WordPress on Vagrant

I’ve went ahead and updated the WordPress branch within my Vagrant Environments git repository hoping to kickstart all kinds of new experimentation on my own end. When checking it out, you’ll find the update including: The latest version of WordPress 4.4.2 An Ubuntu 14.04 based Vagrant box PHP 7, installed from ppa:ondrej/php

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Pi Motion

I’ve been wanting to return to the motion detection setups I’ve created in the past [1, 2] on the Raspberry Pi, and update them a bit using some more recent development approaches. For example, before I used Wiring Pi’s gpio utility in a bash script and displayed the results in staticly generated pages from PHP’s […]

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HipChat bot on AWS

Over the last year or so I’ve spent some time testing out Amazon Web Services. While at first the myriad of options seemed a bit overwhelming, once I figured out what I wanted, it was fairly easy to navigate and manage the setup. In particular I used Elastic Compute Cloud with a Debian Wheezy image […]

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Portable Development Environments

I have been enjoying setting up and utilizing my development environments these days. Though that may sound odd to some, it has been that way as I’ve been able to isolate them from my main system, allow them to be cross-platform, and easily reproduce them on other hosts. The most efficient way I’ve found to […]

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2048 on a Touchscreen Raspberry Pi

As I was checking out the latest accessories for the Raspberry Pi, I stumbled across this nice little shield at Adafruit: PiTFT Mini Kit – 320×240 2.8″ TFT+Touchscreen. Several days went by before I was certain I had to have it, and when it eventually arrived, I was not disappointed. To start, I followed the […]

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Checking out Bolt

Recently I was able to spend some time with Bolt, “a tool for Content Management, which strives to be as simple and straightforward as possible.” Actually, It was very straightforward, as I only had to: Clone the project from GitHub Get Composer and install Tweak my existing Nginx configuration Export the entries from this installation […]

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Tracking with Tasker

After finding Tasker for Android and realizing all of the potential it has, I had to try it out. To begin, I decided to build a prototype backend service for receiving the location signals sent from the app itself. The possibilities seemed endless. As the website states: Tasker is an application for Android which performs […]

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Observations on HTML

In December of 2012 HTML5 became feature complete according to the W3C, “meaning businesses and developers have a stable target for implementation and planning.” They continued to describe HTML5 as, “the cornerstone of the Open Web Platform, a full programming environment for cross-platform applications with access to device capabilities; video and animations; graphics; style, typography, […]

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Visualizing Motion

The programmability of the Raspberry Pi comes in handy when you want to change the behavior of a circuit without moving a single wire. In this case, I decided the data I was logging with my former motion detection script was largely useless because it only ever recorded when a motion event occurred, but didn’t […]

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Responsive Design View in Firefox

With the faster release cycle and updating of Firefox, it’s been interesting to see features show up in the application like they do in web sites. They’re there the next time you load it, and are discovered almost by accident if you do not go searching for them on purpose. The other day, while testing […]

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