Internet of Things Messaging, Part 1: Introducing MQTT

Internet of Things Messaging, Part 1: Introducing MQTT

Internet of Things messaging with Arduinos and Raspberry Pi's requires low overhead protocols such as MQTT

11/19/16

Welcome to the 11th Gibbs Golden Turkey Awards

Welcome to the 11th Gibbs Golden Turkey Awards

With loins girded anew with cheap girders, we undertake again the traditional annual roasting of those who deserve a damn good basting. Without further ado, here in reverse order, are the top 10 Golden Turkeys for 2016 …

11/16/16

Tools you need: W3 Schools color libraries and Bootstrap Studio for Web building

Tools you need: W3 Schools color libraries and Bootstrap Studio for Web building

Color libraries and an integrated development environment for Bootstrap will make engineering your Web content a whole lot easier.

11/05/16

Alexa Voice Service, a singing fish, and the FABRIQ speaker

Alexa Voice Service, a singing fish, and the FABRIQ speaker

Lots of devices are getting Alexa Voice Service added; some you'd expect, such as the FABRIQ speaker, others, such as a hacked Big Mouth Billy Bass, not so much.

11/05/16

Putting Alexa on a Raspberry Pi

Putting Alexa on a Raspberry Pi

Amazon's Alexa Voice Service can be implemented on a Raspberry Pi and now, with support for "wake word" engines, you can build your own Echo-like system ... a PiCho? A PEcho?

11/05/16

It's time to rein in social media services

It's time to rein in social media services

It's time to rein in social media services. For the good of our culture and our political process, social media has to be banned from interfering with what should be free speech.

10/29/16

Float Shelf: An elegant way for Apple users to clean up their desktops

Float Shelf: An elegant way for Apple users to clean up their desktops

Prism's Float Shelf is a simple, elegant add-on for your iMac or Apple Display

10/22/16

dweet.io: A simple, effective messaging service for the Internet of Things

dweet.io: A simple, effective messaging service for the Internet of Things

dweet.io requires a minimum of fuss to setup and run which means that developing a messaging infrastructure for IoT systems is quick, cheap, and easy

10/21/16

Freeboard, web dashboards made easy

Freeboard, web dashboards made easy

If you've been looking for a simple, low cost web dashboard for your Internet of Things, Web app, or network monitoring, Freeboard is a great solution

10/16/16

7 Linux command line tools you didn’t know you need

7 Linux command line tools you didn’t know you need

The Linux world offers an incredible range of free and open source tools to do everything you can think of and lots of things you probably haven’t ever thought of. In this roundup we highlight seven command line utilities you probably...

10/11/16

What's in a Raspberry Pi name? How to rename your RPi under Raspbian

What's in a Raspberry Pi name? How to rename your RPi under Raspbian

How to rename your RPi under Raspbian

10/08/16

Using the Raspberry Pi to thwart the creepy clown menace

Using the Raspberry Pi to thwart the creepy clown menace

Using a Raspberry Pi, computer vision, and a neural network to thwart the creepy clown menace

10/07/16

Building a Raspberry Pi-powered Barkometer, Part 4

Building a Raspberry Pi-powered Barkometer, Part 4

Building a Raspberry Pi-powered Barkometer, Part 4. In the last part of this series, we started recording sound and saving it in files; now we need to get those samples off the RPi so we can analyze them.

10/02/16

LXLE: A Linux distro to give new life to old hardware

LXLE: A Linux distro to give new life to old hardware

LXLE: A fast, stripped down Linux distro designed to give new life to old hardware.

09/29/16

Building a Raspberry Pi-powered Barkometer, Part 3

Building a Raspberry Pi-powered Barkometer, Part 3

Capturing sound from a microphone on a Raspberry Pi isn't simple and which microphone you use will have a huge impact on the quality

09/15/16

Eero, my Wi-Fi hero

Eero, my Wi-Fi hero

Tired a patchy Wi-Fi coverage in your home or office? eero is the answer.

09/11/16

Down with idiotic disclaimer footers and dumb surveys!

Down with idiotic disclaimer footers and dumb surveys!

You can put whatever legalese you please in your email footer but it won't do you any good. And your endless surveys? Stop already!

09/10/16

What to do when Verizon won't close your email account

What to do when Verizon won't close your email account

A year ago I wrote about Verizon's awful email service and apparently it's not got any better. A reader asks what to do because Verizon won't close his email account.

09/04/16

Building a Raspberry Pi-powered Barkometer, Part 2

Building a Raspberry Pi-powered Barkometer, Part 2

Building a Raspberry Pi-powered dog bark monitor

09/03/16

Building a Raspberry Pi-powered Barkometer, Part 1

Building a Raspberry Pi-powered Barkometer, Part 1

My dog stands (sits) accused of barking too much so I'm using a Raspberry Pi 2 Model B to monitor his behavior.

08/28/16

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