Fascinated by complexity. Striving for simplicity.


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Mayfair Greenhouse Project

18th of March, 2014

Progress reports and fun photos. Settling on a control system based on Arduino (of course) and the CC3000 wireless shield. For now, I am just going to use a DHT22 Temperature and humidity sensor I got from Adafruit. I am also experimenting with a Weather Shield by Sparkfun too. So in my layout, I have

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Mayfair Greenhouse

27th of February, 2014

Version [BETA] I have been working on a greenhouse design. The greenhouse in the photos below is not the actual greenhouse. It is the prototype I set up to help me figure out the automation systems and climate stuff. The real greenhouse will be built from what works on this model, and will probably be

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Shiny things.

13th of January, 2014

New year. Things all over my radar right now: + MQTT + Before I forget, check out this awesome Mechatronics resource/cheat sheet: http://www.saylor.org/courses/me302/ + Yummy: The Wolfram Data Framework  + Owncloud. It’s time. And here is a nice, simple way to set up Owncloud on AWS : http://www.comtechies.com/2013/04/how-to-set-up-owncloud-storage-server.html + Lots of people and companies are

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Connecting my things

29th of May, 2013

Things on my mind this week: + Xively + Adobe Edge Code + FlipClock + Amanda Palmer’s “Connecting The Dots” talk + Framer + A Starters Guide To iOS Design is pretty good. + I like Python. And I like APIs. And Flask is neat. So this post is interesting to me. + There are

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8th of May, 2013

This week I am crankin’ on pixel pushing and a bunch of back end connections in the cloud bleezy blaazy blow. This goddamn site is getting hammered by the WordPress spam dingdongs who still think it’s viable to pollute the web with toxic waste. I got the sound studio back online and it’s working great

An Idea: 32-Bit Peace of Mind…

1st of December, 2011

Published on: Dec 1, 2011 I have an idea that I have been thinking about since this summer. I had a pretty decent backyard garden this year and one of the main sources of stress for me was the constant watering logistics. Because my backyard landscaping changes each season and my garden will vary as

Installing Webmin 1.630 on Ubuntu Server 11.04

18th of May, 2011

The best way I have found to install Webmin on Ubuntu 11.04 – and to be able to log in once you do (important!) – is to use the following method.  It’s not 100% guaranteed but worked nicely for me. __________________________________________________________________________________________________ UPDATE: I have recently tested the following process on Ubuntu 12.04(64) and found no

Engineering a Secure, Smart Grid. Part 1.

10th of April, 2009

      I can’t open a trade magazine or blog post without seeing the words “Smart Grid” these days.  It has long been a mostly, over-hyped pipe dream until now.  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is trying to meet an April 18th deadline to lay out their plan to spend US$4.3 billion in

Psyb0t worm breeds botnets using home gear.

7th of April, 2009

A worm known as psyb0t 2.9L has been identified that compiles and runs on Linux-based embedded routers running in Mipsel mode (little-endian). According to The Register security site, “vulnerable devices include any home router or modem that uses Linux Mipsel, has an administration interface, sshd, or telnet in a DMZ, and employs a weak password.”