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May I make another pitch for a Raspberry Pi temperature probe.

Create a WiFi (IP) thermometer capable of reporting, monitoring, alerting the temperature of a remote room, boat, basement etc. over the internet. A Raspberry Pi or Aduino , WiFi, and a thermocouple would be the basic hardware requirement I would think.
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An XBee module would work great for that; instead of wifi.
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I'm an accredited educator in the state of California. And my religious order runs 3 Universities, 7 high schools and 3 grade schools in the state...  So come at me bro. :)
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Now I can transform my laptop and desktop to use Google Now with this yet to be announced Chrome featurette.

http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2323451/google-now-arrives-on-desktop-computers

 From this article .....................

"The latest Canary nightly build of Chrome 34 has a flag to activate Google Now. The instructions posted on a Google blog show that you need only to point your web browser to chrome://flags/#enable-google-now and select Enabled to activate the feature.
Canary builds of Chrome are designed to be run alongside stable releases and are used for testing new features before releasing them to the masses. Therefore, expect a few glitches and bugs that still need to be ironed out.
Google Now has not caught on with the public in the same way as Apple's Siri, but has slowly gained users as it is rolled out across Google's software portfolio. Features include directions with integrated, crowdsourced traffic information from Waze, package tracking, weather, stocks, sports results and updates to websites based on your browsing history.
This represents the latest step as Google works towards parity between software systems. Previous it has introduced Voice search for desktop and card style search results, along with touchless search that can be accessed with the "OK Google" voice command.
The next stage will be to bring Google apps and other desktop functionality to Chrome for Android, which Google is expected to announce later this year.
Since this is a pre-release beta, Google has not made a formal announcement about the arrival of Google Now on the desktop PC."
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How about a show on the most effective way to use (install and configure) an Uninterpretable Power Supply.

Including spec'ing out a UPS;  how to make the graceful power off happen, employing notifications via the internet,  using PC log files to track power issues.

What to and what NOT to plug into the power UPS sockets.
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+Bostjan Cadej  NUT is the software that manages the direct connection (USB/Serial/Ethernet) to the UPS and sends notifications / commands to all of the NUT Agents. The NUT agents are installed on all of the machines that need to be shutdown if the UPS gets low or needs to tell a sysadmin some status message. 

If you are looking for an embedded solution, I'd look at a Raspberry Pi to be your "embedded" computer. 
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The latest Know How for week ending Jan 25 is not appearing on the PocketCast latest list. Could it be a malformed RSS?
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I take it that it is fixed as KH 77 is the latest in Pocket Cast at this time.
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  RE: NEST Thermostat superiority and quality

In case this response post to the end of year AAA episode was not seen back a few weeks ago.

  Many complaints about NEST persist.
Two wire thermostat connections appear to often fail to work.

The recent 4.0 (November) software upgrade made NEST drain batteries to the point where the NEST stopped working but first lost network connection.  NEST was forced to do a rollback back to release 3.5 but the rollback was not on-demand. NEST users have to wait for NEST to do the automatic rollback, some are still waiting.  (BTW, if you have no charge you have no WiFi connection and therefore no ability to get the rollback ...  you have to remove the NEST and charge the battery with a wall wart to get any relief) Many NEST forum topics are still actively complaining about quality and reliability of NEST, testing, effectiveness, lack of on-demand option to control when an update is performed, lack of on-demand rollback, and consequences of being a long distance away when the NEST update stops your furnace from working...
Here's one of those forums ...  https://community.nest.com/message/19730?et=watches.email.thread#19730
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