Hi there, my name is James! For a long time, I used “cmiyc.com” for my blog and personal brand. It all started back when I was a kid and used BBSes running at the blazing speed of 2400 baud. I tried starting my own board but didn’t have a dedicated phone line. So, I called it “Catch Me If You Can” and adopted “CMiYC” as my handle.
The name “baldengineer” should be obvious I hope!
What Can You Find Here?
Electronics has been a passion since I was 12 years old. Until I went to college, I taught myself. I even made a small business out of modifying TI-85 calculators and selling TI-LInk to Parallel Port adapters. As my career has grown, so have I. Now I find that I like to teach. So I combine my two passions: Electronics and Teaching. The best example is here, a new TutorialCast I created called “AddOhms.”
There’s been a couple of other projects I have worked on in the past.
UnitiBlue – Blackchopper
This was the first business I tried with a friend. We had an awesome product but didn’t really know what to do with it. We created a universal USB adapter called “UnitiBlue.” You connected various adapter cables to it, which provided the means to connect old-school video controllers. The UnitiBlue emulated a USB Keyboard so that you could use NES, SNES, Genesis, and even TurboGrafix 16 controllers with emulators.
I still have a couple of units, but no longer the firmware. Since these were based on the Cypress EZ-USB 8051 chips, all of the firmware was built into the PC’s driver. Each time you connected the device, the firmware was downloaded and run. Sadly, we don’t have the firmware anymore.
MacCaching – Geocaching for the Mac
When I first got into Geocaching, there was an appalling lack of support for the Mac platform. (At the time, my PPC-G5 iMac was “the beast” machine.) So I created software that managed Geocaches like iTunes managed songs. My creativity was at its max because I called it: MacCaching. Unfortunately, I hit a point where I lost the source code due to a failed hard drive. I haven’t had a chance to go back and recreate it from scratch. (Also, I have since started using multiple backup services.)