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27
Dec

Arduino Officially Releases Arduino IDE 1.8.0

 

Arduino Version 1.8.0 Is Here!

Arduino has officially released their long awaited "Unifying" IDE that brings both the .cc and .org variants of the company together into perfect harmony.  Version 1.8.0 of the Arduino IDE works out of the box with AVR boards, like the Uno, Mega, Yun, and Micro, among the most popular. Additionally, it supports the Arduino Leonardo Ethernet, Arduino Yun Mini,Arduino Industrial 101, and Uno WiFi... Read more about Arduino Officially Releases Arduino IDE 1.8.0

8
Dec

How To Use Amazon Alexa To Control The LinkNode R4 ESP8266 4-Channel Relay Board

Control an ESP8266 With Amazon Alexa!

Over the last year or so I have became captivated with anything and everything ESP8266 related, and rightfully so. This little WiFi module is everything I have been hoping for in a development board for years. It’s small and compact, and has built in WiFi, as well as several GPIO lines, and is Arduino IDE compatible making reading sensors and controlling things like relays and such very easy. In this review / overview I am going to take a look at the Linknode R4,  a new offering from LinkSprite, a fairly young company that is dedicated to offering the public affordable DIY home automation solutions.  Read more about How To Use Amazon Alexa To Control The LinkNode R4 ESP8266 4-Channel Relay Board

30
Nov

The Raspberry Pi Foundation issues security update for Raspbian

SSH Now Disabled By Default

I love the Internet of Things, so much so that I have built a career around writing about the so-called IoT for various websites, and for that I am thankful. Unfortunately, the IoT is not all fun and games as a lot of us would like to believe. As with everything that is connected to the internet, there are countless individuals in the world who dedicate their lives to finding a way to exploit the security flaws. Granted, not all of these individuals are nefarious in nature, and are just looking to find flaws so that they can be fixed, but their are a great number of individuals who are looking to utilize those internet connected things for malicious things... Read more about The Raspberry Pi Foundation issues security update for Raspbian

27
Nov

Raspberry Pi Basics: Installing The Latest Version of Raspbian onto a SD Card

Installing Raspbian To An SD Card

Welcome back to another installment of The Workbench . In this episode I walk you through the process of installing the latest version of Raspbian onto an SD card for use with a Raspberry Pi. This is the first episode in a series of videos in which I cover the basics of getting a Raspberry Pi up and running from scratch. The series will serve as a foundation to future Raspberry Pi project videos that I'll be creating soon.  Read more about Raspberry Pi Basics: Installing The Latest Version of Raspbian onto a SD Card

27
Nov

Building A New Workbench / Assembly Table For The Workshop!

 It's Huge!

 Welcome back to another installment of The Workbench . In this episode I talk about the workbench / assembly table I built for the workshop a few months ago. I shot this video over the course of two weeks, and had about 25-hours of footage, and the end result was just too long. So I speed things up, and loosely emulated Jimmy Diresta's "Diresta's Cut" style of videos to keep the length down.  Read more about Building A New Workbench / Assembly Table For The Workshop!

7
Jul

How To Make Your Wet / Dry Vacuum Filters Last 10x Longer.

Filterpal HD Review

If you own a workshop, have a vehicle, or have had to clean up after a large leak on your home, you have almost certainly used, if not owned a wet / dry vacuum. If you own a wet / dry vacuum that you have used to suck up particulate debris such as wood shaving, saw dust, ash, or drywal dust, then you know how fast it's pleated filter cartridge clogs up and renders the vacuum unusable. I recently purchased a new wet / dry vacuum from a big box store, and wanted to do something to slow down the filter replacment cycle. This is where a company called FilterPal comes in, and in the video below, I review their new FilterPal HD.  Read more about How To Make Your Wet / Dry Vacuum Filters Last 10x Longer.

1
Mar

The Workbench: Episode 3 - Installing New LED Shop Lights.

Installing LED workshop lights into my new workspace!

Installing New LED Lighting In Our Workshop!

Work on our new workshop is well on its way to completion, and I have been documenting the whole process for my YouTube channel. Back in October of 2015 I moved into a new (to me) home, and somehow managed to convince my significant other to let me turn the entire two-car garage into a workshop. While this was amazing news, I quickly realized that this endeavor was going to cost me more than I thought. In the first video from the new workshop, Charles installs new energy efficient LED shop lights that were given to us from a company called American Green Lights... Find the full video and more information after the jump!  Read more about The Workbench: Episode 3 - Installing New LED Shop Lights.

28
Feb

FCC Documents Reveal Raspberry Pi 3 Featuring Onboard WiFi and Bluetooth

A New Raspberry Pi With Bluetooth and WiFi Is On The Way

It’s been a year since the Raspberry Pi Foundation released the Raspberry Pi 2, and it looks like the company is preparing to launch the third version of its Model B microcomputer. On February 26, 2016, submitted paperwork to the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) for approval of a new model of the Raspberry Pi. In the image above you can see that the board’s silkscreen says “Raspberry Pi 3 Model B V1.2”.  Read more about FCC Documents Reveal Raspberry Pi 3 Featuring Onboard WiFi and Bluetooth

3
Feb

Particle Prepares Its Electron Cellular-Based Development Board For Release Later This Month!

Particle's Electron Arrives Later This Month

After a year of crowd funding and development, Particle’s Electron development board is nearing release. Earlier this week Particle announced that it has began shipping Electron boards to its Kickstarter backers. Many of you might say, “Big deal, it's just another “Arduino,” but the Electron is way more than just another easy to use development board. Find out more after the jump!  Read more about Particle Prepares Its Electron Cellular-Based Development Board For Release Later This Month!

3
Feb

Protostack Unveils Revised Medium-Sized Prototyping Board

 

Protostack Unveils Revised Prototyping Board. 

 

This week, Protostack unveiled the latest revision to its critically acclaimed, medium-sized prototyping PCBs that now allows users to easily work with SMD components, such as 802-sized resistors, capacitors, and LEDs. The new boards feature the same “Breadboard” style layout, but have revised copper traces on the top of the boards as well as updated screen printing.  Read more about Protostack Unveils Revised Medium-Sized Prototyping Board