Jonathan Poland (16)

Simple DIY PVC Pipe Birdhouse

There are some great looking wooden birdhouses, but after just a year or two, they start to rot and fall apart. Even when cleaned out each fall and stored indoors each winter. Wood just isn't very durable, and birdhouses get abused inside and out. Doing…

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Going serverless: Zappa vs Chalice 2018

I had the need to create a tiny API recently and decided to finally try out AWS Lambda. It's probably the leader in the "serverless" movement, which really just means someone else manages your servers for you. Normally, I'd have had to stand up an EC2…

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AWS IoT with the ESP8266

I spent some time recently trying to get some ESP8266 devices to connect to AWS IOT. AWS IOT is really just an MQTT broker as a service. However, it has a big caveat for the ESP8266: it requires TLS 1.2. For the longest time, there…

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Arduino Chicken Coop: Winter Cometh

Winter has finally arrived, and in full force! With temperatures already down to 0˚F, some things have worked well and some things haven't. The chicken are now about 15 weeks old, so they've transitioned from the starter crumple feed to the adult pellets. And as…

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