The walled gardens we use for our project communication

Over the past decade, we have seen a shift that caught many long-time computer users and developers off-guard: The advent of apps. Up to ten years ago, there was a clear trend of distributed applications becoming webapps, and the browser was seen as the new universal program delivery interface. And, as I will explain, we now see yet another quite popular webapp, Slack, closing their interoperable, standards-adhering interface to further trap users into their controlled ecosystem. Continue reading

PHP for Backend Web Applications

Web Applications

It is reasonable to consider any website, whose functionality is entirely carried out by the client machine, to be a webpage. Alternatively, any website which requires communication with the server, after requesting a new page to display, could be considered a web application. PHP is one programming language which can be used on a web server in order to support web application functionality.
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Linux From Scratch (LFS) Version 8.1 Overview

Choosing to use Linux means approaching a door through which is a deeper understanding of how computers work. In my opinion, completing a LFS project, or at least understanding what happens in a LFS project, is like a capstone to the sentiment in the first sentence.

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FPGA Setup: Interfacing with an External Circuit

The Introduction

For this post I will walk you through a project with a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA), which was interfaced with a hand constructed clock circuit (an astable multivibrator).

FPGA setup

External circuit to be interfaced with Mojo v3 FPGA development board

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Traceroute to the Front Door: Trimming Public Net Hops


Traceroute is a wonderful computer networking diagnostic tool. This article will attempt a traceroute script written in Python, including a customization that can identify just the routers within your private network (from the host up to and including the public/internet gateway). Continue reading