Thursday, April 3, 2014

Raspberry Pi (You need one!)

I recently attended a conference on a product called Raspberry Pi.  This amazing little gadget is simply amazing.  So what is a Raspberry Pi?  Essentially it is a complete computer system that fits in the palm of your hand.  It supports the following components directly on the device:
  1. HDMI out
  2. Composite  video out
  3. Audio out
  4. 2 X USB
  5. 1 X Micro USB (for power)
  6. SD Card reader (Used as the hard drive)
After getting your Pi you will also want to pick up a 16+GB SD card so you can run NOOBs This is a set of Linux based operating systems that essentially make it possible to do almost anything with your Pi.  For instance you can install XMC (XBox Media Center -not to be confused with Microsofts XBox game console) and run a movie and MP3 streaming service inside your house.  I also have a friend that took his Raspberry Pi and is automating his home.  The possibilities are endless.  You can pick up a pie from Element14.com.  Also check out my initial instruction video on how to configure your Pi out of Box.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

"Bing Bot" Made with AutoIT

So it seems Bing in their desperate attempt to take on the Google Goliath is now bribing people to use their search service.  To be honest I have used Bing for the past 6 months and am less than impressed!  In fact the only reason I actually go to Bing is to bet my daily bribe of 15 searching, so I can continue to rack up Bing rewards points. With that said some of you might find it interesting to know there are several "Bing Bots" out there that essentially run searches for you.  While I can't condone or approve of their usage considering it is a bit of a digital gray line (Unless you read Microsofts EULA, but who reads those anyway LOL).  I for one wanted to see if it was possible.  So I downloaded my old friend (AutoIT) and wrote a loop and cycles through your browser searching Bing 30 times.  I have included the link below (USE FOR EDUCATIONAL USE ONLY).

You must have Google Chrome installed, and you must set new tabs to load Bing.  When the application runs it loads Chrome runs a random search phrase out of a series of 3 arrays and then closes the tab and searches again.  Have fun!

I can attest that the files are safe but I make no guarantee and you should download at your own risk.
Click here to go to keoflex.com and download my script (download 7zip to extract archive)

CLICK HERE TO GET STARTED WITH BING