Weekend Project: Wireless outlet control

Oscilloscope I mentioned briefly in my post about controlling LEDs with my Amazon Echo that I have some wireless outlet switches that I wanted to control. At the time I didn't have a transmitter that could switch them on, and it didn't really want to crack open the remote and mess with it. Weeks later, the transmitter that I'd ordered arrived. I didn't have much [...]

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Weekend Project: Amazon Echo LED Control

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As I mentioned last week, I got an Amazon Echo for Christmas. The first time I heard about it I thought "Meh, I already have a phone that does that". Then I heard people [...]

HTTPS; Get yours today!

You've seen it before, that little lock next to the URL on a website. Typically, we associate it with banking, or online shopping, or something else that needs to be [...]

“It’s a Wonderful Life”

I love this movie. Hykel... less so. I mostly like the first half, everything up to uncle Billy losing the money. In my most recent viewing, I skipped everything after that [...]

Boxing day

Did you know the day after Christmas is boxing day? You probably did. I think most people know, but the celebration thereof is often limited to countries that belong to the [...]

Alexa, write a post on my blog

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Today is Christmas, It was a wonderful day of exchanging gifts with my wife, playing with new toys, enjoying each other's company, and basically laying about. One of the [...]

Christmas Eve Party!

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I am in my mid-thirties. In spite of this, Christmas brings out the 6-year-old in me, and I very often will wake up early on Christmas morning. We figured that if we could [...]

Adventures in Baking… erm, Frying?

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I enjoy baking a lot. I have ever since I was a kid. In a lot of ways, I think baking is just another form of being a Maker: Creating something on your own, and being able [...]

Roomba-ing with a Raspberry Pi

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We've owned a Roomba for years. I wanted one for a few years before that and the thing that has been most attractive about it to me has been the ability to hack it. When I [...]

Poor OpSec at the North Pole

Hykel and I watched Prep & Landing: Naughty vs Nice a couple of nights ago. Everything I'm going to talk about should be ignored mostly because this is a fun Christmas [...]

‘Twas the night before Star Wars

  For some, it's the Star Wars Day. For me, my showing technically comes tomorrow, midnight actually. I am excited more than I can really describe. In 1999 I went and [...]