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Christopher Harrold

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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 their own, I have heavily commented the code for you so you can get started quickly without the video, but it will help you with the hardware assemblies! Also I am already working on the next projects, using the moisture sensor (the original project), and another future project using a sound sen... (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)

Unwrapping the #IoT, Literally | @ThingsExpo @CHarrold303 #M2M #API #AI

Part 3 of my IoT series is finally here, and it's like Christmas in more ways than one! I have decided to move to video for my updates for the series, and the first video entry is ready. We will be looking at the kit I purchased to build my IoT rig at home, and show you the parts you need to get started on yours if you are interested. Enjoy the video! As always, your comments and questions are welcome below or on twitter. Chris Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place June 6-8, 2017 at Javits Center, New York City, is co-located with 20th International @CloudExpo and will feature ... (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)

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

We have been indoctrinated in the last three decades of IT to believe that a system slowdown, outage, failure, change, or anything that has material potential impact is intrinsically bad. Yet, on the software side we have been told to "fail fast, fail cheap" to "develop in production" to release and iterate and build as fast as possible without fear of the potential failure. And why? Because its the only way to keep pace with the demands that the business, the market, the consumer, and our customers place on us. I spent 20 years in traditional corporate IT, and during that time I ... (more)