Sunday, September 25, 2016

How to Automatically Unzip Files Downloaded from Chrome on Windows

macOS has a nice feature where it can automatically unzip “safe” files after downloading. I was looking for a way to do the same thing on Windows and couldn’t find a nice tutorial using free or open source software, so I decided to create my own. I should say that this process could be a security concern if you manage to download a file that unzips into a virus, but I decided that the convenience is worth the possible risk.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Particle-Losant Integration using Webhooks

As I’ve posted on my blog before, I use a Spark Core to control the lights in my bedroom. In my first blog post, I described the original hardware and firmware. In the second blog post, I described the hardware and software updates, and also how I integrated it with IFTTT. Recently, I wrote a post about integrating Liquor Lights into the project. I had thought that these changes had fixed the remaining issues, but I was still experiencing problems where the lights would turn on and off without input. I had to think of a way to log what what happening so that I could dive in and see what is actually going wrong.

My Spark Lamp project’s hardware

Monday, April 18, 2016

IoT Liquor Lights using Spark Core

My whiskey collection was starting to outgrow the space that was allocated for it in the kitchen so I was brainstorming a new place to put them. I love how unique the bottles and colors are for each drink, so I wanted a way to display them. With the help of my girlfriend, we decided to move them into a small bookcase in the corner of our apartment that was mainly used for displaying knickknacks. We decided it would look nice if we could light up the bottles, and I of course needed to connect that light to the internet!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Spark Lamp Update

At the beginning of the year, I posted my Spark Lamp project. It worked fine most of the time but I noticed when I would get home from work and flip the light switch on the wall to turn the lamps on, it would take 10 to 15 seconds before the lights actually turned on. This really started to become an issue when Daylight Savings ended in November and it was dark out when I got home from work.
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