Raspberry Pi Digital Signage

One great use of the Raspberry Pi is as a dedicated digital signage machine. What this is is a controller for the large TVs you see in building lobbies and restaurants. We're thinking of putting one up at the family bakery. The big factor here is that for more or less just the cost of a Pi ($35) you have your hardware, plus the cost of the display itself which is separate from the system. There are some mature and not-so-mature open source solutions to this.

Volunteering your 3D printing skills

I'm getting involved in the 3D printing movement and looking at the potential to match people with the skills in 3D modeling (CAD) with kids who need custom made 3D printed prosthetics fit to their body. If you know anyone on either side of that fence, let me know.

Organizations like VolunteerMatch are a good fit, but they're too broadly focused to work in a niche like this.

I was first inspired when seeing Bre Pettis talk to Martha Stewart at CES 2014 about how quickly kids outgrow these very expensive devices.

Publishing My OBD2 Cloud Storage Architecture

After working on the recent Pi based OBD2 logger, I've finally published the storage architecture. The OBD2 Cloud Storage project is on GitHub here:

https://github.com/BizDevGeek/OBD2CloudStorage

Playing with Pi

A few months ago I decided to join the party and pickup a Raspberry Pi. It's a $25 full fledged ARM based computer the size of a credit card. There's also a $35 version, of which I ended up buying a handful so far. Due to the cost, this allows you to use a computer in dedicated applications where it otherwise wouldn't be justified or practical. Since then I've been pouring over the different things people have done with their Pi.

Drupal updates and server migration

It seems I get more experience with Linux server migrations and Drupal site migrations that I should. Recently I started a phased approach to winding down and closing my company's Rackspace account. Rackspace provides a solid service, but they just weren't meeting my needs. What it came down to is that on the low-mid end, there are much cheaper options. Also, I wasn't fond of the bandwidth bills I was getting. Hosts like Liquid Web, for example, offer 3 TB of transfer as part of the package.

New podcasting client for Odovox.com: Jeff Bullas

 

One of Australia's top internet marketers and strategists, Jeff Bullas, has been picked up as a new Odovox.com client. We started with a 1 month trial run earlier this year, but I had to stop to work on other projects. The podcasting of his blog, www.jeffbullas.com, is being started up shortly. Soon, his massive readership will be able to listen to his blog posts.

You can listen to the podcasting that was done earlier this year from his blog:

SQL Saturday #203

Had a great time at SQL Saturday #203 recently at Microsoft's Cambridge office. If you're a SQL Server pro, BI, analyst, or developer then check out NESQL's monthly meetings at the same location.

A new client for my most recent startup: Odovox.com

Earlier this year I began a startup venture dedicated to helping people listen to their favorite websites and blogs. At Odovox.com, we partner with established and quality content creators to produce podcasts from their blog posts. This helps bloggers reach a new audience in a new medium at no risk and no cost.


Miranda Marquit

App.net

The current business model and business practices of social media has never been my cup of tea. When given the choice between advertiser supported or paid, I prefer paid services. With ad supported social media networks, the users are the products. App.net has always intrigued me with their model and their core values.

I'm giving it a shot, my account is: https://alpha.app.net/joenagy

Amazon Turk Followup

In response to my blog post about being a creator and not a consumer, let me write about my results of using Amazon Turk for the first time.

The original batch was for an HIT of 100 assignments at $0.15/each. After 24 hours, there were no takers. So I reduced the HIT assignments to 20 @ $0.30/each. Within 2 days they were all completed. I approved them all without reviewing them, downloaded the CSV, and uploaded it to Google Docs as a spreadsheet.

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