Mouse pointer keeps moving back to same spot

Creative Commons license - image by Peter Renshaw (Flickr)

Here’s a quick one… One of those face-palm moments that took me way too long to figure out.

I just spent 20 minutes trying to figure out why my mouse pointer would reset locations on my screen every second or two. I could move the mouse, but it would instantly jump back to the original spot (at the bottom of my screen). I’m in Apple OSX – though this same issue would affect Windows. Using only my keyboard, I tried shutting down every application one by one. Something in my computer was causing my mouse to disappear and move locations. After all my applications were closed, I tried relaunching Finder. Still nothing.

Finally, I try rebooting my entire machine. After it booted, the problem persisted. Becoming very frustrated, I turned off my wireless mouse and went to go to search for a wired mouse to try instead. That’s when the (very delayed) lightbulb went off in my head: my Wacom graphics tablet! Sure enough, I had placed my tablet stylus on the corner of my graphics tablet and it was fighting with my mouse, repositioning my mouse pointer to the same location on my screen.

In the words of the great H.J. Simpson: “Doh!”

Hand-cut dovetails

I describe Lee Valley seminars to people as “field trips for adults”. It’s a time where you get to abandon your normal daily schedule and do something awesome for a day.

Last week I participated in a seminar at Lee Valley learning how to create hand-cut dovetails. Dovetails are a popular woodworking joint known for their strength and beauty. They are often found on fine woodworking items and most commonly seen on the sides of drawers. These days dovetails are usually cut using power tools such as routers and jigs for spacing. Cutting them by hand, however, involves patience, accuracy and a bit of elbow grease.

Thanks to John Reeder and Lee Valley for putting this seminar on. I had a lot of fun and hope to make something using my newly learned skills one day.

Lee Valley sign Preparing to cut dovetailsCutting dovetailsDovetails and toolsDovetails and chiselDovetails

Towards the end of the day, some of us even got to take a stab at creating half-blind dovetails. This type of dovetail shows the joinery only on one face, and it’s most popularly used on drawers. This half-blind dovetail joint took me about an hour to chisel and complete.

Half blind dovetails

Apple Touch ID is insecure

Less than a week after the release of Apple’s new iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s, the Chao Computer Club has released an article and a video showing that the Apple Touch ID technology is insecure and can be easily hacked by lifting a fingerprint from an object such as a glass, and then replicating the fingerprint using wood glue.

The moral of this story is that you should not trust Apple Touch ID or any fingerprint biometrics as your only source of security. Make sure that you protect your devices and personal data using more than just a fingerprint.

Bianca and Mike wedding video

I finally put the finishing touches on this video and gave it to the bride and groom today. Congratulations to Mike and Bianca!

Why are the flames on my range yellow?

Humidifier beside range

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VSCO Cam Free Version

I have no doubt in my mind that this app is going to take iPhone photography to the next level. VSCO just released a new – free – version of their app called VSCO Cam. Move over Instagram, because your big brother is coming to play.

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Ruby is Two – Video

My eldest daughter turned 2 last week. I made a video.