Notes from January 2017

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Some of the things that I have found interesting in January 2017.

Maps and Data


Tips and tricks


  • HexCells - A logic puzzle game that I fell in love with this month. No guessing everything has an answer. There are two sequels to this game.
  • Sneaky Cards - A card game where you give intersting tasks to strangers in public.
  • Project Euler - Project Euler is a series of challenging mathematical/computer programming problems that will require more than just mathematical insights to solve. Although mathematics will help you arrive at elegant and efficient methods, the use of a computer and programming skills will be required to solve most problems.
  • Stories: The Path of Destinies - A neat steam game where you build a story around players choices and actions. PC, RPG, Actiation-RPG.
  • The Jackbox Party Pack 3 - A great party game. Everyone uses their cellphones/tablets to enter their answers.
  • Turtle Wushu Tutorial - A simple game of protector your turtle. I like playing it with LED throwies instead of turtles. The follow to this game is 16 Bit Turtle Wushu Tutorial

CNC / Laser / 3D printers

  • Microsoft/maker.js - Maker.js is a JavaScript library for creating 2D vector drawings for CNC and laser cutter machines.
  • PIP Boy 3000 mark IV - Instructions and files to 3dprint and assemble a PIP Boy from fallout.




  • Puzzled Pint - Local meetup of people that attempt to solve a puzzle while drinking a pint.
  • Archery Tag - Its like paintball but with bows and arrows. Lots of fun with a big group.

Home and building automation

  • Mosquitto - A well maintained, fully featured, open source MQTT Client/SErver/Pub/Sub/Broker.
  • phpMQTT - A Simple, single file, MQTT Pub/Sub client. Does not support SSL/TLS
  • Awesome MQTT - A giant list of MQTT resources.
  • MQTT Spec - MQTT is a machine-to-machine (M2M)/”Internet of Things” connectivity protocol. It was designed as an extremely lightweight publish/subscribe messaging transport. It is useful for connections with remote locations where a small code footprint is required and/or network bandwidth is at a premium.
  • MQTT websocket client - A client for testing your MQTT broker’s websocket interface.
  • Install and secure the Mosquitto MQTT broker on ubuntu - A create tutorial on how to get started with the Mosquitto MQTT broker.
  • Node Red - Node-RED is a tool for wiring together hardware devices, APIs and online services in new and interesting ways. Works with Raspberry PI and such.
  • Installing and setup for Node-RED - Install Node.js and Node-RED, get an SSL certificate from Let’s Encrypt, and use Nginx to handle secure connections for Node-RED.
  • LoRaWAN - Long Range Low Power Wide Area Network made for embeded devices.
  • Developing IoT Mashups with Docker, MQTT, Node-RED, InfluxDB, Grafana A great intro to one persons home automation stack.
  • Using SQLite with Node-RED - A simple tutorial on using SQLite with Node-RED.
  • Thingsboard - Device management, data collection, processing and visualization for your IoT solution
  • MQTT Warn - Subscribe to MQTT topics (with wildcards) and notifiy pluggable services. More info



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