The outernet is alive …

I have finished setting up my outernet box and the link with the satellite is active. I now have messages being sent to me from space … to a raspberry pi computer. I built everything in a “go-box” that is waterproof and tough. This can now be sent just about anywhere and access to Internet news, weather and some other feeds  can happen just by aiming this at the sky. I took a couple picts of the finished product. The desk of cards is only for a size comparison but maybe I’ll leave the deck of cards in the “go-box” just for fun.

You can see it in action by going to http://outernet.dmttomb.com

Here are the picts …

 

Today’s Roast

Today, I roasted a half pound of Costa-Rica Dota Green blend. It took about 11 minutes until first crack and then just as second crack happened, I placed it into cool down mode. I wanted a little bit of a darker roast for this bean. I tried it at second crack and at first … (City – Full City) I definitely liked it better as a darker roast.

 

 

Some Coffees came in for roasting

Here are some of the pictures of the green beans that have come in for roasting. I am very excited to try some of the different blends of beans. No flavors have been added to the beans … the hints of flavor are due to where the beans are grown and how they are processed. The final flavors come from the roasting.

Transmissions from space …

Starting work on a new project. It is called outernet.

Outernet’s filecast is a groundbreaking innovation in broadcasting, marrying radio broadcasting with file delivery, transcending the format and time limitations of traditional radio or TV broadcasting.

Our filecast differentiates itself from a traditional broadcast by sending information as data files, so content is no longer limited to video and audio. Now, any content format can be sent over a radio signal. Receivers automatically cache these files locally, so users can enjoy flexible, on-demand access to content.

With the global reach of satellite broadcasting, this system is paving a new way to distribute, access, and consume content

Simply put, you build a satellite receiver (really … a satellite receiver) and a small antenna system …. aim it at the satellite … hook it to a raspberry pi … let it download … then connect to the data using any browser.

I am using a raspberry pi3, a couple of parts from Amazon and a case to put it all in. All in all, under $100 in parts to connect to a satellite orbiting the earth and download from that satellite.

I’ll do pictures and more info as I progress.

For now, you can see what it is all about at https://outernet.is

 

My Whiskey Ice Ball Maker ..

I almost forgot …. One of my coolest add ons to my kitchen. My ICEBIRG Ice Ball Press.

Before purchasing this, I probably spent 45 minutes talking with Andrew, the CEO of ICEBIRG. After talking with him, I knew this was the press I wanted. He was such a nice guy. For the CEO to call me and answer my questions and just have a general chat ……. you just don’t get that kind of service from most companies. I couldn’t give this any higher recommendation. If you like whiskey (or other adult beverages) just go get one and you will see why I love my icefall press.  Here is some info on it …. It is located at http://www.icebirgpress.com

Here is my youtube of using it …

The ICEBIRG LITE | Revolutionary Ice Ball Press

Since the beginning, the masses of budding whiskey, scotch & craft cocktail enthusiasts around the world have been screaming for a quality Ice Ball Press, priced affordably enough for the cost conscious among us. Over and again these folks have been disappointed by “tiny balls”, terrible build quality, and outright failures to deliver a product at all. Well, the wait is over. Meet The ICEBIRG LITE. With a professional pedigree and a price tag of $179, this press is truly going to set off the democratization of spherical ice. From the modest man cave, to your local pub, this low cost “Baller” will truly change the way we all cool our libations.

Key Features

  • The perfect 2.5″ Ice Ball, every time
  • A price tag guaranteed to NOT piss off your significant other
  • Same high performance drainage & pressure system as PRO model
  • Top mounted stainless steel guide rods for ease of use
  • At 6 pounds this is one of the lightest Presses on the market
  • PRO V2 Coating for optimal flavor protection
  • Made in the USA with a Lifetime Warranty

Apple Watch 2

After selling my Apple watch and switching my phone to Samsung, I had a few regrets. Don’t get me wrong … I loved the freedom of my Galaxy S7 Edge and the VR and the Gear2 watch. Things just worked …. and they worked well. The problem was the rest of my family was running Apple. This created an immediate disconnect from the reasons why I carry a phone to begin with. Updates from the kids …. Pictures of the grand kids … FACETIME with my grandson. I was speaking Spanish in an English only family. While we could communicate …. It just left me well, out in the cold. So I decided to switch back. I am full APPLE now … again! I carry my iPhone 7 plus and my watch is my gift from my wife …. an Apple Watch2. I’ve been harassed for jumping ship .. then jumping back, but it was worth it. I now get the updates on my grandkids that everybody else gets … and I can FACETIME with people again. Oh well…. live, learn, repeat. 🙂

Time to catch up … Coffee Updates

A couple major improvements in our coffee making at dmttomb.com.

1st – Brehmor 1600 Coffee Roaster

This roaster allows me to purchase green coffee beans, mix my own beans, and roast them to how I like them. Each half pound roast takes about a half hour and then I let the beans sit for about two days before using them. When I grind them for my coffee, they smell better then any other bean I have smelled.  Highly recommended! There is a science to it and a learning curve.

 

 

SmartHouse

So, it has been a while and a lot of things have changed. I am going to start with my most recent techie stuff and then work my way around all of things I have been up to.

Smarthouse – what is it? A smart home is one that is somewhat aware of the presence of you, temperature, lighting, time of day, and even weather.

It all started with a Canary. The Canary is a stand alone device that will monitor your house and send you high definition videos if anything unusual happens. This could be movement, sound, or even air quality changes. Now I say that it is a stand alone device, but it also can “hook” into a “smarthome” and provide input. But like I said earlier, this is only how things got started. After installing the Canary, I started really thinking about stepping it up a notch.

I knew that I would want to do lighting. I also knew that I would want to do access control (doors). I also wanted it to be “presence” aware. If not for everybody, then at least for me.

I first looked into doing a magnetic door access with RFID. But this would be a limited system that would still rely on you taking out a key fob and it wouldn’t really talk to other systems or be able to let someone in over a request over the Internet. I needed more brains .. not think limited.

I originally was thinking WINK as a smarthouse hub. I pondered this for a week and really did some comparisons to other systems. I almost went WINK, but GE’s SmartThings seemed to have a little more integration and acceptability in the smarthome community. I also considered Arduino and a HAT. This still might happen later down the road.

The HUB – The hub is a device that will allow different devices from different vendors to communicate all together. It is an Interface Engine that will take different inputs and outputs and negotiate all the communications. AND, it also serves a purpose in the design of the smarthome as it also has it’s own sensors and lighting functions.

Light HUB – this will control a set of light that you program either as single lights or lighting groups. This can control intensity, colors, scenes and moods. It can also control notification via light flashes for things like when your phone is ringing or when you get email or when someone is at the front door. It is almost endless what you can make smart lights do.

Interface – The interface is how you interact wit the system and how the system can interact with you. This could be a smart phone, a tablet, wall switches and even the Amazon Echo. New

So, you can see where this could take time to develop and layout a system. As I said, I’ve been busy. This is my list of parts. On the next post, I will talk about the integration.

 

Here’s a listing of my main parts:

Canary Security

canary

Amazon Echo

                    echo

GE Smartthings version 2 HUB kit

smarttings

Hue Version 2 light hub kit

hue

Hue Color Bulbs

huecolor

Smartthings Dimmer Switches

dimmer

GE wall switches

                wallswitch

Kwikset door lock

kwikset