Monthly Archives: August 2017

You trying to give me a heart attack!

Oh my goodness, THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!

I was supposed to stay off the internet today, so I went to check my download count . . . .

Oh my goodness, I saw the count, and thought some how I was doing a multiple month download range, then I had to look at the graph margin, last week the top bar was 2 downloads, this week it was in the hundreds!!

I’ve never seen that, I don’t know how I’m going to segregate it out to countries, I’m still in too much shock!

I should have been at 600 downloads around the 22nd of this month, but I was hoping to be at 550 today, and you guys just TOTALY BLEW THAT OUT OF THE WATER!!!

Excuse me, I have to take a walk.

Again.

THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!

I guess it won’t be that hard, China WINS! – Guess I am going to have to learn some Chinese!

South Africa, welcome to the Double Digits Club!! a Yellow pin for you!!

Runners up: Brazil, Switzerland, Poland, India, U.K. , U.S.A.

Totals:

China – 329
USA – 141
Germany – 69

888

08/30/2017 – . . . and it just keeps getting better every time I SEE IT! Thank you AGAIN China, this is what I have been waiting for, I can see 1000 downloads in less than a YEAR!
(Sorry, I will update the map tonight, in all the excitement I forgot. Maybe I will wait one more day, probably have 400 by then.)

WOOHOO!!!!

I see you too, Saudi Arabia, keep on downloading!

Just read an article about the Amazon Echo everyone they talked to on average had 5, FIVE! of them in their house! Get ready to SPEND SOME MONEY!!!!!! AND THEY ALREADY HAVE A PHONE!

Just get a watch and be done! I have 2 watches, only use one, outside, inside, in a car, in an Uber, in a friends car, at work, in the bathroom. NO CORDS! NO POWER PLUGS!

1 Device SIMPLE! DONE!

$180 X 5 = $900!!!! NINE HUNDRED DOLLARS! and your phone already does it, and a watch does it cheaper.

$275 X 1 = $275

Where can I get a Raspberry Pi Today?

I’m glad you asked!

I will look for other countries too, but that will be a little more tricky.

. . . and done!

World:

Resellers

United States:

Fry’s Electronics

Seattle
800 Garden Ave. North
Renton, WA 98057
Phone (425) 525-0200

Store Hours:
9am – 9pm Monday – Friday
9am – 8pm Sunday

Raspberry Pi

Other Fry’s locations:

Fry’s Locations

Microcenter (Sorry, you will have to change the store location manually at the top, that’s the way the web site works.)

$29.99 (In Store only – 8/28/2017)

Boston/Cambridge – Massachusetts (252 In Stock)

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Orange County / Tustin – California (241 In Stock)

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Denver – Colorado (236 In Stock)

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Atlanta/Deluth – Georgia (248 In Stock)

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Atlanta/Marietta – Georgia (248 In Stock)

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Chicagoland/Central – Illinois (248 In Stock)

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Chicagoland/Westmont – Illinois (248 In Stock)

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Beltway/Rockville – Maryland (248 In Stock)

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Baltimore/Towson – Maryland (248 In Stock)

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Detroit/Madison Heights – Michigan (248 In Stock)

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Twin Cities/St. Louis Park – Minnesota

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St. Louis/Brentwood – Missouri

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North Jersey / Paterson – New Jersey

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Long Island / Westbury – New York

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Brooklyn / Gowanus Expy – New York

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Queens / Flushing – New York

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(Wow! Having Law and Order Flashbacks!)
Westchester County / Yonkers

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Central Ohio / Columbus – Ohio

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North East Ohio/ Mayfield Heights – Ohio

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Cincinnati / Sharonville – Ohio

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Philadelphia / St. Davids

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Houston

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Dallas Metroplex / Richardson (249 In Stock)

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Northern Virginia / Fairfax (253 In Stock)

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Nothing near by? Order it on line:

Raspberry Pi

Power Supply (can use Android charging cable)

Micro SD – 16 GB

Here is a two relay board, good for first try

All Kinds of Relays

Wires to connect relay to Raspberry Pi

Hey 3D printer gods!

I got a project to suggest for you.

We need a mount that can be added to a light switch that you buy at the hardware store that allows you to mount a sainsmart type 2 relay (or just 1 relay either way) module to it. (I will draw up a picture in a little)

If you make one send me a link to your video or web page, or blog, or design file on one of the 3D printer forums and I will post it to my Tools of the Trade page.

If you aren’t asking too much I will probably buy a couple from you and do a post on what I think.

Get it off the grid IoT OtG style!

Thank you China!

ZDNet – Internet of Things devices are proliferating faster than humans can comprehend. According to Gartner’s Earl Perkins, we’ve already missed the window of opportunity we had to fix that.

Pull your Raspberry Pi’s off the network connected to the internet, and make their own private network, connect a phone with texting, DONE! (If you aren’t using the free one which can also be off the grid).

Then you can text via voice assistant or typing or cut and paste, Apple Watch even has custom responses that you can make to perform functions at the touch of a button.

I guess I need to make a client for that, add it to the list (Can’t be done with iPhone halve to use Siri).

BONUS! Here are links to buy what you need.

Control all your devices via text messaging, will even work with a flip phone! or Apple Watch or Android Watch FROM ANYWHERE, FULLY CUSTOMIZABLE WAKE WORD!(Jarvis, James, Q, Computer, Lord Vader(crap, my new one), Mommy, Frank RULES). Actually you can set them all up, choose what you want ON THE FLY!! Just added Lord Vader while I was at work SWEEEEEEEET! (CORRECTION: I mis-spoke all speakers will ALWAYS have a PROPRIETARY wake word, wearables WILL NOT and already DON’T Android and Apple Watch)

I think this is the first product you have no fear of corporate licensing! (and for you corporate types, there is no settings saved on the hub, it’s all on the users phone! which does not need an app! and the name is NEVER passed to the hub.)

Just set up in your phone contacts what name you want and give it the phone number of your hub. FREEEEEEEEEEEDOM!!!!!! NO ONE IS GOING TO TOUCH THAT!

IoT OtG I *KNEW* IT *ROCKED* WHEN I MADE IT!!!!!

IoT OtG – Google Play Store

more info and demo video

The first iPhone WAS a MVP (minimally viable product).

When the first iPhone came out it had minimal memory, no expandable memory (HTC 6700 had expandable memory), no app store (no body did, and about to be my point), and the craziest a 2G radio (3G had been out for years). That was pretty much a MVP.

It did have the largest screen at the time and the best mp3 player, and the most technically
advanced touch screen(which *almost* pulls it out of the MVP classification, but not quite), and you could get e-mail (blackberry), and it had a browser (no flash).

I’m sure it was all about cost, but I’m sure he didn’t want to waste a lot of money if it didn’t fly, and you always got to have that upgrade path 😉

It also took one of the greatest salesmen to kick it off. There is NO WAY HTC, Nokia, RIM, or Microsoft for that matter could have sold a 2G phone on that day. (The only people who come close to being a salesmen like him were the guys who got Bill Gates to buy Web TV)

And nobody knew it at the time, not even Jobs, but the true product was the App Store, and they haven’t even touched on things like the Moto Mods, if they could get into the health care hardware add ons business? WHOA!

Siri

It took forever to get a large screen, or acceptable memory.

That’s why this site is called Obsessively Android.

But in the end? It’s all about the people.

Like Eddie Van Halen said:

“You make music for the people. Otherwise, just play in your closet.”

Crazy you can add functionality to your app exponentially while decreasing the amount of code it actually contains, now we’re talking.

Eewwwwwwwww! Flashback!

Yay! I don’t have to buy a new watch!

It’s like going to one of those electronic stores and paying the place to throw away one of their scam products for them)

It also gives me a flashback to when the first iPhone came out.

My first phone was a Nokia candy bar phone, it was for work, because at the time I wouldn’t give you $1 for the phones that existed. The only way I would have a phone back then is so I didn’t have to walk to call a tow truck when my car broke down.

Then I got this phone

HTC Falcon

And I KNEW we would be where we are today, and I was Obsessed!

Screen size was awesome, and WiFi a (WiFi a BABY!) no bluetooth (actually a blessing). AND! I could terminal server into Windows Machines! GOOD BYE LAPTOP!

BUT! it was 2G, which was fine at the time till, 3G came out, then it started getting slow.

Then HTC released another version the following year that had a slide down keyboard, bluetooth, and WiFi b, but it was still 2G so not too big of a deal.

Then HTC SCREWED THE POOCH! They came out with this thing:

HTC 6700

I bought one a couple of years ago just so I can remember how bad the thing really was.

BUT! it was 3G! Fast Fast Fast! and you could plug it into a laptop and tether your data connection. But man, did that screen SUCK!

But I knew today would come, so I would check Engadget, ALL THE TIME, looking for the new phone that would finally put us back on the right path, but HTC just kept putting out the same crap, with a little faster processor and a little more memory, over, and over, and over. (after reading about the making of the iPhone, I bet this is what they were thinking too)

“The first person to make a phone with a 3+ inch screen, I will be buying it!” I said.

Touche Steve Jobs!

Out comes the first iPhone, 3+ inch screen, iPod built in, WooHoo! 2G . . . . . Uhhhhhhh WHAT!
I had this phone 4 years ago!

So needless to say I didn’t buy the first iPhone, and saved all kinds of money. ( I bought the 3G)

That’s exactly what the Apple Watch LTE feels like.

Home Automation related things 8/14/2017

Cost mainly, affordable and simple upgrade path, works with both iOS and Android, then openness, then the fact that I have no debt.

Oh yeah, Raspberry Pi’s work all over the world.(60 Countries, 6 Continents, 500+ downloads, Indonesia is getting a blue pin! South Africa, you’re keeping up, pretty cool!)

NONE of my Raspberry Pi’s have EVER gone bad, never had to return one.

. . . and they make TONS of them.

The list just goes on and On and ON!

Aetna Customers! or maybe you know someone who is . . .

Apple working with insurer Aetna to discount Apple Watches for customers

9To5Mac – New WatchOS 4 features

Google Assistant should understand some new languages soon.

Pi One Button Remote – WE ARE LIVE!

Daaaaaaaaaaamn!

That could put a hurting on someone!

Apple Plans to Release a Cellular-Capable Watch to Break iPhone Ties – Bloomberg

Ok, don’t make me buy another phone line (deal breaker), sure would like to be able to switch between my iPhone SE and the 6 plus without re-syncing to new phone (probably too much to ask at this time), just make it easy to disable the radio when I don’t need it, maybe a better designed charging setup (something I can snap the current setup into?) that works better on a table so I can tell when it’s done charging, or some notification when it is charged, and finally (wow I’m needy) maybe a gesture to send the text when I “throw” it? I understand I need to acknowledge that the message is correct and going to the right person, but sometimes you have something in your other hand and it is hard to push the button.

I also added a Tools of the Trade page to show you the tools I use to do all the hardware stuff.

. . . and yet another app is live!

Suuuuuite! or is that Saaaaaaweeeet! they both apply.

App Store

Yes, Apple made me make ANOTHER VIDEO for this app, I’m going to have to add up all the minutes of all my video’s and see if I have enough time for a feature movie. Since the Emoji Movie has set the bar so low, I might have a shot at something.

Settings

Click on Lights ON to turn on lights and reveal fan button:

Turn Fan or Light on and off from this screen.

If you leave the fan on and turn off the lights the fan will stay on for the timer length you set. If no timer is set both the lights and the fan will turn off together.

When the timer completes the screen goes back to:

Smart fan update: Got a simple app created that would let you select speeds for the fan, it was testing well using the free app which you would have to turn on and off one speed before turning on the next speed. The Smart Fan app automatically turns off the previous speed before turning on the selected speed and low and medium speeds worked fine, but when stress testing the high speed (acting like a 6 year old got a hold of your phone) the relay got too hot and the switch connection would stick (slightly melt) burned up 3 relays trying various configurations. So I ordered a better quality relay to see how that works out, also I think I am going to get a new fan to work on. The one I was using is 16+ years old, so maybe not the best one to use.

Another strange thing is I was controlling this same exact fan from a wall switch, letting it run for hours and had no issue, so not sure what that means.

Pi Two Button Remote:

Here are some screen scrapes, probably add a couple more features, and edit the fan pic a little, get rid of the blue background.

A little better . . .

I also dabble a little bit with tablets:

Pi One Button Remote – submitted.

Layout looks pretty good on iPhone SE and 6 Plus, I need to edit the icon a little, got some black lines on the edges.

Done. All functionality seems to work as I expect. Now time to start work on my (full-time) two button remote (see at the bottom). Don’t see a need for a 3 button remote, probably be the Ceiling Fan Remote app after the two button remote app.

Yes, Apple made me make ANOTHER VIDEO for this app, I’m going to have to add up all the minutes of all my video’s and see if I have enough time for a feature movie. Since the Emoji Movie has set the bar so low, I might have a shot at something.

Settings

Click on Lights ON to turn on lights and reveal fan button:

Turn Fan or Light on and off from this screen.

If you leave the fan on and turn off the lights the fan will stay on for the timer length you set. If no timer is set both the lights and the fan will turn off together.

When the timer completes the screen goes back to:

Smart fan update: Got a simple app created that would let you select speeds for the fan, it was testing well using the free app which you would have to turn on and off one speed before turning on the next speed. The Smart Fan app automatically turns off the previous speed before turning on the selected speed and low and medium speeds worked fine, but when stress testing the high speed (acting like a 6 year old got a hold of your phone) the relay got too hot and the switch connection would stick (slightly melt) burned up 3 relays trying various configurations. So I ordered a better quality relay to see how that works out, also I think I am going to get a new fan to work on. The one I was using is 16+ years old, so maybe not the best one to use.

Another strange thing is I was controlling this same exact fan from a wall switch, letting it run for hours and had no issue, so not sure what that means.

Pi Two Button Remote:

Here are some screen scrapes, probably add a couple more features, and edit the fan pic a little, get rid of the blue background.

A little better . . .

Business Insider – How to fight throwaway culture