Nogapps - A replacement for gapps

I recently discovered nogapps, and it’s working great! Here’s an intro and how to use it.

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Cheap DIY babycam with night vision

Overview

When I did this project in 2012 babycams cost from NOK 2000 and up, so I decided to see if I could build one using a Raspberry Pi, an IR light and a very cheap webcam.

This will of course only be a level 0 night vision (active).

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Car-logger - part 2

Overview

Read part one of Car-logger first, if you haven’t.

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Google Hangouts - no one gets left out

… except for anyone on Firefox OS, WindowsPhone, Amazon devices, Sailfish OS and any other device without Google Play.

Website.

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RadiOS part 1

Overview

In my opinion most radios, especially internet radios, have horrible interfaces. Small buttons, small displays, often touch, often several functions for each button.

So Erik and I set out to design a new, better radio for ourselves. Our main requirements were ease of use and a very physical UI. Something you’d want to touch and play with.

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Car-logger - part 1

Overview

I want to know where my car is. Especially if it gets stolen. Logs would be a bonus. Also, I have several outdated Android phones, which has all necessary hardware.

  • I don’t want to use Google (latitude) or other service providers (embedded hardware).
  • I don’t want to pay, unless I have to.
  • If possible, I’d like it to do more (explained further down).

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photOS 2.0 - a better photo frame

Overview

This is about improving photOS, mentioned in http://0p.no/2014/02/14/photos1.html.

When building this, price wasn’t a factor. If you want something cheap, you can still use this software with an old laptop or other recycled hardware.

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photOS version 1.0 - a place for your phone to rest

Overview

A few years ago I wrote a collection of scripts for Debian/Ubuntu to make digital photo frames of outdated laptops. Lots of people have done this. What made photOS v.1 special was the idea that it was a place for your phone to rest. Meaning recharge, dump photos, and display photos on the big screen. All by just plugging in the power cable.

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Brazil-like monitor

Overview

In the movie Brazil you can see small, mostly black/white, stripped down, CRT monitors. I’ve also seen a store having CRTs in transparent cases. Somehow I think this is a cool retro look, so I built my own. Primarily to display weather forcast by my door.

Remember CRTs uses thousands of volts, so one should keep fingers away.

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Checklist for Raspberry Pi setup

Overview

There are lot of small changes one should do for pis that will be in use over some time. I covered a few in Keeping A Raspberry Pi Alive. This post will serve as more of a complete checklist for myself, so it may be updated over time.

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Fanless livingroom entertainment

Background

I recently made an effort to keep only fanless (or silent) devices in my livingroom. Including my media center / HTPC. This article will outline a few ways to achieve this.

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Androids privacy invasiveness

Overview

With Android you have two options of app management. With Google Play, or without. As Google is getting more and more invasive the latter option seems more tempting. Too bad they made sure it’s a poor one.

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George Washingdone - a motion sensor for your washing machine

Overview

When PiBorg launched the accelerometer/compass XloBorg, I imediately bought a couple. I had no idea what to use them for, but the price was right, raspberry pi was new, and it seemed like a fun “sensor” to play with. It remained in my drawer until this weekend. Over a few hours at a hackathon I created the WashingDone. A script to measure certain patterns of motion, to alert when the washing machine is done.

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Keeping a Raspberry Pi alive

Overview

http://raspberrypi.org is a great, cheap peice of hardware, but it has some limitations. Number one is the SD card. SD cards are not made for lots of rewrites to the same file.

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Life without US cloud services

Overview

I’m not creating this list because I have something against the US or because I hate the cloud (or to get on a watchlist). I’m creating it because my work/hobbies. Also for economy, access to resources (unlimited dropbox!), performance (keep things local) interest in FLOSS and control of my data.

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Android with as little closed source as possible

Overview

Android seemed like an OpenMoko.org that could work. A phone running free software. Linux, and all the goodies that goes with it. However it took a bad turn. Not only was it just linux (no GNU), but Google seems to be locking it down. Replacing every app with a closed source one: Googles iron grip on Android.

See follow-up: Android with as little closed source as possible 2.

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