BLE Beacon Based Patient Tracking in Smart Care Facilities

Submitted by co60ca on Wed, 01/10/2018 - 23:27
PDF Download. Abstract: Patient tracking is an important component toward creating smart cities. In this demo we use Bluetooth Low Energy beacons and single board computers to track patients in the emerging field of smart care facilities. Our model utilizes fixed scanner moving transmitter method for wireless tracking of patients through the facility. The data collected by all scanners is stored within a central database that is designed to be efficiently queried. We show how inexpensive components in conjunction with free software can be used to implement a patient tracking system. We focus on the pipeline between acquisition and display of the location data. Additionally, we also discuss the manipulation of the data required for usability, and possible filtering that improve accuracy.

A More Interesting Windows Subsystem for Linux Benchmark

Submitted by co60ca on Thu, 09/15/2016 - 19:11
If you haven't been on the internet or watching the news in some time you may not have heard of Bash for Windows, or perhaps more correctly, Windows Subsystem for Linux. This tool is ground breaking for Microsoft not because it lets you use the bash (bourne again shell) but rather that it lets you run native Linux binaries on a Windows operating system. Many tech reporters are missing the point of WSL's utility. 

System Specs

Submitted by co60ca on Sun, 08/28/2016 - 03:35

Dev/Gaming Box

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4790 3.6 GHz
  • Cooler: Cooler Master (all in one watercooler) RL-S12M-24PK-R1
  • SSD1: ADATA Premier SP550 120GB
  • SSD2: Samsung SSD 840 Series 120GB
  • Storage: 5TB of HDD
  • Memory: GSKILL 2x8GB F3-2133C11D-16GXL
  • GPU2: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950
  • PSU: Thermaltake 750W SP-750PCBUS 750W
  • CASE: Antec GX700
  • OS: Arch Linux/Windows 10 VM


  • MB: M5A97 LE R2.0
  • CPU:

Why I won't be playing Pokémon Go: At least for now

Submitted by co60ca on Fri, 07/22/2016 - 14:07

Pokémon Go was released on July 6th, and in Canada has July 17th. Before it was released in Canada I was attempting to find ways to trick the Play Store in order to get it early. If you search for these type of region bypasses on popular search engines you get links to sites with sketchy downloads of Android apks. I eventually gave up trying to get it from the official Play Store while a huge number of Canadians already found ways of getting it.

To the point. I will not be playing Pokémon Go now that it is available in Canada. I provide the following reasons.

Surviving Second Year · Learn a new language

Submitted by co60ca on Wed, 06/29/2016 - 14:41

Some of the people in our department will disagree with some of my decisions here but I'm choosing these based on platform independence, wide spread use, and potential. The idea of this section is to get you into self learning in computer science. Self learning is probably one of the fundamental concepts in industry. With the competition among top performers in industry if you do not learn to self learn but still get good grades you will probably do well, but if you really want to be the best of the best you need to self learn.

Surviving Second Year · Introduction

Submitted by co60ca on Wed, 06/29/2016 - 14:40

As an introduction I would like to assert that nothing said in this post covers all situations and view points that are present. The topics presented are what advice I can draw from personal experience as a Helpdesk TA and with discussions with other upper year students. The list is ordered in my order of importance.

Surviving Second Year · Courses to pay particular attention to

Submitted by co60ca on Wed, 06/29/2016 - 14:40

These courses are very important to pay special attention to as the knowledge gained in these courses are used in future years and you may have to spend extra study time in future years in order to catch up if you forget key concepts from these courses. I am not including any first year courses as they give a background into computer science but I expect that you are already past those courses if you are reading this.

Math 1P98 Statistics - The concepts in this course will give you background in statistical reports that you will write in later years.

The Brock Press and Internet Security and Privacy with Flash

Submitted by co60ca on Wed, 06/29/2016 - 14:39

The Brock Press website appears to include scripts from Facebook which allow Facebook to track the users from Facebook who have active cookies there. (Or just about anyone who has been on Facebook) This may have been done unknowingly by the developer of the site or The Brock Press. This allows Facebook to understand which sites, including The Brock Press, users of Facebook are visiting and target ads to them when they are on Facebook. Another use of tracking cookies is to potentially sell their browsing history to other companies.

How Snapchat and Other Apps Invade You and Your Contacts Privacy

Submitted by co60ca on Wed, 06/29/2016 - 14:27

With regards to free apps or web services it become commonly known that `if you are not the customer you are product` but in recent years the sale and collection of personal information has become more aggressive. The topic of discussion for this article is Snapchat and the ramification of the gathering of personal information and it's affect on not only your privacy but others privacy you are in contact with.