Are you bored with your ordinary TV? Do you want to expand your media experience to a whole new level? Yet you are limited with the budget? Like me? Well, this would be the perfect Smart TV solution!
Disclaimer: This tutorial might not be complete and can contain differences. Google Cloud Console is continuously changing. However, the underlying configuration should be quite the same.
For this article, we will be installing OSMC as the media operating system. Let’s get started!
Go to the OSMC website and click on the Download icon. Then click on the Rasberry Pi button. You’ll be scrolled to a section where you can select Disk Images. The version I am using is this from this link). …
Arduinos are quite famous for their versatility. However, when it comes to analytical work Python has the lead by a long shot. Therefore, it would be a heavenly match to have data from Arduino in your python environment.
There are many perks of fetching your data into your computer from a low resource device.
In order to enable serial communication for your python environment, you need to have the Pyserial library. Let’s have a look at a very simple example. …
Python is one of the most popular languages of the decade. It is very popular among researchers and machine learning enthusiasts. It has developed to the point that we can now program microcontrollers using python language. MicroPython in fact intends to bridge the knowledge gap between hardware programmers and software programmers.
In this article, we will discuss how we can setup MicroPython in an ESP32 development board.
Every time, we program some microcontroller we flash the firmware together with the program code. This is typical as most of the programs written for microcontrollers are compiled rather than interpreted. However, in MicroPython we burn the firmware first, followed by the transfer of program code. …
Advertising has become so prominent that most of us see too many ads. As they say “If you’re not paying for something, you probably are the product”. So all that free services care is the amount of advertising you expose yourself for them to show ads and make income. It is not a very bad thing, yet us geeks can have a work-around, so why not give it a try!
In this article, I will explain in detail how to set up Pi-hole, which is a DNS sinkhole, that will intercept your name queries and block that are seemingly undesired or considered as advertising. …
Early to bed, early to rise
Early to work to punch on time
Kids to school, missus cooks all
In this stressful pool, feel like a tool
Fights on roads, days and nights
Honks with others, bonks with words
Late home drowsy, kids be sleepy
Missus be lovely, yet my mood’s gloomy
Weekends hopeful, are so cheerful
I am so grateful, Mondays aren’t wrathful
Are gone with sputnik
There comes the pandemic
Break our lives like a ceramic
Early to nothing, late to nothing
Not good everything, yet the silver lining
Kids stay home, misses re-born
We all helping, each others…
Though there are numerous protocols used by proprietary developers like Google, Amazon and Philips in this article we will be talking about the use of MQTT in home automation. This is because MQTT is a reliable open source message brokering framework for IoT communications.
Ever wonder how thousands of IoT devices talk to each other? Well, you are about to know!. Not only that, we will see how we could use MQTT for simple automation tasks as we go along this article.
I’ll tell why I put the above image at the end of the article.
MQTT (Message Queueing Telemetry Transport) is an application layer protocol for message brokering. Although the word queueing is within the name, the main functionality is being a broker for message passing. IBM scientists invented the protocol in 1999 to monitor an oil pipeline that runs across a desert.
The main goal of the protocol was to be able to communicate under limited resources with less computational overheads. …
IoT is a booming area of study. Although it is not very straight forward, your Phillips Hue, Chromecast, Personal Cloud device, Smart-TV and all that is connected to your router are IoT variants. There is a minimum of 10 IoT devices in a modern home (including your phones, laptops, wearables, etc).
The normal usage flow is you pair the items with your phone via Bluetooth. Everything else is “magic” or is it? Well, this is what really happens.
This article comes to life after being involved in heavy zoom/google video conferencing for different purposes. This was a subject that we quite usually talk among peers during the times we started working from home via zoom communication. Before a meeting, there shall be several key points to be considered.
These factors must be considered for an effective meeting with the best compliance from all the participants. This is because, given the “working from home” situation there could be parents, elders, pets, etc. Sometimes it is difficult to avoid distractions given the personal circumstances one might be dealing. …
Passing the lockdowns we never have experienced before, this year is a bumpy ride. Having said that, one way many of us passed time during total lockdowns was watching media (TV shows, movies, etc) over streaming services (Netflix, AppleTV, etc). Some of you may have used your own storage devices to share media among friends to cope with the lonely times.
Disclaimer: I by no means encourage readers to commit copyright infringements. Kodi is an open-source project for media serving and does not stand by copyright crimes. Sourcing media needs to be done legally! …