Another Stab at a Personal Logo

I decided to take another stab at the logo design for my resume site and I think this one came out pretty nicely. Not much more to say about it except to show it. Let me know what you think in the comments!

Winston R. Milling Logo

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Off to New York City!

In the coming week I will be leaving the Greater Atlanta Metro area for the confines of a one bedroom apartment in the middle of Manhattan. This is a voluntary move for an opportunity offered to me through my work for The Home Depot. I will be pairing with a company during my time in NYC to build my skill-set on the Extreme Programming front. The current plan places me up north for around a 22 week stint and I am extremely excited to be going.

The real fun starts early next week when Haley, Maggie (the dog), and I grab a rental car and hit the road for the 14 hour drive. We will be making it a two day trek up the east coast, arriving in New York in the early afternoon. It was absolute hell trying to find a hotel which worked with the internal reservation system and would accept pets without a $100-$250 non-refundable pet fee. This could have all been avoided if any airline would accept Boston Terriers in the cabin, but apparently “snub” nosed dogs are no longer allowed. Oh well, it will make for a great adventure getting up there.

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Civilization V Audio Issues on Chromebook

So, I recently purchased an Acer C720 Chromebook for use during my upcoming trip to the big apple as it was cheap and fit the bill for everything I really need a laptop. But, being who I am I had to try and do more with it. The laptop itself is the C720-3404 which comes with an Intel Core i3-4005U processor, 4GB ram, and a 32GB SSD. This is really more than powerful enough for a lot of different application (including some games) and is especially nice since I got it for <$300 USD. The only thing I had to do to get gaming was to use Crouton to install a chrooted install of linux side by side with Chrome OS. Install steam, grab some games, and I am ready to go.

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Raspberry Pi Laptop Version 2

Some time after the first iteration of the Raspberry Pi Laptop, the Raspberry Pi Foundation suddenly released the Raspberry Pi 2, a backwards compatible quad-core upgrade to the original Raspberry Pi. I knew, just by the specs alone, I had to get one and use it as part of my lapdock setup. I believed it would solve all the issues I had with the original RPi model B. See below for the final build and read on for how it came together.

Raspberry Pi Laptop Version 2 - Back View

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Raspberry Pi Laptop: Version 1

Somewhere around four years ago I had an unfortunate accident with my old HP 510 laptop which resulted in a thumb going through the LCD screen. This left me without a laptop, which was not too bad as I still had a perfectly fine desktop and an iPad. The only problem with this setup is that the desktop isn’t really portable and the iPad leaves a little to be desired in applications and multitasking. I did try sporadically for a while to get by with the iPad alone, following in the footsteps of people like Mark O’Connor, but it really just didn’t work well for me.

I had it in my head for a while during this time to try to do something interesting with the Raspberry Pi as all I had previously done was make it into another media center. I thought a laptop built around it would be great, but really didn’t find any good and cheap ways to achieve it. That was until I found the Lapdock series of netbook-like devices normally powered by smartphones. The lucky part to me is that the lapdock was a commercial flop leaving a lot of stock in the secondary market for cheap. I found a couple examples of people successfully using them with the RPi and figured, why not. I started doing some research and built the parts list for my own build.

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