May 2

BlackWolf Titanium 35 backpack modifications

Check out my detailed review of this pack here. There were three issues with my new BlackWolf Titanium 35 day-pack that I was able to modify to my liking (see my previous video for a detailed review). I add a support inside the pack for my 3L Camelbak hydration bladder, re-designed and sew the compression […]

Apr 4

BlackWolf Titanium 35 Backpack review

Update! See my modifications to this pack here. My review of the BlackWolf Titanium 35 day-pack. I compare it to an older generation BlackWolf bag, and a Camelbak Snobound. While the pack is good for it’s price, I do see a few frustration problems! I share my candid thoughts on these issues and my planned […]

Mar 21

Home-made GPS and compass

GPS and compass project - Breadboard prototype

This is a project I started about a week or so ago and have been working on when I find time after work. It’s a GPS and compass that temporarily uses an Arduino Nano micro-controller, Nokia 3310 screen, EM-406A SiRF III GPS receiver, and a simple (non-tilt compensated) magnetometer for compass heading. It’s obviously in […]

Mar 3

jGauge 0.3.0 Alpha 3 – Documentation

Please note this is an alpha release. Version 0.3.0 is still under development use with caution! 😉 If you find jGauge useful a link back to the home page jgauge.com or my blog dariancabot.com is appreciated. See the main project page for more information and downloads. Getting Started Include these files in the head of […]

Feb 3

Illustrator: Hagakure wallpaper

Hagakure by Darian Cabot

Here’s a Hagakure wallpaper I made after watching Ghost Dog (excellent movie). I created the kamon symbol in Illustrator and put the wallpaper together in Photoshop. This is the kamon featured on some publications of the Hagakure (a kamon is a Japanese family symbol, like a coat of arms) and on the cover of the […]

Feb 2

JavaScript: Useful number formatting functions

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Recently I’ve been developing a lot of reporting applications in JavaScript and have collected a few helper functions that I use regularly for number formatting. Here’s a look at each function and how you can use it in your own projects. Rounding a number to a defined decimal precision Input: 1234.567 Output: 1234.6 (to one […]

Nov 24

PHP: Easy integrated benchmarking

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When I began developing PHP I found the biggest stumbling block for me was learning the best practices and many nuances for greater performance, especially when querying a database. I found that I could smash out functional PHP for proof of concept purposes, but when it came to optimising my code for release and I […]