Synchronous vs Asynchronous Ping Sweep in C# Windows Form

  Posted on February 9, 2018   ·   8 min read   ·   #programming  #c sharp 

As a mechatronics engineer (in training), sometimes I like to pretend that I also know how to program. In my most recent adventures to software land at MistyWest, I needed to write an application in C# that involved doing a ping sweep to find devices that were physically connected through ethernet. Since Google and Stack Overflow are my two best friends, I was able to find (what seemed to be) an off-the-net solution quite quickly.

Measuring the Spectral Characteristics of a Light Therapy Lamp

  Posted on January 12, 2018   ·   9 min read   ·   #physics  #spectroscopy 

Disclaimer: Light therapy is one method of easing seasonal affective disorder (SAD); some people swear by it whereas others remain unaffected. This blog post does not intend to refute the effectiveness of light therapy, but rather to dig deeper into the technology behind these light therapy lamps to better educate fellow consumers.

Debugger Setup with GDB + OpenOCD in Visual Studio Code

  Posted on October 29, 2017   ·   2 min read   ·   #programming  #embedded  #stm32 

Visual Studio Code’s combination of functionality, customizability, and aesthetics makes it one of my favourite code editors. As such, I was set on making it work with embedded development since I was getting started with the STM32 line of microcontrollers. I was following the steps outlined in Mastering STM32 by Carmine Noviello (which is an excellent resource) until it said to use Eclipse, because life’s too short to use software with unnecessary bloat.

Annealing 3D Printed Plastics: Sous Vide Style

  Posted on June 13, 2017   ·   19 min read   ·   #3d printing  #materials science 

Featured on Hackaday and Fictiv Blog! Yep, you heard it right. With all the craze surrounding cooking sous vide these days, it was only a matter of time before someone decided to venture using it outside of the culinary world. Turns out that someone also had a 3D printer, and you won’t believe what happened next! Click-bait headlines aside, this post is quite lengthy and not everyone may have the patience to get through it all.

Hakko-Style Solder Fume Extractor

  Posted on March 25, 2017   ·   2 min read   ·   #3d printing  #design 

I’ve been slowly getting into the land of electrical pixies. So now, not only will I be inhaling sawdust, I can also fill them with leaded solder (because we all know that the performance of leaded solder takes higher priority than the safety of lead-free solder)! However, because I still value living, I figured I should get something to help get the solder fumes away from my lungs. At my current job with MistyWest, we have a nice, bench top solder fume extractor by Hakko.