Raspberry Pi Weather Station Mk2

Back in 2015 I built a Raspberry Pi Weather Station based off a version I saw a Professor do for Students on the Raspberry Pi site. I tried to build as many parts by hand and it is was one of my first serious forays into the Pi world. I even wrote an Instructable about…

Adventures in PCB Burning

In some of the projects I’ve been working on I’ve had to design a basic to intermediate circuit to control the electronic components of the project (typically a bunch of LEDs, which you don’t want to use a Raspberry Pi for because the resulting current of multiple LEDs will be too much for the board,…

What’s in the Box?! Inventory of my Sparkfun Dumpster Dive

Sparkfun does an inventory clean-out/Dumpster Dive event once per year, it’s like Christmas for the Maker. They come in two variants, a 1.5lb box and 0.5lb box, and sell out pretty quickly. This was my first year but I’m a fan of the various Sparkfun contests and “unique” events they hold so I figured this…

Semi-static Website Hosting in AWS S3 Buckets: SanAngeloSheep.info

Amazon Web Service’s S3 object storage is a fantastically easy and robust way to host a simple website. The only catch is that it’s an object storage so you can’t use any server side scripting like php or python; Simple object storage also means you can’t use any databases either so your data must reside…

Testing Failures and Fault Recovery of PHP and Mysql

Often I’m tasked with having to architect highly available and fault tolerant systems of varying styles; architecting and designing is one thing, but when it’s built you then have to test, test, and test some more.  In the course of doing this over the years I have a number of horror-stories, and I’ve also picked…

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Finished Project: Scrappy Science Caddy – First Hackster.io Project

Finished Project: Scrappy Science Caddy – First Hackster.io Project

After a long delay I finally finished a new project, this is my Scrappy Science Caddy, a basic data acquisition box powered by a raspberry pi and the MCP3008 an Analog to Digital Chip. I created an instructable for the project, viewed here (which got selected as a featured project): http://www.instructables.com/id/Scrappy-Science-Caddy/ and this is my […]

Project: Data Box – Wiring an IDE Connector for GPIO

This past weekend I continued working on my Data Acquisition…

Project: Data Box – Reusing Motherboard Standoffs for Mounts

In this project I’m making a data acquisition box using…

Thoughts from the SXSW Partner Sessions

I was lucky enough to attend some of the Partner…