Ben Vollmer

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Easy Motion and Gesture Detection by PIR Sensor & Arduino

Things used in this project<p>Hardware components<p>Arduino Nano R3<p>×<p>1<p>Buy from www.newark.com<br>• Buy from Newark Element14<br>• Buy from CPC<p>TPA81 Devantech 8 Pixel …

Arduino

She Thought Her Family Was Middle Class, Not Broke In The Richest Country On Earth

Sarah Smarsh grew up in rural Kansas — the fifth generation to farm the same land, riding tractors where her ancestors rode wagons. There was never enough money and prospects were few. She was part of the what has become popularized as the white working class. But back then, she didn't know it.<p>"I …

Working-class

23 countries where money can buy you a second passport or 'elite residency'

The super-rich are no longer just spending their money on private jets, yachts, and hotels — they're also splashing out on second passports.<p>The Second Citizenship Survey 2017 from CS Global Partners found that 89% of people would like to own a second passport, and over 34% said they had looked into …

Citizenship

Why you need to know about low-code, even if you're not responsible for software delivery

Low-code development platforms are key in supporting digital business transformation. Forrester explains why and how they can help advance digital …

Big Data

What Is A Data Lake? A Super-Simple Explanation For Anyone

If you’re even tangentially involved with big data, you know that finding storage solutions for the volumes of data being generated every second is of utmost importance. When it comes to managing data, data professionals can consider using a data warehouse or a data lake as a data repository. In …

Big Data

Where even Walmart won't go: how Dollar General took over rural America

We lasted three years and three days after Dollar General opened. Sales dropped and just kept dropping Doug Nech<p>When Dollar General came to Haven, Kansas, it arrived making demands. The fastest-growing retailer in America wanted the taxpayers of the small, struggling Kansas town to pick up part of …

Dollar General

News Flash: It's About The Skill Set, Not The Suit Or The Degree

High School failed me. As a high school dropout, I knew I was taking a risk by rejecting the ‘normal route’ and knew I always wanted to be in the business world. During one assignment in my computer class, I did not show up in a suit and tie for the presentation. The teacher docked me for not …

High School

5 Ways to Project Confidence in Front of an Audience

Employees, investors, and partners don’t just follow anyone — they follow leaders who have command of the business and command of the stage. Whether you’re presenting on an analyst call or speaking to your entire organization in a town hall meeting, you’re being judged on your confidence and …

How To: Fake Your Location if Your Parents Installed a GPS Tracker on Your Android Phone

There are dozens of apps like Glympse, Family Locator, and Find My Kids that let parents see where their children's phones are, but they all have one …

Arduino Libraries! What they are, how they work and how to install them

HOW TO INSTALL A LIBRARY<p>In this tutorial we will look at three ways of installing a library.<p><b>– First way</b> is to download a .zip file of the library …

The XaaS Economy is Here: How Well Are You Serving Your Customers?

We recently commissioned an independent global study of senior management and C-suite executives that looked at the business model changes services organizations are making in the Everything as a Service (XaaS) economy. The XaaS economy is where products and services are delivered in a continuous …

Customer Experience

Build your own motion-triggered "Internet of Things" camera

Gizmag regulars will be aware of the term Internet of Things, but in case this is a new one on you, it's a term that basically describes the notion …

The Ivy Lee Method: A 100-year old, 15-minute routine for stress-free productivity

In the early 1900s, Charles M. Schwab, President of Bethlehem Steel Corporation — a steel and shipping company — wanted to increase the efficiency of …

Profit

Chasing American AAdvantage Status For Less. My Plan to Meet the Latest Status Challenge for Elite Status.

Guide: Cheap Tricks American Airlines Status Requirements American Airlines AAdvantage sent out a really great targeted promotion last week offering …

American Airlines

ANAVI Light Controller

ANAVI Light Controller is a certified open source hardware WiFi device for controlling a 12 V RGB LED strip. It also supports sensors for light, …

This $40 LED light bulb is hiding a 360-degree wireless security camera

If you want to keep an eye on your home without ruining your decor or drawing attention to the fact that you have cameras set up around your house, …

Crankshaft turns a Raspberry Pi 3 and a touchscreen into an Android Auto head unit

Android Auto-compatible head units aren't too difficult to find these days, but they cost a pretty penny and usually won't fit properly in older …

Raspberry Pi

Harvard Study Says This Is How Long You Should Wait to Respond to a Customer

It won't take even five minutes to do this.<p>You're probably losing at least a good chunk of your sales because of this. And it's right under your nose.<p>Here's the scenario I'm talking about: A customer calls you, and you respond two hours later. You might think that's not too bad, but I'm telling …

Spend a week fielding sensitive HR complaints in ‘Grayscale’ web game

If you’re looking for a way to close out your week that’s entertaining, edifying and looks like you’re doing real work, check out Chimeria:Grayscale, a game where you act as an HR person dealing with everyday office problems via email. Okay, maybe it doesn’t sound that exciting, but there’s more to …

How to Get Out of a Meeting You Know Will Waste Your Time

You can often predict which meetings will be unproductive from the moment you receive the invitation. There’s the “team update” where you spend two hours listening to a rundown of how everyone spent their week, or the “planning meeting” where you hash out picayune details that should have been …

When an Email Exchange Turns Ugly

It was Monday morning, and Lee opened his inbox to find an email from his manager: “Lee, I’ve decided to have Carlos present to the governing board, instead of you. I’m sure you’re good with this.”<p>Lee had spent the entire weekend preparing for the presentation. Not only did he know the numbers …

18 amazing countries where you can stay, eat, and tour for less than you live at home

When you ask Americans why they don't travel abroad, the top reason they cite is cost.<p>But once you get on that plane to a cheaper part of the world — Southeast Asia, say, or Central America, or even, yes, Northern Europe — man do the prices drop. You won't realize how rich you are until you land in …

El Salvador

Meetings Would Go Faster If People Took the Time to Listen

Several months ago, a CEO I’ll call Elana, who is deaf, approached me for coaching. As we talked through her leadership skills and organizational political landscape, I quickly realized she was a fantastic listener. As a deaf person, Elana is more intentional about how she listens. In our meetings, …

Marketing 101 for Engineers

An enumeration of what marketing is and why we do it.<p><b>Why Marketing</b><p>We need words to talk about what we’ve built<br>• We need to get the product in front of …

How to Reduce the Costs of Salesperson Turnover

Even the best sales forces can’t keep every good salesperson. Loss of salespeople to competitors occurs frequently in high-growth industries in which the demand for experienced salespeople exceeds the supply, such as in fast-evolving technology markets. Poaching of salespeople also occurs when …

Raspberry Pi PLEX TV

Introduction: Raspberry Pi PLEX TV<p>Hi! In this Instructable I will show you how I made my own Raspberry Pi-powered TV using PLEX.<p>In fact, I am using …

Raspberry Pi

ESP8266 Adds Slick Touchscreen Controls to a Stretch Limo

The popularity of the ESP8266 WiFi module has a lot to do with its ability to inexpensively connect to the Internet. However, [hwhardsoft]’s stretch …

The quitting economy

When employees are treated as short-term assets, they reinvent themselves as marketable goods, always ready to quit<i>By Ilana Gershon</i>Read at Aeon

NanoSound Raspberry Pi All-In-One Hifi Audio Board

Developers at Nanomesher have created a new Raspberry Pi audio board called the NanoSound which is being created to provide users withan all-in-one …

An Even Smaller BeagleBone

The BeagleBone famously fits in an Altoids tin. Even though we now have BeagleBone Blacks, Blues, and Greens, the form factor for this curiously …