Tuesday, January 15, 2019

This awesome homemade jukebox is controlled by swipeable song cards via The Verge

A great combination of high-tech and high-touch. — Douglas

In an era where everything is controlled by touchscreens and oblique voice commands, there’s something incredibly satisfying about a gadget with simple, tactile controls. That’s probably why designer Chris Patty’s homemade jukebox looks so charming: it’s controlled by physical cards, each printed with an artist and album art on the front, that you swipe to play a song.

Patty created the jukebox as a Christmas gift for his father, after his family decided to only swap handmade presents this year. He later posted a short video of the creation to Twitter, where he’s received enough positive responses that he’s working on an open source version of the software and instructions so that fans can make their own.

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Historical Technology Books: Principles Of Wireless Technology (1910) - 9 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 the 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


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Historical Technology Books:  Principles Of Wireless Technology (1910) - 9 in a seriesHistorical Technology Books:  Principles Of Wireless Technology (1910) - 9 in a series

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Amazon's Alexa Guard can alert you if an Echo detects smoke alarm, breaking glass via CNET

Alexa Guard isn’t available for me just yet, but I am seeing a page with an option to be notified when it goes live. This could prove to be another nice feature to expand the usefulness of your Alexa devices. — Douglas

Amazon unveiled a new service Thursday that puts your devices on the lookout.

Alexa Guard will set your Echo device to listen for the sound of breaking glass or an alarm going off and send you a notification if it hears something. Users can set guard mode by saying phrases like, "Alexa, I'm leaving." 

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Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Morph, an open-source tool for data-driven art without code via FlowingData

This is a cool way to play around with artwork based on data. I could see this as a creativity tool to generate new ideas that could then be expanded in more traditional ways. — Douglas

Morph, by Datavized in collaboration with the Google News Initiative, is a tool to generate abstract images from data:

Morph exists to engage users in the creative expression of data without having to code. Generative art based algorithms turn data into a visual representation and the user can affect how their data interacts with the final visual via the algorithm. The algorithms themselves are not fixed; the user can randomly mutate, evolve and generate new algorithms creating new visuals, encouraging the sense of creative exploration and discovery.

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Monday, January 07, 2019

ArdOsc is a matchbox-sized, Arduino Nano-based oscilloscope via Arduino Blog

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Oscilloscopes come in all different shapes and sizes, and now with just a few discreet components, maker Peter Balch has been able to turn an Arduino Nano into an oscilloscope the size of a matchbox. 

The simplest version of this device, which he calls the “ArdOsc,” displays data on a computer screen, but a 1.3” OLED can also be added if you want to use it on its own.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Historical Technology Books: Compute! Magazine Issue 001 (1979) - 8 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 the 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: Compute! Magazine Issue 001 (1979) - 8 in a series

Another magazine I read from almost the beginning. I even typed in long program listings to build a game for a friend’s kids to play. Those were the days…NOT! There were always typos and bugs to be corrected and you often had to wait for future issues to find corrections in the code that people had discovered. Still, we had computers and we did fun things with them. Heck, I wouldn’t have gotten through college without the assistance of AppleWriter and AppleWorks for writing papers. I also first learned how to be a tech support person, which I then turned into a lifelong career! — Douglas

Historical Technology Books:  Compute! Magazine Issue 001 (1979) - 8 in a seriesHistorical Technology Books:  Compute! Magazine Issue 001 (1979) - 8 in a series

Historical Technology Books:  Compute! Magazine Issue 001 (1979) - 8 in a seriesHistorical Technology Books:  Compute! Magazine Issue 001 (1979) - 8 in a series

Compute! Issue 1 - Fall 1979 - Publisher's Remarks - Selecting and Developing Small Business Systems . Potential & Pitfalls - Sorting Sorts: A Programming Notebook - Len Lindsay Reviews Three Word Processors . An Overview - Review Word Processor from Commodore Business Machines - Review Word Processor Program (WPP) from Connecticut Microcomputer - Review Word Processor from Programma International - Microcomputers for Nuclear Instrumentation - COMPUTE. Dealers As Of September 11, 1979 - Tokens Aren't Just For Subways: A Convenient Method to List Microsoft BASIC Tokens - Universal 6502 Memory Test PET, Apple, Sym and Others - Microcomputers in Education - Flying With PET Pilot: Kids and Microcomputers At Peninsula School - Teachers, Computers and The Classroom - Atari Computers: The Ultimate Teaching Machines? - The Evolution Of A Magazine - Pet In Transition . ROM Upgrade Map - A Commodore Perspective - Retrofitting ROMs - PET Screen Print Routine - PET Resources - PET Cassette Format Revisited - CGRS Microtech 6502 Professional Development System - Pinfeed Cassette Labels - Instant Software Catalog - 6502 Programming Manual Versions - A Letter To Compute - TRACE For The Pet - 32K Programs Arrive - Review The BASIC Switch - Non-Stop PETS, Old and New - Un-Crashing On Upgrade ROM Computers - Review 8-Bit Digital To Analog Converter - Review Bridge Challenger - Using Direct Access Files With The Commodore 2040 Dual Drive Disk - Mastering The Ohio Scientific Challenger 1P - Review Review Procedures - Review D.C. Hayes Micro Modem - Review PET SET 1a - Review Petunia & Petunia Player - Review Corvus 11A Disk Drive - Review New-Cursor (Hardware) - Review New-Cursor (Hardware) - Review Macro Assembler And Text Editor: Sym Version - Review Challenger 1P - Review AIM 65.

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Monday, December 17, 2018

WiFi IR Blaster Hookup Guide via SparkFun Tutorials

One great way to interface WiFi to IR. I could see a couple of applications for this in my home, such as controlling the television and a couple of other IR devices in my media center. — Douglas

With the advent of WiFi-connected “smart” devices, IR remotes are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Why sort through a coffee table-full of remotes when you probably have a much smarter, WiFi-connected device device sitting conveniently in your hand?

The WiFi IR Blaster is designed to connect all of those old, legacy IR-controlled devices to a WiFi network – exposing them to a new method of control. Want to control your TV via a web-browser? Want to ask Alexa to mute your stereo? Want to schedule triggers to your IR-controlled LED strip? These are all applications that the WiFi IR Blaster is perfect for.

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

8 fun Christmas things to do with Alexa via CNET

A bit of season fun using your Alexa-enabled devices! — Douglas

You're likely leaning Amazon this time of year to buy holiday gifts. But did you know you can employ Alexa, Amazon's digital assistant, to help with the holidays too?

In the weeks leading up to Dec. 25, you can use Alexa to set a festive mood at home, and keep party guests entertained. 

Let's take a look at the Christmas tricks Alexa can perform:

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Saturday, December 08, 2018

Historical Technology Books: Text-Book On The Steam Engine With A Supplement On Gas Engines By T. M. Goodeve, M.A. (1887) - 7 in a series

Technology isnt just computers, networks and phones. Technology has always been part of the human experience. All of our ancestors have looked for ways to help the 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: Text-Book On The Steam Engine With A Supplement On Gas Engines By T. M. Goodeve, M.A. (1887) - 7 in a series

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Historical Technology Books: Text-Book On The Steam Engine With A Supplement On Gas Engines By T. M. Goodeve, M.A. (1887) - 7 in a seriesHistorical Technology Books: Text-Book On The Steam Engine With A Supplement On Gas Engines By T. M. Goodeve, M.A. (1887) - 7 in a series

PREFACE TO THE EIGHTH EDITION.

The plan of this book is the following* : — The first chapter contains a sketch of the steam engine as it existed in the time of Watt, together with an account of the ideas then prevalent as to the nature of heat, and concludes with a summary of some physical properties of steam. The second and third chapters are occupied by an investigation of the principles of the modern theory of heat in its appli cation to the steam engine. Then comes a chapter on the conversion of motion, which deals with certain salient points in the mechanism of an engine. The fifth chapter is mainly devoted to the expansion of steam, to the action of valves, and to the application of Watt’s indicator. The sixth chapter treats of boilers and the consumption of fuel. The seventh chapter is on compound cylinder engines, and is illustrated by some drawings of the engines con structed by Messrs. Maudslay, Sons, and Field for the White Star line of mail steamers making the voyage be tween Liverpool and New York. Finally, there is a chapter on miscellaneous details, such as steam-engine governors, Giffard’s injector, the link motion, modern valve gears, and valve diagrams. The part relating to the steam engine contains also an Appendix, with a series of examination questions and answers. There is in the present edition a Supplement on Gas Engines.

T. M. GOODEVE.

S Crown Office Row, Temple.

January 1887

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Thursday, December 06, 2018

Alexa: All of Amazon's new Echo speakers reviewed via Engadget

Excellent and detailed review of the new Echo products from Amazon. If you are thinking about buying or gifts an Echo, give this a read first! — Douglas

Amazon may have defined the smart speaker category with the Echo and its successors, but many competitors have the company beat in one specific way: audio quality. Amazon says the No. 1 activity for Echo users is playing music, but anyone who has used an Echo knows that the sound quality is nothing to write home about.

Amazon must have recognized this, because improved speakers in the new Echo Dot and Echo Plus were a major talking point when they were announced in September. Reading between the lines, it seems safe to say that Amazon believes its Echo speakers can be the centerpiece of a respectable home-audio setup. How else would you explain the new $129 Echo Sub, a device that does nothing aside from wirelessly pair with another Echo device to bring the bass?

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Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Get Giant Plugs Out of the Way With a 10-Pack of Mini Extension Cords via Lifehacker

I finally picked up a box of these after meaning to do it for sooooo long. I first used these regularly when I worked in IT, but with today’s plethora of devices with their huge wall wart transformers they have become critical in the home. If you want to get the most use out of your power strips and cut down on the overall clutter in your home and office, pick up some of these.

Giant plugs that cover up half the outlets on your power strip should be outlawed, but until that day arrives, these short extension cords will have to do. $17 gets you a pack of 10 (with code HKOYHBNX), which should be enough for even the most advanced home theater setups.

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