Author Archives: Zack

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Faster string matching in Python

I constantly find myself in a situation, like developing the Music Suggestions Ninja, where I need to have the user enter a string and find the best match for that string from a list of strings. Here’s the code to do it!

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My first web app – a music recommendation and playlist generation service

A small synopsis of my journey through developing a web app to recommend and generate music playlists. Read about the encountered problems and their solutions.

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Python Beowulf cluster – find a use for those computers that are 10+ years old

This is a simple, but useful, example of how you can take advantage of all the old computers you have laying around. Ever want to make a homemade supercomputer? This is the start.

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A simple internet content sieve

You can grab the html of a website, but what if you are only interested in a small part of the content of the website? Use a sieve!

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Turing Test: Passed, using computer-generated poetry

This is a story of how an artificial intelligence I designed to be able to pass a Turing Test for poetry.

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DIY motion sensor

Complete instructions on how to developer, build, and implement a motion sensor that works just as well but costs less than anything you can buy!

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Developing a motion sensing network: trials and errors

I compare the current state of home automation – the simplicity, cost, and power of things on the market – and then I determine whether its worth building a new type of device.

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Home automation using simple Python, JS, Arduino and elementary circuits

A simple home automation setup that uses a Raspberry Pi, some Javascript, some Python, and some simple DIY electronics.

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A stochastic method for transmitting and receiving simultaneous signals over a single band

What happens if you want to use multiple transmitters and recievers on the same radio frequency band? Here’s an idea I had that might help.

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Building an audio repository: playing *any* song with the Raspberry Pi

Want your Raspberry Pi to play any song? It’s easy! Just use Python and Youtube!