Behind The Scenes Magazine

By Renier Delport | http://www.behind-the-scenes.co.za

What beginners should know about JSON

<b>JSON</b> (<b>J</b>ava<b>S</b>cript <b>O</b>bject <b>N</b>otation) is a lightweight syntax or standard for storing and exchanging data between servers and users. Data presented in <b>JSON</b> …

JavaScript

Introducing the inexpensive ESP-01 Wi-Fi module

The <b>ESP-01</b> is a popular, inexpensive microcontroller board with built-in Wi-Fi. It is a breakout board makes use of the, now, widely used <b>ESP8266</b> …

Bufo toads (Bufo spp.)

<b>Toads</b>, or true toads, as suppose to frogs, are a group of amphibians in the <b>Bufonidae</b> family. They comprise more than 35 genera of which <i>Bufo</i> are being …

ESP8266 5V Wi-Fi relay switch modules

As the the name implies, <b>ESP8266 5V Wi-Fi relay switch modules</b> are Wi-Fi enabled, relay power switches. The module also includes a detachable <b>ESP-01</b> …

Using the Raspberry Pi as a home web server

A <b>web server</b> is a computer that can send and receive data via a web browser. It uses, the very popular, Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP), the basic …

Raspberry Pi

Creating custom social media share buttons for posts

Website developers might find it necessary to have custom social share buttons at the top/bottom of their web pages. Custom buttons, as suppose to …

Bright autumn colour scheme

Fiverr – Freelance services marketplace for the lean entrepreneur <br>9 June 2018 <br>Fiverr is the world’s largest freelance services marketplace for …

Supporting Steve

Steve, and I assume most cats, have the ability to be wherever they are not wanted, e.g. when there are small precision pieces lying everywhere, like …

Harley Davidson

Understanding the digital read pin on a microcontroller

When working with electronics, one will very often come across working with <b>digital readings</b>. <b>Digital read (and write) pins</b> are available on many …

See how to install the Arduino IDE on a Raspberry Pi 3

<b>The Arduino Integrated Development Environment (IDE)</b>, or Arduino Software, is free software that is maintained by Arduino.cc. It is basically a text …

How to use Cron for scheduling computer tasks

<b>Cron</b> is a software utility used to schedule automatic time-based commands or shell scripts on Linux and other Unix-like operating systems. Schedules …

Linux

ESP-32 development boards for Wi-Fi communication

The <b>ESP-32 microcontroller development board</b>, or simply the <b>ESP-32</b>, is a relatively small, low power, easily obtainable, complete and …

See how to update Kodi's media libraries manually

Although Kodi is quite comprehensive with a lot of automatic functionality (build-in or via plugins), there are still some things that needs to be …

Raspberry Pi

Introducing Magnetic door sensors

This post introduces <b>Magnetic door sensors</b>, also called reed switches, that are commonly used in alarm systems to trigger movement of the objects …

Home Automation

Twitter App settings to access the API

One of the reasons why Twitter is so popular, and became what it is today, is due to its App integration abilities through API. This post will show</b> …

Social Media

How to make a backup of a Raspberry Pi using a disk imager

After doing some tinkering a Raspberry Pi operating system, it might be a good idea to back it up from time-to-time. <b>How to make a backup of your</b> …

Getting started with RetroPie on Raspberry Pi

You have RetroPie installed onto a micro SD card and you’re ready to roll. After this, <b>getting started with RetroPie on Raspberry Pi</b> was quite a …

MEKA Mobile Exoskeleton

The <b>Mobile Exoskeleton</b>, or ‘Mobile Exoskeletal Korean Army’ aka <b>MEKA</b> as it say on the side, is an agile, fighting, futuristic mech from Blizzard‘s 2016 …

Facebook App settings to access the Graph API

One of the reasons why Facebook (and Twitter) is so popular, and became what it is today, is due to its API. There are a huge number of developers …

Automatic media library updates for Kodi media centre

So like me, you are one of those guys or girls that has installed and setup Kodi as their media centre. All is working well and you are able to watch …

Raspberry Pi

How to make your own South African favourite - Milk tart shooters

Probably one of the oldest, well-known recipes in South Africa is the traditional Milk tart – an open pastry case with a sweet creamy filling covered …

The mysterious Mussolini cocktail

After a seriously long drought of cocktail hunting, while out with a couple of friends, I accidentally stumbled upon the what ended up as being a bit …

Suit of Powered Armour (reversed engineered version)

This is yet another Tony Stark suit, albeit modified, from the Iron Man movies. The <b>Suit of Powered Armour</b>, featured in the 2008 version of Iron Man, …

Communicating between 2 Raspberry Pis using sshpass

<b>sshpass</b> is a Linux software package that can be used to establish a direct (secure) connection between two Linux operated computers. It uses the ssh …

Understanding some common network protocols

Deeper exploration into the world of inter-computer communications will reveal more and more types of communications (e.g. radio waves, Ethernet, …

Using WinSCP to Connect to a Raspberry Pi

<b>WinSCP</b> can be used to remotely connect to a networked Raspberry Pi via SSH (secure shell or secure socket shell) or SCP (secure copy protocol) to …

Getting started with Wordnik's Word & Worldlist API

In today’s world where language is somewhat neglected modern ‘word-related’ services are a welcome edition to the struggle against illiteracy. One …

Sharing a Raspberry Pi directory on a Local Area Network

This is a short, somewhat introduction, post on <b>how to share a Raspberry Pi directory on a local area network (LAN)</b> and will conclude with how to …