I always install Apache and PHP on my Raspberry Pi’s so that I can write and deploy small web applications. Once they’re setup, they’re good to go. There are times where I’ll get a new Raspberry Pi and/or have to reformat mine (typically because of boredom). This usually involves me having to remember how to install Apache, PHP, MySQL and phpMyAdmin from scratch. So I’m throwing together this small tutorial so that I can remember how to do this in the future. Hopefully it helps you out, too. First we want to make sure our hostname is correct on the Raspberry Pi. If it matches what you want it to match, then you’re good to go. If not, you’ll need to update [Read More…]
I wanted to post this quick tip on how to access an external database, or an external table, from within WordPress. This is mostly here for my reference in case I need it in the future. Hopefully it helps you out, too. I have a table that’s external to my primary WordPress installation that I needed to get some information out of. In my functions.php, I added this piece of code into a function I already had, and it worked great. It’s a simple bit of code that just counts the number of entries in the “data” table. This snippet uses the the database login and password information from your wp-config.php. If you need to specify different login information, just change the DB_USER and DB_PASSWORD to [Read More…]
New project for pvcustomhomes.net has launched! PVCustomHomes.net is the website of Pioneer Valley Custom Homes, builders of custom homes in the Pioneer Valley in Massachusetts. They offer consulting on new projects, design and architectural work as well as building the project to completion! The website was built on the Genesis Framework for WordPress and features an image slider, portfolio and a timelapse video of one of their builds! If you’re in MA, and looking to build a new home, get in touch with Pioneer Valley Custom Homes!
My wife and I are in the process of building our house. I knew from the beginning that I wanted to timelapse the build. The idea of making a video of “5 months in 2 minutes” is really interesting to me. So I got myself an off-the-shelf construction timelapse camera. Tested it out, and the quality was disappointing. I suppose being a wedding photographer I demanded more from a photography project. So I did what any tech nerd photographer would do — I built my own timelapse rig! Except this time I one-upped it and added solar power on a timer, with a wireless AP and 4G LTE modem. This allows for instant uploads to my computer. This post is my attempt at documenting [Read More…]
Just for good measure, let’s get this out of the way up front: The information within this article is to be considered educational only. Do not try this at home. Do not attempt anything you read in this post. Consult with professionals. Be smart and be safe. I’m not responsible for any damage to person or property for the information contained in this article. One of my first Halloween props I made myself was my high voltage climbing arc prop, which is also known as a Jacob’s Ladder. I love the sound the high voltage arc makes as it climbs its way to the top. Here’s a quick write up on how I built mine! Materials Needed: Neon sign transformer. Mine is similar [Read More…]