A place where big ideas make a real impact. The RAkerman Foundation is a small, tight-knit group of highly skilled individuals trying to make the Internet a better place; be that through over-the-top web apps or tack-sharp websites showcasing a business. We cover everything from head to toe: domain registration, website development, testing, maintenance, search engine optimization, all of it. If you're interested, check out our services and get in touch.
Becoming an expert, scratch that, freakishly good at something takes years of trial and error until you get it right. Malcolm Gladwell in his book, Outliers: The Story of Success, says you need 10,000 hours (20 hours per week for 10 years) to be a phenom at some particular craft.
“The emerging picture from such studies is that ten thousand hours of practice is required to achieve the level of mastery associated with being a world-class expert—in anything,” writes the neurologist Daniel Levitin. — p. 40
Ever since I first discovered what computers are capable of in 7th grade, I've found an unrelenting drive to learn and push things further. Computer science became a part-time hobby for me (and still is) as I continue to build a catalogue of personal projects.
May 2019 – August 2020 | An effort to streamline the organizational efforts of the Rock River Anything That Floats Race. Running on Node.js, this project displays a powerful web interface where administrators can manage raft information, conduct raft timing, and display results to the public. A smart timing plugin and a custom web voting limiter for the People's Choice Award were both built from scratch.
April 2020 – August 2020 | An inventory management platform unlike any other. ImpackAI puts analytics at the center of your workflow all while keeping a simple and intuitive interface. Keep track of inventory with varying amounts of stock at different stages in the production process. Help employees work more efficiently with an advanced metrics system. Predict purchase orders in the future. All in just a couple clicks.
April 2021 - July 2021 | A personal take on home automation. Homebase is a set of home controllers designed to monitor and manage literally anything. Homebase SPKR is a fully-inclusive smart sprinkler system controller. Just specify what zones you want watered and when, and SPKR will do the rest. Homebase GARA watches over the garage with a few neat tricks. GARA can automatically close all open garage doors and turn the lights on and off whenever you open a door. Homebase MNTR receives the wired input of any door sensors in your home and notifies you if it detects a breach. All built from scratch, by myself.
October 2020 - January 2021 | Particlecord listens to the data stream from Particle.io devices and notifies the user when a particular event occurs. Think of Particlecord as an "API middleman" that filters a real-time data stream from Particle.io and sends smart push notifications through Discord. Devices can also be managed using the Discord bot by setting friendly names, changing alert frequencies, and outputting the status of any device.
RAkerman Pace Clock
October 2019 - December 2019 | Have you ever had to deal with 2 overpriced and outdated pace clocks breaking for seemingly no reason during swim practice in high school? Well, I did. (drumroll sounds) Introducing the RAkerman Pace Clock (RAPC), a state-of-the-art, multi-color, over-engineered digital clock system designed for pacing swim practices. The RAPC is essentially a strip of RGB leds (Neopixels) connected to a microcontroller (Particle Argon) that displays the time from 0:00 to 59:59 (mm:ss) over and over (in any color you'd like). It probably doesn't sound that cool, but trust me, it is a far cry from what it used to be.
June 2021 - April 2022 | A fallback web server and status monitor for any site hosted under the rakerman.com domain. If any service suddenly becomes disconnected, this web server will handle any redirected traffic. RAkerman Fallback also hosts status.rakerman.com, which displays the status of all related sites. And oh yeah, whenever a service comes offline it triggers a Discord bot to send a message to any channel of your choosing. Pretty cool right?
March 2019 – Present | My personal website and blog. On this site you can read my blog posts, learn more about me, explore my technical projects, and so much more.