The previous post described how one of my clients had been hit with the Locky file-encrypting ransomware. After evaluating the options, the decision was made to pay the ransom in exchange, hopefully, for the program that would recover the files. This turned out to be a little challenging.
On a recent Monday morning, I got a panicked call from one of my clients. Someone in their accounting department had been hit with file-encrypting malware. Even worse, they had the company-wide shared drive connected at the time, so hundreds of files had been affected.
I came across this Hackaday article highlighting this post by folks who need to provide long-lasting power to some calculators being demoed at World Maker Faire. Coincidentally, I have a battery-powered clock that I want to do something similar with. Seemed like a great Saturday afternoon project.
For my Popping 700 Balloons video, I was hoping to get some really great pops in slow motion. I wasn’t about to blow up another 700 balloons if I messed up the video, so it was important to get it right the first time. All in all, the results were pretty good, but it took some planning and experimenting to get there.
What’s more fun than playing in a room filled with seven hundred balloons? Getting your Wolverine on and popping them with needle sharp claws!
3D printing is an ideal subject for time lapse videos. The common approach is to set up your camera to grab a frame at regular intervals, like once every 30 seconds. This is easy to do and works well, but for a more refined result keep reading for some tips and tricks.
One of best things about traveling, especially to other countries, is stumbling across something that may be commonplace to the locals but which is new and interesting to you. I was recently in Florence, Italy and happened upon an intriguing approach to a common civil engineering problem that uses a big ole’ robotic arm on a truck.
In Part 1 of this article, I described the structure and requirements for making an app, a “Skill”, for the Amazon Echo. Now it’s time to put that into practice and get into the code for a fully-functional Skill.
For this project, I wanted to be able to ask the Echo about new shows on my Kodi media center. Thanks to PVR technology, we’ve completely lost track of the schedule for new TV show episodes. So typical questions around the house include, “do we have anything to watch?” and “do we have a new episode of Modern Family?” Let’s get the Echo to answer those questions!
It’s a good bet that sometime in your life, you or someone you know has suggested filling a friend’s room/dorm/cubicle with balloons as a surprise for a birthday or other celebration. It’s one of those ideas that keeps coming up. But how practical is it, really? How many balloons would it take? How long would it take to blow them all up?
Well, my daughter had a birthday party and wanted a room full of balloons that she and her friends could dive into, crawl around in, and generally have fun. This was the perfect opportunity to find out what it really took make a balloon-filled room.
When writing an app, or “skill” for the Amazon Echo, you have to provide examples of how your users might phrase their requests. Lots and lots of examples. Doing this by hand can be a ton of work, especially when you’re still developing and you have to go back and make edits to all of your examples.
So I created an online tool that makes it easier and faster to build your utterance examples. Read on to learn more about defining example utterances and how the online tool can make it painless.