Archive for the 'hardware' Category

OK Google: make this NEST hack a standard feature

May 7, 2017

This easy hack can unlock a NEST thermostat’s “Cool” mode in heater-only installations, allowing control of a heater’s ventilation fan as though it’s an A/C.

Why are there no recent posts on

May 28, 2016

Why has had so few posts over the past several years? Blame it on the success of its offspring:! Here’s the scoop…

Linux-based Tor gadget protects IP identity

December 11, 2013

Pogoplug announced a $49, Linux-based security device called the Safeplug that taps into the Tor network to hide your IP information when using the web.

R.I.P. LinuxDevices… Long live LinuxGizmos!

March 9, 2013

In 2012, the embedded Linux market lost a valued resource when became a collateral casualty of QuinStreet’s acquisition of a group of websites from Ziff Davis Enterprise. Unfortunately the new owner has no interest in supporting the site, so LinuxDevices has lain dormant for over a year.

Review: Lenovo S2110 10-inch Android tablet

November 14, 2012

Although Samsung’s thin, lightweight Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets have dominated the 10-inch Android tablet market for the past year-and-a-half, they’re about to face some stiff competition from new devices from Lenovo and Google.

World’s first Arduino flashlight ships soon

September 28, 2012

Following a highly successful Kickstarter project and over a year of development, HexBright, billed by its creator as the “world’s first open source Arduino flashlight,” is now in production with initial shipments planned for December.

Startup gives birth to telepresence robot

September 25, 2012

Suitable Technologies today unveiled a telepresence robot based on “Texai” technology from Willow Garage, a robotics research lab. “Beam” (as in “Beam me up, Scotty” — no, really!) implements a video chat function on a computer you can remotely drive around via Internet-based control.

Pioneering “embedded PC” standard turns 20

September 3, 2012

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the launch of the PC/104 specification, which introduced a standardized way to build PC-compatible functions into a wide range of instruments, devices, and applications.

Will Intel acquire Roku?

January 3, 2012

According to rumors, Intel may be thinking about acquiring Roku, maker of the popular, low-cost, multimedia streaming device that competes aggressively with the Google TV, and Apple TV, and Boxee Box devices.

Free ebook celebrates 10 years of Mini-ITX

November 30, 2011

Via Technologies has published a free ebook celebrating 10 years of the compact, Mini-ITX motherboard form-factor. “Small is Beautiful: 10 Years of Mini-ITX” is available as a free download in ePub and PDF format.