Greg Stevens

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Here’s a (slightly) more budget friendly, beautiful connected thermostat

Do you covet the Nest, but worry about the price tag, Google’s prying eyes or an inability to cope with a weeklong training period when you’ll have …

Using Silicone for Lifecasting

Sometimes making cosplay pieces requires lifecasting. If you need a mask or glove/prop to fit precisely, lifecasting is the way to go. Instructables …

Script for making your Raspberry Pi into a wireless hotspot #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi

Create A Light Up Notification System With Raspberry Pi #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi

Scaling the Facebook data warehouse to 300 PB

At Facebook, we have unique storage scalability challenges when it comes to our data warehouse. Our warehouse stores upwards of 300 PB of Hive data, …

Databases

Use Subqueries to Count Distinct 50X Faster

<i>NB: These techniques are universal, but for syntax we chose Postgres. Thanks to the inimitable pgAdminIII for the Explain graphics.</i><p>So Useful, Yet So …

pudb

How Unicode Brought the Digital World Together

Encoding symbols and characters in digital form is fairly easy—but making sure that everyone in the world is doing it in the same way sure isn't. …

Unicode

indexing and query runtime performance

We are happy to announce <b>RethinkDB 1.9</b> (Kagemusha). Download it now!<p>This release includes massive enhancements that improve performance of many …

Raspberry Pi gets audiophile credentials thanks to RaspyFi Linux distro

Raspberry Pi and the Raspbmc OS already make a solid combo as a media center, but if you encounter music-related limitations then it may be worth giving the RaspyFi distro (v1.0) a shot instead. In addition to supporting Apple AirPlay and a range of lossless file types, this audio-centric form of …

SlickLogin Aims To Kill The Password By Singing A Silent Song To Your Smartphone

The password needs to die, and SlickLogin is trying to help kill it.<p>Launching into closed beta in the Disrupt SF 2013 Battlefield today, SlickLogin lets you log into a website on your computer by holding your phone within a few inches of it.<p>Here’s the idea: as a user, you’d go to whatever …

Amazon hitches e-copy to that book you bought in 1995

Knowing that Amazon has a log of all your purchases stretching back nearly two decades may give you the willies, but for past print-book purchases, it soon could work in your favor.<p>Tuesday, the e-commerce giant announced a coming MatchBook program that will offer customers a corresponding Kindle …

New connection between stacked solar cells can handle energy of 70,000 suns

(Phys.org) —North Carolina State University researchers have come up with a new technique for improving the connections between stacked solar cells, …

Look at This Giant Bug!

The largest adult insect ever found actually seems sort of cuddly<p>This amazing/disturbing picture is of a giant weta, the world's biggest insect at a whopping 71 grams in weight. Wetas are cricket- or grasshopper-like insects native to the smaller islands of New Zealand, having been eradicated from …

The wireless network with a mile-wide range that the “internet of things” could be built on

Robotics engineer Taylor Alexander needed to lift a nuclear cooling tower off its foundation using 19 high-strength steel cables, and the Android app that was supposed to accomplish it, for which he’d just paid a developer $20,000, was essentially worthless. Undaunted and on deadline—the tower …

Internet of Things

Does Steve Jobs know how to code?

I'm a comp sci major (unfortunately not engineering) and a child development minor, so I am a really big fan of everything that you've been doing and …

Enblink turns your Google TV into a home automation monster

Do you have a Google TV sitting around collecting dust that isn’t automating your home? I’m sure a lot of us do, and there’s a great way to fix this by using the Enblink dongle, which turns your Google TV into a central home automation control hub!<p>Enblink will work with any Z-Wave enabled gadgets, …

Adorable Working 1:3 Scale Macintosh

Behold The World’s Smallest Working Macintosh! It stands shorter than a Steve Jobs doll. It can be held in the palm of your hand. It runs System 6, …

Pure

A set of small, responsive CSS modules that you can use in every web project.<p>CSS with a minimal footprint.<p>Pure is ridiculously tiny. The entire set …

Web Development

Hyperloop revealed: Elon Musk foresees rapid transit in a tube

Electromagnetic acceleration: That's the high technology behind the high-speed transit concept that billionaire Elon Musk calls the Hyperloop.<p>Musk — who already plays leading roles in the SpaceX rocket venture, the Tesla electric car company and the SolarCity solar-energy company — unveiled his …

Honeycomb Drone Swarm Can Fly In Any Shape

Happily, these drones are for educational (not killer) purposes.<p>These honeycomb-like drones use advanced networking technology to fly smoothly in large formations. Created as a teaching aid by researchers at ETH Zurich, the Distributed Flight Array consists of at least two modules, linked …

WigWag and the future of controlling the connected home

The connected home is coming, but right now it’s a disjointed experience where getting something to turn on or interact with other connected devices …