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How to choose a wireless protocol for home automation

11 hours 39 min ago

In the second article in this series, I talked about local control vs. cloud connectivity and some things to consider for your home automation setup.

In this third article, I will discuss the underlying technology for connecting devices to Home Assistant, including the dominant protocols that smart devices use to communicate and some things to think about before purchasing smart devices.


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Comparing the similarities and differences between inner source and open source

11 hours 40 min ago

Open source software (OSS) has been around since the 1990s and has thrived, quickly growing to become mainstream. It is now more well understood around the world than it has ever been before. Some refer to it as FOSS to highlight the Freedom part of open source (Free and Open Source Software). And in 2014, at OSCON, the term "inner source" was debuted, and people started talking about how to use the principles of open source, but inside of a company. It raised several questions for those unfamiliar with the term, which I hope to answer with this article.


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4 questions about AI ethics and how open source can help

11 hours 41 min ago

As a high school student, I've become very interested in artificial intelligence (AI), which is emerging as one of the most impactful innovations of recent times. This past summer, I was selected for the AI4ALL program, where we learned how to develop AI systems using Python.


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5 open source alternatives to GitHub

Thursday 26th of November 2020 08:01:00 AM

Git is a popular version-control system, primarily used for code but popular in other disciplines, too. It can run locally on your computer for personal use, it can run on a server for collaboration, and it can also run as a hosted service for widespread public participation. There are many hosted services out there, and one of the most popular brands is GitHub.


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Access free, high-quality images from HDRI Haven

Thursday 26th of November 2020 08:00:00 AM

The latest episode of The Open Source Creative Podcast is good for anyone interested in using HDRIs in their work (typically 3D art and VFX), but may also be of interest to folks with an interest in photography and the process of creating their own high dynamic range images. In this episode, Greg Zaal shares about HDRI Haven, a place where you can get free, high-quality 360-degree HDR images under a CC0 license.


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Keep track of multiple Git remote repositories

Wednesday 25th of November 2020 08:02:00 AM

Working with remote repositories gets confusing when the names of the remote repositories in your local Git repo are inconsistent.


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Get started with Fossil, an alternative to Git

Wednesday 25th of November 2020 08:01:00 AM

As any programmer knows, there are many reasons it's vital to keep track of code changes. Sometimes you just want a history of how your project started and evolved, as a matter of curiosity or education. Other times, you want to enable other coders to contribute to your project, and you need a reliable way to merge disparate parts. And more critically, sometimes an adjustment you make to fix one problem breaks something else that was working.


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Got something to say? How to get started writing

Wednesday 25th of November 2020 08:00:00 AM

Well, I suppose after all this talk of how to find your story and then write your story, I should make a post about how to do just that. I've broken it down into three sections: how to find your story, how to write your story, and how to share it and get it published.

During the All Things Open virtual event this year, I was invited to share my tips, and now you can watch that. It's about 20 minutes with some questions and commentary at the end.


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Build a motion detection system with a Raspberry Pi

Tuesday 24th of November 2020 08:02:00 AM

If you want a home security system to tell you if someone is lurking around your property, you don't need an expensive, proprietary solution from a third-party vendor. You can set up your own system using a Raspberry Pi, a passive infrared (PIR) motion sensor, and an LTE modem that will send SMS messages whenever it detects movement.

Prerequisites

You will need:


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A beginner's guide to developing with React

Tuesday 24th of November 2020 08:01:00 AM

React is a JavaScript user interface (UI) library that was built and is maintained by Facebook. React helps JavaScript developers think logically and functionally about how they want to build a UI.

With React, you can build:

  1. Single-page applications
  2. Applications that are easy to understand
  3. Scalable applications
  4. Cross-platform applications

React allows developers to build applications declaratively and offers a unidirectional flow of data.


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Create a machine learning model with Bash

Tuesday 24th of November 2020 08:00:00 AM

Machine learning is a powerful computing capability for predicting or forecasting things that conventional algorithms find challenging. The machine learning journey begins with collecting and preparing data—a lot of it—then it builds mathematical models based on that data. While multiple tools can be used for these tasks, I like to use the shell.


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6 predictions for JavaScript build tools

Monday 23rd of November 2020 08:02:00 AM

Code used in production is different from development code. In production, you need to build packages that run fast, manage dependencies, automate tasks, load external modules, and more. JavaScript tools that make it possible to turn development code into production code are called build tools.

The reason frontend code is "built" can be explained by looking into the various build steps and their importance.


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A beginner's guide to Kubernetes Jobs and CronJobs

Monday 23rd of November 2020 08:02:00 AM

Kubernetes is the default orchestration engine for containers. Its options for controlling and managing pods and containers include:

  1. Deployments
  2. StatefulSets
  3. ReplicaSets

Each of these features has its own purpose, with the common function to ensure that pods run continuously. In failure scenarios, these controllers either restart or reschedule pods to ensure the services in the pods continue running.


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Run serverless functions, Kubernetes ingress controllers comparisons, and more industry trends

Monday 23rd of November 2020 08:01:00 AM

As part of my role as a principal communication strategist at an enterprise software company with an open source development model, I publish a regular update about open source community, market, and industry trends. Here are some of my and their favorite articles from that update.


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Open source brings musicians together virtually

Saturday 21st of November 2020 08:00:00 AM

When the COVID-19 pandemic began canceling live music events in spring 2020, it wasn't just the big arena shows, music festivals, and small, local venues that suffered—the big annual marching band competition leagues, like Drum Corps International (DCI) and WGI World Championships, were also called off. This was a huge disappointment for the thousands of musicians and band directors who were already preparing for the spring and summer competition season.


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How we develop success metrics for open source events

Friday 20th of November 2020 08:01:00 AM

As many open source communities grow larger and older, they may face problems managing members' engagement. People turn towards metrics to understand large systems and prioritize resources, but there has not been a consensus set of metrics for understanding open source communities.


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What do open source product teams do?

Friday 20th of November 2020 08:00:00 AM

If you go to any hip product management conference, you'll hear about product teams. At a minimum, a product team has a product manager, but it often includes roles in marketing, technical architecture, and even user experience (UX).


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Automate your tasks with this Ansible cheat sheet

Thursday 19th of November 2020 08:01:00 AM

Ansible is one of the primary tools in the world of automation and orchestration because of its broad usefulness and flexibility. However, those same traits are the very reason it can be difficult to get started with Ansible. It isn't a graphical application, and yet it also isn't a scripting or programming language.


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The relationship between labor and open source

Thursday 19th of November 2020 08:00:00 AM

The open source software ecosystem is a fascinating blend of personal passion projects and massive, collaborative corporate efforts. Sometimes there is even overlap when the passion projects are actually key components of the huge corporate projects or when a corporate project is abandoned by the original maintainers, but someone takes up the cause and makes it their personal passion project. Regardless of where an open source project falls on that spectrum, there is a lot of labor involved in the development and maintenance of open source projects.


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Cloud control vs local control: What to choose for your home automation

Wednesday 18th of November 2020 08:02:00 AM

There are a lot of factors to consider when investing in a home automation ecosystem. In my first article in this series, I explained why I picked Home Assistant, and in this article, I'll explain some of the foundational issues and technologies in home automation, which may influence how you approach and configure your Internet of Things (IoT) devices.


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Plasma Bigscreen project is pleased to announce the release of a newer beta image for the Raspberry Pi 4. The beta 2 release adds several new features and includes a number of bug fixes. Read more

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Best USB bootable distros of 2020

Trimmed distros aren’t only designed for ageing hardware. In fact, there are several lean distros that have been pruned and tuned and optimized for booting off of USB. There are several uses for shoving Linux distros inside a USB flash drive. For instance, they can be quite handy when you need to use somebody else’s computer. Or, perhaps you need to boot into a live Linux environment to troubleshoot issues with your computer, or perhaps to transfer data from a dying disk. Read more

Why MX Linux reminds me of old-school Linux--in the best ways

You might not know this, but according to Distrowatch, MX Linux is currently the No. 1 most downloaded Linux distribution. You're probably thinking, "MXWhat?" That's right, a distribution that seemingly came out of nowhere has shot up the ranks to the top of the class...sort of. MX Linux isn't all that new. In fact, it's been around since 2014. MX Linux was created as a cooperation between former MEPIS Linux communities and antiX, a lightweight, systemd-free Linux distribution. Although MX Linux defaults to the Xfce desktop as their flagship, you can download and install versions with KDE or Fluxbox for either a slightly more modern desktop (KDE) or a throwback to old-school Linux (Fluxbox). Read more