IOT

Samsung Smart Things – Home Automation

It's been awhile since I have written a post, but I wanted to talk about Home Automation a bit. It's a new area which I have just started to get into thanks to a friend who recommended it to me. I was looking for a home security system, but I didn't want to go with one of the big guys (ADT, Vivint, etc.) and get stuck with paying a $40/mo fee for monitoring, etc. I started to look into Home Automation, specifically Samsung Smart Things and came across a really nice home monitoring starter kit at Amazon. This thing is just awesome!! (more…)

GruntJS

My First GruntJS Plugin: Bust My Cache

GruntJS is a JavaScript Task runner that has been around for about 2+ year, at least as far as I can remember. I started playing around with GruntJS which uses Node.js about a year ago, but I ran into a bunch of issues getting it setup and the documentation wasn't as good. Since version 0.4.x came out in February 2013, GruntJS has been gaining momentum. There are now over 2199 plugins registered on NPM, so I decided to build #2200! (more…)

HTML5

HTML5 Local Storage and Web Personalization

I have just finished doing some research on using HTML5 Local storage instead of Cookies for website personalization and have come to the conclusion that everyone should be using HTML5 local storage in place of cookies from this point forward. The only disadvantage I have read about is browser support, local storage is supported by IE8+. If that's not a concern, at this point it shouldn't be as IE7 is on it's way out the door - then start using local storage where you can. (more…)