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9Jan/120

syslog support on D-Link DAP-1360

My old 802.11N access point started having problems recently, so I replaced it with a D-Link DAP-1360.
I was pleasantly surprised to find a remote syslog support feature, but was saddened when that feature seemingly disappeared after upgrading to the latest firmware (2.11)

A little searching revealed a very neat dlink support tool, they have a gui emulator!!

http://www.support.dlink.com/emulators/dap1360/101/index.htm

Using the emulator I was able to find the old page name for the syslog config, and tried it out on my new AP.

http://192.168.0.50/st_log_settings.htm

Plugged in the syslog server IP, hit save, and success!

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28Oct/110

Time Twister: LEGO MINDSTORMS Clock

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Tilted Twister 470x282 Time Twister: LEGO MINDSTORMS Clock

Time Twister

This week is good for LEGO lovers! Yesterday, we discovered The Cult of LEGO, a coffee book table that is due to be released next month. It is arguably the best present for any AFOL. Today, to end the week, we have a LEGO creation that will make it hard for LEGO enthusiasts not to drool and embarrass themselves: a LEGO clock.

This clock is called Time Twister. It was created by Hans Andersson, who is already known for his rather interesting inventions. Does the name Tilted Twister sound familiar? That was how Andersson made his name. The Tilted Twister is a robot (with LEGO components, yes!) that can solve the Rubik’s Cube. I am not sure if he is the first one to do this, but he pretty much cemented his geek cred with that creation. Since then, he has been busy with other related stuff (Sudoku Solver!) and his latest baby is this clock.1

Andersson says that he has always been fascinated with time and clocks. (Admit it – you have always been as well!) With everything that he has been doing, I suppose it was just a matter of time till he actually made a clock, but he took things one step further and got together two LEGO Mindstorm bricks. Thanks to Bluetooth, he was able to make these two bricks communicate with one another. One brick functions as the master, while the other serves as the slave. The former brick is in charge of keeping track of the time and takes care of the minutes digits as well. (I can’t help but think: Time Lord!!!) The slave brick, on the other hand, is in charge of the hour digits and the second indicator.

Andersson created the digits (four in total) by layering black and white tiles. The trick was to make each tile layer rotate 360 degrees, at which point it hooks to the next layer. I don’t know how he did it, but by playing around with the top layer, each column of tiles can be made to display specific patterns, i.e., the time.

Awesome is all I can say. Watch the Time Twister in action.

  1. Tilted Twister
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26Oct/110

I’ve been drawing fat ninja turtles (Taken with instagram)

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I’ve been drawing fat ninja turtles (Taken with instagram)

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26Oct/110

Taken with instagram

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Taken with instagram

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25Oct/110

P:R Approved: Aaron Diaz’ Justice League!

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Note: After Superman and Wonder Woman popped up as two of Diaz’s “5 Essential Character Redesigns” post, he went and tackled the entire Justice League in one fell swoop.Not only does Diaz redesign their costume, but also injects some new characters into their garb with stories to match. Head over to Aaron’s site for the story behind the designs. – Chris A.



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25Oct/110

BlueBiped: A human-like walking robot that requires no power source

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Today’s groundbreaking entry into the Uncanny Valley is a pair of mechanical, robot legs that are propelled entirely by their own weight: they can walk with a human-like gait without motors or external control. If this sounds too good (or crazy) to be true, watch the first video at the end of the story, wipe the tendrils of drool off your chin, and then find your way back up here for an explanation.

Without making this accomplishment any less awesome, these robot legs — called BlueBiped, and made by researchers at the Nagoya Institute of Technology in Japan — are basically just an imitation of human physiology. There are thighs and lower legs made out of aluminium that are the same length as their human counterparts, and ankles and  knee joints for articulation, but… that’s it. No sensors, no computers, no “musculature” — the legs are completely passive, you just give them a push… and they carry on walking. As long as there’s a slight downwards slope, anyway — there has to be some source of energy, after all, and in this case it’s gravity.

BlueBiped uses the “principle of falling,” much in the same way that humans walk by falling forward. As long as the robot’s weight is pitched slightly forward, the momentum of each step is enough to throw it into another step, and so on. Presumably, with the addition of motors, BlueBiped could also walk horizontally and up hill, but then you’re into MABEL or AlphaDog territory — and that doesn’t seem to be the purpose of this project.

Last year, BlueBiped successfully walked for 13 hours continuously — 100,000 consecutive steps, 9 miles (15km) — without human intervention. Now the researchers seem to be thinking of actual, commercial applications for BlueBiped. They have tested a modified version that can be worn like an exoskeleton, which apparently can help people walk. In the video, “sports equipment” is also mentioned, though we’re not sure what that means — robot tennis instructors, perhaps?

Read (a little bit) more at Sano Lab, Nagoya Institute of Technology [translated], or watch the videos below.

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25Oct/110

Бременские музыканты. Наши дни.

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I favorited a YouTube video: Мотоцикл с барабанной установкой построил московский байкер Александр Ишутин. Музыкант, бизнесмен и просто увлеченный человек, он считает, что в Москве все меньше и меньше остается чего-то необычного. Александр вспоминает, как в 90-е годы на Смотр...
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19Oct/110

Playing With Your Food

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4koma comic strip - Playing With Your Food

It’s never been this much fun.

Comic by:

SirKilmoreRyan

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17Oct/110

A Softer World: 728

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16Oct/110

Is This the Most Amazing Time Lapse Video Yet? (Spoiler: It Is) [Video]

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Gizmodo friend and amazing filmmaker and photographer Vincent Laforet says that calling this time lapse video of Utah and Arizona "breathtaking" is an understatement. He adds "Holy cow". Make sure to watch this at full screen and HD. More »


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