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About 6 months ago I had this "brilliant" idea that I would like to monitor the water level of my plants living on my balcony. The goal was to keep them healthy and happy (and producing vegetables for me in my urban garden). After looking for a commercial solution to aid me in this project, I discovered that there wasn't anything out there that would do what I need. The primary reason why nothing worked for me was that none of the products out there are capable of monitoring multiple plants at once, leaving me with the need to buy multiple units. At 10-15 containers for plants, this was immediately recognized as unrealistic, due to their high individual cost. Being the enterprising person I am, my immediate thought was, "I will just build one! How hard can it be?" Six months have passed and I am starting to grasp the reality of it. It isn't hard, in the sense that... (more)

Building the Internet of Things | @ThingsExpo #IoT #IIoT #M2M #API #AI

It's been way too long, but the next in the series of IoT "Build-along-at-home" videos is done. In this edition I will show you the "Hello World" project for interacting with the IO ports on your Raspberry Pi. Please click here to watch the video and as always, comments and questions are appreciated and welcomed! Watch the video on YouTube here if you prefer! Also, it is in the video, but my GitHub library of code for all the projects we will be doing in the video series can be found here: Git Hub Repository If you are the type (like me) who just likes to figure stuff out on thei... (more)

The IoT for the Rest of Us: It's Alive | @ThingsExpo #AI #IoT #IIoT #M2M

Welcome back to our series on building out our own IoT projects and discovering the underlying tech and principals that make up the industrial internet and IoT.  In this video session we will assemble, boot, and configure our Raspberry Pi 3 and lay the foundation of all the IoT projects we will build. You can view the video on my YouTube Channel here. I wanted to add a couple of things I learned after recording, that didn't make it into this video but should have. After you get your Raspberry Pi running, the first thing you should do is open the terminal window, and execute the... (more)

Taking Back IT - DevOps | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #APM #Microservices

Part 1 - How do I get started making the transition to DevOps? I am an ops guy. I have been in Ops since I started my career a long time ago. I still remember the glorious days of being the new guy on the Ops team and getting stuck with changing backup tapes. I remember moving servers in the wee small hours of the morning, upgrades that went horribly wrong with no prayer of reverting, and the joys and pains that went with being in operations, and really what we would call "Legacy IT" in general. It's like the opposite of "Cheers", because you want to be where NO ONE knows your n... (more)

Taking Back IT - DevOps: Part 2 By @CHarrold303 | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

One of the things that is bugging me about DevOps and the current conversations about it, is that they are all really heavily Dev focused and talk a lot about tools as they relate to the developer. This isn't a bad thing, but I find myself asking constantly where's the Ops in DevOps!? As an operations person (as I spoke about in my first blog in the series) I really want to speak for the other side of the coin and talk about the ways to marry the Dev concepts of continuous release, test-as-you-go, and agile development into the more static and often rigid world that traditional o... (more)