Then What I think….
I have had the pleasure of going to Google I/O this year and it was a BLAST!
I got to
- Have drinks with the GDE group (courtesy of Linda)
- Eat dinner with Women Techmakers
- Learn Stuff and talk to the Core Android Team
- Go to Pandora After party
- Google Afterparty
- Learn more stuff
- Big Android BBQ Meet and Greet Afterparty
- Geek out with Steve Kondik (Cyanogen) on Headphones and Amplifiers
- Yahoo Afterparty
- very short stint at Dropbox Afterparty (so very tired…)
A few weeks ago I was in San Antonio working with the fine folks at Intel and my husband Stev-O ( @swebceo ) working with our friend Randal Arnold ( @texrat ).
This was the world largest school-aged hackathon 550 kids were in a 24-hour coding lock-in at the world headquarts of Rackspace (who were just plain wonderful hosts!).
Ironically, I was the only Android expert on hand at the event… so you can imagine that I was very BUSY!
These were some of the best and brightest kids I have ever met or worked with and that is saying something. I think the one that I was most technically impressed with was a team of kids actually wrote a WINDOWS 8/ WINDOWS 8.1 LIVE WALLPAPER API and APP. This is a VERY technical item and requires that you find the right hooks and then make a DLL. They were actually forcing new DirectX frame into the windows front end screen engine. Because of this implementation, whenever the screen would be taken over by games and such, the wallpaper would automatically shut down as that process was shut down. Brilliant!
Some of the highlights form the article:
“Stacy is realllllllly good at Android development”
There were certainly a few hardware projects, including a team that turned a LEDgoes array into a Tetris clone, but the majority of projects were software. We didn’t get anyone trying Intel technology, unfortunately, and that was largely due to unfamiliarity– most students had project plans going in, it seemed. Still, we did manage to contribute! In Stacy’s own words:
I did the ideation and technical direction for the team with the Bluetooth spacial based alerts. I had them use the Bluetooth APIs to listen for the dB’s of the radios connected and then knowing their class 2 radio capabilities, derive the distances not by feet but by generalization. Android has a way to gather this data using APIs. You just have to know that Bluetooth is an active protocol even in its ultra low power mode and acts similarly to cellular in its roaming (esp the roaming mesh in LE).
Also, I worked with many of those in the winners circle (just not that number one project or the Echoes app). Usually, it was fixing code or working with them on weird solutions to weird issues.
This is my contest entry (Stacy Wylie /Childofthehorn / DoesitPew?) for the DVDLUP day tatoo contest.
This is a Windows Phone 8 and Nokia development teaching day for getting started with different topics. Since I had already done a Windows phone app, I decided to get more into UNITY.
This is just my fun play on “Makers gonna Make”. Break out the markers and make my own steampunk inspired phone.
1. Big Selfie/Conference camera with rotatable “Gear” Lens zoom
2. Big Speaker for ear and speakerphone
3. Multifunction Trigger for use in specific apps
4. Pressbutton to be combined with Trigger
5. Antique frame inspired bottom for easy finger grip
It combines 3 of the tatoos available into a single image!
Thanks Nokia and Windows and DVLUP for allowing me a little bit of fun.
I agree with the members of the Northwestern University Football team in organizing a Labor Union. I may not agree with the form being a Labor Union, but there are some key items to address with the NCAA and its practices since the 1950′s. DIVISION I sports like Football and Basketball have become insane money-makers and constitute a multi-billion dollar industry that is bigger in $$$ and participants than Professional sports here in the US. If this is the best way they have found to do it, I would be remiss to not support them in basic labor laws that even graduate students, student researchers, etc. are covered by.
Northwestern is my alma-mater. Its is one of those rare DIV 1 schools where football, basketball, soccer, fencing, etc. players are NOT treated any differently (socially or financially). They live in normal dorms, eat at normal dining halls, work out, and go to class literally with everyone else (unlike many schools where they have a private dorm, facilities, etc.).
Northwestern is also rare in its guarantee of scholarship. You get injured playing a sport for NU, you keep your scholarship and we will do what we can to get you better. EVEN STANFORD DOES NOT DO THIS. I am unaware of any other DIV 1 school that does.
Yes, I had friends on the football team and I have even had conversations with Coach Fitz a number of times in my tenure (a wonderful person and coach by all accounts).
So, quite literally, they are doing this for everyone else. There are a bunch of football players in DIV 1 NCAA schools that are genuinely frightened as all they have is football. They are pushed through a system and can barely spell as they were brought in regardless of their academic achievement. DIV 1 Basketball and football are MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR SPORTS. There are state schools that COUNT on that money to keep tuition where it is (many California schools do this).
This is NOT about payment. The NCAA will undoubtedly claim that it is.
Its about simple guarantees that would happen even if you were an unpaid volunteer at a hospital.
Why is it that a Graduate student can get free tuition and guaranteed medical benefits and a student-athlete can’t?
To the money comment, what would be the real implication of $3k/year for incidentals? Its the money amount that is listed in their OWN costs estimates that are given to organizations like US News and World Report.
For your own information, some of the Marching Band members of certain schools receive stipends for being in the band. Marching Bands in DIV 1 demand 20-25 hours a week (3-4 hours/day, 4 days a week + GameDay (12 hours, starting at 6AM pickup)) . No band member gets paid at Northwestern (other than instructors and Graduate assistants), but I know of a few.
I have heard of no outrages that some Marching Band members be paid or get scholarships.
The average Football Team member does 6-8 hours a day of training during the season and 12 hour days on game day. Then, count in travel time and summer training (which makes it darn near impossible to get an internship since you only get 1 month of total time off) and you have what constitutes a full time job..
How can you tell someone who was injured playing for you mid-season in their Sophomore year and unable to play the game that they no longer have a scholarship? In cases where there are academically challenged players who rely on those study-helpers that are supplied at many DIV 1 schools, how can you also take away their only way to succeed and learn while at a university?
Northwestern University consistently has the highest graduation rate in DIV 1 sports (pretty much all of them). Northwestern University does the best at this, but they are bound by the NCAA system as well. Its antiquated at best and they pay lawyers lots of money to keep this system where they have all the control. A gilded cage is still a cage.
This one is going to be extremely difficult for anyone to replicate as both pieces required have not bee in production for almost 17 years!
I had been working with this theory for a while. Isodynamic drivers for headphones actually do better in controlled airspace enclosures than in damped, open air systems.
You would need:
Sony MDR-CD750/950/1000 Shell
Basically, you would need to extract and rebuild the driver in the Fostex T20v2 which is very difficult and plastc meld the two sides back together again. Not for a Novice!Fostex T20v2 Headphone
Then, Mount and Secure those drivers to the Baffle for the MDR-CD750/950/1000 shell (MDR-CD750 will require more work on the baffle as its set for smaller drivers). You must also attach Aussie felt to the back of the Fostex Driver.
The shells need to be damped internally with PC damping foam with adhesive backing, plugging of all ports with StickyTac, AND possibly drill out the right shell for direct wiring (original wiring is VERY thin with relatively low conductance).
What you end up with is something that is more comfortable than the original Fostex T20v2 and sounds better than even the standard mods for the Fostex T20v2. The biggest differences are in the soundstage and airiness of the high end as well as more extension in both ends of the spectrum. Please try something like this on your own!
I spent over an hour in waiting for a rep and between scripted answers.
UPS feel free to take this as a service example of how to not do things when a customer is trying to make it right for you.
This is a straight copy of the conversation (other than the tracking #):
Status: ConnectedChris P. (Listening)Initial Question: Can this package be routed to a new location, since it was out for delivery today and got CHANGED to tomorrow?Chris P.: Hi, this is Chris P.. I’ll be happy to assist you.
Chris P.: I’m sorry to hear that you haven’t received your package yet. Just a moment while I review your tracking information.
stacy: It was to be delivered today
stacy: it was out for delivery this morning
Chris P.: Is it going to a residential address?
stacy: I was wondering if I could get it sent to my office building since it was delayed
stacy: and could you tell me the reason why it was not delivered
stacy: I didnt get any kind of slip or attempt to deliver
Chris P.: Unfortunately, the package was left at the UPS facility. Although severe winter conditions in many areas have cleared, the past weather and heavy volume have resulted in a temporary backlog of packages in some areas. We are able to identify the areas with a backlog and send additional employees to help clear it up. This is why it’s rescheduled for delivery tomorrow.
stacy: Looks like it was left in a UPS facility….
Chris P.: Once the driver makes a delivery attempt we can process a delivery change for you. Or, if you want to expedite the process, you can register online for UPS My Choice and make the request approximately 90 minutes after completing the registration process. Please note that on occasion shippers will restrict this option.stacy: can you now tell it to go to a different address?
stacy: thats unreasonable
stacy: given it was a filure in the delivery service, the streets have been drivable all week
stacy: you missed one real day of deliveries as you do not deliver on sat
Chris P.: I understand your point. UPS will have to follow the address given by the shipper. We need to make at least 1 delivery attempt before you can request for a delivery change using the infonotice that will be left by the driver. If you want to change it prior to the delivery date, you may do it online through UPS My Choice.
stacy: Lets point this out a bit… the locationof the package was less than 5 miles to my housestacy: the place it originated was less than 5 miles
stacy: What is the policy if you fail to deliver tomorrow?
stacy: Are you giving away UPS my choice vouchers for the delay?
Chris P.: Packages receive one delivery attempt per day on three consecutive business days. Depending on the restrictions of your shipper, you can change the delivery using your infonotice.
stacy: I know that your prices did not change
stacy: So, you are saying that today was a burner against my 3 attempts… though it had no issue with me?
stacy: In all honesty a 1 working day delay should not have caused UPS to shut down.stacy: Is there a way that I can pick it up at the facility?
stacy: Proof of identity with my address and name as it appears on the package?
stacy: I have a very distinct feeling that I am one of many people that you are currently attending to
stacy: Are you still there?
Chris P.: I’m sorry if you feel that way. The package can be held for pickup starting tomorrow until 12/19/13 at:
DALLAS, TX 75229-5706
stacy: Can I pick uup tonight?
stacy: What time is it open until
stacy: I am literally down the street from teh facility tonight
stacy: I could walk there stacy: Any answer on office hours?
Chris P.: It is not yet at the position that it’s available for pickup tonight. We can arrange it for pickup starting tomorrow for 5 business days.
stacy: Its an Xmas present for someone
stacy: and they are leaving tomorrow
stacy: Is it truely unavailable?
stacy: Though its at the facility…
stacy: apparently it cannot be picked up… so the tracking isn’t accurate?
stacy: wow, gotta say that this is pretty low on the customer service end
Chris P.: It is not accessible at the moment. They will have to sort it at the facility tonight to make it available for pickup tomorrow.
stacy: the lack of answers and delays between things is very … well… telling
stacy: Can you arange for early delivery tomorrow
stacy: Its a Office gift
stacy: Is that a possibility
stacy: send it with the other overnight deliveries?
stacy: I need to have it for the gift xchange
Chris P.: Residential delivery times vary based on the driver’s route and how many packages must be delivered. We can arrange it for pickup so you can pick it up as early as 8 AM tomorrow.
stacy: That facility is only near a place I am tonight
stacy: not where I work
stacy: Hmmm… you say that, but every time that I do overnight to a residential address… it gets there early morning. Esp. if marked for early morning delivery
stacy: I am asking for it to be marked for early morning delivery
Chris P.: We offer time-definite express services, but the shipper of your package selected UPS Ground. This service does not have a time commitment. We attempt delivery when we are in your neighborhood. We’re unable to change the service type at this point.
Chris P.: I wish I could have helped you further. These are the options available on my end. I also suggest that you contact AMAZON so they can check alternate options for you.
stacy: Regardless of everything here… you are going to do exactly as you said in teh beginning, less I had you $50 for a fudge-up done by UPS
stacy: Am I understanding this clearly
stacy: that apparently i can request a package be held, but not change the address
stacy: that ludicous
Chris P.: Customer service is not yet able to change the delivery address since we haven’t attempted to deliver your package yet. Also, please note that address change will also cause a delay in the shipment of at least 1 business day.
stacy: then what dept. can and what do I do to work with them
stacy: it was not amazon, it was woot using amazon fulfillment services
Chris P.: UPS is unable to change the delivery address prior to a delivery attempt. This is what the shipper paid for. We have to follow their request before you can change the delivery of a package. The delivery change that is allowed at this point is to hold it for pickup at the local UPS facility.
stacy: funny… all of my fedex stuff arrived today
stacy: ordered on the same day… shipped by a retailer 10 miles away on the same day as this was
Chris P.: Unfortunately, I don’t have any other resolution options to provide. At this point, further discussion via chat is not productive. I am sorry that I am not able to completely resolve your situation through chat support.
stacy: honestly chris, I know that the lack of organization in your organization is not your fault
stacy: but the truth of the matter here is that you are not giving any solutions, unless i pay you more
stacy: for a mistake posted to a customer
stacy: good day
Welcome to Halloween 2013!
Time to Completion = 1 Hour
- 12inch Round Hollow Half Styrofoam Ball (Craft Store ~$10)
- 1 1/2 inch foam tubes (got in a Pack $4.99)
- Blue Acrylic Paint ($1.99)
- 2 Toothpicks (FREE from any restaurant)
- 2 or 3 sheets of Blue Posterboard ($1.10/sheet)
- Tape (Blue painters tape/scotch tape/whatever you have)
- Blue 550 Paracord ($1.99)
- Some Screwdriver or knife to poke holes (who doesn’t have something to poke holes? FREE)
Step 1 – Outline and Paint your Round Styrofoam
Step 2 - Cut and Paint your Antennae
Step 3 – Put The Toothpicks halfway in the bottom of your Antenae
Step 4 - Push the Antennae into the Styrofoam “head”
Step 5 - Cut some Paracord and Thread through some Strap holes
Step 6 - Tape together sheets of Posterboard into a cylinder
Step 7 - Poke Holes in the Cylinder for Strap holes
Step 8 - Wear it!
LEDgoes are a Modular LED Display system that my husband and I developed.
We Designed the Hardwre, firmware, and all software. It is also 100% Open Source!