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Here's a little app to sync data from a DynamoDB database to an iOS device. Includes the ability to search. Simply edit the constants file to link it to your
Bucky The Badgerfolk (Mustie) Ranger
2023-08-31 14:46
Published this design to Thingiverse for that special spot in the venn diagram – people who went to the University of Wisconsin, play D&D, and like to 3D print your minis. … Read More
3D Printable Banana Stand
2023-08-30 13:18
Here’s a design I just published to print a simple banana stand. Thinking of you, Sweden (see ya’ soon)! Read More
2023-07-19 16:57
Working on presentations is always fun! Here are two that I’m giving this summer. The first is part one of a deck on Extensions Management (and more on the past of managing them). That… Read More
2023-06-12 17:33
It’s not uncommon to expect CIDR notation vs an IP address in a script (e.g. one that’s being passed to another API. So the following script is an example of using the re module… Read More
2023-06-06 12:59
I get prompted any time one of my books is cited in legitimate research journals. A group of Kuwaiti researchers wrote a paper that, to quote the researchers, finds that “In a nutshell… Read More
Regulation And Coexistence With AI
2023-06-02 15:12
I’ve been writing little machine learning and AI bits of code for a pretty long time and while I’m not very good at it, I feel like the one thing I’ve learned is no… Read More
2023-05-28 06:00
When you make a request to a web server, the server will respond with a status code. The status code indicates whether the request was successful or not, and if not, what the error was. Ther… Read More
2023-05-26 06:00
Large language models (LLMs) are a type of artificial intelligence that generates text, translates languages, writes different kinds of creative content, creates net-new artistic works, and… Read More
2023-05-22 08:54
One of my favorite ways to find escape defects in code is to employ a generic fuzzer. I typically have 5-10 laptops running fuzzers for various projects at a time. I was recently doing some… Read More
2023-05-16 14:05
Here’s a Lambda function to calculate a checksum. The JSON document will be passed in the body field and the script loads the JSON document using json.loads(). The MD5 checksum of the… Read More
2023-05-01 19:02
Sometimes we want to test a function to see how… robust it is. This is a small example fuzzing function to input randomly generated characters that get passed to another function. It… Read More
Creating Unit Tests With Google Bard
2023-04-25 15:53
Unit tests are one of those things that evolve over time. When we talk about test coverage, anyone that thinks they have full coverage is kidding themselves, but it’s not uncommon for… Read More
2023-03-28 14:56
tldr: here’s a slightly modernized fork of NoMAD that needs a little testing: Been working on a fork of NoMAD that will hopefull just modernize co… Read More
3D Printable Mold To Make Clay Cobblestones
2023-03-18 18:54
Not life-sized cobblestones, mind you. But those for miniature wargaming. Although according to the size of the printer, I guess you could. The goal with this stl was to be able to print a t… Read More
3D-Printable Chinese Tang Dynasty-Era Coin
2023-03-13 18:31
TLDR: Download the coin here: The Chinese used had shells well before 1,000 BCE as gifts, especially those bestowed upon the people from their ar… Read More
3D-printable Persian Daric Coin
2023-03-04 22:08
TLDR: Just posted this .stl for 3d printing to Thingiverse at The first coin I posted was of the Lydian Stater, for that see… Read More
2023-02-14 16:52
I received a piece of malware today and as one will do, I of course opened it up on my test machine. Like with a lot of phishing-types of emails, it was really just trying to get at a passwo… Read More
Inspecting WebAuthn Traffic
2023-02-08 16:06
Just released v2 of a Chrome Extension that overrides the navigator.credentials.get and navigator.credentials.create endpoints to show the json that is sent and received from a webauthn tran… Read More
New Version Of Extensions Manager
2023-01-19 16:37
Just uploaded a new version of Extensions Manager to GitHub at Now it has a search function and can sort by column. These make it much quicker t… Read More
The Return Of Extensions Manager
2023-01-17 17:37
Just posted a graphical interface to see what extensions are running on Macs, the version of extension, what type of extension each is, the status, path, and SDK. This is a rebirth of the sl… Read More
2023-01-03 17:57
Extension Manager was an important app for those who managed Macs in the System 8 and System 9 era. It allowed us to see all of the extensions loaded in the classic OS and disable them. It w… Read More
2022-12-22 18:41
Shells come with a magic variable $0 for performing various operations. We can use these to perform certain functions. In its simplest incantation we can just echo out $0 to get the path a s… Read More
2022-12-16 21:16
I wrote an article about extensions on macOS a few weeks ago, and have since written a couple of other extensions. The interesting thing about modern extensions is that different types of ex… Read More
Bouncing Files From Classic Macs To Ventura
2022-12-05 20:44
I recently had two or three different projects that involved taking files from classic Apple computers and getting them up to modern Apple hardware; notably to my MacBook that runs Ventura… Read More
2022-12-04 15:41
There’s a cute little command in /usr/bin/banner to produce… ASCII art banners. Since it’s the holiday season, let’s make a greeting ready to be printed and taped ov… Read More
Interact With Shortcuts Via Scripts
2022-11-23 19:00
The /usr/bin/shortcuts command can be used to run, well, shortcuts. Shortcuts are small scripts that are interpreted by the Shortcuts app. They can run shell scripts, JavaScripts, and even S… Read More
Removing Extensions Cruft From MacOS
2022-11-02 17:40
Extensions have gotten a pretty substantial overhaul over the past few years. Traditionally, a kernel extension (or kext for short) would usually be located in /Library/Extensions or /System… Read More
3d Printable Model Of The IBM 1401 And
2022-09-07 15:45
Just posted 3d printable stl models for two of the more iconic IBM mainframe models. The first is the 701 ( ). And the second is the 1401 ( https… Read More
2022-07-28 19:09
This pretty much sums up everything I love about all of the Minnestar events. They’re fun, instructive, inclusive, expansive, and all around rad experiences. These are the types of eve… Read More
Dragon Head Trophy .stl
2022-07-22 05:27
For the other 3d printing nerds out there, here’s a dragon head trophy project that I posted at . It’s two pieces so easy to design new… Read More
Curl App/Framework For IOS
2022-07-21 16:43
Built Detect Thoughts for web developers to test their own code from an iPhone. This is a free app in its compiled form but it’s also meant to easily be dropped into other Swift projec… Read More

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