it, or because I own an aging PS3. Although, I still play somewhat older games, such as SimCity 4 Deluxe, from late 2003. I would have only been three years old at the time. My first…

  • Using DigitalOcean Spaces in October CMS (or any S3 compatible service)

    Posted in Guide, October CMS on May 30, 2019

    I was tinkering with DigitalOcean's "Spaces", which is an alternative to Amazon's AWS S3 service. The Spaces API is actually compatible with Amazon's AWS S3 API, which makes it super easy to replace S3 with. Since I often use October CMS, I was interested in using DigitalOcean…

  • Ford Five Hundred OBD-II: Part 1

    Posted in Car on May 28, 2019

    The OBD-II port in modern vehicles allows the user to access the internal network of the vehicle's modules and sensors. This port exposes a variety of networks, such as CAN (Controller Area Network), SAE J1850 PWM, ISO 14230-4 KWP, or other proprietary ones. CAN Bus In my 2005 Ford…

  • Discontinuing osTicket

    Posted in News on Apr 15, 2019

    I've decided to temporarly discontinue the help desk, which was an osTicket system. Support requests can still be submitted through email or through the online contact form.

  • How To: Self Signed PowerShell Scripts

    Posted in Guide on Apr 15, 2019

    I've grown so accustomed to to using Linux shells, that using the Windows Command Prompt has become bothersome. Fortunately, PowerShell comes closer to the *nix shell experience than the Command Prompt ever will. PowerShell scripts are much more powerful than DOS-era batch scripts,…

  • New Blog

    Posted in Personal on Mar 29, 2019

    Welcome to my new blog! I've moved from a WordPress-based blog to one that is integrated with my primary website. WordPress was becoming a bloated and unmaintainable platform and didn't quite fit my needs. This new blog is built on October CMS, which is fairly modern compared to WordPress.…