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The #pinebook kernel just got updated to 5.3 in the #ManjaroARM repo.
The same with the kernel for the #vim3 .

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Its remarkably less outrage-inducing to read the text-only forms of national news sites. Also its a cool excuse to use a curses based web browser.

$ links text.npr.org

$ links lite.cnn.com

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Wow, we did not expect the level of interest you all have had in the #PineTime!

More info:
- Cost will be approximately 25USD
- Charging dock included in price
- Built-in heartbeat monitor
- Case built of Zinc alloy and plastic
- Battery life measured in days
- Sorry, can't run Linux itself. SoC is nRF52832, which uses a Cortex-M4 core. That's why we need FreeRTOS :)

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This is the PineTime. A companion for your Linux smartphone, and new side-project of ours. More news coming in the future...

(If you have experience with FreeRTOS or mbed, and are interested, please get in touch!)

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We’re changing the way PureOS is released. PureOS will be available as a Stable or Rolling release, giving you the choice between stability or cutting-edge changes puri.sm/posts/pureos-rolls-on- #purism #pureos #librem #linux

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I made more progress on the cat feeder tonight! ⁣
⁣I attached the motor to the back, and the shaft now goes thru and connects to the original (modified) plastic shaft from the dispenser.

⁣The lid has an ultrasonic distance sensor pointing down at the food to be able to tell how much is left in the chute.

⁣There's a button on top to be able to manually dispense a dose.

⁣Lastly, I added a terminal block to connect the wires from the scale for easier mounting to the processor later.

⁣Next up, I need to start connecting all the components to the circuitry! The load cell amplifier, stepper motor driver, and finally the esp32 controller. Then it'll be time to write some software!

⁣#homeautomation #esp32 #arduino #catfeeder #hackyourcat #cathacks
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Looks like the remaining #PinebookPro preorder coupons are starting to go out! Watch your inbox if you are still expecting one.

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#Purism #Librem5 August 2019 Update puri.sm/posts/librem-5-august- final push before the imminent launch, polishing the most critical apps: calls, messages, web browser, shell and #GNOME Initial Setup, Contacts and Settings for mobile #linux #linuxphone #linuxmobile #security #privacy

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It's time for us to give back -- not just to our community, but to those less privileged.

Read about it in our new blog post: pine64.org/2019/08/19/its-time

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We partnered with GDquest who will be making a series of tutorials, explaining how to make adaptive games with high-quality libre game engine Godot; tutorials showing how games can both be created and released on the Librem 5 smartphone, and later submitted to the PureOS store. puri.sm/posts/purism-announces

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Over the past few weekends I've been overhauling my home automation systems. At the core, as I decide what to buy and how to configure it, there are three primary principles:

• Manual override: Everything automated has to still have the ability to be controlled manually
• Keep it at home: No "cloud" services unless absolutely necessary (e.g. push notifications to a phone)
• Open: Avoid vendor lock-in, use open source and open protocols where possible

So far, I've removed my Dropcam (acquired by Google/Nest), removed SmartThings (acquired by Samsung), and replaced everything with the best alternatives I can find, and making a few sensors myself as well.

It's been a fun experience for sure! Not something I would recommend as an "out of the box" solution, but I've learned a lot, and have a lot more ideas still! I'm planning on doing a full writeup once I get a few more things hooked up.
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Made some good progress on building my automatic cat feeder today!

⁣Tore apart a kitchen scale to extract the load sensor and platform. Built a stand out of some MDF board. Attached the scale to the base, mounted the dispenser to the back.

⁣Tomorrow I get the motor and can mount that to the back as well as wire up all the circuitry!

⁣In the end, this will be able to drop food into the bowl only if the bowl isn't already full. It'll also track how much is left in the dispenser, as well as hopefully be able to tell when she actually eats by measuring the weight of the bowl!

⁣#homeautomation #internetofthings #automaticcatfeeder #smartfeeder #diy #arduino
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