Published: May 19 2013
I have been seeing a number of Automation or Internet/Mobile controlled home appliances projects like Lifx or Ninja Blocks which made me wonder ‘how hard is it actually to do such a thing?’ (from the hardware point of view) so for this Weekend Project I got my self some opt-isolated relays and a power strip with the idea of creating a power switch that can be controlled by TTL, this project is really easy but relatively risky as it involves switching 220V AC so some care is needed
anyways here is a simple use case demo
Published: December 25 2012
After waiting for more then a month my Raspberry Pi finally arrived last week. Its a great piece of hardware at a great price, as always I am not really clear on what all I am going to do with it, initial plan was a Media Center running XBMC for the TV, I live in a rented apartment which I am sharing with some friends, we have an old 21” CRT TV which does not have any input source like VGA/HDMI, so the RCA composite video connector on Raspberry Pi made a lot of sense.
To power it I am using the charger I got with my Galaxy Tab which has a nice 5 Volt - 2 Ampere output which should be more then sufficient for what i have planned
- Home Automation using the GPIO pins
- Different kinds of Bots
- 1 Player Foosball
- Solar-Powered FTP server (well not really but super cool idea)
Since it boots directly through an SD card converting it from one project to other is really easy, currently I have 2 configurations on 2 saperate SD cards, one with XBMC (Raspbmc) streaming to TV from my NAS and other with Arch Linux for testing out different server/service configuration
and well here are some pictures
PS - This just showed up on HN!
Published: December 13 2012
I have finally decide to move to Github Pages instead of S3, since i was anyways using jekyll, moving to github pages was easy, Github has some instructions here, I have also added redirects from wordpress to this blog for the moment, there are few images/files which are pointing to wp-uploads in my older posts, I still need to move them somewhere else and then I can finally say bye bye to wordpress
Published: December 12 2012
Finally i decided to move away from Wordpress to a Static blog hosted entirely on S3. I have a lot of things tied up with wordpress, planning to move them over when i get more time, till then i will be using both wordpress and S3, new blog location http://blog.ankurs.com and Post Archive
Published: May 25 2012
Last Month i bought my first car a Honda Brio and i am absolutely loving it. Bangalore’s traffic is pretty bad and not to mention the problems with finding parking, but i guess it will take me a while to get used to these issues.