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Planespotter Spots Planes, Tracks Destinations
Monday, 18 July 2016 16:00

Ever looked up in the sky and wondered where all of those planes above you were going? [Daniel Eichhorn] no longer has to, thanks to his ESP8266-based Planespotter.

He built this nifty device to grab the details of the flights he sees taking off from Zurich airport. It’s a neat build, running on an ESP8266 that receives ADS-B data from ADS-B Exchange. This service allows you to query the ADS-B data with a specific location.

[Daniel]’s plane tracker sends a query to ADS-B exchange for flights in his location and below a certain height (so he sees ones that are …read more

Your ESP8266 Needs More Memory
Sunday, 17 July 2016 10:01

We just got through reviewing MicroPython on the ESP8266, and one of the main takehomes is that our ESP modules need more flash memory. You may be in the same boat — the earliest (and cheapest) modules on the market only had 512 kB of flash. For over-the-air programming, or to give you some more space for fancier programs, you’re going to want 1 MB or even 4 MB.

The solution? Just buy a new flash chip and solder it on. This is especially easy if you’ve got an ESP-01, ESP-03, or ESP-11 modules where the flash chip is exposed. …read more

Keep up the pressure on the telcos, Canada
Tuesday, 12 July 2016 19:28

Sysadmin Blog Bell Canada has lost their second appeal of the July 2015 decision by the CRTC requiring the opening of fibre networks by Canada's major telcos for wholesale consumption by third party ISPs. The result solidifies Canada's presence amongst the nations embracing Local Loop Unbundling (LLU) and heralds a round of massive changes in Canada's third party ISP landscape.

The mainstream media has focused on what this means for urban users who have fibre-to-the-premises. Now you can choose which retail vendor of internet connectivity you wish to use and this will (in theory) drive down prices, end caps, save

Openreach boss Clive Selley wants Ofcom to wrap it up already
Thursday, 14 July 2016 20:23

Interview The Sword of Damocles has not entirely disappeared from above Openreach. Earlier this year Ofcom stopped short of recommending a full decapitation of the broadband provider from its parent BT. Crucially, though, it has kept the option on the table.

In the next few weeks the regulator is expected to either swing or sheathe its sword once and for all. That’s something Openreach head Clive Selley is eager to have over and done with.

"At the moment I think we are going through a particular change point – the Digital Communications Review is a 10-yearly event. I’d like that

nbnTM names six shops to re-build Telstra's HFC network
Thursday, 14 July 2016 09:25

nbn TM , the entity building and operating Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN), has named the six companies it has chosen to turn the hybrid fibre coax (HFC) network it acquired from Telstra into a white-hot broadband delivery beast.

Lend Lease, Broadspectrum, Fulton Hogan, Downer, ISGM and BSA are the six firms to have pressed pen to paper with nbn TM .

As nbn TM points out, the HFC Delivery Agreement it signed with Telstra in April 2016 means that the company, Australia's dominant carrier , has the task of managing the six as they do whatever it takes to

Two Great Radios Taste Great Together
Saturday, 16 July 2016 07:01

[Johan Kanflo] sent us his latest recipe: a blend of one part RFM69 sub-gigahertz radio transceiver with one part ESP8266 module. The resulting dish looks absolutely delicious!

We’re all charmed with the ease of use that the ESP8266 brings to the table — plug it in and you’re talking to your existing WiFi network — but we hate the power consumption for battery-powered applications. WiFi is a power hog. And although ISM-band radio modules make point-to-point communications cheap and power-saving, getting them to talk with your computer takes an adapter.

So [Johan] combined the two radios and made a sweet …read more

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