Scarborough Repair and Bike Cafe 2021

Introducing Scarborough Repair and Bike Cafe’s series of virtual repair and bike safety/mapping workshops via zoom. These workshops aim to encourage a culture of reducing waste and promoting sustainability. Neat little virtual event being organized by the Woburn Scarborough Community. I’ll be there talking about PC Hardware & Software, namely common failure mechanisms and how […]

Which phone, laptop and tablet brands break down the most? (CBC Marketplace) – Let’s reflect

My team from Repair Cafe Toronto and FreeGeek Toronto worked together with CBC Marketplace to bring this narrative to life – what does it take to get my mobile computing device repaired? The short answer – a hell of a lot more than the typical consumer has available to them in terms of finances, skills, […]

tracert2csv – Format tracert output into comma-delimited CSVs

Part of the communications architecture for this research project I’m working on depends on TTL (time-to-live) of data as it travels through various networks. tracert is the perfect tool for such an application; it’s just a shame that there’s no friendly way to generate and output analytics-ready data. tracert2csv takes tracert output and processes it […]

Project GraPi – Completed Kiosk Hardware (#06)

Creating a health dashboard by hacking intelligence into an AOpen (the ‘A’ for ancient) monitor; with metrics aggregated by Graphite and beautifully displayed with Grafana. This marks the completion of hardware needed for the GraPi system – our AOpen monitor now functioning as a smart Kiosk. Minor mishap; realized at the end that the USB/Ethernet […]

Project GraPi – Why so slow, Raspberry Pi? (#05)

Creating a health dashboard by hacking intelligence into an AOpen (the ‘A’ for ancient) monitor; with metrics aggregated by Graphite and beautifully displayed with Grafana. I’d like to say that the build went on without a hitch, but I ran into two issues. Not project critical issues, but troublesome nonetheless. Let’s talk about them, and […]