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GardenBot Is Monitoring Your Garden

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

how-to_module-map courtesy of

Amazing work, and very interesting solution (of an experience of nature-lovers and DIYers) to keep an eye on your garden:

GardenBot is a garden monitoring system. This means that you put sensors in your garden, and GardenBot will show you charts of the conditions in your garden — so you can see the world the way your plants see it.

I did… er, I mean hi. My name is Andrew Frueh. Me and my wife, Melissa, like to garden a lot. We’re always experimenting with different methods in our garden and compost. We already were using a soaker hose for our garden. Last year, we used one of those mechanical timers to turn the soaker on for a pre-determined amount of time. But then…
I discovered Arduino, and immediately became engrossed. Arduino is a little computer (called a microcontroller) about the size of a business card. It has a bunch of analog and digital inputs/outputs so you can hook up various sensors, buttons, switches, audio/video devices — it’s pretty friggin’ cool. See the parts page for more information.
Anyway, considering my interests, I thought “gee, it sure would be neat to use the Arduino board to control the watering in the garden”. But then one thing led to another… and now we get to the (somewhat complete) GardenBot system that you have before you.
Like a lot of DIY-ers, I am entirely self-trained. So, there are a lot of holes in my knowledge. As I hunted around for information on the web, I found that too often the information in various tutorials was written by someone who failed to remember that lay-people (incidentally the target audience for any tutorial) don’t know the jargon, and therefor can have great difficulty in decoding the information. One of my goals with this project, is to have all the pieces laid out in plain language — step by step — to walk you through the whole process. Hopefully I pull that off.

check out the web, as all the resources and methods are well documented. Good job!


Disposable Toilet

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

A biodegradable plastic bag called the Peepoo could make life much easier for the hundreds of millions of urban slum dwellers who lack access to a toilet. The bag, designed by Swedish architect nd professor Anders Wilhemson, serves as a single-use toilet that can be used anywhere. “It is almost like flush and forget,” says Wilhemson. “When you knot it, the smell is gone even more quickly than from a toilet.”
The bag features a layer of foil that can be used as a glove to shuttle waste into the bag without contaminating the fingers. Once the bag is closed off by knotting up the opening, urea crystals inside break down waste into pathogen-free fertilizer that can be used to help grow food. “You not only get the toilet, you also get an asset,” says Wilhemson, who envisions a system in which Peepoo users can exchange their waste-filled bags for mobile phone credits.

The Peepoo has been well received in tests by residents of Nairobi, Kenya, and Mymensingh, Bangladesh, and will be more widely available in these areas and elsewhere soon. Daily production is currently limited to a few thousand bags, though by January 2011 this should ramp up to half a millin. By 2014, Wilhemson expects the unsubsidised price per bag to fall to a few cents.

A great stuff to pet owner as well. Can’t wait to get that from a retail shop.

Deskspace Save My Day

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

In my days doing programming stuff, I would like to introduce this kind of wonderful software from OTAKU Software, Deskspace. It seems that I have extra desktops now in managing my cluttered opened windows of all task I have to do.

DeskSpace - Expand Your Desktop Space, Eliminate Desktop Clutter.

Expand Your Desktop Space

DeskSpace significantly increases your desktop space, allowing you to work and play on multiple desktops.

With DeskSpace you can work with multiple desktops in 3D, and quickly switch between desktops using the mouse and keyboard.


Switch to any network settings with NetSetMan

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

I keep on changing it… in the office, then when I come to data center I need to change it once again. It keep on changing. So, when I found this software. I slowly adapt it as one of my precious tools. Oh god! it really is.

netsetman configurations interfaces.

NetSetMan descriptions:

NetSetMan is a network settings manager which can easily switch between 6 different, visually structured profiles including:

* IP Address
* Subnet Mask
* Default Gateway
* DNS Server
* Computer Name
* Workgroup
* DNS Domain
* WINS Server
* Default Printer
* Network Drives
* Scripts (BAT, VS, JS, …)