I am Alex Glover.

Grew up with computers and the internet, as the rest of my generation did. Thought little of it, until I got an IT job at the University of Wisconsin’s Chemistry department. Immediately loved it. Switched to studying Information Systems at UW’s School of Business. I now work at GE Healthcare in the Information Technology Leadership Program (ITLP, formerly known as IMLP). My IT interests are quite broad – programming, databases, infrastructure, web technologies, robotics, all of it.

The purpose of this site? I’d like to document and share some of my projects and discoveries, for my own reference as well as for others. Additionally, I might want to write for a more legitimate publication or even teach some day, so this is good practice. Your comments/feedback are appreciated.


While I hope to keep a lot of my how-tos, walkthroughs, and products as device agnostic as possible, it may be beneficial in some cases to know what I’m running on.

System Specs:

  • Processor: Intel Pentium 5400 – 2 cores @ 2.70 GHz
  • RAM: 4 GB DDR2 (2 DIMMs)
  • OS: Windows 7 Enterprise, 64 bit, SP1
  • Graphics card: Nvidia GEForce 9500 GT
  • HDD: 2 x 320 GB in RAID 1 (through Windows management), 1 x 1TB, all connected via SATA 3.0

Not the sexiest machine specs ever, but it only cost $250 USD and I can do more with this old rig than most folks do with their $2000 Facebook machines.

Some of my tutorials will be related to work I’ve done on my virtual machine running CentOS, so I’ve provided some basic system information here:

[root@server ~]# tail /etc/redhat-release
CentOS release 5.8 (Final)
[root@server ~]# uname -a
Linux blackhat1.dnsalias.com 2.6.18-308.1.1.el5 #1 SMP Wed Mar 7 04:17:30 EST 2012 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux
[root@server ~]# php -v
PHP 5.3.10 (cli) (built: Feb 2 2012 22:59:27)
Copyright (c) 1997-2012 The PHP Group
Zend Engine v2.3.0, Copyright (c) 1998-2012 Zend Technologies
[root@server ~]# httpd -v
Server version: Apache/2.2.3
Server built: Feb 23 2012 21:16:57

Using a Cisco cable modem and a LinkSys WRT54GL running Tomato 1.28. Let me know if there are any system specifications I left out that you believe are pertinent to some of my posts.

New Ideas, Projects, Challenges

Please feel free to use the comment area below to submit requests/ideas for projects, as I’m always looking for more.

  1. Bugi
    November 24, 2013 at 04:59

    Is it possible to share vhdl code of the ultrasonic sensor project?

    • November 27, 2013 at 17:17

      Not sure I follow. What is ‘vhdl’ code?

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