My First QuadCopter

Tom Opgenorth
Just recently I acquired a new quadcopter – a WL Toys 959. Total cost to me was about $75.00 and I ordered from I picked this because of the low cost and the fact that it came with camera that can do both photo and video and it was relatively inexpensive. First attempts at flying the quadcopter proved somewhat crash prone, so I ended up reading the manual and checking out some YouTube vidoes on quadcopter flight.

Windows 8 64-bit and Android Debug Bridge (Where is my Galaxy Nexus?)

Tom Opgenorth

Setting up a new VM for development - this one based on Windows 8 64 bit. Not that I really want to, but it seems that I need to for work (yes, yes, first world problems). So the usual fun with standing up a new VM:

  • Install OS
  • Download Chrome and Firefox and ditch IE
  • Download Resharper
  • Remember that you need Visual Studio for Resharper so install that.
  • Install Java SDK
  • Install Android SDK
  • Install Intellij and Eclipse
  • etc.

Of course, then I notice that my phone, a Galaxy Nexus, isn’t being recognized by Android Debug Bridge. This is a problem as I much prefer to develop using a device as opposed slow emulator that Google ships for Android, and you can’t deploy to the device without ADB.

Galaxy Nexus - Why don't you stay connected?

Tom Opgenorth
I recently got a Galaxy Nexus, and like a typical geek I unlocked the bootloader and then rooted it. Life was good running Android 4.0.1. Well sort of. I had problems tethering my MacBook Pro via the WiFi hotspot, but no problems using Bluetooth. So nothing I couldn’t work around. Then I received an OTA update to Android 4.0.4 recently. And this was when things started going not so good - specifically, for some blasted reason, I kept losing connectivity to Wind Mobile’s network.

WIND Mobile and my Nexus One

Tom Opgenorth
Just recently I switch my mobile carrier from Rogers to WIND Mobile. Their Holiday Miracle plan was just to good to pass up - even paying the penalty to break my Rogers contract I will still save money in the long run. Anyway, once the number got transferred over, I didn't have a 3G connection, even after selecting the WIND Home APN.  After a bit of google, it seems that what I had to do is to setup an APN.


Tom Opgenorth
Life has been a bit busy as of late.  On Sept 4, 2010 a little monster invaded my house.  A savage beast, suitably evolved for our Canadian winters and a fearless hunter of snow-snakes.  Oh, that, and it turns out that she is a distant cousin to my last dog Bailey.  This is my new puppy Casey, who is just shy of 9 weeks old.

A Sad Day in Whoville

Tom Opgenorth
Well, today was a rather sad around the household.  This morning I had to take Bailey, my dog, to the vet to be put down.  She had just turned 14 years old in September of this year, and age had finally caught up with her.  Her hips were going and we were getting concerned that one day she would be stuck on the floor and wouldn't be able to walk anymore.