IoT Remote Relay with NodeMCU/ESP8266, MQTT/Mosquitto, and Node Red – Part I

My newest hobby is mucking around with the Internet of Things (IoT). A while back I bought several NodeMCU’s¬†from eBay for almost nothing. Along with a relay board (also from eBay), some creative wiring, and a bit of software, I’ve managed to put together a neato remote controlled relay board. In this demo I’ll actually… Continue reading IoT Remote Relay with NodeMCU/ESP8266, MQTT/Mosquitto, and Node Red – Part I

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NodeMCU IoT – First Thoughts

I’ve tinkered with microcontrollers on-and-off quite a bit throughout my life, mostly sticking with the Arduino boards. My first one was an Arduino Duemilanove¬†circa 2009. As part of a larger project I wanted to dive into something a bit more advanced. By sheer coincidence I came across an advertisement for a NodeMCU. For under $5… Continue reading NodeMCU IoT – First Thoughts

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Blots, Pens, and Whatnot

If you noticed the tagline of my site “Ink Blots and Other Thoughts” you may be curious about the whole “blots” part of that. Short answer is, I have a slight obsession with fountain pens.I bought my first fountain pen on eBay, it was a very cheap vintage Arnold pen. It’s a small, finicky, but… Continue reading Blots, Pens, and Whatnot

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