Interesting opensource test tool

Flashback by Linkedin looks like an interesting test tool you can use to test web services that was opensourced…gee a month ago…Looks like its all in java too.

LinkedIn open sources Flashback, a tool for mocking internet traffic

https://github.com/linkedin/flashback

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Build a ghetto vertical plotter

Too funny, the build works thought.  It may look ghetto, but the parts involved are not cheap.

https://www.instructables.com/id/SIMPLEST-Arduino-Vertical-Plotter/

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Hacking a pogoplug

Interesting hack, converting a popoplug to use for other purposes.  I have a couple of these things kicking around (replaced with other systems).  SO this maybe a good way to repurpose them.

PogoPlug Hacking: A Step by Step Guide to Owning The Device

Another good hack here to make one a PBX.

http://nerdvittles.com/?p=10560

Nice 30 minute video on getting started here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SheuimfB6kQ&list=PL2GALWZIiXOCgRfWSQpIFc4QfINjOvsYr&index=3

Oh and notes

https://pastebin.com/mv1WdVdH

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key.me, need an extra set of keys?

Not sure if I should be worried, or thrilled at this one.  (Oh and there is a kiosk in Rochester and Buffalo NY).  Basically you upload your keys (pictures) to the website, and when you need a spare, you go to one of the kiosks and get it.  I can just think of all the folks that would love to get ahold of this database…

https://www.engadget.com/2017/04/24/keyme-kiosk-expansion-key-replacement/

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Need to make a logo, try these chrome apps

Yeah I know I need one.  These apps may help there… they look simple enough.

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/chrome-apps-help-create-logo/

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Make you own scented candles

Hum…this looks pretty easy to do, but is it cheaper than buying one?

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A cheap and simple sanding drum

The author takes an old PC fan, breaks the blades off, sands it down a bit, then superglues sandpaper to it.  Pretty simple build.

https://www.instructables.com/id/Stronger-Cheaper-DIY-Sand-Drum/

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Need to keep folks from knowing you read the facebook messages…

Us the Unseen API (chrome/android)

https://www.google.com/search?q=unseen+app&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8

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Using a Stirling Engine to power an arduino

I was just looking at one of these engines too on ebay.  I was thinking more for using sunlight, but this is still pretty neat.

Ethanol-Powered Arduinos

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Simple battery level indicator for Arduino

Uses some custom characters, but could be worth adding in to your project so you have an idea as to if you need to charge the device or not.

https://www.hackster.io/thearduinoworld/arduino-addons-battery-level-indicator-756b76

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