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John Wright
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Just Blogged: GaragePi v3: Data Persistence and Visualization and Other Small Improvements

In my previous posts, Garage Pi – My Raspberry Pi Playground and GaragePi v2: Temperature and Light, I described the Raspberry Pi-based system I had setup in my garage to detect when the garage door was left open or the light was left on and turn on an…

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Just Blogged: Allowing The User To Select The Install Folder in Your Custom WiX Managed Installer

This article is one in my series focusing on what I learned creating a Windows Installer using the WiX toolkit’s “Managed Bootstrapper Application” (Custom .NET UI) framework. Each post builds upon the previous posts, so I would suggest you at least skim…

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Just Blogged: A Look Back at 2014

It’s the first week of January, so I am required by Internet law to post a “year in review” for 2014… so here we go. “Looking Back” photo attribution: Some rights reserved by Alberto OG This year has been an interesting and good one – and jam-packed.…

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Just Blogged: GaragePi v2: Temperature and Light

In my previous post, Garage Pi – My Raspberry Pi Playground, I described the Raspberry Pi-based system I had setup in my garage to detect when the garage door was left open and turn on an LED inside the house. Since then, I’ve expanded the system by:…

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Just Blogged: GaragePi - My Raspberry Pi Playground

Back in October, my wife picked up on my subtle hints that I wanted a Raspberry Pi (by “subtle”, I mean “Hey, here’s an Amazon link to exactly what I want”). I decided to make a device to determine when our garage door was left open — something that…

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Just Blogged: Extracting Wix Bundled MSI Files Without Running The Installer

This article is one in my series focusing on what I learned creating a Windows Installer using the WiX toolkit’s “Managed Bootstrapper Application” (Custom .NET UI) framework. Each post builds upon the previous posts, so I would suggest you at least skim…

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A little while back, I wrote about my first year using a Nest thermostat and since then several people have asked me for details on how I wired up my whole-house humidifier. I hesitated for a long time to post much detail, since it’d be really easy to…

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Just Blogged: Everyday Usability Design: The Good and Bad - All At Once

Very often, particularly while helping someone non-technical with a technical problem, I think to myself “this would have been so much simpler/less confusing if the designer would have put just a bit more thought into the user experience.” Similarly, I…

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At the office, I have two nice, big monitors so I can spread out my work. I have become so accustomed to this much real estate that when I work from home, not having two monitors becomes a noticeable hindrance to my productivity. While I do have a second…

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