GORT – The day the earth DID NOT stand still

If you are a Sci-fi fan then you are probably familiar with the lovable Gort from “The Day the Earth Stood Still.”  Well, this post has nothing to do with that Gort. Instead, it has to do with this Gort, a command line tool for RobotOps.

I have been trying to work with CylonJS and various pieces of hardware lately, and I ran across the GORT software on their Arduino page.  It seemed pretty cool, a simple download and unzip and you are ready to rock some device scanning from the command line.  I would say that this tool is pretty useful, and easy to use.  Here are a couple of things I have used it for, as well as a tip.

Install – you download their package and unzip.  Then you have this gort directory sitting wherever it was unzipped to.  I recommend, for Mac, that you copy that folder to /usr/local, then set up your .bashrc or .bash-profile to have a path to it, something like this:

export PATH=/usr/local/bin:/usr/local/gort_0.2.2_darwin_amd64:$PATH

Now you will be able to run the gort command anywhere in your system, which is useful.

The two main things I use it for are to scan for ports ( gort scan serial ) and to upload firmata to an Arduino without using the Aruino IDE.

That’s all I have for you on this topic, so go ahead and check out the site mentioned above and hang with Gort.

2014 cfObjective() – I’m speaking

I am super excited to have the opportunity to present at the 2014 cfObjective() conference in MN this year.

My presentation will be “JavaScript – The Stack.”  So I will be covering JavaScript as a stack, what’s what; where pieces fit.  I am also going to have a little fun and see what I can control with JavaScript. Hopefully TSA and Homeland Security let me transport the drones on the airlines.

There are some really great presenters and sessions lined up.
So check out the conference at : www.cfObjective.com

Adaptive Web Design – Book Review

Recently I just finished reading “Adaptive Web Design” by Aaron Gustafson.  The focus of the book is on progressive enhancement.  It is a short read at a little over 120 pages.  The book is well organized with clear explanations of core concepts.  Continue reading