Raspberry Pi IoT Streaming Presentation

Posted on 20. Nov, 2016 by .

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Building on my previous IoT presentation I thought that I would follow up with two additional project which were in a similar vein. These project both relate to IoT but focus more around the subject of streaming data rather than poling a sensor for a value. Raspberry Pi-based IP camera I built this device as […]

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Raspberry Pi IoT Presentation

Posted on 08. Oct, 2016 by .

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The topic of this presentation will be focused on exploring the world of  the “Internet of Things”. Background But before we can begin to explore the topic we need to understand what the Internet of Things is really about. While definitions for the term and the subject area vary depending on who you talk to, […]

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Solving Home Internet Restrictions

Posted on 15. Aug, 2016 by .

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Consumers are using the internet for an ever-increasing range of activities. This has meant that home internet data usage has also increased at a rapid pace. Unfortunately, most home internet connections these days are limited by usage caps. The customers are given a basic allotment of data usage, with any usage over that amount subject […]

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Filling Up on Over-regulation

Posted on 14. Aug, 2016 by .

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Moving to BC came with a number of cultural adjustments compared to living in Ontario. One of these differences is the way that drivers are able to pay for gasoline at a filling station. In Ontario, along with most other provinces, drivers have a wide range of options when it comes to how they want […]

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Badly Taxing Bad Habits

Posted on 17. Jul, 2016 by .

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“Taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society” – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. And in a modern society there are many different forms of taxation, each with their own rationale and purpose. While it would be impractical to address all the concerns with taxation, one that stands out is excise taxation of items deemed […]

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Air Canada’s Meaningless Baggage Claim Process

Posted on 15. Jul, 2016 by .

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The final step of my move across Canada in early 2016 was to take a flight out to Victoria BC. I chose to bring my home server with me on the flight as I wanted to get it back up and running as soon as possible rather than having it sit in a moving box for months. […]

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Jumping the Gun on Migrating to H265 HEVC

Posted on 14. Jun, 2016 by .

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There was a lot of complaining when the agreed format for releasing pirated content was updated in 2012. A similar change has started to take place again, except this time the release groups have actually gotten it wrong. In 2012 the SD content format was changed from the long-standing AVI format, to the newer MP4 […]

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Credit Card Reward Points Investigated

Posted on 26. May, 2016 by .

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With a saturated market of available credit cards, offerings need to provide increasingly more value-added features with their cards to differentiate themselves from the similar basic functionality offered by all credit cards. But with so many added features being offered in such a wide range of forms it is hard to know if these features are […]

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Smartphones with a Steering Wheel

Posted on 18. Apr, 2016 by .

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Companies seem to always be looking for new ways to integrate technology into products. The reality though, is that there are some types of products that are better suited and some that are worse off with the increased inclusion of technology. The automotive sector is a prime example of an industry that, on a multitude of levels, is […]

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The Automobile Immobility

Posted on 18. Apr, 2016 by .

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When moving between provinces one would expect there to be at least a very basic level of government and administrative interoperability. Unfortunately, when it comes to moving a car between Ontario and BC there is little evidence of any interoperability or administrative forethought in regards to facilitating people moving between provinces. In order to register a car […]

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