26 Mar 2012

Home-made GPS and compass update

GPS and compass project - Breadboard prototype

After posting my project I had a number of questions online. I thought this is a good opportunity to update the blog to share more information on this project. GUI concepts I’ve made some more progress on the software side of things, mostly just playing around with the graphics display. The Nokia 3310 LCD screen […]

21 Mar 2012

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 […]

3 Mar 2011

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 […]

3 Feb 2011

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 […]

2 Feb 2011

JavaScript: Useful number formatting functions

Source code

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 […]

24 Nov 2010

PHP: Easy integrated benchmarking

Source code

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 […]

15 Nov 2010

Automatically connect to VPN at Windows startup

VPN connection

I use VPN for work quite often, and lately more often than not.  I found that some programs that load on Windows startup and rely on this connectivity were trying to connect before I had a chance to establish a VPN connection.  I needed a way to connect to VPN as soon as possible, even […]