The DQYDJ Weekender, 8/29/2015

For those of you following my open source video card build, VGATonic, it's moving onto the next round in the 2015 Hackaday Prize!  You can follow along over here. As for our normal fare, here you go! Our friend Jason Hull launched a financial help product (and related web site) - check out myFinancialAnswers; it looks like he's got a good … [Read more...]

End of an Era (Part 1 of 4 on my move to San Francisco)

I recently moved from the Dallas area to the Bay Area. The first thing I miss is the cost of living. The second thing I miss is the food. Dallas Fort-Worth has Mexican, cajun and good barbecue. But, thankfully, the summers here are much more bearable. It's been 61 and sunny all day everyday for the past few weeks. There's a drought going … [Read more...]

The DQYDJ Weekender, 8/22/2015

I haven't done a Weekender for some time, sorry about that!  I had been polishing up the video card I've been working on, which I'm happy to say is in very usable shape (if you are inclined to build one, that is, not buy one).  For you technical folks, here is a link. Otherwise, let's highlight some good pieces! Our friend Sandi Martin … [Read more...]

The DQYDJ Weekender, 7/25/2015

It's been a long time since I've written up a weekender - apologies for that!  My wife and I have been on vacation (I don't think we warned you anywhere; apologies for a second time) and we just got back.  The Weekender, unfortunately, wasn't at the top of our priorities list during that time - but now that we're back, expect more frequent … [Read more...]

The DQYDJ Weekender, 6/20/2015

I've got the motivation back on my graphics card project, ever since getting it running on a Raspberry Pi the other day.  Follow along here if you're interested in the "engineering hobby" side of PK.  (Yeah, yeah... I know - I have "interesting" hobbies.) Otherwise, you're in the right spot - the finance spot. Links We Liked! Hey, look, an … [Read more...]

How To Create a General Purpose Graphics Card With an FPGA

Recently, I finished the first working version of my VGA graphics card which I built using a 144 macrocell CPLD*.  It is capable of driving 640x480 by 8 bit color resolution on most any monitor which will take a VGA input, from almost anything which has an SPI output.  Here's a picture of it connected to a Raspberry Pi 2 Model B running Raspian and … [Read more...]

The DQYDJ Weekender, 6/6/2015

I'm getting (staying?) sloppy - I let an engineering post slip missing pictures and video.  Six years in and I still can't schedule correctly, haha. Let's try that again this week, shall we?  Don't tell your friends what it was; it's supposed to be a surprise!  (Plus I have to upload to YouTube - joy.) Anyway, here's some good stuff you … [Read more...]

The DQYDJ Weekender, 5/24/2014 – The Six Years Edition!

The title says it all - we've been maintaining and supporting this website for six years as of today. That's right - six years and 892 published articles (893 now!) taking you all the way from HSA Arbitrage to the median (and 90th percentile) income of females from ages 18-66 over various years since 1992. I won't weigh down your Weekender … [Read more...]

The DQYDJ Weekender, 5/9/2015

That fence project I mentioned?  A shipping fiasco means it won't be done this weekend.  Three weeks of fence-fixing! Links We Liked Political Calculations compares and contrasts their dividend cut indicator with the Atlanta Fed's GDPNow indicator, finding it a bit more pessimistic on current Q2 2015 conditions. Free By 50 does the math - … [Read more...]

The DQYDJ Weekender, 5/2/2015

Is there anything more annoying than fixing a fence?  Well, anything to keep it going another 5 years is worth it, I suppose.  (With material I already have.  I guess it's just a 'free labor from me' sort of deal.) You know, and keep the dog penned in. You folks know I have a podcast segment, right?  Here's my latest!  Go subscribe to … [Read more...]