Xiaomi Mi Flora plant monitor is a cool high tech device for measuring plant’s soil moisture, and fertility, as well as light and temperature. The data is accessible via Bluetooth using the mobile app. The device is waterproof, the battery is said to last at least a year, and it costs about $17 on Amazon or Ebay.
NuHeat floor thermostats are great but have a couple of drawbacks: they cost a lot and they fail from electricity spikes. After two replacements, I decided that a cost of a NuHeat thermostat is sufficient budget for making something cool while not paying NuHeat for their extortive designs.
Most IoT devices communicate with servers on the Internet. How to ensure they are not used for malicious purposes by the manufacturer, government, or some random hacker?
I just overhauled my Rockshox Reverb seatpost, and found out how it works in the process. I own an X-Fusion Hilo too, so after I finished, I got curious and watched a video of its overhaul, so I now know how both seatposts work. In addition, I have a long-term perspective, as I rode each seatpost for about a year.
What makes crema?
Crema is a foam comprising coffee oils, carbon dioxide created during coffee roasting and air trapped in coffee grounds. There are several exhaustive Coffeegeek articles in the subject. (I also think electric-pump-based coffee/espresso machines increase crema by aerating brewing water.)
Why there is little crema in coffee from Aeropress?
Oils and bubbles, being lighter than water, travel up when brewing. When Aeropress is used as described in the manual, crema is filtered last and gets absorbed in the grounds and paper filter.
Action video is often lacking clear persistent references to stabilize video with – they either are not present in the frame for very long, or often compressed out of frame as the codec is trying to spend most of its bandwidth on moving objects in the shot.
Deshaker, a plugin for Windows program VirtualDub, with its capability to find and track multiple visual references (literally hundreds of them) automatically from frame to frame is the king of action video stabilization. (It works on Linux, too, see below).
Low priority traffic is clogging your Internet connection? Read on.
An Apple MacPro box, even old one, makes a nice home server. It has 4 SATA bays + 2 onboard SATA ports, ECC memory, looks much better than any enterprise ECC-capable server box, and can be found pretty cheap.
Many Garmin devices have a limit of how many points a gpx track might have. You can bypass the limit by splitting a GPS track to segments of 500 points or less. Here is how to do it with a free Qmapshack program:
As an example, I took a 100km ride track from Strawberry Fields Forever ride. (Click on the link, click on 100km, export tab, download as GPX)
Let’s see the complete track on map: In Qmapshack, File-> Load GIS Data, select the gpx file. “Open SFF 100K” folder in Data window and double-click on the track.