Weekly Picks - Foreign Language Learning

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Ciao friends! Been a while since the last "weekly" picks but here are some to help you learn a new (spoken) language.

Software:

  • Anki - Great flashcard application! Lots of pre-made decks available to help build vocab.

Websites:

  • Duolingo - Free and amazing language learning site. The mobile app is quite good too.
  • Forvo - Not sure how a word is supposed to be pronounce? Forvo's got your back!
  • Google Translate - Essential for those unknown words!
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DevLog - Doctrine Updates And Electron

In a previous post, I was kicking around some ideas for updating a pet project of mine called Doctrine. Here's a quick update on the progress of the second iteration of the project.

I decided to go the JavaScript/Electron route. Electron is easy to work with, it does what is expected (usually) and haven't run into too many surprises. The functionality of Doctrine2 is coming together nicely and I hope to make the code …

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Advice From The 10 Year Point

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A quick look back on 10 years of professional software/hardware development and some advice for new developers and engineers.

Some generalizations on how the first 10 years of your career might look. Years 1 to 5 will be spent learning as much as possible; it's very likely you will learn more in the first two years on the job than you did in all of college. Years 6 to 10 will be spent niching …

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Easy Custom Parts Experiment - Update 1

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In a previous post, I brainstormed about applying masking tape to one side of a wire mesh part then fiberglass cloth to the other side. Tried it out and the results are encouraging. The only downside I ran into was the cloth tends to move around a bit when applying the resin. Also, this method may require some additional steps if the cloth cannot be applied as a single piece.

Here is a video showing …

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Easy Custom Parts Experiment

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Been experimenting with a few methods of using wire mesh to create custom parts. Mesh is cheap and easy to work with. I wanted to figure out a quick method of treating the mesh so that it would retain its shape and seal the openings in the wire. Here is what I have tried so far:

  • Method 1 - Apply FibaTape over the mesh then apply Bondo over the tape.
  • Method 2 - Apply masking tape over …
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Windows Explorer Undo Is Scary

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The undo feature built into Windows Explorer is scary. Let me preface this statement by saying I have not yet moved pass Windows 7 so maybe the behavior has changed in newer releases. That being said, accidentally hitting Ctrl-Z while in Windows Explorer can be nerve wracking because depending on the action being undone, there may not be any prompt displayed. For example, a file that was renamed an hour ago might be undone without …

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Quick Thought On GDEX

Couple of quick thoughts on GDEX this year:

  • Big shout out to the Fate's Echo team! These guys are awesome and there game looks great! Just happened to meet them on the same day they met each other in person for the first time!
  • Of all the games at the show, Collapsis from Wraith Games stood out with its simple, fun gameplay.
  • The talk on arcade first development was very interesting. Enjoyed talking with the …
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Hi, I am Jeff Rimko!
A computer engineer and software developer in the greater Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area.