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! …
The new Raspberry Pi 4 (8GB) model was released earlier this year. I was able to get one for my self a few days back. The experience was really smooth. Now the device comes with 5GHz WiFi along with 2, 4K HDMI outputs. That being said, in this article, I will explain a few ways to connect to the development board along with some features it has.
Raspberry Pi’s are a series of devices that comes as single-board computers or SOCs. They are self-contained units for prototyping and development work.
This sophisticated device has many features including GPIO (General Purpose Input/Output) pins including the following tech specs. …
The concept of Edge Computing is inspired by CDN technology. CDN stands for Content Delivery Networks. A CDN typically works to bring the content (images, video, script files) on the Internet closer to its users. This helps faster streaming of content with proper load handling. This is how YouTube, Netflix, etc delivery content to different regions without getting overwhelmed by the massive data rates required for streaming services.
Edge Computing brings both data and computations closer to its users!
BitTorrent is one of the most popular P2P networking protocols in use. Gnutella is one such protocol that existed before BitTorrent. Talking about P2P, it holds more than 40% of the total Internet’s traffic (source). Though the “BitTorrent” software comes into your mind, the idea of Torrenting is much broader and complex than the tool itself. Furthermore, BitTorrent is the name of the protocol that is used for the P2P file transmission.
In a typical file transmission scenario that happens on the Internet, you are either uploading a file or downloading a file from a publicly accessible server. However, in P2P file sending/receiving this happens between two or more parties who aren’t strictly public on the Internet. Hence, it is called P2P or peer to peer. …