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  • ESP32-C3 AWS IoT ExpressLink module & devkit aim to ease connection to AWS IoT services - CNX Software

    The compact (16.6 x 13.2mm) ESP32-C3 module is currently offered as part of the ESP32-C3-AWS-ExpressLink-DevKit development board following the Arduino Zero board form factor allowing it to be plugged into the Arduino board, or easily connect to other host systems such as the Raspberry Pi. The goal is to simplify the deployment of IoT solutions removing the need for developers to maintain complex firmware, and offering end-to-end security and fleet management out of the box.

  • Wake-Up Robot Does It Gently | Hackaday

    For hundreds of years, people have fallen asleep while reading in bed late at night. These days it’s worse, what with us taking phones to the face instead when we start to nod off. At least they don’t have pointy corners like books. While you may not want to share your bedroom with a robot, this wake-up robot by [Norbert Zare] may be just the thing to keep you awake.

    Here’s how it works: a Raspberry Pi camera on a servo wanders around at eye level, and the Pi it’s attached to uses OpenCV to determine whether those eyes are open or starting to get heavy. The bot can also speak — it uses eSpeak to introduce itself as a bot designed not to let you sleep. Then when it catches you snoozing, it repeatedly intones ‘wake up’ in a bored British accent.

  • Is It Finally Time For Christmas Decorations? | Hackaday

    [Arnov] is trying to get into the holiday spirit and is doing so the way he knows how. He was thinking of some cool decorations for his Christmas tree and decided the best decorations are the ones you make yourself, so he made his own blinky Christmas tree ornament.

    The famed “blinky circuit” is certainly one that we are no strangers to here at Hackaday. Some of our readers will be very pleased to see that he did in fact use a 555 timer and not an Arduino. The 555 timer is wired to drive the clock pin of the CD4017 decade counter and the outputs of the decade counter are wired to the LEDs. The LEDs are lit up sequentially upon each low to high transition of the clock pulse though you may try getting creative with your LED wiring scheme to achieve different blinking effects.

  • Finally, A Use For Old Cellphones | Hackaday

    In what is now a three-year long search, I’ve finally found the perfect use for an old cellphone. And with it, the answer to a burning question: Why aren’t we hacking cellphones?

    First, the application. The Octo4a project lets you use an old Android phone as a 3D printer server, web interface, and even time-lapse camera to make those nice movies where the print seems to grow up out of nothing before your eyes. It’s the perfect application for an old phone, making use of the memory, WiFi, graphics capabilities, and even the touch-screen if you want local control of your prints.

    Connecting to the phone was the main hurdle that I’ve always seen in developing for cellphone projects, because I have robotics applications in mind. But Octo4a gets around this with low or no effort. Most 3D printers are designed to run on USB anyway, so connecting it to the phone is as simple as buying a USB OTG cable. With the USB port taken over, powering the phone long-run becomes a tiny problem, which can be solved with a Y-cable or a little solder. Keep the OS from going to sleep, somehow, and it’s problem solved!

More in Tux Machines

Review: UBports on the PinePhone

At the end of 2021 I posted a review about the PinePhone and what it was like running the device's default operating system: Manjaro Linux featuring the Plasma Mobile interface. While I've had decent experiences with Plasma Mobile in the past, the combination of Manjaro, the PinePhone, and this interface left a lot to be desired. It was slow, it was unstable, and there were issues with the battery charge indicator. To make matters worse, the default applications were not polished or well named. It was a rough experience and, though I can see where there is hope for Manjaro on the PinePhone, I was eager to try something different. In the past I have had mostly good experiences with the UBports distribution. UBports is a community project which has continued Canonical's Ubuntu Touch operating system for smart phones and tablets. Since I've run UBports on devices which didn't have any more memory or processing power than the PinePhone, I was optimistic about trying out the PinePhone with this alternative distribution. Read more

Switching from OpenNTPd to Chrony

A friend recently reminded me of the existence of chrony, a "versatile implementation of the Network Time Protocol (NTP)". Read more

today's howtos

  • How to Enable MySQL/MariaDB Query Logging

    In this short and easy to follow guide, we cover how to enable MySQL/MariaDB query logging and save queries to a file. When using a database, it often happens that developers want to know what’s going on behind the scene. Whether it is for troubleshooting, performance tuning, or out of sheer curiosity. General query logs remain one of the most popular sources of auditing and diagnostic information in MySQL/MariaDB databases. After logging is enabled, the database server will write information to the log file when clients connect or disconnect, and it will log each SQL statement.

  • How to install Zotero on Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04 LTS - Linux Shout

    Zotero is a reference management system and academic network, here we learn the steps to install Zotero in Linux such as Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy JellyFish or Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa. Zotero is an open-source and free tool that helps in collecting, organizing, citing, and sharing research. It consists of two components: Zotero standalone (Mac, Windows, Linux) with a plugin for Firefox, Google Chrome, and Safari; Zotero web application: computer-independent access to your library, finding and setting up groups on specific topics (see collaboration), making contacts with others. The two components of this tool can be synchronized with each other. If you are often involved in extensive projects at work or have to write a large-scale work during your studies, you quickly lose track of the sources used. With Zotero, you keep all information together and create a clear library for your project without much effort. It is particularly suitable for literature research on the Internet and the direct transfer of the researched data and works in groups that want to manage literature together.

  • How to Copy Directory in Linux: (Beginner to Advance)

    While working in several operating systems, we use to add files and folders, cut, copy, edit and delete them as per our choice. Just like all these, the Linux system provides us the opportunity to copy a single folder to another folder even though the folder is empty or not. Therefore, we will discuss some easy methods to copy one directory to another in Ubuntu 20.04 system. Let’s have a fresh start by using the different ways to copy a directory from one place to another in Linux. For this particular purpose, we must open up the terminal shell as we are going to do all things in it. There are two ways to open it. One is from the activity search area and the other is the shortcut key “Ctrl+Alt+T”. Practice one of the mentioned methods to open it and start implementing the commands in it one by one.

  • How to Change Default Torrent Client for Magnet Links in Ubuntu 20.04+ | UbuntuHandbook

    When clicking a magnet link in Chrome browser, it pops-up with “Open xdg-open” option allows to launch the default app to start the downloading. Unlike Firefox, Google Chrome does not offer an option to choose which app to handle the link. Instead, it launches the default app directly. For those want to change this default app to handle magnet links, here’s how to do the trick in Ubuntu.

  • How to install Microsoft Fonts on Elementary OS 6.0 - Invidious
  • How to install VCV Rack 2 on a Chromebook

    Today we are looking at how to install VCV Rack 2 on a Chromebook. Please follow the video/audio guide as a tutorial where we explain the process step by step and use the commands below.

  • How to Install Papirus Icon Theme on Ubuntu - OMG! Ubuntu!

    Changing the icon theme on Ubuntu is an easy way to give your desktop a new look and feel. In this post we show you how to install Papirus icons on Ubuntu from a PPA. Why use the Papirus icon set? Because it’s good — in fact, it’s one of the best icon themes for Ubuntu not to mention other Linux distros like Linux Mint, Zorin OS, and Manjaro. Thousands of users use this set, and several Linux distributions ship it as their default.

  • Exploring GIT Commit Hashes & Generating Cryptographic Zeros – Jon's FOSS Blog

    So I was trying to research what goes into generating a GIT commit hash and I thought I would try to personalize the cryptographic hash output a little bit. My computer isn’t that powerful but it may be possible to generate more zeros!

Keyboards and Open-Source - Ignorance is bliss..

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In my Keyboard Fun post from last year I talked a bit about my interest in mechanical keyboards. Since then, I played around with a few more keyboards/switches/keycaps/… Interesting enough, beside the actual hardware, naturally there is some software component to all these keyboards, too. Whereas most commercial keyboards still come with proprietary firmware, there is the trend within the keyboard enthusiast scene to go for open-source firmware. This allows you to properly update the firmware even from your Linux machine and do proper configuration of e.g. the keymap, too. Read more