MacBooks, Lasers, Art, & Science

MacBook laser engraving

Nerdy tattoos. That’s how one person described the laser-engraved symbols on my MacBook. Stickers are fine, but sometimes you want to try something new. Besides, lasers are cool!

If you would like to laser-engrave your laptop, here’s a procedure that works. There’s also a brief description for each of the symbols engraved on this particular MacBook.

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Quick Win With Raspberry Pi Model 3

Raspberry Pi cluster controlled via VNC

When we experiment with something new, it can be encouraging to achieve a quick win early in the process. Achieving a quick win can give us that jolt of energy we need to break through the inevitable roadblocks.

This post is designed to give you a quick win with the Raspberry Pi Model 3. Points covered:

  • How to download and install an operating system for your Raspberry Pi.
  • Using SSH to control your Pi from a laptop, so you won’t need an external monitor.
  • Using virtual network computing (VNC) to control your Pi’s GUI without attaching a monitor.

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Mob Programming + Fullstack Open Source at 8th Light

Mob Programming - 8th Light - Woody Zull

With enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow.
~Linus Torvalds

Developers who are hungry for knowledge will enjoy these two upcoming events:

  • Tue, 2/20/2018: Mob Programming, with Woody Zuill
  • Wed, 2/21/2018: Fullstack Open Source

Both events will be held at the 8th Light office in downtown Los Angeles. The Mob Programming event will be filmed and refreshments will be served. Video footage may be used on or in any of Woody Zull’s training material. By participating, you are consenting to the use of the footage in that context.

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New Chapter in Los Angeles

Los Angeles - Ray Hightower

Update: I moved to Los Angeles this week.

Monday (05Feb2018) marks my first day as Director of the 8th Light office in Los Angeles. Special thanks to Margaret Pagel, our VP of Marketing & Sales, for her mentorship and for approaching me with the idea. Thanks also to my predecessor, Dave Moore, for launching the LA office and passing a well-crafted baton.

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Huaqiangbei in Shenzhen, China

Huaqiangbei in Shenzhen, China

Huaqiangbei (pronounced hoo-wah-chang-bay) is a place for makers of electronics, robotics, and anything tech-related. This prototyper’s paradise within Shenzhen was the primary reason for my visit to China in November 2017.

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