Software Development

Thank you for stopping by! What makes this all possible is bootloader software for micro-controllers like the Arduino. Literally within minutes complex systems interfaced with sensors that measure and process real world properties and events can be developed.

Project Builds

Also, focused on database technologies and data modeling and relationships to information and knowledge. Grouping data into meaningful patterns has a direct representation to real life by quantifying and organizing related records for convenient access.

Internet of Things

This is my blog. Here I showcase builds, mostly centered around home automation and what is now termed the internet of things(IoT). Arduino, BeagleBone and Raspberry PI are my platforms of choice. Ideally onwards from passive consumerism to an active creator.

Setting up to use salvaged items

Urban Dumpster Diving

I like to take trips up north into Canadian farming country, specifically looking for farmers markets where I focus on buying older wood working equipment and handheld tools and usually pick and find quality items of yesteryear’s solid construction for just a couple of bucks. Lately, I picked a solid and…

Assortment of Crystals to Test

Crystal Oscillator Tester

I’ve been having some really odd results with Arduino projects recently and started suspecting the quality of the Crystals I have.    Hence, I bought this little Frequency Counter from China through Ebay for 15bucks Canadian. (Cheapy!)   It has a respectable range of … But includes a nifty Crystal…

Enclosures for Projects

I like to quickly model enclosures with SketchUp for a general basic look.  Then using an electric saw to cut out cheap MDF pieces that form sides and holes for a quick and simple build.   Or if the project doesn’t have any visual readouts or screens it’s even easier to just…

Off-Peak Rates OK to Wash

Best Time-of-Use Rates

In the province of Ontario, hydro costs are rising and citizens naturally want to use off-peak rates as much as possible.    There are currently three tier rates for the price-of-use billing of electricity.  Washers and Dryers are notorious electricity hogs and I can never remember which is what rate…

The Quest for Renewable Power

One man’s trash another man’s treasure….

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. I got a chance to pick up an old i5 Laptop from a company discarding these. Along with some “dead” battery packs. Laptop battery packs become noticeably degraded when they don’t hold charge anymore.   For normal and sound usage, the best thing…

3D Printing

I live in Canada and one of the great benefits are Libraries… specifically, the creations spaces service, my fave being the 3D Printer services (Makerbot Replicator 5th Generation) at the Vaughan Public Libraries. My first 3D Print was an eye piece adaptor for my telescope and iPhone camera… plus the tripod mount. As…

eKANBAN with KANBOARD

How I went about installing “KANBOARD” on my Raspberry Pi and C.H.I.P………. If you want to know more about KANBAN and the Agile process, start reading here… Well, I logged in as pi user… (sudoer account) (If you installing on C.H.I.P. use the “chip” user… or some other sudoer account..) First, I…

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MySQL DB and my fave fork – MariaDB

MariaDB sounds like a religious icon but it’s actually allegedly named after Michael “Monty” Widenius, younger daughter Maria. Anyway its an awesome DB and compatible with MySQL.   MariaDB is a staple at my web hosting provider and an amiable database product to use.  It’s even readily available in the best of…

C.H.I.P. using the Wii Balance Part 1

Since the C.H.I.P. has bluetooth and WiFi built-in, and it costs only 9 Bucks, I was wondering how well it would work as my man-cave beer fridge weight watcher. A bar fridge full of your beer rests on the Wii Balance; as your beers get guzzled, eventually the weight of the…

C.H.I.P. – The world’s first 9 Dollar Computer

There’s a new tightly squeezed-Linux on the planet! The price is awesome. It’s the World’s first 9 dollar Linux computer system called CHIP from Next Thing Co.   And for the set of features, the price its simply awesome.   Think about it!  Its cheaper than a genuine Arduino and…