Musings, “how to”-s, and other longer-form writing

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📝 Bootstrap: Designed to be overwritten

Bootstrap is a wonderful framework to use, however, it comes with some challenges balancing being cookie-cutter and bloat. Bootstrap is a great framework that makes it easy to build websites. Some aspects are fairly simple, such as the grid system, but the further you get in the more complex its components can get. A typical challenge in building a site with Bootstrap is that your site might end up looking, very obviously, that it was built with Bootstrap.

(13 Feb, 2019 - 2 min)

📝 The apartment life of securing data

As a college student, I have enough data that I want secure, but no permanent, secure location for my server to go. This makes for some interesting challenges in managing my data.

(17 Jan, 2019 - 3 min)

📝 Problems of running production software at small scale

As a student (and generally as someone learning tech), it’s really nice to be able to run the same technology that is used for production systems. However, this is not always a viable option, particularly as a college student, and I want to talk a bit about why this is a challenge.

(17 Jan, 2019 - 6 min)

📝 Secure cookies behind multiple proxies

Security is an important aspect of running a modern website, and part of that is ensuring the security of cookies and other data the attached to a given user. Here is what I learned while implementing Secure cookies on a project.

(8 Jan, 2019 - 3 min)

📝 Pains of Stateless State Management

As it would turn out, synchronizing states is really hard. The tech used for this app is fairly common. The client is rendered using p5.js, the server uses Node.js, Redis stores states, & data is passed between the two using websockets via The biggest difficulty is that there are multiple devices per player and multiple players connected at the same time. I have to make sure that all necessary data is synchronized efficiently, but I also need a single source of truth to fall back on.

(18 Dec, 2018 - 5 min)

📝 Experience Concept

As previously discussed, I’m building an experience surrounding the dual-touchscreen laptops I have. The chosen experience is Battleship, due to the pre-existing similarities in the non-digital game

(18 Dec, 2018 - 1 min)

📝 Hardware is fun /s

Debugging hardware & drivers are two of my personal least-favorite activities. Unfortunately for me, this project has required a decent amount of that. So here’s some details about the hardware and the fun I’ve had with it.

(23 Nov, 2018 - 5 min)

📝 Designing for a touch medium

Touch-based design works a bit differently from a traditional mouse & keyboard design.

(21 Nov, 2018 - 5 min)

📝 “What is that?” (followed by “Why would you…?”)

Over the summer I had the great fortune to meet Dr. Egert, one of the faculty at RIT and my mentor for this project. While cleaning his office, he found something rather unique - a laptop with a second touchscreen instead of a keyboard.

(19 Nov, 2018 - 2 min)

📝 I'm not dead yet!

But the best laid plans often go awry… It’s been a long semester for me. Despite not having a numerically harder schedule in raw credits, I’ve been buried under a continual avalanche of things needing to get done. My sleep app informs me that I’ve only gone to bed before 3AM once this week, a trend that’s not going to be broken tonight as I write this due to what I have due tommor-… er, well… today.

(16 Nov, 2018 - 2 min)