ChromeCast’s are great… as long as your wifi is. I upgraded my router firmware, and my ChromeCast started dropping out. Rather than fixing that problem, I figured “why not just hardwire the damn thing?”.Continue Reading
Power tools, software, 3d printing
The Windows 10 consumer preview is here! If you’re already running Windows 8, the upgrade is simple. If you have a spare couple of hours and would like to run a slightly-buggy pre-release operating system - you’re in luck. Here is how you do it.Continue Reading
I’ve had network gremlins for a few months now. Sometimes my WeMo switches are visible, sometimes not. Chromecast is the same. My devices were screaming for attention, but my router wasn’t listening. Lets look at Multicasting (and Broadcasting).Continue Reading
Windows 8 polarises people. I’ve never minded it. It performs well in spite of having a split personality. Shiny new SSD in hand, I attempted a clean install on my laptop. Windows 8 pushed me from my usual slightly agitated states towards a murderous rage.Continue Reading
There’s finally a package manager for Windows in the same style as Apt-Get, and it is surprisingly good. Lets get Chocolatey.Continue Reading
I had some solar panels installed last year. I wanted to read my inverter statistics, but I also wanted to log exactly how much power I import/export. Challenge - I can’t physically plug anything into the meter (power company regulations). What to do?
How about a web cam, raspberry pi, and OCR?Continue Reading
Continuation of Raspberry Pi Solar Data Logger article. In this part I detail the software side of the OCR solar data logger. Perl, APIs, C. Hooray!Continue Reading
A good friend of mine recently said “it’s a pity I can’t just automatically post my blog entries on social media”. Good news! You can - with one caveat… you can everywhere except Google+.
If-That-Then-This (IFTTT) is a fantastic (free!) integration tool. I’ll show you how to leverage it.Continue Reading