Saturday, 23 February 2013

HackADay: Self-waking computer for DIY cloud storage

This one will require more than a bit of normal controller coding, you will need to hack the code on a network router.
The builder [Dominic] wanted to use Owncloud, which as the name suggests allows him to provide his own cloud storage, using his own computer, but to save his electricity bills he didn't want to leave the computer on all day.
His plan was to leave the server normally turned off, and hack the router to turn it back on when somebody wanted to access it.
Its quite a clever solution, have a look for yourself over at http://hackaday.com/2013/02/21/self-waking-computer-for-diy-cloud-storage/
[Via Hackaday]

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Embedded Projects: Small web server displays sensor data

This Ethernet controllercan be easily connected to any embedded controller system and yet costs around £5 from e-bay. Bargain.
The device is based on the ENC28J60 Ethernet controller for which has extensive libraries for both the arduinino and  Microchip PIC, building a project with one should be relatively straightforward.
Over on Embedded Projects Jer has combined one with an ardunio and a sensor shield to make a self contained webserver, all for a around £30. (That's my estimate)
Atthe moment I can't think what I would want one for, I wish I had know about these last year when I started building mine, it would have saved me hours.
The original article can be found at http://www.embedds.com/small-web-server-displays-sensor-data/
[Via Embedded Projects]