A tale of Hogs, Electric Fences, Tractors and Me

Y’all know I’ve had a hog problem around here lately. Those mean, nasty buggars have been tearing up my place pretty bad. I figured they were coming through the cattle fence on the one side, bordering that 1000 acre spread to the north. So, I decided I’d solve my problem using a little technology. I ran a strand of electric-fence wire a foot off the ground on that fence line and headed over to Tractor Supply to get me an electric fence charger, like my old grandpa used to have. At first, I figured one of the little ones would do just fine. The wire is only 650 feet long, so...

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A tale of two states.

CALIFORNIA A state official (Nancy Pelosi) is jogging with her dog along a nature trail.  A coyote jumps out and attacks the Nancy’s dog, then bites Nancy. Nancy starts to intervene, but decides she should stop because the coyote is only doing what is natural. She calls animal control. Animal Control captures the coyote and bills the state $200 testing it for diseases and $500 for relocating it. She calls a veterinarian. The vet collects the dead dog and bills the State $200 testing it for diseases. She goes to hospital and spends $3,500 getting checked for diseases from the coyote and on...

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More Amazon Echo Shennaghins!

Well, I’ve created a new series, on controlling an Arduino with Alexa, so you can control just about anything you can dream up! Check it out!   Part1:  http://arduinobotshop.com/extending-alexa-harmony-remote-controller/ Part 2: http://arduinobotshop.com/using-alexa-control-arduino-device-part-2/

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Updated to OSX El Capitan, got El-Crappo result

After upgrading to El Capitan today, outlook 2011 crashes on start with the “Spinning Wheel of Death” beach-ball… Microsoft, in their infinite wisdom, acknowledges the issue and recommends “Running Outlook 2011 on an earlier version of OSX” – which I found most helpful. https://support.microsoft.com/kb/3098396 However… I found that if I disabled my Exchange account, and only used the pop account – it worked. I realize that may not be an effective workaround for you all, but it worked for me… AND it was certainly better than downgrading...

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Amazon Echo

I bought and installed Amazon’s new “Echo” device and wired it all up to control various things in my home via voice commands. It was a snap to control the WeMo and HUE devices I had installed, and now, having a single spot to turn virtually ANYTHING on and off in my home by voice command is a reality. Lacking, though, was an effective way of controlling the entertainment center. I’ve built a solution to do just that. Now, I can say “Alexa, watch TV” or “Alexa, play XBOX” and it’s as wired and as easy as “Alexa, Turn on the Dining...

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