$4 SmartHome

 

Firenet is a  Siri-controlled SmartHome installation using $4 ESP8266 modules and free Firebase account

 

Download / setup

Installation instruction, screenshots, information and code on GitHub

Features

  • Siri Control
  • Wireless control over $4 ESP8266 modules
  • AC/DC current control
  • RGB LED strip control, Sunrise simulation
  • IFTTT integration
    • Presence sensing
    • Google Calendar intogration
    • Notifications
  • Device shadows (keeping last device state), notification on device disconnection (ex. when power fails)
  • Google / Facebok / Github… etc login and auth
  • Triggers that can start a series of tasks
  • Websocket API
  • REST API
  • React / Firebase web app
  • Runs on a free Google Firebase plan

Some screenshots

 

Devices list Main menu RGB lamp control Composing triggers

This actually was on my dream list for a while and it’s a #184 in my bucketlist

Evernote: Using Online Notes for Performing Qualitative Research

In June issue of Qualitative Sociology Review (Issue here) you can find mine and Krzysztof Stachura’s paper about using Evernote platform in the course of academic research. Please, keep in mind that paper is in Polish.

Abstract

The paper is a presentation of potential ways to use Evernote as a simple and cheap alternative to professional CAQDA (Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis) software packages, along with pointing specific limitations of the tool.
The main functions useful in research and for analytic purposes are depicted, as well as techniques that enable the application of grounded theory methodology using Evernote are. Moreover, similarities and differences between Evernote and NVivo 10 are presented, and the analytical perspectives for the near future concerning the evolution of Evernote are drawn. 

KeywordsEvernote, CAQDA, qualitative research, organizing data, NVivo

Download

Warning: The paper is in Polish

You can download paper from QualitativeSociologyReview.org [PDF]