High Altitude Balloon Project

High Altitude Balloon Project

The Outside Open team launched a high altitude balloon this past weekend and we were able to get our best photograph from near space yet!  The photo, taken at approx 89,000 ft (airplanes fly at just 30,000 ft) is so high that it is above the blue and you can peer into the darkness of space! We tracked the flight using a Tracksoar APRS tracker designed and produced by our very own Mike Bales.  The Tracksoar is the smallest APRS tracker available, measuring just a couple of inches in length. It is powered by an ATMEL ATMEGA 328P running the Arduino bootloader and, best of all, the project is completely open source from circuit design diagrams to the code....
Install Homebrew on your Mac!

Install Homebrew on your Mac!

There are two fantastic tools to install on you new Mac: After you install iTerm2,  it’s time to install Homebrew! Homebrew is a package manager  – think apt-get for OS X.  It is trivial to install and instantly gives you access to thousands of open source tools and utilities. According to the creators of Homebrew, “Homebrew installs the stuff you need that Apple didn’t.” Visit http://brew.sh right now to get started! Homebrew installs the stuff you need that Apple didn’t.   Top 10 (or more) most useful Homebrew apps to get you started. (Paste this list into your terminal once you get Homebrew installed.) brew install git brew install git-open brew install wget brew install nmap brew install ncftp brew install lynx brew install iftop brew install bash-completion brew install suricata brew install ccze brew install ansible brew install mtr brew install ssh-copy-id brew install autossh brew install asciiquarium brew install cask brew install tree brew install speedtest_cli brew install certbot brew cask install --appdir="/Applications" unetbootin   Screenshot showing Homebrew installing mtr on Mac OS X. (mtr is a fun and useful ICMP tool which combines ping and traceroute into a realtime display of packet loss across all the path entries returned by traceroute.)...