Who is tracking you? Collusion plugin for FireFox

If you want to see something that is simultaneously disturbing and ego-inflating, check out the Collusion plugin for FireFox. 1 A friend of mine e-mailed me the link to the LifeHacker post discussing it.  If you want to cut to the chase, the link to the Collusion plugin is right here.  After web surfing and blogging for about an hour, the little web it’s drawn so far is a little scary.

 

  1. In a perverse way, it is slightly ego-inflating because I’m clearly so very important to ALL these companies! []

Restarting a Stalled DrawBot Drawing

Over the last two days or so I’ve drawn the largest picture yet with my DrawBot.  I started it on Friday night and, with numerous pauses and other misadventures, finished it this morning.  The drawing is roughly 12″ x 18″ or so. 1  With no apparent rhyme or reason the drawing would pause numerous times.  I would estimate about 25 or so.  Also, the pen had a difficult time towards the end.  I believe this was in part due to the angle of the pen on the drawing surface and the quantity of the ink left.  As of this morning I was still using version 1.1.2, but I’m installing version 1.1.4 right now. 2

Here are some additional thoughts:

  • In an earlier post I had mentioned I was having stalling problems while drawing.  Sandy asked whether I was able to change serial ports to a different one and back again.  The answer is “sort of.”
  • When there’s a stall, here’s what I do:
    1. Click “SETUP->SERIAL PORT…
    2. Click on some other serial port other than the one I’ve been using
    3. Disconnect and then immediately reconnect the USB cable from the computer
    4. Click on the original serial port I had been using
    5. As soon as the Drawbot reestablishes a connection with the Polargraph controller software, it starts drawing right where it left off
  • I used to export a copy of the existing queue before doing all of this, and while it is still a very good idea, it doesn’t seem necessary.
  • This exact process has worked several times in a row without a problem.  Interestingly, step number 3 above3 is critical.  If I exclude this step the program crashes.
  • For this drawing I used a Pilot Precise Rolling Ball V5, extra fine tip, black.  I had used a red pen of the same make for a prior drawing and it worked reasonably well.
  • I’m in the process of designing a new pen gondola.  I think something that can angle the pen downwards would help the pen apply ink to the page.
  • Interestingly, I noticed after about 80% of the drawing was done the pen had a little bit of paper fuzz on it.  Once I removed this, the pen seemed to work a lot better.
  • The pen stopped drawing completely after about 85% of the drawing over all.  This was a bit disappointing.  However, since I was drawing from the top right to the bottom left and the version of the Polargraph controller I was using allows you to specify which area to start from, I just restarted the same drawing from the bottom right corner and ended up with a very satisfactory result.

In other words, it’s a nice day to start again.

Posts in the DrawBot Adventure Series
  1. DrawBot, the Adventure Begins
  2. DrawBots for the slow learner
  3. DrawBot - Parts Ordered!!!
  4. DrawBot - The Breakdown
  5. DrawBot - Parts Shipped!!!
  6. DrawBot - What would you draw?
  7. DrawBot - The Plan!
  8. DrawBot - The Hacks
  9. DrawBot - Giant Unicorn?
  10. DrawBot - The Delivery?
  11. DrawBot - The Delivery, Part II
  12. DrawBot – The Delivery, Part III
  13. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part I
  14. DrawBot – The Software, Part I (and an existential conversation)
  15. DrawBot – The Delivery, Part IV
  16. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part II
  17. DrawBot – Halp!!! No - seriously, a little help?
  18. DrawBot – The Face Palm
  19. DrawBot – The Delivery, Part V
  20. DrawBot – The Silver Lining of Failure
  21. DrawBot – The Delivery, Part VI
  22. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part V
  23. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part VI
  24. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part VII
  25. DrawBot – The Operation, Part I
  26. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part VIII
  27. DrawBot – Why are you crying?
  28. DrawBot – Pen Selection
  29. DrawBot – How to Recover from a Stalled Print!
  30. DrawBot – Drawing Success(ish)!!!
  31. DrawBot – Pen Selection, Part II
  32. DrawBot – Onwards and Upwards!
  33. Restarting a Stalled DrawBot Drawing
  34. DrawBot Practice Tip: A Watched Pot
  35. The biggest inkjet printer ever
  36. Why do DrawBots draw on walls?
  37. Maze Code + Polargraph?
  38. All New Polargraph on the way!!!
  39. Ideas for improving my DrawBot
  40. DrawBot Aesthetic Re-Design Ideas
  41. The Eagle Has Landed
  42. Every Body Needs a Skull
  43. Overengineered Stepper Motor Mounts, Filament Guides
  44. Sourcing DrawBot Parts
  45. DrawBot - A Tour!
  46. DrawBot - A Preview
  47. Arduino Powered Drawing Robot Poll
  48. Building an Arduino Drawing Robot - On The Cheap
  49. DrawBot - Printed Parts Tour
  50. Unidentified Foam Object
  51. Arduino Powered Drawing Robot - Take 2 (Or 3)
  52. DrawBot, now ACTUALLY wall mounted!
  53. Drawing Robot Pen Holders, Calligraphy Pens, and Thought Experiments
  54. Ideal Qualities in a Drawing Robot Pen Holder
  55. DrawBot Pen Holder Post Mortem
  56. To Maker Faire!!!
  57. Skipping! How could I forget the skipping?!
  58. Drawing Robot Penmanship
  59. PlotterBot at Maker Faire Bay Area 2013!
  60. PlotterBot.com - a new site dedicated to drawing robots
  1. I rolled it up and gave it to a friend before I thought to take a photogram []
  2. One of Sandy’s latest posts suggests there’s a 1.1.5 available, but I couldn’t find it. []
  3. The disconnect and reconnection of the USB cable from the computer []