TI SensorTag

I ordered a TI SensorTag last year, and like some many things lately its been on my future list. Well the future was today, i finally took it out of the box and set it up. It took all of five minutes including download the iphone app. I’m not sure what i’ll do with it yet but its pretty handy having a humidity sensor and thermometer connected to my phone. Should be interesting checking the various wiring closets i visit that don’t have monitors already installed.

Pi Plate

Just in case your missing the theme so far, i have several things that are sitting in boxes waiting to be used. Another item i have is a Pi Plate, a shield or break out board that makes it easy to do some stuff with the Raspberry Pi. It took less than 15 minutes to solder this baby together, and it was nice to break out the soldering iron its been too long since i’ve had the chance to do this. I’m looking forward to testing this out soon.

Pi Box

Almost every computer needs some sort of case, so last year i alos ordered a Pi Box from Adafruit. Just like the Raspberry Pi its been sitting in a box waiting to be opened. Thanks to the smart design of this thing it was a breeze to put together. I think i spent more time taking off the protective coverings than anything else. I really like this case.

Raspberry Pi

When the Raspberry Pi came out last year, i bought one. I had no a idea what i was going to do with it but i like tiny computers and i like linux so surely i needed one. Well its been setting in the box just waiting for me to open it. So now i finally have some time to play with it. I’m planning on getting it setup this week and see what all the fun is about.

Automate DVD Ripping for Mac

I like to rip my DVD’s and put them in iTunes to sync with my phone or iPad. I’m sure I’m not alone and over time I’ve slowly added movies here and there as needed. You know the process rip the dvd, encode, add to iTunes, add the images, blah, blah. Its a long process if you do it right. So while searching for a better way to rip some of my TV show DVDs, I came across the best tutorial I’ve ever seen. Its all wrapped up in automater and I can’t save thank enough for how much time I think this will save me in the future. So if you been looking like I have check out: How-To: Automate DVD & Blu-Ray (Backup, Encoding & Tagging) for Mac OS X 10.6

Status Messages in screen

In the February 2011 issue of Linux Journal Kyle Rankin wrote an article called Status Messages in Screen. I’ve been using screen for years but never thought much about what it could do beside keep my shell open on a remote server. Well this article opened my eyes. I quickly dug in and start working on my .screenrc on my macbook. I was able to write a couple of applescripts to pull inbox counts from entourage and mail.app. Cool stuff i look forward to seeing what other useful info I can get in there since i do like to work at the cli a lot. Thanks Kyle.