IoT functionality completed. Coopener is now centrally controlled and accessible by web.
Home theatre and computer network installation.
Raspberry Pi to Arduino communication using Python and serial comms.
Building a framework for Home Automation devices, starting with the worlds first IoT chicken coop.
The Smart Home project has begun...
Build your own temperature sensor and fan speed controller.
Install *nix on your Riverbed x55
A coop and enclosure for the newest addition to our family.
Extended existing fence for privacy.
Disclaimer: These instructions likely cover many different models other than the one I have. I don't know which models these are, so if you don't have the same engine as mine then be sure to check on it. Having said the above,... Continue Reading →
Everyone loves going to the gym (well, maybe not everyone), but we hate it when all the good classes are always booked out! Argh! Well, not anymore! After recently joining Virgin Active gym in Sydney, Australia I quickly realised that... Continue Reading →
The final steps to completing your project. In this final project post we will be discussing Two-way serial communications between Linux and the Arduino. Using BASH scripts to communicate Running Cron jobs to schedule the scripts At the time of... Continue Reading →
Want to build your own completely flexible and customisable, yet small and energy efficient home Media System? This is not a simple media server or NAS (Network Attached Storage), although it does that too. It is everything your run-of-the mill... Continue Reading →
I already have existing servers, but I figured it would be best to build an entire Media System which stands alone and try to make it as small, efficient and automated as possible. This way, the system can be replicated... Continue Reading →
UPDATE: 25/2/2014 - Fritzing file is now available for Breadboard, Schematic, and PCB views. Above image is a screen grab of the Breadboard view in Fritzing. This is v1 hardware and will work on all v1.x versions of code (see... Continue Reading →
Space in our house is getting a little tight and my show cupboard is already full. So I decided to make a few additional shelves to hold more shoes. Also, the light in the cupboard is minimal due to the... Continue Reading →
Too many strings of wet days meant washing couldn't be done when needed. So, I finally caved and bought a clothes dryer. It's not used too often, but when it is used it's saves time and heartache; ultimately a darn good... Continue Reading →
I had a split-system air-conditioning unit installed in my garage (see previous blog post for installation of the wiring) and during installation my neighbor complained that the external unit is unsightly and will be too noisy for them along with... Continue Reading →
I had a gift voucher the local hardware store, so I decided to buy two double-baton fluorescent lights and install them near the business end of my workshop. I tapped in to the existing lights to grab power and I... Continue Reading →
We are planning on building my brother a workshop in his garage. The first step is to concrete the footings of the garage to make them look neater and eventually use the footing as raised storage. We built the form-working... Continue Reading →
This one is fairly straight-forward. Just built a shelf to get the Linux router/server out of the way and off the floor. The cabling is still a mess. I will need to fix that up and install proper conduit one... Continue Reading →
I had a friend of mine build me a new bench for a drop saw and drill press. Great use of the space in my opinion. I love it!
A couple of years ago when I turfed the back yard, I had dug a trench and installed two separate conduits running from under the house to the veggie patch. One of the conduits was to run power through it.... Continue Reading →
Yes. The garage gets very hot and I like my controlled climate. So I am having air-conditioning installed in my man-cave. The person installing the air-con is a friend of my father-in-law and we offered to run the cable from... Continue Reading →
My brother had bought a bunch of networking equipment. CISCO gear. We need a rack for all this stuff. So he decided to put one together. Here is the result:
What this blog entry is: Information on how I set up a [relatively] maintenance-free, reliable and cheap way of getting Netflix on my PCTV (PC connected to my TV), and any other PC on my network or connected to my... Continue Reading →