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Homemade Security Camera based on Raspberry Pi

This is a great project!  http://www.instructables.com/id/Raspberry-Pi-as-low-cost-HD-surveillance-camera/?ALLSTEPS I’ve burned through some commercial consumer-grade wifi cameras – they tend to not last very long…possibly a function of the weather and our Texas heat. I’ve even repaired them a couple times; replacing the … Continue reading

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Fast Updates (frame rates) of Color Effect G35 Grids

It’s the time of the year to start playing around with Christmas Light hardware and software. Lately, I’m focusing more on simpler (i.e, less light strings) displays and more on incorporating my “mini mega light tree“. As described in previous … Continue reading

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Arduino-Based WiFi Lawn Sprinkler Controller

This post describes a project I undertook to build a home-grown, Arduino-based, WiFi-enabled lawn sprinkler controller. I don’t know about you, but I’m never happy with my lawn sprinkler schedule. In Austin, it can rain till my garage floods one week, … Continue reading

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Cat Cam

A little while ago, I heard a piece about The Secret Life of Cats on NPR. This dude put a camera/GPS logger on a number of cats and mapped what they do throughout the day. There info and a cool … Continue reading

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ASUS Transformer Prime antenna hack

I love my Transformer tablet, except for the well-documented crappy WifFi reception. Unfortunately, I was an early adopter and didn’t benefit from the wealth of community feedback regarding the problem this otherwise great tablet has with WiFi and GPS reception. … Continue reading

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Repair the WiFi on Your Foscam FI8904, FI8905 or Maygion IP Camera

I have three different WFfi-connected network cameras; a Foscam FI8904, an FI8905, and a “Magion” Chinese knockoff I got on DealExtreme. These cameras are all pretty similar. There are anecdotal stories that the Maygion is really just an unbranded Foscam with custom … Continue reading

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Kudos to Ernie Cline’s “Ready Player One”

A while back I saw the hardback (softback?) of “Ready Player One” on display at some big-box bookstore. I think the flashy cover drew my eye. At the time, it looked interesting, but I don’t really buy paper books anymore, plus I’m … Continue reading

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GE G35 ColorEffects Christmas Tree (part 2)

I pretty much have the “Mini Mega Tree” and sequencer enhancements all wrapped up. I only got my hands on five 50 bulb strings of G35’s, so my tree isn’t as big as the “original” Mega Tree, but I was … Continue reading

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GE G35 ColorEffects Christmas Tree (part 1)

In a reply to a preview post, Jim pointed out this video of a cool project another guy did using G35 strings and a microcontroller: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPgqNXjf-MY I’ve been kind of dreading the effort of setting pulling out the scores of strings … Continue reading

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Driving GE G-35 Light String with Digilent Uno32

Well, Christmas is approaching, so I guess it’s the time of year when I start revisiting projects that abruptly paused around Dec 26th last year. I guess the thing that has been nagging me the most has been that I … Continue reading

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