Imagine building a raspberry pi project at home that is dependent on wifi. Everything is working perfectly until you move that project somewhere outside your home network. You have to go find a monitor and keyboard to set it up on the new wifi. This process is difficult, time consuming, and stressful. I have had the pleasure to endure this multiple times throughout my projects. Especially when there is pressure to have it done for a public event. I was curious if there was a way to get the networks to be plug and play, where there would not be an issue when moving it from one place to another. Doing a bit of research I have found that you can setup multiple wireless networks on the raspberry pi.
People often ask me what is possible with the power of the raspberry pi. I’m have a tendency to buy numerous microcontrollers / cheap standalone controllers, just to see how they work and if they could prove more useful to me than the raspberry pi. The release of the Pi Zero for $5 pretty much put the nail in the coffin when it comes to IoT ( Internet of Things ) work for prototyping.
The start of learning / starting something new usually has a rocky start. There is a lot to learn when creating an entertaining and informative product. After my first week of streaming I have documented and put together a list of things to work on. Some things I need to work on:
- Have a better idea of what to accomplish during the stream / be able to explain it
- Stop over engineering things ( Start Small then expand after a strong base project )
- Do research prior to prove proof of concepts
2016 brings an interesting time, goals set high, I have always wanted to have a consistent prototyping cycle with more pinpoint accuracy on estimating projects. On a weekly basis I am coding on numerous occasions but never document it. This year I am planning on changing that by live streaming the majority of my coding ( Unfortunately I can’t document my corporate work or the majority of my consulting work due to NDAs ).
The Internet of Everything ( IoE ), also called Internet of Things ( IoT ) or Machine to Machine ( M2M ), the concept of technology having the capability to harness the power of the internet to communicate between devices. Now this concept may seem like a long shot but let’s go over some history before we can truly grasp this new Internet of Everything movement.
Building a website? Looking to improve your html and css skills and not look like a fool? This is my list of HTML5 & CSSs No No’s, Tips for Maintainability, Now don’t get me wrong, if the job gets done and the client is happy you did well. What I’m talking about in this article is if any other competent developer sees you going against these guidelines you will be judged. These so happen to also be a list of my pet peeves and usually makes me want to punch small children. Anyway lets get started!
Let’s start by drawing a mental picture of the moment we are all too familiar with. You have a great idea for a project, you know every piece of a project except for one thing, the design. The most amazing and frustrating part of a project, you are tasked with is creating the UI / UX. It must be something simple, memorable and most of all intuitive, or as most clients would put it, make it like Apple. Sometimes you need a little inspiration to design up something that fits in all of those criteria. This is my top 25 list ( in no specific order ) of sites I browse when looking for graphic design ideas.