January 27, 2021
Child's play. A walk in the park. Not rocket science. One arm tied behind your back...
Even though we have a lot of ways to talk about things that are easy, taking something that’s difficult and making it easy? That’s anything but.
If you’ve ever tried coding a complex web interface in CSS, you know what a challenge it can be to get everything right across multiple platforms, browsers, and devices, let alone creating something that’s responsive, accessible, and actually looks good. Tailwind, a modern, utility-first CSS framework, feels your pain and is ready to help. Its constraint-based approach centered around utility classes will have you on easy street in no time.
Websites not your thing? Try your hand at tuning in shortwave, amateur “ham,” and even satellite frequencies, all from your computer. With just a little equipment and step-by-step, easy-to-follow instructions, putting together your own Software Defined Radio setup can be easy as pie…Raspberry Pi.
Come on, we’ll show you how!
Modern CSS with Tailwind: Flexible Styling Without the Fuss
With CSS, you can do amazing things to the basic text and images on your website, and with just a little bit of client-side code to add and remove CSS classes, you can do exponentially more. CSS can also be hard to debug, complicated to write, and hard to maintain—but it doesn’t have to be. With Tailwind, you can minimize the amount of CSS you need to write, making it easier to control and debug, and yet still enjoy full flexibility and consistency across your site. Use Tailwind to build complex page layouts, add responsive design that adjusts to different screen widths, and dramatically reduce the amount of CSS you need.
The Tailwind setup is extremely explicit, and makes it possible to understand the display just by looking at the HTML markup. Start by designing the typographic details of the individual elements, then placing and manipulating those elements in “the box”—the rectangle of space each element takes up on screen—using a flexbox or grid design. Move those elements around the page with helpful small animations and transitions. With Tailwind, it’s easy to prototype, iterate, and customize your display. Use prefixes to specify behavior. Change defaults, add new behavior, or integrate with legacy CSS.
Use Tailwind to make extraordinary web designs without extraordinary effort.
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Explore Software Defined Radio: Use SDR to Receive Satellite Images and Space Signals
Combine your desktop or laptop computer with easy-to-find Software Defined Radio (SDR) equipment, and tune in a wide range of signals in no time at all. Then, go one step further by converting a Raspberry Pi into your own dedicated SDR device.
SDR USB dongles are usually designed to receive and decode high-definition digital television broadcasts, but the rising popularity of SDR has led to several of these devices being specifically made for—and marketed to—the software radio crowd. With step-by-step instructions, you'll have no problem getting everything up and running on both Windows and Linux.
The antenna is the final piece in the SDR puzzle: Which antenna do you use? What shape do you need? How big does it have to be? And where do you point it? Get all the answers you need and learn what's possible when it comes to picking out or building an antenna. And if you're not particularly handy, don't worry. You can use an old-school set of rabbit ear antennas without too much modification.
Discover the fun of this growing hobby and then open your ears to the hidden signals that surround you.
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