Errors with sudo apt-get and pip install? Make sure your system time is correct!

Yesterday I started on a new raspberry pi project, and as usual, I burned a fresh version of the latest Raspbian Jessie to my SD card. I usually do this so that when I write up some instructions I know… Continue Reading →

What is a Webhook?

A Webhook is kind of the inverse of an web API. Whereas a web API responds to an HTTP request, a webhook makes an HTTP POST to an API endpoint in response to some event. Webhooks have started appearing as… Continue Reading →

Weather Monitoring – Part 2 – Air Quality sensing with Shinyei PPD42NS

Weather Monitoring – Part 1 – with ThingSpeak and Slack Part 2 – This post Why measure air quality? For the second part of my Raspberry Pi weather monitor, I wanted to add an air quality sensor. Air quality is… Continue Reading →

JSON Parser Online

As I’ve been messing about with coding some apps to interact with APIs I’ve found myself needing to look at the raw JSON output a fair few times, to try and understand what the format of the data is and… Continue Reading →

Using AWS lambda to run python scripts instead of local cron

It’s often useful to set certain scripts to run regularly, or in response to some event. There are some websites that help you do this such as Zapier or IFTTT which integrate with other online services. However, they cost money,… Continue Reading →

Berry Bot

Recently I got the chance to give a bit of an introduction to python and physical computing on the Raspberry Pi to some kids so I thought a robot would be a fun thing to use as a demonstration. The… Continue Reading →

Weather Monitoring – Part 1 – with ThingSpeak and Slack

Weather Monitoring – Part 1 – This post Weather Monitoring – Part 2 –  Air Quality sensing with Shinyei PPD42NS   Where I live at the moment is very dry and after buying a humidifier I decided to use my… Continue Reading →

Flask – An Introduction to python web apps

After discovering the python programming language from the Raspberry Pi, it turns out it can be used for many different purposes, one of these being to create web based apps. A web app is a website that actually does something… Continue Reading →

Make a Next Bus LCD with TfL’s Web API

One of the cool things about web APIs (see my post for what a web API is) is that useful data is made available for you to hack around with. I found out that Transport for London has an API… Continue Reading →

What is an web API and what can I do with it?

API stands for Application Programming Interface, and web APIs allow you to programmatically interface with a web resource using the HTTP protocol (the same as you use in your web browser). 1. Let’s explain that geek-speak with an example from… Continue Reading →

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