Video Tutorial: How NOT to package your ESP8266 & BME280
February 26, 2018
Continuing our series from last week, we’re going to package up the Wemos D1 Mini and the BME280 Environmental sensor on a perfboard, with batteries. Or at least that was the plan until we ran into a software bug… which could have been fixed. Until… well, watch the video and count how many ways this project didn’t go according to plan. If you agree that #LearningIsEducation please leave a like or subscribe!
Video Tutorial: Writing code onto Micropython Wemos D1 using Ampy
February 5, 2018
Last week we covered how to flash Micropython onto an ESP8266 (Wemos D1 Mini) but we had to type our code into the REPL by hand. That’s not terribly useful for a real world project, so this week we learn how to upload code and make it run on boot. We’ll be using a tool called Ampy, by Adafruit, since the Micropython world is a little immature.
Schedule change & new format
August 17, 2015
Over the years, the posting schedule here at Snowulf.com has varied wildly. We’ve had our good times (5 posts a week) and our bad times (zero posts for months). Up until July of this year, we’ve been averaging 1-2 posts a month for the last year or more, which is very sad. As soon as I had more free time, our post rate jumped up to 5 times a week and held that for more than a month. I’m very proud to really solidly be back “in the game”, however some adjustments need to be made.
Ride Friday: Adding a Givi E55 top case
June 24, 2011
Damn lot of cargo spaceThe 4th of July is coming up soon, and that means summer is here! I decided that the holiday would be a perfect time for me to take a few extra days off and take a little motorcycle road trip. The thought was to take the motorcycle down someplace nice and scenic like the coast (i.e. US 101) and maybe spend some time in SoCal. Being the good and proper motorcyclist that I am, I went to get a bunch of servicing done on the bike (good thing too, turns out my rear brake pads were worn out). At the same time, I figured the trip was a good excuse to finally get a little more luggage, a top case to be exact. Now I don’t need that much space for myself but when you’ve got a traveling companion, it just makes things a little easier. And so, after much searching and researching, I decided on a Givi E55 Monokey Topcase, a Givi E183 Topcase Rack (specific to my BMW R1100RTP) and a Givi E111 Backrest. Last night I got all the parts in, installed them, and wrote up a nice little guide along with a video review.
Video: Android Folder Demo
April 29, 2010
Today is another one of my Android/Video series. The video is very short, just over 2 minutes in length, and it focuses completely on the folder aspects under Android. (View in high def) I’m just going to quickly reiterate the 3 aspects of folders in Android that I covered: Standard Folders — The main purpose of folders is to create ways to “gather” your applications all together, keep them out of the way, but still easily accessible from the home screen.
Video: Four Generations of Cell Phones
April 19, 2010
Well, I previously threatened to make some video blog entries and now I’m finally making good on that threat. THIS IS NOT A VIDEO DIARY. In fact, if all goes according to plan, you’ll never see my face on camera. So before I get into the entry itself, a quick bit about making the videos. I captured them on a Nikon D300s in 720p, copied them over to my computer and ran them through Windows Live Movie Maker. I know, the software is a piece of shit and barely does anything more than add title cards, transitions, & re-compress — but that re-compression is important. The video raw off the camera is 100MB/minute. After Windows Movie Maker, it’s about 30-35MB/minute. During the process, of making today’s entry, I created two test videos. The first capture test only ended up at 480p, and had some lighting issues. My second capture test took a LONG time to get settled properly, but ended up at the proper 720p and looks decent in terms of the lighting. In the end, I’m pleased with how good the 720p video looks, people might not use it, but for those that wish it, it is there for them. So… on to today’s actual entry. Yesterday, I ordered a Nexus One. Yes, I broke down and did it. I really want to use it for development… plus it is just so damn cool. As I was watching videos on YouTube about it, I realized most of the video reviews were shot on release. IE for T-Mobile & Android 2.0. Since then we’ve achieved multiple carriers on the Nexus One, and been updated to Android 2.1 (Update 1). As I wanted to create my own video blog posts/reviews — I thought this would be a perfect time to do so. Of course, I need a “test post”, so this is it. Below is the embedded YouTube video in its 720p glory.