Fake journalism and trading

It happens almost every day, even with adds blocker you have articles about how you can easily earn a lot of money from home. I usually ignore those articles, but today while I was surfing, one of them did catch my attention because there was the name of my town in it.

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Translated it means : a housewife at Saint Antoine la villageoise sur Dordogne (no that town doesn’t exist) earns 8,350€ per month and you won’t believe how !

First of all, I hate this kind of title because it sounds like the viral sh*t you have on Facebook like : “this father jumps from a cliff while holding a bike, but when you will discover why he did this, you will burst into tears !”.

Then the name of the town, the content displayed on the page depends on some parameters, in that case the location of the visiter. This parameter is passed through the url in that case and therefore can be easily modified (that’s why the title says Saint Antoine la villageoise sur Dordogne, I modified it).

The name of the town is used in order to catch the attention of the reader ( and it worked on me), because you know that it is something that is happening right next you, maybe that you neighbor is earning thousands of euros per month without moving out of his couch.

The title is not the only thing interesting I found in this article, let’s analyse some others aspects that can be found in it, and then I will give my opinion about this kind of “journalism”.

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Carputer with Raspberry Pi

Yet another project !

I was tired of listening to the local radio on my car, I wanted my own music. So in that case you have 2 possibilities: either you buy an other system or you build yourself a super carputer ! Needless to say that I chose the second option.

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My carputer

In this article I am going to describe the different choices I made to build it, but this is not going to be step by step tutorial to build yours.

 

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Arduino SmartClock – Nano version, the result

Here is the final result on my nano version of the Arduino SmartClock

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The new clock in font of its older brother

It is a simplified version of the Arduino SmartClock but also smaller.

Like the other model, it is an arduino based clock that connects to my home wifi in order to automatically set up the time (wifi module ESP8266).

It is also an alarm clock, the time of the alarm is also set via WiFi. There is a mode where the alarm is automatically set according to my schedule on Google Agenda and the time forecasted for the journey by Google Maps (by car, because of traffic jams and my variable schedule, this can vary a lot from one day to an other).

Instead of using a light sensor, I set up two simples modes : Day & Night. By day the seconds are shown in a colorful way :

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Display by day

By night the luminosity is lower and only some LEDs are used :

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Display in night mode

The code is fairly close to the one of the preceding version (reminder : the code of the clock itself is freely available here ). The soldering was more challenging as there not a lot of room available inside of the box.

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Inside of the clock

To finish here is little tip :

If you’re building a project inside a box with a power cable (or any type of cable going outside of the box) you can make a knot with the wire inside. That way, if you pull on the cable, it will only tighten the knot and not unplug or break the wire ;-).

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The simple knot trick !

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Arduino SmartClock – Nano version

After having successfully created a SmartClock with Arduino, I decided to do it again but smaller !

As I want this project to be more colorful, I found an alternative to simple RGB led. The module is called WS2812 and it is simply awesome !

The modules are fairly easy to use and are connected on cascade. You can simply control the color of every LED separetely.

Description of the module : here

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One powerful WS2812

For now, I’m using the Arduino Uno for prototyping, but in order to have everything in a small box I’ll use the Arduino Nano Pro.

Here is what it looks like now :