Talking With Satellites

Wednesday, Oct 14, 2015 | 1 min read
Categories: Engineering, Personal,
This year I am leading a senior design team in developing a software defined radio that can talk with a satellite that Vanderbilt just launched. Compared to a normal radio, an SDR has most of the signal processing functions implemented virtually. This means that it can change its operation on the fly. An interesting application of SDRs is cognitive radio: that is, radios communicating with other radios in their vicinity and adjusting their frequencies to maximize their use of the bandwidth.

Making a simple web app blindfolded, and with both arms tied…

Monday, Sep 21, 2015 | 1 min read
Categories: Developer,
Tags: Javascript, Web App, Web Development,

Over the last weekend, I was looking to brush up my web-dev skills (what little I had learned on the side). I decided to make a simple web app for my residents to use (I am a Resident Advisor).

Objective: Display tips, event news, free food notifications provided regularly by RAs and faculty to residents on a website.

Parsing websites on a budget

Thursday, Jul 23, 2015 | 2 min read
Categories: Developer,
Tags: Javascript, Web App, Web Development, Web Scraping, YQL,

Say you are an up and coming web developer. You want to make a web app that can access content on other sites. Perhaps you want to make a word cloud from a news article on BBC. Or you want to see what videos a site has embedded within itself. You could achieve that by doing some server side voodoo. The ‘standard’ way to go about it would be to download the site to your server and then serve its contents to your webpage.  But that would require two things: