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HackedTheHouse – and won 2nd Price!

2015 March 3

Last weekend I attended HackTheHouse, a 24hrs Hackathon in Berlin, organized by Relayr and BSH – all in the Name of IoT. I teamed up with Chris(ccb23), Clemens and Roby from Italy. We had a blast!

We were given a couple of BSH Home appliances, Relayr WunderBars, Arduino, RaspberryPi, Seeedstudio Grove, Nest etc. – so all the Toys a hardware hacker only could think of.

Our idea was to bring FUN the to dull, boring household tasks.  We solve this problem by gamify cleaning duties – regular household tasks are turned into a big game, you score every-time you fulfill a task, as sooner and thoroughly, as more points you get.

After 24hrs we presented a first prototype – including a dishwasher, a smart trashcan and a smart broom. The jury was amazed and we scored the 2nd price!

See our Hacklog, Repository, Pictures and more here:

http://www.hackster.io/hackthehouse/wgheld

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Maslow’s pyramid of code review

2015 February 26
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Must Read:  http://blog.d3in.org/post/111338685456/maslows-pyramid-of-code-review

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Great sources for great Software Development

2015 February 2
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There was recently a call on the Softwerkskammer Emailgroup for good sources to improve ones software development skills. Here a summary of all recommendations:

* Buch: Headfirst Design Patterns

* OOSE, Vielleicht hilft Dir das hier weiter: http://www.oose.de/training/objektorientiertes-design-mit-entwurfsmustern/

  – OOSE für die Schulung ‘iSAQB’

* http://www.sigs-datacom.de/seminare/akademien/clean-code-developer.html .

* Videoreihe von Robert C. Martin: http://cleancoders.com

* Robert C. Martin – Agile Software Development, Principles, Patterns, Practices. In this book the notion of SOLID Principles is very well documented. 

* Gang of Four – Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software

* Apprenticeship Patterns http://shop.oreilly.com/product/9780596518387.do 

* Skillsmatters  Von ndc  Oredev

* State: Tennis Kata http://garajeando.blogspot.de/2012/11/refactoring-kata-tennis-to-state-pattern.html

  – Bsp zur Tennis Kata: http://blog.ploeh.dk/2011/05/16/TennisKatawithimmutabletypesandacyclomaticcomplexityof1/

*  “refactoring to patterns” von joshua kerievsky

* Video-seite wurde ich alles von Kevlin Henney

*  “Domain Driven Design” von Eric Evans für Einsteiger ist “implementing Domain driven Design”

* “Being the Worst” podcast 

* m.feathers mit “working effectivly with legacy Code”

* “Refactoring – Improving the Design of Existing Code”. Fowler ist ein Meister des OO-Design und das Buch ist voller Beispiele. http://martinfowler.com/books/refactoring.html

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IrDude – A simple android app to control my stereo via IR

2014 December 17
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I recently wrote a simple Android App which allows me to control my HarmonKardon Avr-35 stereo remotely via IR. Presenting: IrDude.

It uses the an undocumented Samsung IR API, so its unfortunately very much tight to Samsung galaxy note 10.1 tablet. Nevertheless, it does the Job for my, and is hopefully a good starting point for other to do similar. Check http://www.remotecentral.com to find hex codes to support other devices.

https://github.com/rngtng/IrDude

[image from IR PUCK]

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The Dude is coming…

2014 November 29
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Oh yeah, I can’t believe Dutch Pinball did it. They are building a Big Lebowski pinball machine!!! I features all the legendary Movie characters, and of course, a bowling alley below the playfield. Can’t wait to get my hands on that.

http://www.thebiglebowskipinball.com

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Projects worth to donate to

2014 November 29
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It’s soon the end of the year and time to say ‘thank-you’ to projects and people I profit from on a regular basis. This year it its:
* iTerm – http://iterm2.com
* SequelPro – http://www.sequelpro.com
* DaviCal – http://www.davical.org
* Serial Podcast – http://serialpodcast.org
* Logbuch: Netzpolitik – http://logbuch-netzpolitik.de
* Alternativlos – http://alternativlos.org
* MacTechnews – get the App to support the project – http://www.mactechnews.de
* Outbank – http://www.outbank.de
* Time Pritlove – https://flattr.com/profile/timpritlove
* Jack Conte – http://www.patreon.com/JackConte
* more to come…

More on my Flattr Page:

https://flattr.com/profile/rngtng

Related: open call with @Flattr @GetCentUp @Patreon @GitTip on Sustainable Crowdfunding:

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Pro Pinball: Timeshock! – The ULTRA Edition

2014 April 22
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by tobi

OMG! its happening – The 90s are back!

https://www.pro-pinball.com/forum/index.php

Update: And even better, Silver Castle Pinball is building a real(!!!) Timeshock! Machine:

http://www.pinballnews.com/games/timeshock/index.html

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WunderBar

2014 January 20
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WunderBar – a great Internet of Things Starter Kit for App Developers:

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http://www.dragoninnovation.com/projects/35-wunderbar-by-relayr

[via Moritz, thx]

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DIY: custom y-connector ribbon cable

2014 January 4
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For my upcoming Hacks i needed a y-connector ribbon cable. I wanted something quick, easy and cheap to build, still reliable and preferable without wiring. So i came up with this:

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Mainly two blanks with connectors at each side. Stack them and your Y-connector is done. Happy hacking!

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Conferences 2014 not to miss

2014 January 4
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Interesting Conferences not to miss:

Makerland: http://www.makerland.org
EuRuKo: http://euruko.org
I T.A.K.E: http://2014.itakeunconf.com
RE/Mixed Media Festival IV: http://remixnyc.com
beyondtellerrand http://beyondtellerrand.com/berlin-2014
31c3: http://events.ccc.de/tag/31c3

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