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 getting her bite wound bandaged. The running trail gets shut down for 6 months while Fish & Game conducts a $100,000 survey to make sure the area is now free of dangerous animals. The Governor spends $50,000 in state funds implementing a “coyote awareness program” for residents of the area as a result of a Nancy Pelosi email to her constituents demanding they forgive the coyote and respect it’s constitutional rights. The State Legislature spends $2 million to study how to better treat rabies and how to permanently eradicate the disease – the study concludes there are no new factors to discuss. Nancy’s security agent is fired for not stopping the attack. The state spends $150,000 to hire and train a new agent with additional special training for the nature of coyotes. PETA protests the coyote’s relocation and files a $5 million suit against the state. California spends $12 million defending against the suit, but residents complain, so California settles for $4 million TEXAS A state official in Texas is jogging with his dog along a nature trail. A coyote jumps out and attacks his dog. He shoots the coyote and  keeps jogging. The buzzards eat the dead coyote. Of course parts of this story are completely untrue. Nancy Pelosi doesn’t jog. She rides her...

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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 the OS… Hopefully Microsoft will issue a fix soon… In the meantime, I hope this helps someone…  ...

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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 Room Light”. Interested? Read more about it (complete with “how-To”) here: http://arduinobotshop.com/harmony-remote-with-amazon-echo/  ...

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New Website. New Design. New Mission.

As you all know, I’m a big fan of arduinos. I’ve used them for projects ranging from all types of robots, to lighting effects, to remote cameras, to a fully automated wireless remote in my home, and just about everything in between! My old blog site suffered an inglorious death, and that gives me the opportunity to bring some fresh new ideas for your enjoyment. Stay tuned as I bring more Arduino programs, circuits, and projects to you. In my next post I’ll discuss using your arduino and a couple bucks worth of parts to create a trickle charger powered by a sun-tracking solar panel for 12v batteries. After that we’ll hook up a beefy motor, a camera, and a wireless Ethernet circuit for… (no it’s NOT what you are thinking)…. An Automated Chicken Coop! Stay...

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