Chipotherm, A DIY Electronic Internet Thermostat

Around last year, we started encountering a frequent problem at XION. The winters can get somewhat chilly in San Francisco, and thanks to “Karl The Fog”, it can be pretty chilly during the summer as well. Fortunately, we have a heater installed at the arcade, but it suffers from a lot of the same problems Internet-connected thermostats promised to solve. Notably, the ability to start heating up the space before arrival. Although the problem I... Read more...
10 February 2020

Consumer Electronics Show 2020

Last month I attended my eleventh annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. I’ve been going to CES every year since my first year of college, in 2009. In fact, it was the first reason I ever left my home state! The show is free to attend, but only for “industry affiliates”. Fortunately, the requirement for being an “industry affiliate” is pretty loose, which means I’ve been able to attend under the company I... Read more...
09 February 2020

My Top 10 Favorite Movie Hackers

I am deeply obsessed with hacker culture. In my movie watching preferences, this obsession manifests as a deep affinity for hacker movies. Some of my favorite movies of all time are directly influenced by hacker culture such as The Matrix (1999) or Hackers (1995). In the 1990’s and early 2000’s, there seemed to be a great trend in Hollywood of depicting hacker characters, even in movies that weren’t strictly technology or cyberpunk themed. I absolutely... Read more...
27 March 2019

The buzzert Screen Locker

Moments before the protagonists from the movie Hackers work together to overload the Gibson–after rollerblading through New York City via an undisturbed route of compromised traffic signals–each one of them rolls into a phone booth in Grand Central Station and boots up their laptop. During this scene, the camera pans across the laptop screens of each respective hacker as their computer plays a special, customized animation. Ever since I saw this scene I wanted to... Read more...
31 January 2019