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FlashAirDownloader – development: Now it’s your turn

Hi,. folks,

I just programmed a small windows service to automatically FlashAir-pictures when I found out that I lost my FlashAir – card

So I am not able to test that program anymore. I decided for myself that I need something better than the unstable FlashAir-Cards and bought a camera with WiFi inside. (Just in case you are curious: It is a Sony HX400)

I do not publish this as a working download, because I am not able to test it. So there is a big chance that this even breaks the original program. But FAD2 is open source, so I checked the code in into the development-branch on GitHub.

So if there is any C# – developer out there who is willing to invest one or two hours to finish that, feel free to do that.


P.S: No, please don’t buy me a new FlashAir 🙂

FlashAirDownloader 2

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The FlashAirDownloader 2 is out there (Because of my Laziness I will just call it FAD from now on)

A lot of people used the FlashAirDownloader which was meant as a personal tool and quick hack to access my Toshiba FlashAir Card. As more and more people asked me for features (and some for the code) I decided to make it open source so more folks can help improve the tool.

Sadly so: The code was a mess. As I told you: Just a quick hack. It would be to embarrassing to make this public 😀 So I decided to rewrite it from scratch: This time making it right regarding code quality and UI design. Nonetheless this program still uses Framework 4.0, cause I know there are Windows XP users out there who have no other possibilities to access the FlashAir.

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Tracking fitbit presence under Linux (Raspberry Pi 2)

As I wrote before I track the presence of my smartphone using WiFi. Since Android Marshmellow this doesn’t work anymore, because when switching to idle mode, the WiFi is disconnected. The easiest way to get around this issue would be to use Bluetooth instead. And in fact: I already decided to go that way. But then my company gave me a nice present: A “Fitbit Charge HR”. While my company assured, that the HR is not for Human Resource and does not try to track if I am programming enough I decided to give this a try.

Being a nerd I am not that much into that “fitness”-area. But I like the device as a small watch and the vibration alarm is nice too. I will surely sync this with my Appointments lateron. Getting some information about how many steps it takes to get the beer out of the cellar or the chips out of the kitchen is a nice benefit. Not really useful. But at least nerdy 🙂

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Control your Harmony Hub with a Raspberry Pi (Linux)

So my surveillance cam now only records when I am not at home. But what if I forget to turn off the TV? That should happen automaticly, too! But fear not: There is a solution – at least if you own a harmony hub. With the help of the “HarmonyHubControl” – tool (written in c++) this is done quite easily.

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Switching the LED of a surveillance cam on and off using Linux

I already wrote a script on my Raspberry that starts and stops the surveillance mode of my camera using the “Surveillance Station” on the Synology DiskStation. Now I wanted to extend that tool and light the LEDs of the cam when it is recording and turning them off if it isn’t.

This has two reasons: First: I do not want to use the cam for “secret recordings”, damaging the private spheres of my visitors. Second: I can easily see if the cam is working as expected. Now my cam has the option to activate the LEDs or deactivate from a web interface, but it is all-or-nothing. It does not depend if it is recording or not. Which isn’t a surprise as the camera does not trigger the recordings itself but this is done by the Surveillance Station.
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