Archive for December, 2010

Beware of Task Killer Apps for Your Android

Monday, December 27th, 2010

Lifehacker recently posted an article on explaining what Android Task Killer applications actually do and why you shouldn’t use them.  This topic (the use of task killers) is a prime example of information versus wisdom.  The internet is clouded with thousands of anecdotal experiences of how these task killers are the second coming of Christ and that they have saved the lives of thousands of android cell phone batteries.  In reality, it seems more often than not these task killers do more harm than good.

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Transforming Your Droid into an Oscilloscope

Friday, December 24th, 2010

While searching for related information about Raphael’s Zephyr aerial feat, I came across this post at HackaDay.com about turning your droid phone into an oscilloscope.

The author of the post has a project website where he further documents how he accomplished implementing this.

Aerial Footage from Remote Control Plane

Friday, December 24th, 2010

While skimming through slashdog.org this morning, I came across this article:

Expert remote control pilot Raphael ‘Trappy’ Pirker recently took his 54 inch Zephyr model plane on a harrowing tour of Manhattan and the surrounding area. The best part: his RC vehicle was fitted with a camera that wirelessly transmitted an amazing recording of everything it saw – Pirker was piloting his craft with this visual feed.

The 54″ Zephyr model RC plane can be bought from RitewingRC.com.

Raphael has done an excellent job logging how he built his masterpiece that was capable of capturing the Manhattan video over at this thread at RCGroups.com