11/24/13

I resolved my WordPress Android App issue, but I am not sure if it will work for you?

Longest title ever. For a while now I have been without the ability to update my WordPress blogs from the WordPress app on my Android tablet, Nexus 7 First Gen. Some weird bug or disconnect between the blog, Android OS and app somewhere. I really could never figure it out truthfully.

I have though, read about people having similar issues but no one really had a good fix for this issue. The terrible WordPress Support forum admins are such effing Nazi’s that I could never get any useful help from there. So a few friends and I have been SOL for months. Today I thought since I recently upgraded to Android KitKat and completely reset the Nexus I might give it another shot.

It worked and here is what I did!

I am not sure this first part may be optional but:

  1. I updated to KitKat
  2. Reset tablet to Factory, wiped everything
  3. I first ran the battery of test spelled out in this WordPress FAQ
    • http://android.wordpress.org/faq/
    • My blog came back with no problems or errors
  4. I logged into my blog admin through the computer and changed the template to the default 2013 one, did nothing.
  5. I changed my password and then I could log in through the app.
  6. To test I did a fake test post and it worked.
  7. I then changed from the default theme to another one, but not the one I use and did another post and it worked.
  8. Now I went back to my actual theme that I use and it worked. I could do new posts from the app, update them, and delete them with not problem

I don’t know if it was a combination of everything or what but I can now use the Android WordPress app on my Tablet. Step #3 is purely passive against the blog so it didn’t do anything. But I suspect maybe a combination of KitKat and the new password, but I really don’t know for sure.

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11/14/13

Ask Hackaday: What is “Home Automation”?

A link to the orginal article.
http://hackaday.com/2013/10/09/ask-hackaday-what-is-home-automation/
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We’re not entirely sure what’s become of the term “home automation.” The definition seems to have settled for any user interface in the home—via tablets, phones, handheld remote controls, etc. Some of these devices lack any form of automation and instead require manual input. Even Wikipedia’s home automation article suggests a move toward this trend, offering the following definition (emphasis ours):

It is automation of the home, housework or household activity.Home automation may include centralized control of lighting, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning), appliances, security locks of gates and doors and other systems, to provide improved convenience, comfort, energy efficiency and security.

Though “automation” is clearly included in the first sentence, one could interpret the bolded potion as meaning either:

  • Truly automated systems may also include centralized control (as a feature).
  • The category of home automation also includes systems that merely provide centralized controls.

So, are automated components optional? Judging by the phrasing of projects submitted to our tips line: yes sir. Truly automated systems exist, but if you browse through any home improvement store’s “home automation” section, you’ll be pummeled by a string of remote-controlled light dimmers and outlets. How many of these are designed to interact with sensors as feedback systems or otherwise function unattended?

Our articles often favor an “automation-optional” categorization. Should we, however, reserve the “automation” label for projects like the light switch based on room occupancyand deny other builds, like the voice-activated lights/outlets system or the RasPi lighting and audio control via web interface? Hit up the comments and help shed some light on how to properly use the terminology.

11/11/13

Open Source Telescope Control

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Telescope mounts connected to computers and stepper motors have been available to the amateur astronomer for a long time, and for good reason, too. With just the press of a button, any telescope can pan over to the outer planets, nebula, or comets. Even if a goto command isn’t your thing, a simple clock drive is a wonderful thing to have. As with any piece of professional equipment, hackers will want to make their own version, and thus the openDrive project was born. It’s a project to make an open source telescope controller.

Right now, the project is modular, with power supply boards, a display board, motor driver, an IO board (for dew heaters and the like), and a hand-held controller. There’s an openDrive forum that’s fairly active covering both hardware and software. If you’re looking for a project to help you peer into the heavens, this is the one for you. If telescope upgrades aren’t enough to quench your astronomical thirst you could go full out with a backyard observatory build.

Danke [Håken] for the tip.

~ http://hackaday.com/2013/11/04/open-source-telescope-control/