Monday, September 16, 2019

Driverless cars run by Raspberry Pi via Raspberry Pi

Could the future of driverless cars be shaped by Raspberry Pi? For undergraduate researchers at the University of Cambridge, the answer is a resounding yes!

So long, traffic!

By using Raspberry Pis and onboard sensors to program scale-model versions of commercially available cars, undergraduate researchers have built a fleet of driverless cars that ‘talk to each other’. They did this because they are studying how driverless technology can help reduce traffic incidents on our roads.

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Sunday, September 08, 2019

Historical Technology Books: PDP 11 Software Handbook (1983) - 27 in a series

Technology isn't just computers, networks and phones. Technology has always been part of the human experience. All of our ancestors have looked for ways to help them survive and do less work for more gain. Archive.org has a host of old technology books (from mid-19th to mid-20th Century) available in many formats and on a host of topics. Many of the technologies discussed within these books are being put to use again these days in the back to the land" and homesteading movements. You might even find something that could address one of your own garden or farm issues but has been lost to time and history. Enjoy! --Douglas


Historical Technology Books: PDP 11 Software Handbook (1983) - 27 in a series

This was the state of computers when I entered college in 1982-83. I never got to use a PDP 11, but started my minicomputer learning on a VAX 11/780, but then quickly transitioned to the Apple II as my main computer. I still didn’t own my own computer until I graduated in 1985 and was able to purchase an Apple //c on my — soon-to-be-wife’s — educator discount. — Douglas

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PREFACE

This Handbook is intended for a spectrum of customers with varying expertise; so, if you are reading about computer software for the first time or if you are an expert, you will be able to learn something new, and to make better informed decisions about Digital’s operating systems and associated software. It’s not necessary to read straight through this Handbook to learn what you want to know about PDP-11 software. Whether you’re interested in the higher-level programming languages, the user-level utilities, the data managers, networks, or the operating systems themselves, you’ll find a concise description and an explanation of the benefits to be derived from each software product. The book is arranged in small groups of chapters. The Table of Contents gives details of the chapters and should help you find material of interest. If you are reading about computers for the first time, for example, you will probably want to read Chapters 1 and 2 before attempting to study the more user-oriented matter in latter parts of the Handbook. Operators and users may want to go directly to the chapters that describe programming languages, operating systems, file management, database management, and distributed processing and networks.

The goal of this Handbook is to introduce PDP-11 system software without delving into the degree of technicality you’ll find in the user documentation delivered with your system. A glossary of software terms, an alphabetic listing of most commonly used abbreviations, and a thorough index are included for your convenience. There are also appendices on DECUS (the Digital Equipment Computer Users Society), and The PDP-11 Software Sourcebook. DECUS helps its membership obtain specialized software developed by other members. The PDP-11 Software Sourcebook describes over 1200 applications available for PDP-11 users.

Digital is constantly improving existing products and introducing new ones. Your best source for the latest word on software is your sales representative, who can keep you up to date on recent releases and enhancements to traditional products.

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Thursday, September 05, 2019

Alexa News: Snag this 4-Outlet Smart Surge Protector for $10 (Over 30% off) via 9to5Toys

Smart outlets are becoming cheaper and more functional every day. In my case, I need more switches or smart bulbs than outlets so I can control more of the lights in my house, but I still have a number of smart outlets for floor lamps, reading lights and more! — Douglas

KT-KMC (99% lifetime positive feedback) via Amazon is offering its 4-Outlet Smart Surge Protector for$10.19 Prime shipped. If you are not a Prime member, orders that exceed $25 will qualify for free shipping. That’s over 30% off the typical rate there and is the lowest price we’ve tracked. Despite having such a low cost, this plug does not lack in features. It works with Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT, while also providing basic surge protection. You can even set up timers and schedules. Rated 4/5 stars.

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Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Help, I'm addicted to 3D printing via CNET

 

3D printing, like virtual reality, is one of those things that always seems to be on the cusp of going mainstream, without ever quite crossing over. Even though we've seen the concept play out for years on TV and in movies (what do you think a Star Trek replicator is doing?), having a 3D printer at home is still considered wildly exotic outside of a small enthusiast audience.

I started playing around with 3D printing last year, mostly to satisfy my own curiosity, with an unexpected result. I'm now completely addicted to 3D printing. Over the past several months, I've searched for the best 3D printer and tested several models, from rock-bottom Monoprice printers to step-up resin printers that produce a truly professional-level print for prototyping.

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Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Historical Technology Books: Catalogue and price list the, Implement Company : giving special low prices of the best farm implements and farm machinery (1915) - 26 in a series

Technology isn't just computers, networks and phones. Technology has always been part of the human experience. All of our ancestors have looked for ways to help them survive and do less work for more gain. Archive.org has a host of old technology books (from mid-19th to mid-20th Century) available in many formats and on a host of topics. Many of the technologies discussed within these books are being put to use again these days in the back to the land" and homesteading movements. You might even find something that could address one of your own garden or farm issues but has been lost to time and history. Enjoy! --Douglas


Historical Technology Books: Catalogue and price list the, Implement Company : giving special low prices of the best farm implements and farm machinery (1915) - 26 in a series

Agriculture is sometimes seen as a historical, backward industry where innovation has no place. This is entirely wrong and, in fact, agriculture has always been quite innovative, especially in its adoption of science and technology. Take a look at the machines available in the 1915 catalog and you’ll see a variety of labor-saving and yield improving technology that was available over 100 years ago. — Douglas

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AUGUST 20, 1915.

Catalogue Price List

THE

IMPLEMENT
COMPANY

Giving Special Low Prices of the Best

FARM IMPLEMENTS AND
FARM MACHINERY

Grain Drills, Lime Sowers, Corn Binders, Feed Cutters
and Blowers, Disk and other Harrows, Farm and
Dump Wagons, Metal and other Roofing,
Barb and Woven Wire Fencing, Gaso-
line and Steam Engines, Wood
Saws, Pea Threshers Cane
Mills, Etc.

The Implement Company

1302 AND 1304 E. MAIN STREET

 

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Arduino: ESP32-CAM Video Streaming and Face Recognition with Arduino IDE via Random Nerd Tutorials

This article is a quick getting started guide for the ESP32-CAM board. We’ll show you how to setup a video streaming web server with face recognition and detection in less than 5 minutes with Arduino IDE.

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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Alexa News: The best IFTTT Alexa and Echo Applets for your smart home via The Ambient

The smart home is a constantly evolving beast, not always for the better. But as platforms integrate, disintegrate and sometimes break entirely, IFTTT is the glue trying to keep it all pieced together.

It's not perfect. As Nest users are made to migrate to Google's platform, IFTTT integration will actually break entirely. And you still can't use Alexa actions within IFTTT – i.e. you can't use IFTTT to trigger routines – which means there are still limits to what it can do.

Still, for those who are willing, IFTTT can add another layer of smarts on top of existing platforms, and help tie them together.

We already have a list of our best IFTTT Applets for the smart home, but below we've listed our top picks for Alexa specifically. And if there are individual platforms you're looking to integrate, such as Philips Hue, you can peruse them here.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Check out this incredible archive of Apple’s promotional photos and ads via The Verge

Graphic designer and marketer Sam Henri Gold has assembled an incredible archive of Apple’s promotional materials that stretches back to the 1970s, which he’s uploaded into a Google Drive folder for people to look through. The folder contains hundreds of videos and pictures of the company’s products, and it’s well worth the time to take a trip down memory lane.

Gold has painstakingly organized this miniature online museum by decade and year, allowing visitors to scroll through and see how Apple marketed itself over the years. The archive mainly features the company’s TV ads, but there are also promotional features, product photos, and print advertisements as well. Gold notes that he began archiving the videos a couple of years ago after the “Every Apple Video” channel on YouTube stopped updating.

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