Why So Siri-us?
Mar04

Why So Siri-us?

Siri has been around for ages. Apple keep plugging Siri as this really useful personal assistant, but in all the time Siri has been living in my iPhone, I have found exactly 1 use for her/it. In the morning, when my alarm goes off, if I shout Hey Siri! across the room, she will silence my alarm without me having to get out of bed. That is it. That is the one use that Siri has for me. I think Siri could be great. Siri could be the best...

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Automating Ai Illustrator with AppleScript
Oct29

Automating Ai Illustrator with AppleScript

For the last few days I’ve been enjoying–perhaps ‘enjoying’ is the wrong word–revelling in a blast from the past, AppleScript. AppleScript occupies a special place in my heart, because AppleScript is the language that introduced me to programming.  It seems I spend all my time programming in C and C++, and learning Swift these days, but alas I find all of those languages lacking when it comes to soft-automation. So...

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ALISS
Jun10

ALISS

[Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4] [Part 5 – ALISS] [Download] Just FYI, ALISS v0.7.4 has changed so dramatically that a lot of what follows is no longer representative of how the programme operates. The basic structure is the same, but almost all of the variables have changed, among other things. That said, I have not yet finished testing 0.7.4, so this article will remain here as long as 0.7.3 is still available. I am also...

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Digital Lock Pick #2
Apr01

Digital Lock Pick #2

[Part 1: Introduction] [Part 2: Keypads] A whole month has passed since I posted my Digital Lock Pick Introduction, and I am pleased to report that it is going rather well. I have successfully interfaced an Arduino with an off-the-shelf keypad and managed to turn off the alarm without physically pressing any buttons. The image below shows the first prototype. So then, Keypads. I’ve based all of my theory and design around the...

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Digital Lock Pick – Intro
Mar01

Digital Lock Pick – Intro

Headline Image: Author: Mr Hicks46 | Licence: Human | Borg [Part 1: Introduction] [Part 2: Keypads] You probably don’t know this, but I am quite proficient with a set of traditional Lock Picks; I carry a set with me everywhere I go, of course, I don’t use them for illegal activities, that would be, well, illegal. I remember the day when I successfully picked my first lock, it was amazing and then it was very scary. All of a sudden,...

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Arduino Irrigation System #4
Nov08

Arduino Irrigation System #4

[Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4] [Part 5 – ALISS] [Download] The Solar System Billions and billions of stars. . . oh, sorry, I was having a Brian Cox moment. As I mentioned in Part 1 the nursery is not connected to the Grid, so to power the irrigation system, we need to get our Hippie on. Getting ‘our Hippie on’ is much easier said than done. You can’t just plonk down a Solar panel and a battery and expect...

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Arduino Irrigation System #3
Nov08

Arduino Irrigation System #3

[Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4] [Part 5 – ALISS] [Download] In Part 1 we worked out what it is we want to make, why it needs making and we ended up with a basic circuit. In Part 2 we learned about Solenoid valves and delved into the Arduino code that will make it work. Now in Part 3 we will look, briefly at the circuit board. Below is an image of the topside of the finished circuit board. In the middle you will see an...

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Arduino Irrigation System #2
Jul23

Arduino Irrigation System #2

[Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4] [Part 5 – ALISS] [Download] We left off in part 1 with a simple circuit straight out of the Arduino Projects Book that allowed us to manually control a DC Motor. We need to adjust the circuit slightly because we don’t want to have to manually turn on each solenoid valve and then manually turn them all off again; if we did that we might as well have not bothered. (Also, we don’t...

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Arduino Irrigation System #1
Jul09

Arduino Irrigation System #1

[Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4] [Part 5 – ALISS] [Download] As with everything, I like to jump in head first and work it out from there. That’s exactly what I did with my Arduino Irrigation System, only it took quite a long time to accomplish the ‘working it out from there’ bit (about 6 months I’d say), but I did it, and here it is in all its glory. What do you mean you can’t see it!? This is a...

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Control TV via IR with Arduino & AppleScript Part 3
May31

Control TV via IR with Arduino & AppleScript Part 3

[Part 1 Learn your IR codes] [Part 2 Control Arduino using AppleScript] [Part 3 Examples and Downloads] UPDATE: Works with OS X Yosemite.   Part 3 In Part 2 we learned how to control our Arduino using AppleScript, or more specifically, how to send Shell commands via AppleScript. In this next section we will look at a practical example, one which will take a User’s input and translate that into the appropriate IR commands...

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Control TV via IR with Arduino & AppleScript Part 2
May28

Control TV via IR with Arduino & AppleScript Part 2

[Part 1 Learn your IR codes] [Part 2 Control Arduino using AppleScript] [Part 3 Examples and Downloads] Part 2 This next part, for me at least, came with a bit of luck. I found a forum somewhere (which for the life of me I can’t re-find) which pointed out a very important part of the IR code which the IRrecord sketch we used last time didn’t show. As we know, the serial output of the IRrecord sketch showed us something...

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Control TV via IR with Arduino & AppleScript Part 1
May26

Control TV via IR with Arduino & AppleScript Part 1

[Part 1 Learn your IR codes] [Part 2 Control Arduino using AppleScript] [Part 3 Examples and Downloads] Part 1 What with my exams finished, I thought I’d take some down time and build an IR Remote that I can control with my computer. I use a 22” LG TV as a display for my MacBook, but because it’s a TV and not a monitor, it doesn’t switch off when I put my computer to sleep. Pressing the on/off button on the front of the TV doesn’t...

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