Last night I went to a lecture series hosted by the Janelia Farm Research Campus of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The talk, on the evolution of human color vision, was terrific—and I was given the opportunity to take a tour of their lab facilities.
(Click the image above for a small gallery of additional pictures).
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I have a thermal imaging camera made by FLIR Systems. These cameras are really interesting devices; they pick up long-wavelength infrared radiation (wavelengths of 8-12μm, versus 380-750nm for visible light). We’ve all seen objects heated until they’re hot enough to glow visibly, but it takes a lot less heat to glow in the infrared spectrum!
Why, you might ask, do I have a thermal camera? Because. That’s why. Actually, there is a reason.
Continue reading Adventures with Infrared
If you’re not a pretty serious gadgeteer, this post isn’t for you. Nothing to see here; move along…
The intersection of hardware and software has always been an interesting place, even more so when security engineering is involved.
I recently bought a Rigol DS1074Z oscilloscope. It’s a neat gadget and I’m really pleased with it.
Continue reading Bad Crypto and a Good Oscilloscope
So I’m waiting for a package to be delivered via FedEx SmartPost. SmartPost is designed to reduce costs associated with the “last mile” of delivery. Stuff travels via FedEx to the local post office, then the U.S. Postal Service handles the actual delivery.
My experience with SmartPost service has been terrible, but this was bad even by dealing-with-the-post-office standards.
Continue reading Do You Know Someone Named “Old Lady?”
I spent a fair bit of time today chasing down a disturbing problem.
One of my clients reported they were seeing terrible performance on a cloud-hosted application despite having a speedy Internet connection.
A bit of investigation revealed this to be true.
Continue reading So Where Do You Think the Demand Comes From?